Most ESD floors are installed using conductive adhesive to secure the flooring material to the concrete subfloor and provide a conductive ground plane to carry static charges to ground.
For some applications, however, adhesive is not the optimal solution:
Raised-Access Floor Panels and PosiTile Carpet Tile
Raised-access floor panels are typically used in areas requiring under-floor utilities or wiring. If the panels are bare metal, and the ESD tile covering the panel is deemed to be curl-free without the use of any glue, there is no need for conductive adhesive. Most ESD flooring materials would be grounded upon contact with the bare metal panels. Products such as ShadowFX PosiTile can be installed directly over bare access panels, without the use of any adhesive.
PosiTile ESD Carpet Tile
With its surface-hugging backing, ShadowFX PosiTile lays flat without any dots or strips of glue. Buttons are welded ultrasonically to the underside of ShadowFX tiles, creating a precise one-to-one match between the tile and the floor panel, allowing for quick, easy swapping of carpet tile, and eliminating need for shutdowns and work interruption. Meets all key industry safety guidelines, including Motorola R56, ANSI/ESD S20.20, ATIS 0600321 and FAA 019f.
A glue-free, floating floor can also be installed over a proprietary conductive underlayment such as Staticworx GroundBridge™. The GroundBridge underlayment, like bare metal access panels, acts as the electrical unifier between tiles. Like bare metal access flooring panels, GroundBridge grounds the ESD flooring installed above it.
A lightweight material composed of conductive cellulose, this conductive, glue-free grounding system can be installed over any existing subfloor. Installation is clean, easy, and fast, with no VOCs. A floating floor can be created with carpet tiles by simply rolling GroundBridge strips over the existing floor, then joining the corners of Staticworx ESD carpet tiles, using dimensionally-strong, self-adhering TacTiles®.
Interlocking or Self-Adhering Flooring Materials
Neither interlocking floors nor self-adhering ESD flooring materials require adhesive and both can be installed directly over most existing subfloors with no need for moisture mitigation.
Groundlock Extreme interlocking floors are easily installed by simply placing the tiles on the existing floor and hammering the interlocking edges into place. This odorless, easy-to-install flooring system meets all the same static-control parameters of a full-spread, conductive adhesive installation without the commitment of a permanent installation, making it an ideal solution for leased spaces, concrete slabs with vapor issues, and even for occupied spaces, such as labs that cannot be shutdown. If an area becomes repurposed, it’s no big deal: Simply lift and move the interlocking tiles.
Self-adhering floors come with a pre-applied adhesive on the underside of the material.
EclipseGF, a moisture-resistant self-adhering rubber sheet floor, comes with a pre-applied, moisture-resistant adhesive backing. The self-adhesive backing adheres to the subfloor as it’s laid, allowing for immediate traffic, without the one- to two-day delay associated with adhesives. Appropriate for almost any environment, EclipseGF is specifically targeted toward clean rooms, electronics manufacturing, call centers and 24/7 spaces, where shutdowns cannot be tolerated.
Conductivity and Performance Parameters
Whether installing an ESD floor with conductive adhesive on concrete, over bare metal access panels, or with a conductive underlayment, the same rules apply:
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With Staticworx ESD flooring, you never have to choose between performance and aesthetics. Our beautiful, high quality ESD carpet tile, vinyl, EC rubber tile and sheet goods, and ESD epoxy floors are as beautiful as they are functional.