Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring

Definition - What does Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring mean?

An electrostatic dissipative flooring (ESD) is a coating, surfacing or flooring material designed to drain electrostatic charges away from persons walking on the floor. ESD flooring helps to minimize or eliminate the transfer of an unwanted electrical charge to sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. This is achieved through the flooring’s conductive design.

Corrosionpedia explains Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring

In some climates, electrostatic charges can develop as people walk across certain types of flooring. These charges become stored in the body and later transferred to electronic devices such as computers, possibly causing malfunctions or damage. Even the smallest, unnoticeable electrostatic discharge can have adverse effects on sensitive electronic equipment and circuit boards.

ESD flooring works by drawing electrostatic charges from persons or objects, thus preventing static buildup. Most ESD floor material and floor coatings contain conductive particles, such as carbon fibers in their matrix, that allow electrical currents to travel through it, much like a wire transfers current from one point to another.

ESD flooring is available in vinyl, carpet, rubber tiles and epoxy flooring.

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