ShadowFX Static-Dissipative (SD) Carpet Tile
ShadowFX Static-Dissipative (SD) Carpet Tile
ShadowFX™ ESD Carpet Tile – Stylish Enough for Call Centers, Rugged Enough for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly
Facilities managers for end-user and public spaces have long appreciated the benefits of carpeted floors. Sound attenuation and ergonomics, combined with the ease and low cost of cleaning make carpet an obvious choice for end-user applications.
In the ‘90s, electronics manufacturers installed 1000s of square feet of carpet tile in their PCB manufacturing areas, test departments, and final assembly as well as box build areas. Carpet tile installations were less expensive than hard surface floors because installing carpet tiles requires less subfloor repair and preparation.
Periodic vacuuming and yearly extraction cleaning cost much less than washing, waxing and buffing hard surface floors – providing a lower long-term cost of ownership.
Many of these installations remain in place today.
The one drawback to using carpet tile for tough applications: due to pile crush, after two to three years of use, carpet tiles exposed to chair casters and heavy traffic looked different from adjacent tiles.
Because carpet tile installations look like one large continuous floor, worn areas stuck out like a coffee stain on a white shirt.
i2 Design – Inspired by Nature
In early 2000, Interface – inventor of carpet tile – introduced their i2 design platform, created to mimic the organic design of nature. i2 tiles vary in pattern and color within one style and colorway. Mergeable i2 designs hide wear, making replacement tiles almost indistinguishable from older tiles in the same installation. So your floor lasts longer, you need less attic stock, and selective tile replacement is easy.
In 2010, in conjunction with Interface, Staticworx launched an ANSI/ESD S20.20-compliant version of i2 – called ShadowFX Static-dissipative (SD) carpet tile.
ShadowFX ESD Carpet Tile Features and Benefits
Applications - ShadowFX ESD Carpet Tile and Planx
Applications - ShadowFX ESD Carpet Tile & Planx
Staticworx is a U.S. government-registered Vermont-based small business. Our core competencies include:
Floors, new construction
Renovation and alteration
Installation oversight and certification
Maintenance & repair
Seamless no-wax coatings for existing floors
Post Installation verification
ShadowFX Static Dissipative (SD) Carpet Tile Collections
ShadowFX Static Dissipative (SD) Carpet Tile Collections
Info and Brochures
- ESD Standards
- Conductive vs Dissipative
- Technical Info
- The Environment
- Material Info
All Staticworx ESD Carpet Tile and Planx measure in the static-dissipative range:
1.0 x 10E6 – < 1.0 x 10E9, with 100 V applied voltage, per ANSI/ESD STM 7.1.Charge generation, measured in volts: < 100 volts (.1kV)
Why is ShadowFX Carpet Static Dissipative and Not Conductive?
A dissipative floor delivers electricity to ground at a controlled but effective rate - like a soft landing. A floor that’s too conductive moves electricity with very little resistance - like a hard landing. Conductive carpet moves electricity too fast to meet electrical safety recommendations and resistance standards for computer rooms, call centers and other spaces where people might accidentally make contact with electricity.
How do I know if a material is conductive or dissipative? Follow the standards:
Conductive: > 1.0 x 10E6 (below 1 million) ohms
Dissipative: 1.0 x 10E6 – 1.0 x 10E9 (1 million to 1 billion) ohms
Commercial/low kV carpet does not dissipate static electricity and cannot be grounded. Protecting sensitive electronics requires a much greater reduction in static than the anti-static treatments in commercial carpets provide. This is true whether components are used or housed in an electronics manufacturing or handling facility, data or critical call center, 9-1-1 dispatch operation, or flight control tower - or any space where damage to electronic equipment can compromise the core mission.
Why use static dissipative and not conductive carpet: [Read]
A conductive floor is more conductive – or less resistant – to the flow of electricity. A highly conductive floor – measuring 2.5 x 10E4 ohms to ground or below – provides too little resistance. Static dissipative floors have more electrical resistance than conductive floors – i.e., they slow the flow of electricity. In other words, electricity flows at a more controlled rate across a static-dissipative than a conductive floor.
Why specify static-dissipative materials for 9-1-1 call center, FAA, telecom, data center, and other end-user applications: [Read]
Flooring for 9-1-1 call centers, FAA flight towers and other mission-critical applications, the floor must safely dissipate static to ground. Because personnel are not required to wear special ESD-protective footwear, the floor must also inhibit static generation and prevent static from building as people walk.
Staticworx ESD Carpet Tile is ideal for installation over bare access floor panels. With no adhesive required, carpet tiles are easy to lift and replace. ShadowFX carpet tiles with dissipative backing are grounded upon contact with metal panels, and guaranteed to meet all ESD standards for any application.
