Carrying the Charge

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The quality of surface preparation, its thickness and the type of conductive material used are the key components for an anti-static flooring system or coating project to conform to the required level of conductivity.

Electrostatic induction occurs when an electrically charged object is placed near a conductive object isolated from ground. The presence of the charged object creates an electrostatic field that causes electrical charges on the surface of the other object to redistribute.

Even if the net electrostatic charge of the object has not changed, it now has regions of excess positive and negative charges. An ESD event may occur when the object comes into contact with a conductive path.

For instance, charged regions on the surfaces of a cup or bag can induce potential on nearby ESD sensitive components via electrostatic induction and an ESD event may occur if the component is touched with a metallic tool.

There are a number of available conductive mineral and material options but many tend to have a very high density or are very expensive. Recycled metallic products can also be inconsistent for particle distribution or have high levels of contamination.

Every anti-static flooring installation or coating project has its own unique set of challenges. Our ConductagTM range of anti-static mineral products have proven to be very effective and affordable in meeting client system requirements.