ESD Flooring Questions and Answers
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How to specify static-free flooring in different types of spaces
Your engineer is correct on both counts. Some static control carpet tile is extremely conductive (too few ohms resistance) and should be reserved strictly for use in spaces where footwear is controlled and measured for resistive properties. Sometimes these spaces are called EPAs. EPAs are segregated areas inside electronics manufacturing and handling facilities. They are easily differentiated from other spaces requiring a static-free environment. For example, people working in EPAs are required to wear special static-control footwear. ...View Answer
When should Staticworx® ESD Carpet be specified?
Whenever you are selecting carpet for a facility that uses computers or sensitive electronic equipment you will want to consider using Staticworx® ESD Carpet. These days almost every commercial facility has areas that use computers and sensitive electronics. You will want to consider Staticworx® ESD Carpet in areas like networked offices, network server rooms, control rooms, telecom rooms, switch and router facilities, call centers, data storage centers, financial area, trading floors, disaster recovery centers, media, communications, radar, ...View Answer
VCT (wax-required) tile vs. ESD (no-wax) tile: lifetime cost vs. which has greater anti static qualities
The short answer is, yes, The maintenance cost associated with ESD wax quickly accummulates negating any money saved on the original VCT. Conversely, Staticworx Vinyl Tiles (Ameriworx and Foundation) are both economical and low-maintenance.You may want to add a technical argument in addition to your concerns about maintenance. I assume you will be trying to meet ANSI/ESD standards. The recommendations for flooring in ANSI/ESD S20/20-2007 require a system resistance below 35 meg-ohms. System resistance is the aggregate resistance ...View Answer
ESD Flooring 101: The Non-Technical Answer to Dissipative vs. Conductive
This is the most commonly asked question. Since you have asked for a non-technical answer, I will try to use some familiar examples in my explanation.Pretend for a moment that instead of controlling the flow of static electricity, you are trying to control the flow of water.Let's think about the way water flows through a funnel. To control the flow of water, a funnel collects the water in a storage area and redistributes it through a ...View Answer
Static Dissipative Floor Finish
Any strategy involving the application of static dissipative floor finish over standard resilient flooring always involves a risk/reward calculus.In other words, applying static dissipative floor finish over the surface of a normal - "not static control" - floor, presents caveats: Static dissipative floor finishes are not permanent. Like any other wax, static dissipative finishes abrade and, as they wear, the static generation characteristics of the old floor will increase. Humidity is the enemy of any ...View Answer
What types of precautions are required to prevent static on people in mission critical environments?
This common question usually involves concerns about the need for special footwear in addition to a special static control flooring.Test results from MIT Lincoln Laboratories demonstrate that a static conductive rubber (not static dissipative) can significantly inhibit the accumulation of static electricity on people, regardless of footwear.This data solidifies the concept of installing an EC rubber floor in mission critical spaces like data centers, Server rooms, 9-1-1 Dispatch Call Centers, Command centers, Flight control Areas, Telecom Closets or ...View Answer
Understanding static dissipative epoxy vs. conductive epoxy
There are numerous misconceptions and misapplications of ANSI/ESD S20.20. Very few flooring suppliers understand this document and as a result they make improper recommendations. Without a complete understanding of S20.20, the wrong product could be purchased and installed. Is the supplier stating that the floor meets the resistive properties referenced in 20.20 or that the floor will meet S20.20 as part of a system? These are two very different performance parameters and only the second reference ...View Answer
Is static dissipative (SD) rubber flooring sufficient for a hospital setting?
We view anti static flooring options for hyperbaric chambers as requiring the same performance parameters used for control rooms, MRI suites, electronic labs, call centers and other spaces occupied by people wearing "street shoes."The shoe is an important variable in the flooring selection process because many static protective solutions are not capable of mitigating static on people unless they wear special shoes; most static control floors actually generate static on people when they wear ...View Answer
What is the best static free flooring for a dispatch room / command center?
Static-free carpet tile will certainly meet the ergonomic parameters you have outlined. However, carpet tile is not a low maintenance panacea.Since you specifically asked for an easily cleaned, low maintenance, sound absorbing floor, you may want to also consider using resilient rubber flooring . Unlike carpet tile, rubber does not retain soil and odors and requires only a mop to clean.Sound absorption: Rubber absorbs approximately the same number of decibels as carpet.Maintenance:Rubber flooring is cleaned with simple ...View Answer
Why are drag chains needed when other ESD measures are being used?
A cart with no ground chain or conductive castors on an ESD floor is a "floating conductor"; its insulative wheels are insulating it from ground giving it the ability to hold a charge. As anti static measures have presumably been taken in the setting you mention, it can be assumed that you are in a facility where static is a threat, and therefore all measures to eliminate static need be taken. This is why ESD experts ...View Answer