Don't Choose Your Floor Until You Understand The Role of Footwear
Why Eclipse EC rubber flooring trumps other ESD resilient flooring options:
Most static control specifications over-emphasize whether a floor is "conductive" or "static dissipative." That sort of calculus is about to go into the history books with the release of the 2014 version of ANSI/ESD S20.20.
- Numerous independent studies have confirmed that Eclipse EC inhibits static charge generation on people no matter what kind of footwear they have on their feet. This is a very big deal because personnel in mission critical environments do not wear special static free shoes; they wear ordinary footwear. Static control resilient floors like SD and EC vinyl and epoxy actually generate static on ordinary footwear. Sure, epoxy and vinyl floors work great when used in combination with static control footwear. Mission critical personnel don't wear special footwear,so, why would you specify a floor that won't prevent static under the conditions it needs to work?
- Conductivity - aka Ohms resistance - is less important than charge generation. The ESD Association has just announced that the new iteration of ANSI/ESD S20.20, the cornerstone standard for static control programs, will no longer include system resistance as a parameter. The newly revised standard will require qualifying floors based on charge generation measurements on people wearing the types of footwear that will be used in the space.
- In side-by-side testing, Eclipse EC rubber flooring demonstrated the lowest charge generation properties of any ESD floor whether the tests were performed with or without static control footwear.
- Eclipse rubber offers lifetime static control performance without being overly conductive! With a typical ohms resistance of 1.5 X 10 E5, grounding properties fall into the resistance sweet spot. It drains charges at a controlled rate and yet still exceeds important minimum resistance parameters like NFPA 99.
- PVC-free Eclipse rubber is GREENGUARD gold certified.