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What Is Conductive Flooring? Get Know Its Advantages, Industrial Application & Best Conductive Floors

2020/8/21 18:49:33

Floors with static conductive performance are of vital importance and their application is a priority in spaces where electrostatic discharges play a fundamental role, and if their effects or variations in electrical potential are not controlled, any discharge can cause economic and even physical damage.

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What is Conductive Flooring?

Basically, a conductive floor is an ESD flooring system with high conduction properties, in a range from 1X104 to 1X106 that allows us to redirect the generation of the electrostatic field and prevent a spark capable of producing combustion or affecting electronic devices from being produced.

From school they taught us that an electrostatic field is produced by rubbing two materials together; Many of us discover it by shaking the hand of another person and feeling a small electric shock that can even generate a spark; But it is not that we have done “chemistry” with that other person, but rather that by walking on a surface prone to electrostatics we generate triboelectricity: electricity by rubbing. This small electrical discharge is usually harmless due to its low intensity, but if it occurs in the middle of a surgical operation or in a space surrounded by flammable material or on a work table with electronic microcomponents, it could have very serious consequences.

How Do Conductive Floors Work?

Through the conductive material or epoxy coating that works as an ESD (Electro Static Discharge) system, static conductive flooring allows us to control the triboelectric charges produced by the electrostatic field. Once the electrostatic appears, the conductive floor discharges the energy towards everything with which it comes into contact, in this case the system will throw the current to a previously installed ground line to dissipate and avoid discharge. Basically, its job is to protect circuits, panels, cells, power transmission rooms and electrical stations, places with highly flammable materials or explosive material, operating rooms, etc.

Where Is Conductive Flooring Used?

We have already known the importance of antistatic conductive flooring, but it is important to point out in which places they are used and for what reasons: 

  • Their most frequent use is in laboratories or industrial sectors where there are ultra-sensitive devices and / or flammable material; 

  • In the second case they can be fuel warehouses, waste warehouses, or spaces that house materials prone to rapid combustion such as paper, cloth or wood;

  • It is also used in technological environments where they perform quality and resistance tests on electrical devices through high precision measurements; 

  • In these cases, any electrostatic intervention can affect the operation of devices sensitive to current variations, and we will not be able to obtain the expected result. 

  • In the communication industry: from cell phone laboratories to radio stations that have areas or departments where the use of interference-free radio frequencies is required.

  • But undoubtedly the place where conductive floors are a priority is in the medical sector: hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are the space that has all the aforementioned risk areas: fuels, chemicals or other flammable materials. That is why a conductive floor is essential in a hospital: in wards and radio communication areas, in the computer area, in laboratories where they house flammable materials, or chemicals that need constant cooling, in radiology units and surgery rooms. where operations are carried out with extremely sensitive material; And if we take into account that every hospital has rooms with patients connected to devices on which their lives depend, the need for an electrically conductive floor is more than evident. As we can see, the range of applications for electroconductive floors is wide.

Other Advantages of Conductive Floor

Although the advantages are very evident, we have only talked about the needs that it covers within certain industrial and medical areas; however, at a general level we can also highlight that:

  • These floors have good resistance to contact with chemical material, to mechanical wear by friction (withstands heavy and constant traffic);

  • Its level of adhesion is deep on any substrate;

  • It is also very resistant to corrosion, it is not toxic; 

  • Its finish is elegant and high-gloss;

  • Since it has a smooth finish, its cleaning is really easy, and in general it not only provides protection, but it will extend the useful life of other floor covering such as the raised floor panel.

Best Conductive Flooring Solution

Among the Conductive Flooring solutions, vinyl floor is widely used for industrial areas with its great anti-static performances and physical characteristics. Huiya Permanent Conductive Vinyl Floor Tile series is a durable and economical ESD Raised Floor Covering with great performance, ideal choice for raised floor system in server rooms, hospital, call centers, clean rooms, offices and more. Our Conductive PVC tiles have the below advantages to ensure we can your best choice for conductive flooring:

  • Durable, practical and economical covering specially for raised floor panel

  • Tested for electrical conductivity before leaving the factory and meets quality standards.

  • Conductive Vinyl Tile with permanent static protection and electrical range 2.5×104 to 1.0×106

  • Smooth, non-porous surface has excellent chemical resistance, long-wearing and indention and abrasion resistant

  • Meets the requirements of Standard for Health Care Facilities, High Class Cleanroom and indoor air quality standards