ESD flooring is required to protect most types of electronics parts, which are ultra-sensitive to static electricity.
FAQ: How do I ensure continued conductivity across an ESD tile floor?
The answer must involve your choice of static control flooring.
First, there are several different types of static control floor covering. All possess different properties and some of the floor coverings have limitations. For example, Armstrong manufactures a product called SDT. Armstrong SDT requires special waxes to make it perform. Some antistatic broadloom cannot be grounded at all because it is not conductive.
StaticWorx® vinyl tile is a permanently conductive material that requires no special care to remain conductive. Waxes are not needed. Our vinyl tiles can be grounded using a simple 24 inch long, 2 inch wide, copper strip under one tile. We provide the strips as part of our package. The other end of the strip is attached to an electrical outlet using one of the screws in the outlet box.
Only one ground connection is needed per 1000 square feet. The other tiles are bonded via our conductive pressure sensitive adhesive—GroundTack®—which contains conductive coated fibers.
How the Adhesive Works
Conductive adhesive provides electrical continuity by creating an electrical bond between ESD flooring tiles. So when a person walks across the floor or slides out of a chair, the built up static is discharged to the static control floor. The static charge follows a path from the floor to the adhesive and is safely and effectively discharged to ground. StaticWorx® Conductive Adhesives are highly conductive and provide excellent continuity across the entire ESD floor. To meet relevant specifications, the conductive adhesive must be attached with copper strips to some form of ground-e.g. Electrical conduit, building steel or a dedicated grounding strip.
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