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Regardless of the type of ESD flooring material you choose - rubber, coatings, carpet, vinyl, or interlocking tiles - your ESD floor must be properly grounded.
Depending upon your ESD application, your floor must also comply with the parameters for static control flooring outlined in industry standards such as Motorola R56, FAA 019f, ATIS 0600321.2015, UFGS 09 62 38 (Army Corps of Engineers), and ANSI/ESD S 20.20.
Grounding an ESD floor is not rocket science. But for optimal performance and to comply with ESD standards, it must be done correctly. This short video provides all the information you need to properly ground your ESD floor.
ESD flooring specifications should not be written around a manufacturer's specifications. Flooring specifications can easily be written around ANSI/ASTM, ATIS – or other industry-specific standards.
Universal standards are based on application and environmental conditions. The sensitivity classification of electronic components, assemblies and systems should also be taken into account.
Electronics manufacturing and handling applications, where special ESD footwear is required
To test, qualify or select ESD flooring for electronics manufacturing and handling applications, refer to ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014. ESD S20.20 requires static-control flooring to be tested as a system - i.e., the flooring in conjunction with the test subject wearing each type of footwear allowed in the space. All specifications for this industry should reference the test method ANSI/ESD STM 97.2.
Note: S20.20 requires the use of ESD footwear (heel, toe, or sole straps or ESD shoes). ESD footwear has a built-in electrical resistor that controls the rate of static decay, allowing for a wider range of resistance readings.
Floors for electronics manufacturing applications must be tested per the following test methods:
Resistance, measured in ohms per STM 7.1:
< 1.0 x 109 ohms
Charge generation, measured in volts per STM 97.2:
< 100 volts at peak
Applications where energized (operational) equipment is used and ESD footwear is not required:
For applications where ESD footwear is not required, refer to the appropriate industry standards – e.g. Motorola R56 and ATIS-0600321.2015, for dispatcher and telecom spaces, FAA 019f for FAA flight towers, Army Corps of Engineers, Spec #: UFGS 09 62 38, for construction of military services, and so on.
Resistance requirements, measured in ohms, for most end-user spaces:
1.0 X 106 to 1.0 X 109 ohms
(a more controlled rate of static dissipation due to the presence of operational equipment such as computers and dispatcher consoles)
The Problem Every application for ESD flooring is different. Without detailed technical knowledge, architects can easily specify the wrong ESD floor.
The Impact The wrong floor will perform poorly and could leave sensitive electronics without adequate static protection.
The Solution Serve your clients better by learning how to specify the right static- control floor for their application.
"All professionals involved in specifying flooring should know about the potential consequences of not specifying the right product and ensuring it is installed properly. Dave's information can help us better protect our clients and avoid potential lawsuits." ~ Michael James McKeon, AIA, LEED AP, MCPPO Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.
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On our new kb site, you'll find informational hubs packed with articles tailored specifically to architects and designers; contractors and installers; and property owners and facilities managers. Along with comprehensive articles on static electricity and ESD flooring, you'll find a wide range of technical articles, the latest ESD Standards and Test Methods, plus a complete video library, featuring are our newest technical and cartoon videos.
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Let's start with the definition of ESD: ESD is an abbreviation for electrostatic discharge: the pulse of static electricity that occurs when a charged person contacts another object. Anything from sliding out of a car seat or walking across a static generating floor can build up a dangerous charge. Most associate a static discharge with that sensory "ouch" that we feel and see; the zap, the mini bolt of blue lightening. However, the majority of static discharges, anything below 3500 volts, are totally undetectable to humans. Like common cold germs, ESD events are occurring around us constantly, causing damage to sensitive microelectronics inside computers and electronic devices.
The best way to avoid ESD events is to prevent static generation in the first place. In the case of ESD, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. If the environment prevents static generation, it's impossible for an ESD event to occur. A static free environment is created by eliminating normal static generating surfaces like carpet, rubber and tile. We loosely define those surfaces as ESD flooring. Other common names are anti static flooring, static flooring, conductive tile, static resistant flooring, non-static flooring, and grounded floors.
Please note: The term anti-static has been replaced by the more accurate and descriptive term "low charge generating".
Helping Architects Stay Grounded
If you're an architect or designer charged with specifying or selecting a static-control floor, you know that aesthetics is only part of the picture. The most attractive ESD floor will fail if it's specified for an incompatible space or fails to meet the proper industry standards. And product failure can result in liabilities that no architect wants to—or should have to—deal with. By following industry protocols, you can avoid the mistakes that sometimes get specifiers in trouble.
What You Need to Know To Be Compliant and Limit Your Exposure
Specifying building materials of any kind is a challenge, requiring patience, skill, and a general knowledge of the product and its place in the ecosystem. Providing the right specifications for electrostatic discharge (ESD) preventive flooring presents an opportunity for architects and design/construction professionals to help prevent static-induced equipment failures, electronic product returns, critical communication errors, and personal injuries.
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