ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) flooring has been on the rise because of the risk with static electricity. Awareness to static problems has been particularly critical in electronics manufacturing operations, hospitals, server rooms, flight control centers and 9-1-1 call centers to name a few. So, with the continued reliance on electronic devices and the increases in sensitivity of those devices to the potential damaged caused by static electricity, it has only forced facilities in all kinds of industries to reanalyze conventional building materials to control static in these environments.
ESD flooring helps to minimize static charge generation by draining static electricity from personnel working in areas where electrostatic charge may cause damage or injury. Floors with anti static coatings should be used to reduce equipment malfunction, along with fires and explosions. ESD flooring helps to prevent downtime in your facility so there isn’t the potential to lose profit (odd angle to present….ESD flooring is designed to work with an entire ESD-control program to reduce equipment and component failure and scrap rates.). This is why the following areas should be using ESD flooring:
- Electronics manufacturing, laboratories and repair facilities
- Medical facilities
- Hazardous zones within industrial facilities
Aside from its static control function, ESD flooring must also meet your operation’s performance requirements. A thin-film ESD coating system might be the right choice for light-duty areas, or areas exposed to mainly foot traffic. On the other hand, heavy industrial areas that require ESD protection combined with superior durability might require a heavy-duty mortar/resurfacer floor system. Every operation has unique and different needs. When researching ESD flooring materials, ask yourself these five questions:
- What are your specific ESD requirements?
- What are the conditions within your facility?
- Will there be a lot of traffic on the flooring?
- Are aesthetics important to you?
- How long would you like this flooring to last?
If you are having difficulty answering any of the above questions, it may be time to talk with experts that can properly assess your facility and recommend the right solution for your unique requirements.
Protective Industrial Polymers has developed the most advanced ESD flooring systems available on the market today. These systems not only provide the most comprehensive ESD protection, they also meet the demands of all environments, from light-duty to moderate to extreme. PIP works with installation contractor partners to provide you with the right ESD flooring solution, expertly installed and certified to perform as intended.
Download our free white paper on “Surface Ground Plane ESD Floors” to learn how to protect ESD-sensitive components.
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