As of recent (2007), testing standards and trends for Electrostatic Dissipative materials (ESD), companies have shifted from controlling individual electrostatic components to focusing more on providing an electrostatic protected environment in which statically sensitive components are manufactured. The testing methods for ESD flooring have become more stringent, mainly because the range of acceptable test results has diminished. The passing standards for these tests are more restrictive due to an increased emphasis on body voltage generation (BVG) and the ensuing interaction throughout the entire electrostatically protected environment. With today’s testing standards for ESD, the best way for a company to be compliant is to ensure that the environment has a uniform static control condition throughout the facility, including the floor that will safely function under all circumstances.
“Through our partnership with Protective Industrial Polymers (PIP), Concare, Inc. now has both the capability and the materials necessary to renovate any existing ESD floor as well as being able to bring all statically sensitive environments into compliance without a huge investment or excessive production ,” said Ron Puszynski, President of Concare, Inc. “We teamed up with PIP to be their exclusive installers of their ESD flooring, making us the only flooring solution provider in the Midwest with the ability to deliver an ESD compliant floor in accordance with the new 2007 testing standards and trends.”
About ESD Flooring Applications and Protection
Static buildup from foot or vehicular traffic can damage sensitive electronic instruments, creating latent product defects. Static electricity is a known ignition source, starting fires where flammable solvents are stored, putting personnel in harm’s way. A floor coating with an integral static dissipative quality stops static electricity in its tracks. There are numerous industrial applications other than electronics and computers that may require an ESD compliant flooring solution. These areas include flammable storage, areas of constant low humidity, fine powder manufacturing, industrial control meters or switches, automated packaging equipment, robotic assembly, and chemical or pharmaceutical production involving the use of solvents.
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Founded in 1978, Concare is a leading provider of concrete protection, restoration, refinishing and polishing services and products for floors and walls in the commercial, industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, food, beverage, information, retail, distribution and recreational industries. Headquartered in Melrose Park, IL, the company helps to accomplish the goals of sanitation, safety and chemical protection. Concare offers a full suite of seamless flooring applications including CoatRight™ Systems, LevelRight™ Systems, GuardRight™ Systems, and ShineRight™ Systems. Visit Concare online at www.Concare.com.