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ESD flooring system

What are ESD Flooring and Antistatic Flooring?

In any setting moving people and objects can create constant dangers of electrostatic discharge from a variety of sources. ESD flooring, sometimes called floor coverings for static, are an all-encompassing term that refers to flooring systems and flooring materials that have been designed to be used in ESD-sensitive areas.

Requirements for An ESD Flooring System

  1. A) The flooring system is not able to produce the triboelectric charge
  2. B) The ESD flooring system offers an easy route to the ground to facilitate dispersing the static generated charge.
  3. C) Technical Specification for ESD Flooring to ensure product quality and conformity

Defines ESD flooring: “An ESD flooring system is an outlet for electric static charge (known as BVG or Body Voltage Generator accumulation in a person due to moving across an area) to be discharged to a specified grounded location.” – The PI Industrial

Surfaces with Anti-Static Specifications

Certain types of surfaces such as vinyl floors or concrete can provide anti-static properties if they are placed under proper conditions, making them might be considered to be anti-static flooring. However, untreated floors or even floors with the static coating (see below) are not able to provide controlled dissipation or grounding of triboelectric charge. Thus, the difference in antistatic floors or ESD flooring is important. Insulative materials aren’t considered anti-static.

What’s Antistatic Flooring?

Anti-static flooring minimizes, eliminates, or stops the accumulation in static electric charge. So, ESD flooring systems fit in this category, however, they are not interchangeable. Although some materials help reduce charge accumulation when used as flooring, specific flooring systems that use static control require an electrical connection so that charges can be dispersed safely.