ESD (electrostatic discharge) control flooring is used in a variety of industries, anywhere that static discharge may damage products, equipment, or electronic devices.
- Airplane Hangars
- Assembly Areas
- Clean Rooms
- Data Processing
- Electronics Manufacturing
- Equipment Calibration
- Pharmaceutical Plants
- Solvent Storage Areas
The specific requirements of your facility must be carefully considered when choosing an ESD system. In order to ensure that your needs are met, Applied has teamed up with one of the world leaders in ESD control flooring, who have developed an extensive line of ESD control products that will allow Applied to design a personalized system tailored to your facility’s needs. Each ESD floor that is installed by our certified applicators is tested by a specialist through multiple performance tests to ensure that the ESD properties meet the requirements set out in ANSI/ESD S20.20.
Anti-Static Floors for Ignition-Control Applications
Dry milling, chemical manufacturing and storage processes that handle or create explosive dust or flammable solvent vapor must develop and adhere to strict safety programs to avoid ignition sparking or explosion hazards. These programs must be compliant with local, state and federal safety guidelines, such as those presented by OSHA and NFPA.
The Hidden Dangers of ESD
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact or dielectric breakdown. A buildup of static electricity can be caused by tribocharging or by electrostatic induction. Most, if not all, movement of people, equipment and material produces a triboelectric event. The most spectacular, and threatening, result of the ESD event related to tribocharging is the spark. A spark occurs when a heavy electric field creates an ionized conductive channel in air. This can cause severe fires and even explosions if the air contains combustible liquids or dust particles. The simple act of a worker walking across a floor can cause a detrimental ESD static-related event. Given the right conditions, a worker can generate over 30,000 volts, ten times the amount necessary to create an ignition source.
How Anti-Static Floors Fit In
When it comes to controlling static electricity related to triboelectric effect, Ignition-Control anti-static floors play a vital role in any comprehensive ignition-control safety program. Applied Flooring installs a line of Ignition-Control ESD Flooring Systems that have been designed to meet and exceed current industry safety performance standards. Whether your process requires a floor free from mechanical sparking properties, or the need for an electrically active surface that will properly transfer built-up static electricity from personnel and equipment though the floor and out to ground, we’ve got you covered. Our technical sales team will work with your safety and engineering group to design and install the anti-static floor as an integral part of your Ignition-Control safety protocol.
Anti-Static Floors for the Electronics Industry (ANSI S20.20)
Electronics assembly and manufacturing facilities must create and adhere to strict ESD Control programs to ensure low product scrap rates, limit failure rates and meet customer requirements. Now, more than ever, the need for a comprehensive anti-static performance program is imperative in providing a solid foundation for compliance as future ESD-related specifications and guidelines become more stringent.
Your facility floor plays a vital role in the success of any robust anti-static program. Applied Flooring is dedicated to providing fully compliant, turn-key anti-static floor solutions that provide peace of mind both today and in the future.
Applied Flooring installs a full range of anti-static floors designed to meet and exceed the current performance standards. Each installation receives the manufacturer’s certification, field installation certification and Certificates of Compliance are issued. Our specialized technical sales team can work with your quality and engineering group to design and install an anti-static floor as an integral part of your ESD protocol. Whether you are a contract PCB assembler or a Class 0 avionics lab, Applied Flooring has a system to meet your needs.