FAQ: What are some examples of ESD?

The shock you feel when you walk across a carpeted floor or remove clingy laundry from the dryer are examples of electrostatic discharge. To feel ESD the charge must be at least 2000 – 3000 volts. The same type of discharge can damage or destroy electronic components, but at voltages as low as 500, 100, or even 10 volts, depending on sensitivity. ESD that harms electronics is an invisible phenomenon – you cannot see, feel or hear the discharge, so you never know you had an ESD problem until your telephony equipment fails, calls are scrambled or dropped, sophisticated computers scramble data or lose GPS signals, electronics fail in the field, or a host of other problems resulting from compromised internal circuitry.


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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.