ESD Flooring timeline:
a historical perspective

Static Electricity: An Age-Old Phenomenon

ESD Flooring: A Historical Perspective - IndustryThe effects of electrification—or static electricity—were first observed in ancient Greece. Long before the emergence of ESD floors, static caused myriad problems in industrial manufacturing. Static charges caused unwanted adhesion or repulsion, jamming conveyor belts, clogging pipes, tangling fibers, and contaminating products and packaging. Static caused paper to stick, attracted dust, and ignited flammable liquids. Ionizing bars and air blowers neutralized charges, and wrist straps, attached to a metal surface, grounded people working on assembly lines.

Fast-Forward to the Twentieth Century

In the mid-1970s, with the economy in recession, textile mills closing and large industrial operations like auto manufacturing moving offshore, the static-control industry stagnated.

ESD Flooring: A Historical Perspective - Computer Companies like Wang Laboratories, IBM, and Digital Equipment Corporation were building computers, but the early models were slow and static-control protection circuits were often built into the PC boards. Static-preventative programs consisted of a combination of wrist and heel straps, shielded bags, and carbon-impregnated boxes, with table and floor mats for grounding.

Faster Electronics Require Robust Static Protection

ESD Flooring: A Historical Perspective - MicrochipBy the 90s, microelectronic devices were getting smaller and more sensitive to electrostatic discharge. Automated manufacturing processes required greater mobility, and ESD flooring—which grounds mobile personnel, as well as chairs and rolling carts, discharges static safely to ground, and prevents static generation—became the cornerstone of static control programs.

Our visual timeline shows how the ESD flooring industry evolved.

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StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.

StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.

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