Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

ESD can damage electronic components when they are improperly handled, and can result in total or intermittent failures. Always follow ESD-prevention procedures when removing and replacing components.

To prevent ESD damage:

  • Use an ESD wrist or ankle strap and ensure that it makes skin contact. Connect the equipment end of the strap to an unpainted metal surface on the chassis.
  • Avoid touching the controller against your clothing. The wrist strap protects components from ESD on the body only.
  • Handle the controller by its bracket or edges only. Avoid touching the printed circuit board or the connectors.
  • Put the controller down only on an antistatic surface such as the bag supplied in your kit.
  • If you are returning the controller to Adaptec by PMC Product Support, put it back in its antistatic bag immediately.

If a wrist strap is not available, ground yourself by touching the metal chassis before handling the controller or any other part of the computer.

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