Conrad has opened a new electrostatic protected area (EPA) at its main warehouse and distribution location in Wernberg, Germany.
The company says that the certification of the brand new ESD-protected-area and the whole ESD-handling to DIN EN 61340-5-1 is the first of its kind within the high service component distribution sector.
The area can accommodate up to 10,000 product lines. It has been tested by TÜV NORD CERT,a leading global technical service provider, and is 100% compliant to the ESD requirements. It has a safe handling zone to ensure high quality standards and the correct storage and handling of all static sensitive components it supplies to its design engineering customer base worldwide.
Establishing an EPA is the latest initiative in Conrad’s programme of introducing innovative services and capabilities to complement its rapidly expanding product range that meets the research and development, prototyping and maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) needs of its B2B customers.
“Being the first high service distributor to establish a DIN EN 61340-5-1 certified EPA and ESD-handling clearly indicates our commitment to customers in the electronics sector,” said Stefan Fuchs, General Manager Industrial Electronics, Conrad Electronic. “Many of the latest industrial and consumer designs utilise advanced components that are particularly sensitive to ESD (electrostatic discharge) and need specialised storage and handling procedures at all stages of the supply chain. Conrad is able to meet these needs and therefore help ensure the reliability of end products and systems in which its components are used.”


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