How to Specify the Correct Ohms Range for Rubber ESD Flooring by Application
How to Ground ESD Flooring for Static Control
Several acceptable methods are used to ground static control flooring depending on local codes, the job conditions and the personal preference of the contractor. The three most widely used procedures are described here.
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Electrostatic discharge can mean risks for personal safety, communication errors, and damage to expensive electronic equipment. Specifying the right floor for sensitive environments requires not only knowledge of this phenomenon, but also the available products. by Dave Long
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Eclipse Rubber EC Flooring
Meets IBM Recommended Electrical Properties for Data Centers
- ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 Electronics Manufacturing
- DOD 4145.26-M Explosives Handling
- NAVSEA OP 5
- NASA Clean Room Standards
Suitable for all static control applications with permanent static dissipative properties that never lose effectiveness.
Resistance to ground exceeds IBM standard 150 Kilohms: Read IBM 2011 Data Center Anti Static flooring Recommendations
Available with a conductive, interlocking base.
Lifetime static control performance, available in rolls or tiles.
Static Dissipative (SD) Rubber Flooring
- Meets FAA STD 019e For Use Near Energized Equipment
- Motorola R56 Public Safety and Telecommunications Centers
- ATIS-0600321 Network Operator Dispatch Call Centers
There are three products within this line, all available with a conductive, interlocking base.:
Eclipse ESD Rubber Mats & Runners for Electronics Manufacturing and Explosives Handling
The ideal solution for strategic grounding of aisleways, corridors, and work areas.
Which rubber ESD Flooring tile is better: static dissipative or conductive?
The short answer is neither. Calling a floor conductive or static dissipative isn't sufficient. You need to provide quantitative details and you need to match the electrical properties of the floor with the electrical code and recognized standards. Watch this video to learn about static dissipative versus conductive rubber ESD flooring.
How is static control rubber flooring made?
There are two methods of producing static control rubber flooring:
- Chemical Additives: One method requires changing the chemistry of the rubber compound through the use of chemical additives.
- Carbon Chip Technology: The second method requires mixing carbon chips into the rubber with other colored chips. Carbon has permanent electrical properties. The carbon chips form an electrical matrix allowing static electricity to flow through the rubber to ground.
Eclipse Rubber is produced by mixing carbon chips into the rubber with other colored chips. Carbon is an inherently conductive or dissipative element. Randomly placed carbon chips enable static electricity to flow through the rubber to ground.
The black, carbon chips in static control rubber attract and route static electric charges. These pathways drain the charge through the tile, into conductive adhesive, and on into copper stripping where the charge dissipates to ground. (See image above)
- The static control properties are permanent. They will not change or diminish over time. The floor will always meet the original specifications and suit the original purpose.
- The static control properties of Eclipse rubber are warranted for life because carbon technology provides fail-safe static control. The electrical properties of carbon are unaffected by aging, traffic or humidity.
- Eclipse EC and SD rubber flooring meet all performance parameters of every static control requirement and static control standard including:
- ANSI/ESD S20.20
- ANSI/ESD S97.1
- ANSI/ESD S97.2
- Class 0
- NFPA 99
- ANSI/ESD S7.1,
- DOD 4145.26-M
- Mil STD 1686,
- IBM Data Center Recomendations