ESD Floor System Installation: Is Your Team and Facility Protected?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Painters USA: electrostatic discharge flooring

As industrial flooring specialists, you’ve heard us say again and again that the right floor makes all the difference.

In fact, that’s one of our flooring team’s main goals: helping you determine exactly what you need in your new system, and then making the recommendation and installation that will check every box on your list.

Beyond just aesthetics, many floor systems in industrial and commercial environments offer a critical safety component as well. This makes it all the more essential that you fully understand your options, and also have the insight and opportunity needed to pick the right flooring professional for your job.

This is particularly true when it comes to investing in ESD (or static dissipating) flooring.

ESD Flooring: Your First Line of Defense Against Electrostatic Discharge

If you’re reading this, you likely already know how catastrophic a static discharge event can be in the wrong environment.

That tiny spark of intense heat offers nothing more than a slight, startling discomfort in the outside world. In certain environments, however, maybe like yours, it can destroy sensitive electronic equipment, create latent product failures, or even spark an explosion.

The simple act of walking around builds the stored potential for this kind of harm through the process of tribocharging. That stored electricity then needs a path of escape, passing from you to the object you touch when you complete the circuit.

ESD floor systems offer a path of least resistance for this buildup of static electricity, grounding you and your team. The specially-designed, conductive material in your floor then directs it away from you and toward a harmless earth ground.

What Is the Best Kind of ESD Control Flooring?

There are a lot of options, from floor mats to carpets, casters to topical anti-static treatments.

Here at Painters USA, however, we believe that the very best, most effective solution is a complete, dedicated floor coating. The upfront cost is higher, yes, but the benefits really speak for themselves:

  • Much higher-quality, predictable protection
  • More durable
  • Longer-lasting than more topical solutions
  • Chemical-resistant
  • Can be customized for your specific environmental demands
  • Provides conductive and dissipative qualities
  • Custom colors are available (style matters too, right?)
  • Our systems are low-odor, allowing the space to be used again quickly

Which Industries Need the Most Protection?

While certainly not exhaustive, this list does provide a snapshot of the most vulnerable industries and facilities that we serve:

  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Electronics manufacturers
  • Software developers
  • Government and military applications
  • Computer labs at schools and universities
  • Call centers
  • Bank data centers
  • Corporate offices
  • Chemical plants and laboratories

Find the Right Industrial Flooring Company To Install Your ESD Control System

Direct experience and industry insight matter, especially when safety and productivity are on the line. Don’t risk your team (most importantly!), or your equipment, products, and investments.

If you have more questions about your requirements and options, contact your team at Painters USA. We’re here to help.