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Thermo KeyTek Series 2000 ESD Test System 25kV


The Thermo KeyTek Series 2000 ESD Simulation System provides a combination of performance features unlike any other offering. Physically, it is housed in two interconnected units: the ESD-1 Discharger (or gun), which may be either hand-held or tripod-mounted, and it's associated Power Supply/Control/Unit PSC-1. The Discharger is made up of the basic handle, polarity switch; high-voltage set knob and digital display. The Power Supply/Control Unit includes selectors for repetition rate, charge rate and burst/normal modes.

Interchangeable Discharge Networks, Current Injection Adapters and Tips, all plug directly into the Discharger's barrel. The Discharge Network is also remotable via an optional cable, to provide a lighter, hand-held probe for extended testing without a tripod. In this latter mode, the Discharger may be mounted on the Power Supply/Control Unit via tripod mounting hardware, which is included.

Specific Series 2000 Model Groups has been identified, to help users select the ESD test capabilities most appropriate to their immediate needs. Expansions and additions selected from the next Model Group or from anywhere in the entire Series 2000, can be made at any time.

The Thermo KeyTek Series 2000 is a 25kV hand-held ESD simulator that generates pulses in compliance with various test standards such as IEC 61000-4-2, IEC 801-2 1984, ANSI C63.16, NEMA, MIL-STD 883 and EIA PN-1361. Many companies have mandated in their corporate ESD test plans that the Series 2000 be used when performing all ESD testing. The Series 2000 will generate all six types of ESD disturbances and offers easy, interchangeable ESD waveforms for testing to multiple standards. The unit provides contact mode and air discharge testing, plus optional E & H field diagnostics for comprehensive product testing. In addition, vertical and horizontal planes for indirect ESD testing; real, direct and furniture simulation are available. Industry recognized 0 to 25kV ESD simulator that can be hand-held or tripod-mounted.


  • Library of interchangeable discharge networks, current injection adapters & tips plug into discharge barrel
  • Programmable repetitive operating modes, in addition to single-shot
  • Easy, interchangeable ESD waveforms for testing to multiple standards Generator
  • 0 to 25 kV, positive and negative
  • Plug-in, interchangeable discharge networks
  • Separate simulations for all six key simulation modes, air discharge and its five components: Actual air discharge, plus: Current injection of standard waves Discharge magnetic field Discharge electric field collapse Pre-discharge electric field Pre-discharge corona-generated RF interference
  • Programmable repetitive operation
  • Interchangeable tips: ball, wedge, point, field generators Monitors
  • Digital voltage monitor measures and displays: 1. Programmed high voltage before high voltage trigger is depressed 2. Actual, measured high voltage during charge and after discharge 3. Audible beeper to indicate discharge Air Discharge Generation: simulates the basically unrepeatable, but highly realistic, real-world human discharge; for both direct and proximity testing.
  • Discharge Current-Wave Injection: provides highly-repeatable, standardized waves into the test piece, via Current Injection Adapters.
  • Discharge Magnetic-Field Simulation: a repeatable field which minimizes electric field and other air-discharge effects, to facilitate diagnostic work with the magnetic field alone. Uses a special Magnetic Field Tip, plus an appropriate Current Injection Adapter.
  • Discharge Electric-Field Collapse Simulation: a repeatable field which minimizes the magnetic effects of the air-discharge event, again for diagnostic work. Employs the Electric Field Tip, plus an appropriate Current Injection Adapter and the Discharge Electric Field Adapter.
  • Pre-Discharge Electric Field Simulation: permits repeatable, E-field and rate-of-approach E-field simulation, independent of operator position and approach speeds; via electronically determined ramp speed. Uses E-Field Tip.
  • Pre-Discharge Corona Simulation: generates a relatively repeatable, standard or enhanced corona, which in turn generates RFI to facilitate investigation of EUT sensitivity. Uses standard Ball and Point Discharge Tip, alone or in conjunction with the Self-Discharge.


Voltage Range

1 to 25 kV with Ball Tip (and without Extender Cable EC-l).


1 to 20 kV with Point and Wedge Tips (DT-2, DT-3). 1 to 20 kV with Extender Cable EC-1 and any tip.


Operator-Selectable (plus or minus)

Operating Modes

Single-shot and repetitive

Repetition Rates

One shot per approximately l, 3, or 10 seconds. Fast, repetition rate of nominally 20/second, for discharge distances well within breakdown voltage settings, is also available, in momentary  (not lock-on)  mode.

Built-In Digital Voltmeter

High Voltage Trigger On

Measures and displays actual high voltage at the ESD Simulator's tip (± 5% of reading±  .2 kV).


High Voltage Trigger Off:

Before tip voltage has decayed to below 300-500 V, continues to measure and display tip high voltage(± 5% of reading ± .2kV)

After tip voltage has decayed to below 300-500 V, displays "Program Voltage" - the voltage that will appear at the tip when the high-voltage trigger is depressed.

Display Indicators

Actual V

Indicates that the DVM is displaying actual tip High Voltage (independent of trigger position­ stays on till tip voltage has decayed below 300-500 V).


Program V

Indicates that the DVM is displaying Programmed Voltage. Can be illuminated only when tip voltage is less than 300-500 V.

Program Voltage Adjust

Multi-turn, long-life potentiometer, mounted in thumb-accessible position on ESD gun handle.

Discharge Ground Strap

Equivalent inductance to IEC-specified strap, but with insulation adequate for 25 kV. Length - 2000 mm, or 6.5 feet.


CISPR 14 - 1
CISPR 14 - 2
CISPR 14 - 2
CISPR 16 - 1
CISPR 16 - 2
CISPR 16 - 3
CISPR 16 - 4
IEC/TR EN 61000 - 1 - 1
IEC/TR EN 61000 - 2 - 1
IEC/TR EN 61000 - 2 - 3
IEC EN 61000 - 3 - 2
IEC EN 61000 - 3 - 4
IEC/TC EN 61000 - 3 - 5
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 2
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 3
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 4
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 5
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 6
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 7
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 8
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 9
IEC EN 61000 - 4 - 11
EN 50 081 part 1
EN 50 081 part 2
EN 55 011
EN 55 013
EN 55 014
EN 55 015
EN 55 020
EN 55 022
EN 55 024
EN 50 082 part 1
EN 50 082 part 2
EN 50 093
FCC Part 15
MIL-STD - 461E