A UNIQUE APPROACH TO ELECTROSTATIC CONTROL
Sika's dedication to research and development in ESD control allows us to offer the most extensive ESD polymer product line on the market today, providing a vast range of ESD flooring possibilities to precisely match your specific facility needs.
ESD FLOORING GUIDE:
- Where to use
- Sikafloor ESD advantage
- New testing for ESD
- ESD floors in clean room environments
SIKAFLOOR® ESD CONTROL
In industries where electronic components or volatile chemicals are involved, static electricity can result in significant damage, injury, and financial loss. Protect your work environment against electrostatic discharge with Sikafloor® ESD Control Flooring Systems.
WHERE TO USE?
In industries where electronic components or volatile chemicals are involved, static electricity can result in significant damage, injury and financial loss.
- Data Processing
- Photography & Graphic Arts
- Hazardous industries
- Clean Rooms with Conductive Requirements
WHAT DOES AN ESD EVENT DO?
An ESD event basically produces a spark (a micro-lightning bolt in effect), which passes from one charged conductive surface to another. This incredibly rapid transfer of what had previously been a static (non-moving) charge can cause fires, explosions, create heat, light and even sounds. It is this potentially unseen, unfelt or unheard ‘micro lightning’ or spark without warning that must be prevented or controlled.
SIKAFLOOR ESD ADVANTAGE
- Consistent electrical properties
- No conditioning of electrical properties required
- Easy to repair and maintain
- Low odor/ low VOC systems
- Proprietary non-fiber technologies developed by ESD flooring experts
- Conforms to all current ESD standards
WHAT IS CONDUCTIVITY?
Conductivity refers to the ability of a material to conduct an electrical charge to earth or ‘ground’. In non-technical terms, this can be described as the ability of a material to carry or ‘conduct’ an electrical current.
The electrical conductivity or the specific conductance of a flooring system is therefore also a measure of the material’s ability to conduct an electric current. The electrical resistance of a material is a measure of its resistance to the flow of an electric current.
NEW TESTING FOR ESD FLOORING
The electronics market worldwide is governed by the standard ANSI S20.20, and its identical European and Asian counterpart IEC 61340-5-2. As a result of the increasing sensitivity of electronic components, and a vagary of ESD measurement in the workplace, the ANSI ESD S20.20 was changed in 2014 (effective January 2016) to reflect this.
ESD CONTROL FLOORING IN CLEAN ENVIRONMENTS
Many processes require the engineered control of electrostatic discharges (ESD) to prevent damage to electrically sensitive equipment and analytic processes, as well as to prevent fire or explosion when handling flammable liquids, powders, and gases. Learn more about ESD Solutions in this Controlled Environments article.