FAQ: What is the difference between static-dissipative and conductive flooring?

ESD floors are categorized based on their electrical resistance properties. Resistance is measure in ohms. Conductive floors measure less than 1.0 x 10E6 ohms. Static-dissipative floors measure above 1.0 x 10E6 and less than or equal to 1.0 x 10E9.

Floors should never be purchased based solely on whether they are described as conductive or static dissipative. This white paper documents a study comparing the performance of conductive and static-dissipative carpet tile. Watch this short video to understand the importance of defining the right ohms range of your floors.

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What is ESD flooring?

ESD floors dissipate static safely, protecting electronics from accidental damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) events.

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What does ESD mean?

ESD stands for electrostatic discharge. Minute ESD events, too small for humans to perceive, can damage electronic components.

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How can you prevent ESD?

Preventing ESD requires a well-thought-out ESD prevention program. What is required will be dependent on the application and environment.

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Is wood antistatic?

No, wood is not antistatic. You can learn which materials are antistatic and which are not by looking at our Triboelectric chart.

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What are ESD guidelines?

Because different applications require different specifications for static control, ESD guidelines, or standards, vary across industries.

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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.