ESD Case Studies
A Guide to Grounding Standards for Flooring Used in 911 Call Centers
Effective control of static discharge problems in a mission-critical environment like a 911 emergency communications center requires understanding the differences in various types of static dissipative, static conductive and static resistant floors. Industry grounding standards are available from organizations like ATIS and Motorola. This article provides an overview and links to the standards specifiers should use when writing a specification for flooring used in an operational electronic equipment environment.
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AT&T Study of ESD Floors that can be installed in a clean room environment
Many consider AT&T's study to be the most objective analysis of static control flooring options ever conducted. This study evaluated electrical properties, installation issues and even appearance. Find out why Staticworx® EC Rubber might offer the lowest total cost of ownership of any ESD floor covering based upon this two year examination of: conductive and dissipative vinyl ESD tile, antistatic and static dissipative rubber ESD tile and various conductive ESD epoxy and urethane coatings.
Please note: ESD and anti static carpet was not evaluated in this study. Due to clean room considerations associated with AT&T's microelectronics facility, this study only included surfaces that could be installed in a clean room environment.
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Choosing The Right ESD Floor For Laboratory and Technical Environments
Between 1978 and 1982, G. T. Dangelmayer, AT&T, conducted factory studies which documented dramatically different yields between side-by-side identical circuit board assembly lines with only one variable: during two year long, with-in plant studies, assembly lines equipped with personnel grounding devices and dissipative table mats produced significantly better yields than lines that did not utilize any grounding procedures.
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EMC Case Study
EMC Corporation conducted a durability study on various ESD epoxy coatings from a variety of manufacturers. Unlike many short term beta site studies, EMC punished the potential ESD flooring options to find out which ESD flooring solution would last the longest.
ESD and Anti Static Flooring Terminology
The following are terms and definitions specific to ESD Flooring.
Carpet Industry Terms and Glossary
For your convenience, the following are terms and definitions relating to carpet manufacturing.