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Static Shorts with Dave Long

Right from my den

In these short videos, Dave Long invites us right into his den to address some ESD flooring mistakes, discuss static control in the workplace, and lay to rest some ESD myths once and for all.

If you have a question for Dave or a topic you’d like to see him cover, give us a call on 617-923-2000 or email us at [email protected].

Episode 1: Low kV Carpet is Not Static Free

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In this video, Dave Long – President and CEO of StaticWorx – busts the Low kV Carpet Myth wide open. Commercial low kV carpet products are not suitable for protecting electronics parts and systems and should not be confused with static dissipative carpet.

"One more thing about LVT: Not only can I not drain static electricity, but it charges objects that move on it. So don't use LVT for static-control applications. Don't think that because a carpet has a low kV rating that it might also be a product that can be grounded, because it can't."

Episode 1: Low kV Carpet is Not Static Free

In this video, Dave Long – President and CEO of StaticWorx – busts the Low kV Carpet Myth wide open. Commercial low kV carpet products are not suitable for protecting electronics parts and systems and should not be confused with static dissipative carpet.

"One more thing about LVT: Not only can I not drain static electricity, but it charges objects that move on it. So don't use LVT for static-control applications. Don't think that because a carpet has a low kV rating that it might also be a product that can be grounded, because it can't."

Meet Your Host: Dave Long

Dave is founder and CEO of StaticWorx, Inc., a U.S.-based supplier of static-control flooring products that protect electronic components from harm caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD). Dave was contracted by the FDA to train their compliance auditors on meeting ESD standards at facilities that manufacture medical devices. He publishes widely in a variety of industry journals, and offers an AIA-accredited CEU course on ESD Basics for architects and designers.

More Static Shorts Episodes

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"Today, what we've done is we've shown you why it's important, when you write a specification, that you actually require the supplier to test the floor after the floor is installed, and in writing, tell you what they got for measurements. You saw how easy the measurements were. It's not that difficult."

"These three standards govern the specifications that should be written for most applications for flight towers, server rooms, comm centers, command centers, 9-1-1 call centers, and the nice thing about these three standards is even though they come from three different organizations, there's definite consensus within them.

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"It's quite simple. If you're looking to prevent static in any of the applications where it's mandatory to control, like a 9-1-1 call center, server room, flight tower, you can't use regular rubber flooring. You have to use conductive rubber."

"The problem with LVT is it's being marketed as a low kV floor. When I say low kV, I mean less than 2000 volts of static generation. However, what I'm going to do right now is I'm going to show you why - whether it's marketed as a low KV floor or not - you shouldn't even be considering using it."

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"From a conductivity perspective, all four of these adhesives would do exactly what we need it to do in an ESD flooring installation. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to pick these apart, because I want you to think about adhesive as the most important part of your project instead of what you're usually thinking about, which is the floor."

"So all I'm going to do in this video is I'm going to pick up these pieces of wood and I'm going to tip them upside down and we'll see if the adhesive actually holds the dumbbell."

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"I'm going to introduce you to a solution to many problems in the flooring industry. If you've ever dealt with moisture, if you've ever dealt with an uneven sub floor or contaminated subfloor this might be your answer. "

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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.