ESD Simulator facilitates changing RC network values.

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NSG 438 electrostatic discharge simulator generates pulses of 200 V to 30 kV, in both air and contact discharge operations, exceeding industry ESD test standards requiring pulse voltages of 25 kV. Basic model is supplied with 150 pF/330 ohm network in compliance with IEC/EN 61000-4-2. Users can add network modules to accommodate other standards such as ISO 10605, which requires elevated pulse voltages of up to 25 kV, as well as ANSI, SAE, ISO, and Mil standards.



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New ESD Simulator System From Schaffner EMC Exceeds Industry Discharge Voltage Settings, Provides Cost-Effective Design


Edison, NJ, May 2002 - Schaffner EMC Inc. has introduced a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) simulator system with an elevated discharge voltage of 30 kV, exceeding industry ESD test standards requiring pulse voltages of 25 kV. The NSG 438 comprehensively fulfils the most severe degrees of testing required by manufacturer-specific test procedures. It also provides an extremely cost-effective means of supporting additional standards by allowing users to configure the unit to only the specific ESD standards required for their particular testing needs.

The NSG 438 is ideal for applications that require testing with multiple R-C network values, such as in the automotive industry. The basic NSG model is supplied with a 150pF/330 ohm network in compliance with IEC/EN 61000-4-2. Users can add appropriate network modules to accommodate other standards such as ISO 10605, which requires elevated pulse voltages of up to 25 kV, as well as ANSI, SAE, ISO and Mil standards. In addition, the NSG system has been designed so that it already meets future, proposed requirements for revised ESD standards that have been sent to ANSI and IEC by industry specialists.

The NSG generates standard-compliant discharge pulses of 200 V to 30 kV, in both air and contact discharge operations. The full range of parameter setting possibilities for polarity, pulse repetition, counter functions and breakdown detection are fully available at all ranges, up to and including the maximum discharge voltage setting.

The NSG is designed for extreme ease of use. It is pistol-shaped and well balanced for easy handling; control elements and the display are always visible to the user; and current operating conditions are displayed constantly. Pre-programmed settings for IEC/EN 61000-4-2 and ISO 10605 ensure that correct standard settings, including the appropriate discharge network, are made automatically. Other combinations of standard settings can be downloaded via the unit's PC interface, according to need.

The NSG detects the occurrence of a discharge, preventing the counter or the pre-selection counter from delivering confusing information - a particular advantage in long test runs. The detector threshold for a valid discharge can be adjusted for specific applications. In the case of air discharges, errors through stray discharges are avoided because the effective pulse voltage that is present at the moment of discharge is measured and shown on the display.

The total system consists of a base unit with high voltage generator and micro-processor based control unit; a pistol shaped-test head with touch panel display, exchangeable test probes and network modules; a link cable to the base unit; a test pistol cradle; and an adapter/battery charger as well as a carrying case.

Pricing for the NSG 438 starts under $11,000. Delivery is typically 4 - 8 weeks ARO.

For more information, please contact MaryJane Salvador, Schaffner EMC, Inc., 52 Mayfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837. Tel: (732) 225-9533 ext.239; Fax: (732) 225-4789; E-mail: usasales@schaffner.com. Web: www.schaffner.com.

READER SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please forward all reader service inquiries to MaryJane Salvador, Schaffner EMC, Inc., 52 Mayfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Schaffner EMC, Inc., provides the world's largest range of EMI components, EMC instrumentation and test systems for radiated and conducted interference, and advanced power supply test systems.

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