Large potential differences lead to electrostatic discharge (ESD). The resulting spark or breakdown causes serious damage when working on or with electronic components. It is essential to protect components and electronic units from these electrostatic discharges (ESD), as they not only cause direct damage but can also cause latent faults in transistors and microcircuits.
Latent faults cause components that have been exposed to these electrostatic discharges to have experienced degradation, but did not result in immediate damage. The failures or reduced performance occur later and can lead to warranty claims of greater magnitude. To avoid such discharges, proper workplace setup with dissipative equipment and appropriate grounding is necessary.
Therefore, the use of high-quality ESD tools is a basic requirement and always an economically sensible decision.