Assuring the flooring is anti-static.
Q: We always face a problem of selling your anti-static/dissipative vinyl floors to our clients. What is the solution for client satisfaction if they want to make sure the vinyl floor is anti-static or not and if the vinyl floor works as a dissipate of current.
A: 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 (2.5E04 Ω to 1E06 Ω) or static dissipative (1E06 Ω to 1E09 Ω). The term antistatic typically refers 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. Antistatic often refers to products used in packaging or where materials that resist tribocharge but aren’t necessarily conductive enough to bleed off charges to ground in a timely fashion.
Attachment of a typical GZ flooring system to an existing substrate is typically accomplished via GZ-C2000-4R releasable liquid conductive fiber-loaded adhesive. There are a variety of adhesives for various 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. The primary electrical building grounds serve as the Common Point Ground or are bonded to the CPG for the ESD flooring (ESD technical element) and comply with ANSI/ESD S6.1-2005 as per ANSI/ESD S20.20-1999.
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