At Central Flooring Services, we provide a range of antistatic solutions for flooring in electronic or highly volatile environments. Anti-static flooring prevents a person from building up a charge when walking, or when using electric-conductive devices. This type of flooring also helps prevent sparks.
Why do you need anti-static flooring?
Most factory production environments use concrete-based flooring. Normally, the water contained in the pores of the concrete is able to dissipate the electrostatic charge at the surface. However, the concrete floors of many factories require treatment with epoxy or polyurethane resin to ensure that the surfaces are resistant to the specific processes and activities that take place on site.
Such resin coatings provide a level of natural insulation and prevent the build-up of electrostatic charges. If insulation is not sufficient, you risk an electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can damage machinery.
The dangers of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) refers to the fast and spontaneous transmission of the electrostatic charge caused by a high electrostatic field. Using equipment or simply walking on the ground in a processing environment can cause an electrostatic discharge, with damaging results:
- Heat damage: When this charge comes into contact with the right material, it can transfer to the surface, triggering an ESD event. ESD events can be extremely hot, damaging glass, metal, steel and other materials. While most ESD events are harmless and barely perceptible, it can be an expensive problem in the case of sensitive high-tech products.
- Component failure: The intense heat of the charge can cause tiny components to evaporate or melt, causing devices to fail. An anti-static floor helps remove static electricity from a person’s body and thus reduce the risk of them becoming a conduit for electrostatic discharge.
- Explosion and fire risk: Where volatile chemicals are used, an electrostatic discharge can provide sufficient energy to ignite a chemical mixture, creating a fire risk. Uncontrolled electrostatic discharges can lead to serious component failures with consequences for the health and safety of workers and the environment. When a production plant mixes fine powders or uses solvents, the resulting sparks can cause explosions.
Be risk aware:
When using a static floor control system in a factory area, you should be aware of the high electrical charge and conductivity of concrete and resin floors and surfaces. If you work in an industrial environment such as a production site or factory, it is likely that you will need to meet the requirements for static flooring, especially when it is time to upgrade the space.
Our anti-static solutions
Our anti-static flooring solutions use a new method to combat this problem by providing a controlled discharge of static electricity to Earth. We have developed a statically controlled resin floor covering that contains a combination of epoxy or polyurethane resin, and a conductive material which transmits the electricity to an earthing point.
- Our antistatic floor covering system consists of a polyurethane or epoxy resin layer, providing a strong and stable surface for long-term protection against static discharges from the ground.
- Its formulation is well suited for sand and cement as well as concrete floors. It has a low viscosity curve, so it can be wetted with the substrate to achieve good penetration properties.
- A water-dispersible conductive primer is used to prime the substrate for use as an antistatic floor.
- A network of copper grounding strips can be used to ensure additional electrical grounding.
Get in touch
We work with the industry’s leading resin flooring providers to supply antistatic flooring to customers in a broad range of sectors and organisations. To find out how our antistatic flooring can improve safety and performance in your business, please call 0116 275 0315 today.