ANSI/ESD S Revision and Redesignation of ANSI/ESD STM For the Protection of Electrostatic. Discharge Susceptible Items. This Standard establishes test methods for measuring the electrical resistance of floor materials where protection of ESD susceptible items is required. ANSI/ESD STM Revision and Re-designation of ANSI/ESD S For the Protection of Electrostatic. Discharge Susceptible Items. Floor Materials.

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We have a variety of bench and flooring mats and runners. The two and three layer mats would generally refer to our bench or table mats. Our Duro-Stat line is actually a homogenous vinyl ESD matting with great mechanical and electrical properties. The top layer would give the mats its resistance to chemicals, resistance to solder, flux, and the ability to keep it clean. The backing would typically promote an anti-skid and durable surface. The three-layer mats are going to have a conductive scrim center layer and work well with most wrist strap constant monitors.

The exception being our Anti-Fatigue II line, this static dissipative mat is a vinyl mat with a foamed vinyl backing. Our No-Slip II is made of a corrugated slip-resistant vinyl. What is the difference between anti-static and static dissipative floors?

Anti-static is not the proper term to use for ESD flooring. Anti-Static refers to the ability to suppress charge generation or the prevention of static build up. Anti-static materials will not safely attract or decay a static charge before it randomly discharges. Anti-static material is usually indicated by an electrical resistance range, measured in ohms, of a minimum of 1E10, 10 giga ohmsto a maximum of 1E12, 1 trillion ohms.

ESD flooring systems are referred to as static conductive more conductive or static dissipative not as conductive, but will dissipate charges in an orderly fashion. If you choose this flooring system, the RTG readings may be at the low end of the scale and be in the E06 to E07 range or it may be at the high end and be in the E08 range. You want to keep you flooring system clean and always below a gig ohm. These floors are the superior choice for an assembly environment and offer the lowest charge generation and quickest charge dissipation.

These floors require proper cleaning and maintenance, but will likely exceed the requirements for What should be the required Ground Rod-to-earth resistance? The black or Hot conductor comes from a circuit breaker and goes to an AC outlet receptacle. The white or Neutral conductor comes from a neutral bus which is bonded to an earth grounding electrode and goes to an AC outlet receptacle.

The green conductor or e7 grounding conductor comes from a ground bus and is bonded to the metal chassis or conduit. The ground bus is then bonded to the Neutral bus. The common point ground or bus bar is connected or bonded to this essd connection, as is various other ESD technical elements the grounding conductors or wires from wrist strapsworksurfacesflooring or floor matstools, fixtures, storage unitscartschairsgarmentsetc.

The telecommunications industry has often used 5 ohms or less as their value for grounding and bonding. The goal in grounding resistance values is to achieve the lowest ground resistance value possible.

The National Electrical Code defines a ground as: The auxiliary ground shall be bonded to the AC ewd ground when possible. The auxiliary ground needs to be bonded to the equipment ground to ensure that there is no difference in electrical potential between the two anai. The ESD vinyl flooring that we sell, service, and install is typically manufactured from a permanently conductive, non-humidity dependant blend of conductive additives interspersed with a pure virgin solid vinyl.


Our tile is specified as static conductive 2. The term antistatic typically e7 to a range of resistance outside of industry accepted standards for ESD flooring. There are some commercial and residential applications where antistatic flooring is acceptable but would be outside of the range of Static Conductive or Static Dissipative. Attachment of a typical GZ flooring aansi to an existing substrate is typically accomplished via GZ-CR releasable liquid conductive fiber-loaded adhesive. There are a variety of adhesives for esr types of application.

Grounding of an ESD flooring system is comprised of appropriately placed copper grounding tape running beneath flooring overlayment adhesive and attached to primary electrical building grounds located throughout the facility, as well as installation of GZ- ground plates. We have an ESD tile floor in our testing lab. The answer to your question is, YES. Protective personnel grounding products such as; heel straps, booties and shoes working in conjunction with an ESD floor dsd designed for processes within your ESD program where the technician has to be mobile within an ESDPA, ESD Protected Area where the electrostatic sensitive device is not protected in an ESD protective container or shielded in some manner, e.

