FAQ: How do I mate conductive tape/copper strip to ensure conductivity across a floor?
I have a #6 AWG copper conductor and the copper strip/tape - how do I best MATE those together? Or how do I ensure conductivity across the floor?
What you’re really asking is this: how do I ensure continued conductivity across the static control floor? The answer must involve your choice of static-control flooring.
There different types of static-control floor coverings, all with different electrical properties, some with limitations. Armstrong manufactures a vinyl product called SDT. Armstrong SDT can’t perform without the application of special waxes.
StaticWorx vinyl tile is a permanently conductive material that requires no special care to remain conductive. Waxes are not needed. Conductive adhesive unites the tiles electrically, and the installation is grounded using a simple 24” long, 2” wide, copper strip under one tile. The other end of the strip is attached to an electrical outlet using one of the screws in the outlet box. (We provide the strips as part of our package.)
Only one ground connection is needed per 1000 square feet. The tiles are bonded via with conductive pressure-sensitive adhesive-GroundTack-which contains conductive coated fibers.
How the Adhesive Works
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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