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Trek intros electrostatic field monitoring sol'n

05 Jul 2012

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Trek Inc. has announced its Field Meter (Model 511) that according to the company is a portable, chopper-stabilized, non-contacting electrostatic field meter for testing and auditing of electrostatic fields in applications where ESD is a major issue. The Model 511 Hand-Held Field Meter offers an economical and reliable solution for monitoring electrostatic fields which if left unchecked could cause damage to products or manufacturing facilities especially in the semiconductor, photovoltaic/solar and electronics industries, noted the company.

The primary application for Trek's field meter is for charge monitoring in chip, photovoltaic/solar and electronics manufacturing. Additional applications in these and other charge-sensitive manufacturing or materials research environments include electrostatic field monitoring for the purpose of ESD auditing, or for assessing voltage generation of materials, equipment and personnel. An optional charge plate accessory enables Model 511 to be used for the balancing and testing of ionization blowers and devices. The unit can also be used for surface voltage measurements of photo-conductors or dielectric surfaces and for measurement of electrostatic potentials on film, polymers and paper.

The unit has a switch-selectable measurement range of either ±2kV/in or ±20kV/in. Measurement accuracy is better than five percent of reading, Trek added. The design of Model 511 assures reliable measurements in ionized or non-ionized environments.

Additional features include an easy-to-read LED display, a hold-switch which preserves a reading on the display until released, and a push-button 'auto-zero' feature that removes any offset voltage, indicated Trek.

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