Various flooring materials have differing levels of effectiveness at controlling ESD.

Have you ever gotten zapped while walking through your carpeted living room after having touched a light switch? While that may cause a quick shock, it could be a lot more serious when it occurs in medical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical environments. In the electronics industry alone, companies that ignore ESD run the risk of losing billions of dollars annually. Interiors & Sources goes on to cite other risks when ESD goes ignored.

Despite a great deal of effort during the past 30 years to minimize the impact of ESD, it still interrupts production yields, manufacturing costs, product quality, product reliability, and profitability across the board. The cost of damaged devices themselves ranges from only a few cents for a simple diode to thousands of dollars for complex integrated circuits. When associated costs of repair and rework, shipping, labor, and overhead are factored into the equation, the need for dissipative flooring solutions takes on new significance.

Flooring manufacturers have developed products to help address ESD problems in a variety of applications. In this article, you’ll learn about the conditions under which ESD charges occur; take a look at various flooring materials and their effectiveness at controlling ESD; and be able to ask the right questions to determine which product works for your setting.

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