Floating Floors: [Read]
Most ESD floors are installed with a conductive adhesive that forms a conductive groundplane under the floor. But in areas requiring access to underfloor wiring or utilities or requiring a floating installation; in 24/7 spaces that cannot be shut down; or in spaces that may be repurposed or the flooring redeployed—a glue-free installation may be a better option.
Glue-free Installation: [Read/Download]
ShadowFX ESD Carpet Tiles can be installed over almost any existing floor, as well as painted and other conductive or non-conductive surfaces. GroundBridge underlayment, a thin, lightweight material composed of conductive cellulose, forms a uniform ground plane over any non-conductive floor. Tactiles join ShadowFX carpet tiles at their corners, to create a floating floor.
- LEED Materials and Resources: Recycled Content Credit 4.1 and 4.2
- LEED Materials and Resources: Local/Regional Materials (Contact us for more specific information)
- LEED Indoor Environmental Quality: Low Emitting Materials Credit 4.3.
- Low VOCs / off gassing of benign emissions:
- Awarded The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus certification for low chemical emissions with certifications under GLP0820
- Installed using environmentally friendly, low off gassing adhesives
- Recyclable Packaging
- Eco-friendly Manufacturing Methods
In Staticworx ShadowFX ESD carpet tiles, the Helix Fiber conductive monofilament fiber is twisted into every tuft, creating 100 or more conductive contact points per square inch. Static charges are ionized at the surface of the carpet and conducted directly to ground through a dissipative backing and patented conductive adhesive system.
Modification Ratio: [Read]
Modification ratio estimates a fiber’s durability performance based on geometry. With the test, we determine how “round” the fiber is. It is a documented fact that the rounder the fiber, the lower the modification ratio, the better it performs. The fibers we use have a modification ratio of 1.5 - 2.1, whereas carpet-mill extruded Type 6 Nylon has a ratio of as much as 4.7.
Glue-less, Not Clueless: The Ultimate Glue-Free Solution for Carpet Tile and Access Floors Staticworx and ShadowFX™ PosiTile make it easy to add the visual appeal, comfort, and acoustical benefits of carpet over your access floor system without the hassle and mess of traditional adhesives. ShadowFX™PosiTile simply aligns with the ConCore panel for a secure, one-to-one fit with zero glue. The carpet tile and panel become one unit, making it fast and easy to reconfigure spaces. And with no messy glue involved, changing a soiled or damaged carpet tile is a snap.
- Maximum ESD protection without the risks of excessive conductivity
- Meets new standards that address safety hazards
- No waiting for glue to dry
- Easy to install – just snap carpet into panels
- Easy to move above floor electrical outlets and HVAC modules
- Less downtime for staff
- Reduced carpet waste and attic stock
- Install in occupied spaces
Learn about static-dissipative carpet
24/7 Glue-free Installations
ShadowFX Carpet Tiles can be installed over almost any existing floor, as well as painted and other conductive or non-conductive surfaces – with no downtime and without adhesives.
GroundBridge underlayment, a thin, lightweight material made of conductive cellulose, forms a uniform ground plane over any subfloor as well as existing floors. Tactiles join ShadowFX carpet tiles at their corners, and tiles are laid over the underlayment, creating a floating floor.
Installation is quick and easy – and can be done without disrupting 24/7 operations.
ShadowFX Static-dissipative (SC) Carpet Tile Collections
Looking for easy installation of Staticworx ESD Carpet Tile over your bare access floor panels?
ShadowFX SDC with TacTiles® is your solution.
- Installation economy - no adhesive required
- Guaranteed to meet all ESD standards for any application
- ShadowFX carpet tiles with dissipative backing are grounded upon contact with metal panels
Carpet tiles are easily lifted and replaced
With its simple, subtle texture and diversity of color options, Shadow FX SDC Solids is a popular choice for many styles of interior. It’s also ideal for mixing and matching with other Shadow FX SDC carpet tiles, to create accents, inserts, borders or checkerboard effects – a really useful, versatile tool for designers.
After two or three years of use, carpet tiles exposed to chair casters and heavy traffic used to be prone to pile crush, making them look different from adjacent tiles. The main factor contributing to this problem was the pattern designs used in typical ESD carpet tile. All of these systems were either a solid pattern with slightly mottled colors or linear patterns with directional lines. Because carpet tiles appear seamless, like one large continuous floor, worn areas would stick out like a coffee stain on a white shirt.
The solution: Learning from nature.
