ESD Flooring Questions and Answers
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Polyurethane is an insulator and a static generator
Polyurethane (PU) coatings are used by luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturers. A coating of PU helps reduce the use of waxes and sealers on flooring installed in retail spaces, hospital corridors, shopping malls etc. Unfortunately PU is a non-conductive coating so defeats the purpose of the conductivity of the tile. That’s why they shouldn’t be used on floors that are intended for low static generating applications. This coating would insulate access to the conductive, carbon matrix sealing it inside ...View Answer
Why specify different static control parameters for tabletops than flooring?
The advice you were given was correct: Table coverings and flooring materials, because they perform different functions, require different electrical parameters.Table coverings solve CDM (charged device model) problems—that is, they prevent static from building on and discharge static from sensitive electronic parts. The static on sensitive electronics must be discharged slowly—or the rate of discharge could fry the internal circuitry.Static control flooring solves HBM (human body model) problems—it prevents and eliminates static on people, ...View Answer
Why are experts now recommending EC rubber over SD rubber?
There are four reasons experts have stopped recommending static dissipative (SD) rubber in favor of static conductive (otherwise known as electrically conductive) rubber (EC). (Why is EC better than SD rubber?) A better product is now available Electrically conductive (EC) rubber is now available. Previously, rubber flooring was only available in the static dissipative electrical range; there was no conductive rubber alternative to compare with static dissipative rubber. Recent testing such as the “walking body voltage ...View Answer
How to Ground SD Monolithic Seamless Epoxy Coating Floor
My company's Staticworx Groundworx Epoxy is produced using graphite particles. These particles create a conductive matrix within the liquid. When applied over any surface, insulative or otherwise, the Groundworx cures into a homogeneous ground plane in all directions. Continuity is achieved across all points of Groundworx regardless of the electrical properties of the surface underneath it.However, the "Groundworx ground plane" still needs to be grounded once every 1000 square feet using our copper ground strips. ...View Answer
Anti Static Interlocking Flooring in a Data Center?
This is a critical question. The right choice for your application is not predicated on whether the floor is static dissipative or static conductive. The right choice involves knowing what happens when a person wearing ordinary everyday footwear walks on the floor. Any vinyl floor - static dissipative, static conductive anti-static - requires special static control footwear in order to prevent static. Unfortunately, all vinyl floors _ anti static etc -are static generators when they are frictioned by a ...View Answer
How is rubber flooring conductive?
There are two methods of producting static control rubber flooring: Chemical Additives: One method requires changing the chemistry of the rubber compound through the use of chemical additives. Chemical additives enable rubber to become static dissipative. Carbon Chip Technology: The second method requires mixing carbon chips into the rubber with other colored chips. Carbon is conductive. The carbon chips form an electrically conductive matrix allowing static electricity to flow through the rubber to ground....View Answer
Which rubber ESD Flooring tile is better: static dissipative or conductive?
Staticworx produces conductive and static dissipative flooring. Clients and architects often ask us to recommend the right version for their application.Although we offer static dissipative options, experts unanimously recommend conductive rubber over static dissipative rubber. Staticworx strongly suggests that you choose conductive (EC) flooring vs. Static dissipative (SDT) Flooring whenever static discharge might compromise or corrupt a mission critical operation....View Answer
Conductive or Static Dissipative
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 ...View Answer
Does Staticworx offer an ESD performance warranty on Staticworx ESD Carpet?
Yes. Staticworx® warrants that Staticworx® ESD Carpet, when installed and maintained as recommended by Staticworx® , will not generate static above 2000 volts, (2.0 Kv), as measured by AATCC #134, that the face of the carpet will have a minimum resistance level of 2.5 x 104 ohms and a maximum electrical resistance of 1.0 x 108 ohms, as measured according to NFPA-99 and EOS-ESD S7.1....View Answer
Does conductive carpet look different from other carpet?
No. Staticworx® ESD Carpet is available in many attractive styles. All Staticworx® ESD Carpet products maintain the important features of contemporary color and design, appearance retention, noise reduction, ease of maintenance and performance warrantees. Staticworx® offers both running line and flexible custom design options....View Answer