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Static Control Flooring: Matching Products and Environments Through Evidence-Based Design
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a well-documented, invisible threat to electronic parts, systems, and mission-critical operations. And the problem is intensifying as electronic devices are getting smaller, reducing the room for on-chip protection and increasing the vulnerability to ESD. Today, more environments are at risk if they don't have anti-static, "fault-tolerant" flooring that performs regardless of variables such as footwear, maintenance, and humidity. While specifying any floor presents technical challenges and potential exposure to the specifier, this is especially true in environments where static control is necessary. But proper specification, product selection, and installation can be confusing without the necessary technical tools. Unfortunately, if flooring specs don't address unique environmental conditions or meet the latest standards, you risk damage to equipment, product returns, facility downtime, communication errors, and liability. Fortunately, you can eliminate the usual guesswork and match the right product to the right environment by applying evidence-based design principles.
It starts with assessing your specific conditions and understanding the impact of footwear on the performance of all static-control floors.
It starts with determining how flooring and footwear must work together. The information found here can help you find tailor-made solutions that best meet your flooring needs.
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Static Dissipative or Static Conductive?
It depends on your application and the specific standard you should be referencing....They are not all the same. You must use "conductive flooring" when handling explosives. You should never use conductive flooring in an FAA flight tower or 911 call center.
- ANSI/ESD S20/20
- NFPA 99
- Motorola R56
- ATIS 0600321
- FAA STD 019e
- DOD 4145
Latest ESD Flooring Articles
Don't Get Stuck Referencing The Wrong ESD Flooring Test Methods
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Staticworx Makes Inc. 500/5000 List for Second Consecutive Year
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Taking The Mystery Out Of Selecting ESD Flooring
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iPod/earbud Static Shocks
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Why specify phthalate-free flooring?
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Bubbles in Flooring: Scenarios and Causes
Staticworx staff recently fielded a call from an installer who was encountering bubbles in a flooring installation. Here's an outline of problems and causes that might help others.Scenario #1: No Adhesive Bond to ConcreteFindingsThe bubble has been cut open to reveal that the adhesive did not bond to the concrete. Adhesive is on the back of the flooring but there is little to none on the surface of the concrete.Cause(s)Contamination of the concrete or moisture may ...
Choosing the Right ESD Flooring for Data Center Applications
Random static discharge will wreak havoc inside your call center--lost or corrupted data, dropped calls, PC lookup, and blown headsets are only a few problems that can be caused by static.The most important factors to consider when choosing data center flooring are required maintenance and the type of footwear people will wear when they walk on the floor. Flooring selection must prevent static regardless of shoe sole composition worn in the workplace. Rubber ESD flooring is most appropriate ...