Based on biomimicry - the study and imitation of nature’s best ideas to solve human problems – Staticworx ShadowFX static-dissipative (SD) carpet tiles mimic the organic design of nature. Tiles vary in patterns and colors within one style and colorway - all but eliminating the ability to observe pile crush or other forms of wear between tiles.
Because there’s no need to worry about matching dye lots, you need less attic stock and selective replacement is more effective. Replacement tiles are almost indistinguishable from older - original - tiles in the same installation.
Non-directional Installation for Less Installation Waste
ShadowFX SDC Patterns and Cubic Collections offer the added benefit of non-directional installation, meaning that tiles can be laid in any order or orientation. With no set pattern to maintain and no need to align tiles in a certain direction, there is significantly less installation waste. In fact, the average ShadowFX non-directional installation produces only 1.5% waste versus an average of 14% for other carpet styles. That means more of your floorcovering investment is on your floor, not in a dumpster.
And the best part, ShadowFX carpet tiles can be installed without glue, as a floating floor over any hard surface.
In sophisticated tones with threads of complementary colors in varying widths, our Parks Series carpet tile puts an earthy twist on classic linear design. A low-profile face uses less material for a tailored, upscale aesthetic.
Simplicity Meets Style
Treez, our latest ShadowFX carpet tile collection, marries timeless style with the simplicity in nature. Tufted, textured loop construction adds dimension, creating a look as natural and stately as the bark on a tree. As appealing and comfortable in an uptown financial services space or high-tech lobby as in a workhorse application such as a data center or manufacturing facility.
ShadowFX SDC Chenille Warp Carpet is a tufted patterned level tip-sheared pile carpet tile, with SD backing. The pile material is made from recycled solution-dyed nylon. The fundamental aesthetic of Chenille is stripes which have been interpreted in a bold and textural way without relying on heavy face weight. Shadow FX Chenille Warp is available in colorways. The tiles can be installed in a variety of ways including quarter-turn, ashlar, brick fashion and parquet, with the potential to provide an unconventional appearance.
Linear precision, softened by texture and offset shapes.
As its name suggests, Furrows II has a resilient patterned loop pile carpet, reflecting the linear regularity of ploughed fields. Its textured, structured loop pile creates the three-dimensional impression of an aerial view of a cultivated landscape.
Designed for heavy contract performance, ShadowFX Furrows II maintains its distinctive appearance even in high-traffic areas. Pile yarn and backing contain pre-consumer recycled material, minimizing environmental impact.
Built to withstand heavy traffic and abuse and designed to address the most stringent static control requirements - making Vermont Slate ideal for any application from electronics manufacturing to labs to 24/7 critical environments.
Staticworx Vermont Slate carpet-tile collection provides the durability and high performance you expect from Staticworx floors in a design that transports you to the mountains of Vermont. Warm, monochromatic earth tones promote a peaceful environment, inspiring creativity and a sense of wellbeing and connectedness.
The rock-like etchings in our Vermont Slate carpet tiles flow seamlessly across the surface of the floor in a non-directional or monolithic installation. Merge-ability enables mixing dye lots and saves money by allowing you to add new or replace worn or damaged tiles without worrying about dye lot compatibility.
- Mergeable design - eliminates worry about matching dye lots
- No fade – solution-dyed yarn prevents fading
- Non-directional install method – easy to install and replace
- Durable – rated for high traffic
- Superior static control performance – meets the most stringent ESD standards including ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1:2016*
- Lifetime warranty for static control.
- Static dissipative – meets standards for electronics manufacturing, telecom and government spaces**
ShadowFX Planx offer a more expressive visual vocabulary.
Our 25cm x 1m Shadow FX ESD Planx™ bring new proportion and scale to carpet tile, giving you power to create fresh, exciting floor designs. The scale and directionality of Shadow FX ESD Planx creates floors that better reflect the geometry and flow of the surrounding space.
Planx™ or squares, our tiles all work together.
Use square tiles with contrasting Skinny Planks for large-scale tile patterns, provide wayfinding cues, or for work and activity zones. And this is just the beginning!
Staticworx modular carpet tile and Planx work together in any combination, giving you a carpet tile design platform with unparalleled options.
A shape that’s better at hiding seams.
Want the benefits of carpet tile without the look of carpet tile? Use Shadow FX ESD Planx, same style and color, laid in an ashlar pattern. They’ll blend near seamlessly across the floor, giving you the benefits of modularity and the continuous look of broadloom.
A soft hard surface.
Love the look of wood plank flooring? Think luxury vinyl plank flooring is stunning? Patterns—like herringbone or ashlar—give ShadowFX Planx the visual appeal of other plank floors, with the patterning possibilities. You also get a floor covering that’s soft, quiet and much more economical than hard surfaces.