If ansu process has technical personnel setting or standing at a workstation they DO require grounding via a Wrist Strap. If your technical staff removes their wrist strap to transport an ESD sensitive device or component outside the ESD protected area, the device also needs to be shielded as well as the technician being properly outfitted with ESD shoes, booties or heel straps.

Within the ESDPA, they do require the additional shielding protection of the device, but it is always a good idea when practical.

I hope this helps address your question, please let us know if we can be of further assistance with any ESD questions or ESD protective product requirements you and your team may be sourcing.

We are an explosives manufacturer and are looking to repaint ead conductive flooring. We subscribe to the standard NFPA requirements for conductive flooring. What is the best and most economical product to apply?

Consider that the environment would be expected to be consistently wet. We recommended 2 rsd options, both of which would be completely monolithic and seamless due to the excessive liquids that will be present. These are the two most important criteria for recommending a system for this environment.

Out of these 2 systems, a conductive epoxy eesd going to be most cost effective, verse a thermally heat welded conductive vinyl system.

How important is humidity in the control of electrostatic problems?

I have linked a white paper below for your review esf puts this topic into perspective. Notice that voltages of up to esf. From the attached documents, there are 2 graphs of decay time versus effective distanceone for decay time on negative charges and the other one for decay time on positive charges. As you can see, the closer the bench top air ionizer effective distancethe lesser the decay time will be.

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My question is, why is it during the distance of 20 to 24 inch the graph line become a straight line saturated and not growing linearly like the other points? This ionizer also has a heater function. Ionizers increase the electrical conductivity of air, which is especially useful in environments that use insulators which cannot be removed from the EPA such as PC boards. Now things get complicated. Keep in mind that smaller objects have lower capacitance and the time to discharge them maybe shorter than the discharge time.

This deals with induced potential on objects.


It has been found that the mobility of negative and positive ions are different. Thus, there is a small electric field generated which is zero at the work bench surface if dissipative ESD mats are being used and largest as you get closer to the ionizer. We use an isolated system, which reduce this effect by a simple law of nature- charge cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system.

Will electrical znsi damage a device, or will the rate of current discharge do the damage? Really close to the plates, the effects of decay time are linear and are affected by a plane source. An example anxi this equation is to s77 the surface area of a sphere with a diameter of 2 units as opposed to one with a diameter of 4 units.

Eds to say, nature is too complicated to be linear. We are removing old vinyl tile and replacing with ESD protective tile. We are wondering if ESD conductive or dissipative is best. We need recommendations on conductive vs. The area is not high traffic. In selecting an electrical range there are several key factors to consider, these are in order of importance in our professional opinion: Based on what you have described in you e-mail, conductive range is best suited for your anssi, dissipative should not be considered.

See the attached white paper on this specific subject. As this particular document has even been published yet, please keep this document confidential for your internal use only. I think this will give you some things to consider moving forward. Please see the attached floor comparisons chart for esr things you should consider, this chart may prove helpful to you and your team.

Let us know if we can provide you ansu flooring sample submittals, product specification sheets, quotations, etc. I would like to talk to you in greater detail regarding Epoxy vs. Tile, we have many millions of square feet of experience in this category, so please call me when you have some time.

Please let us know how we can better support you and your company moving forward, as your satisfaction is our highest priority! They sent me a copyrighted document on June 2 nd of Impact resistance for the toe area of footwear.

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Compression resistance for the toe area of footwear. Metatarsal protection that reduces the chance of injury to the metatarsal bones at the top of the foot. Conductive properties which reduce hazards that may result from static electricity buildup, and reduce the possibility of ignition of explosives and volatile chemicals. Static Dissipative SD properties es reduce hazards due to excessively low footwear resistance that may exist where SD footwear is required.

Puncture resistance of footwear bottoms. Chain saw cut resistance, and Dielectric insulation. Does the type of work being performed in the protected area include, working with Power Supplies? Is your staff going to be wearing personnel grounding protection? Are there any environmental conditions to consider? How important is meeting industry standards to you and your company?

The factors that should be considered in choosing a Material Type are as follows: What is the intended use for the floor? What type traffic will the floor see? Will liquids or spills be anticipated or utilized in this z7 Do you own or lease the building?