ESD flooring for industrial and commercial use

ESD flooring for industrial and commercial use

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ESD flooring for industrial and commercial use. Conductive, Dissipative and Anti-Static electro-static discharge floor tiles manufactured in the UK.

  • BS EN 61340-5-1 and IEC 61340 compliant
  • Made in the UK
  • Life time guarantee of ESD performance
  • Easy to install
  • Environmentally sustainable

 

ESD Flooring is available in 5mm or a heavy duty 7mm thick tile that can be used with fork truck and pallet truck traffic.  

ESD floor tiles are a static dissipative or conductive flooring system designed for use in areas where components or individuals need to be protected from the risk of electrostatic damage. This includes electronic sub-assembly areas or facilities where combustible/explosive materials are handled, typically in an industrial or manufacturing environment.

ESD is guaranteed to meet BS EN 61340-5-1 and to be IEC 61340 compliant. The resistance to ground falls between 2.9 x 10⁴ ohm/m2 and 5.7 x 10⁶ ohm.

The conductive properties of ESD floors will last for the lifetime of the tile and if grounded in accordance with our instructions and maintained properly, the tiles will create a safe conductive floor surface that can be used as your primary ground. This tile is not suitable for outdoor use

 

  • Suitable for trucks, HGVs and heavy-duty applications
  • Install without downtime
  • 10 year warranty
  • Withstands tight turning circles
  • Ideal for uneven or damp floors
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Expected lifespan of 20 + years
  • Exceptionally durable
  • Quick & simple to install
  • Noise reduction of up to 46db
  • No damp proof membrane, screed or adhesives required
  • Fire retardant – Class Bfl S1
  • Easy to maintain & clean
  • Excellent slip-resistance (R10)
  • Reduces worker fatigue
  • Warm – Insulates the floor from cold
  • No additional toxic chemicals, 100% recyclable

 

Composition, Manufacture & Availability

ESD Flooring is manufactured using an injection-moulding process during which thousands of tiny stainless steel fibres are added to the compound. This method ensures that the fibres are evenly distributed right the way through each tile guaranteeing the permanent ESD performance of the tile.

NOTE: The stainless steel fibres in the ESD tiles affect the shrinkage rate of the PVC. This means they are slightly larger than the standard tiles and so the joints will not connect. Please call us for advice on the best way to link ESD and standard tiles. This tile is not suitable for outdoor use.

Design and Installation

The stainless steel fibres may be visible on the surface of the tile, this is due to the manufacturing process and cannot be eliminated. The fibres are least visible in combination with the dark grey compound so dark grey is the standard colour in which we produce the ESD tile. If a customer requires contrasting coloured ESD flooring, we can also supply in dark blue. 

General Specifications

Finish: Smooth
Material: PVC
Joint: Dovetail
BS EN 61340-5-1
IEC 61340
Surface Resistance: 2.2 x 10⁴ ohm/m2 – 3 x 10⁶ ohm
Resistance to ground: 2.9 x 10⁴ ohm – 5.7 x 10⁵ ohm
Dimensions: 500mm x 500mm
Thickness: 7mm
Weight: 9kg/m2
Hardness: 90-92 Shore A
ESD Version: Yes

Finish: Smooth or Raised Disk
Material: PVC
Joint: Dovetail
Dimensions: 500mm x 500mm
Hardness: 90-92 Shore A
Anticipated Service Life: 25 years +
Not suitable for outdoor use.
Fire Performance: Does not support combustion and achieves Class 1 spread of flame when tested to BS 476: Part 7 / DIN 13501: 2004 – Bfl-S1
Sound Absorption: Noise reduction of up to 46db can be achieved.
Hardness: Standard ISO 868 89-92 Shore A.
Slip Resistance / Anti-Slip Qualities: R10 Rating EN 13893:2002 Dynamic Coefficient of Friction = 0.75 avg. EN 14041:2004 – Pass DIN 51130:2004
Abrasion Wear: Group T
Mechanical Resistance: 17 N/mm2 to DIN 53516.
Determination of Length, Squareness & Straightness: BS EN 428:1993 – <0.13% / 0.5mm max.
Determination of Residual Indentation: BS EN 433:1994 – <0.1mm
Compressive Strength: ISO 6721-1:1994, ISO 6721-2:1994, ISO 6721-6:1996: 520kg/cm²
Dimensional Stability: BS EN 434:1994 – Maximum change in dimension <0.1%.
Chemical Resistance: Good resistance to most commonly used chemicals. EN 13529 – Common acids oils & gas oil – No deterioration / Solvents – Not resistant to prolonged contact.
Colour Fastness: EN 20105-B021 – 5
Mechanical Resistance: Annex A.1 of BS IEC 61340-5-1:2001.
Resistance to Hot Objects/Solder: Good

What is Electrostatic Discharge?

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the release of static electricity when two objects come into contact. Familiar examples of ESD include the shock we receive when we walk across a carpet and touch a metal doorknob and the static electricity we feel after drying clothes in a clothes dryer. A more extreme example of ESD is a lightening bolt.

While most ESD events are harmless, it can be an expensive problem in many industrial environments.

ESD first requires a build-up of an electrostatic charge. This occurs when two different materials rub together. One of the materials becomes positively charged; the other becomes negatively charged. The positively-charged material now has an electrostatic charge. When that charge comes into contact with the right material, it is transferred and we have an ESD event. The heat from the ESD event is extremely hot, although we do not feel it when we are shocked.

However, when the charge is released onto an electronic device such as an expansion card , the intense heat from the charge can melt or vaporize the tiny parts in the card causing the device to fail. Sometimes an ESD event can damage a device, but it continues to function. This is a called a latent defect, which is hard to detect and significantly shortens the life of the device.

Many electronic devices are susceptible to low voltage ESD events. For example, hard drive components are sensitive to only 10 volts. For this reason, manufacturers of electronic devices incorporate measures to prevent ESD events throughout the manufacturing, testing, shipping, and handling processes.

An employee may wear a wrist strap when working with devices or may wear ESD control footwear and work on an ESD floor mat or floor that causes the electrostatic charge to go into the ground instead of into the device. Sensitive devices can be packaged with materials that shield the product from a charge.

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