FAQ: What are the benefits of antistatic carpet tile?

Antistatic carpet tile protects electronic equipment from harm caused by random electrostatic discharge (ESD) events. When people walk on a floor, the friction between their shoe soles and the floor generates static electricity. As people walk, static builds on their body then discharges to the first person or object they touch. This sudden jolt of electricity can damage or destroy sensitive electronic equipment.

A diagram in three panels showing how walking body voltage works. The first panel shows someone walking across the floor and a build up of static. The text reads "1. Friction between the soles of shoes and the surface of the floor causes a transfer of electrons, leaving a positive charge on one surface and a negative charge on the other. This is called a triboelectric charge, or static electricity." The second panel shows a further build up of static electricity. The text reads: "As the person walks, static accumulates on the body. Humans can’t feel static until the charge reaches 3500 volts." The final panel shows someone at a desk touching electric equipment with a charge on their hand/arm. The text reads:" Static stays in place until the person touches someone or something, then the charge transfers, or discharges, to the other person or object. A static charge as low as 20 volts can damage or destroy sensitive electronic components."

Antistatic carpet tile protects electronics by preventing static generation. Manufactured with embedded conductivity, antistatic carpet also dissipates static charges to ground.

In addition to protecting electronics, antistatic carpet tile has other advantages. StaticWorx ShadowFX ESD carpet tiles, for example, are available in mergeable dye lots, making them easy to maintain and repair. With mergeable dye lots matching is not an issue. If a tile needs to be removed, it’s easy to replace with attic stock. Some ShadowFX carpet tiles can be installed non-directionally, for quick, easy installation. Non-directional styles also hide wear and tear. Due to their modular design and many styles and colors, antistatic carpet tiles can be used to create a variety of patterns and custom designs. Carpet tiles produce less waste and can be recycled at the end of their life cycle, making carpet tile more environmentally friendly than traditional broadloom carpeting.


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StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.