The judgment of ESDS risks by direct electrostatic discharge from plastics is a challenge due to the variety of possible discharge scenarios. This paper discusses physical backgrounds of the different discharge scenarios from plastics and tries to rank ESDS related risks. It includes specific hints for ESD prevention in plastics lamination processes as RFID cards, smart cards or contactless money cards, where ESD-sensitive devices (ESDS) are at specific high risk for ESD discharge from plastics. Also further process-related risks and package issues are discussed.

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