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In our ultra-short Static Bursts podcasts, we talk about all aspects of static-control (ESD) flooring and provide brief answers to the questions we hear most often from clients, architects and contractors. Static Bursts is hosted by Dave Long, founder and president of Staticworx, Inc. For more in-depth information, try our Static Talks podcasts or visit our knowledge base at kb.staticworx.com. If you need help or would like to talk with Dave or one of our technical reps, give us a call: 617-923-2000.

In our ultra-short Static Bursts podcasts, we talk about all aspects of static-control (ESD) flooring and provide brief answers to the questions we hear most often from clients, architects and contractors. Static Bursts is hosted by Dave Long, founder and president of Staticworx, Inc. For more in-depth information, try our Static Talks podcasts or visit our knowledge base at kb.staticworx.com. If you need help or would like to talk with Dave or one of our technical reps, give us a call: 617-923-2000.

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United States

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In our ultra-short Static Bursts podcasts, we talk about all aspects of static-control (ESD) flooring and provide brief answers to the questions we hear most often from clients, architects and contractors. Static Bursts is hosted by Dave Long, founder and president of Staticworx, Inc. For more in-depth information, try our Static Talks podcasts or visit our knowledge base at kb.staticworx.com. If you need help or would like to talk with Dave or one of our technical reps, give us a call: 617-923-2000.

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@staticworx

Language:

English


Episodes

Static Bursts #19: ESD Flooring Selection (Part 2)

2/11/2020
When choosing an ESD floor, it’s important to consider all the variables related to your specific application. Will you roll heavy loads on the floor? Do you need noise attenuation, anti-fatigue characteristics, or reflectivity? How long do you plan to stay in the building? When evaluating options, remember that the cost per square foot is only one part of the total cost of owning the floor. Installation, labor, maintenance, operational downtime add up – in the short term as well as over...

Duration:00:11:07

ESD Flooring Selection (Part 1)

2/4/2020
Most people looking to purchase an ESD floor are starting at ground zero, with little knowledge about the product. In this two part series, Dave and Rick discuss the key criteria for selecting an ESD floor. Part one covers the application (environment and work performed in the space); aesthetics; installation methods; and maintenance requirements. The post Static Bursts #18: ESD Flooring Selection (Part 1) appeared first on Staticworx Learning Center.

Duration:00:09:27

Case Study – Replacing a Failing Floor Without Losing Production Time

1/7/2020
Staticworx was asked to evaluate a failing floor in an electronics manufacturing facility. After a fire the client had purchased a new ESD vinyl tile floor. Three months into the installation the floor was already lifting. In addition to unmitigated vapor, the building had been built using tilt-up construction. Silicone bond-breakers - sprayed on the concrete to keep the wall slabs from adhering to the subfloor - contaminated the concrete, preventing the tile from adhering properly. As the...

Duration:00:10:48

ESD Chairs: A Bridge Between Two Perfect Methods of Grounding

11/5/2019
In this episode, Dave and Rick explain how ESD chairs work and why they act as a bridge between two perfect methods of grounding (an ESD floor and wrist strap). The ESD floor grounds and prevents charge generation while people walk. Once the person sits and lifts his or her feet, they are no longer grounded. There may be a wrist strap at the work station, but until the person puts it on they’re a live wire. If they touch a component – or expensive prototype, for example – before putting on...

Duration:00:03:19

The Importance of Qualifying ESD Flooring

10/14/2019
Properly qualifying an ESD floor requires more than testing for electrical resistance. We used to believe that the conductivity of a floor predicted its potential for static charge generation. We now know that resistance and charge generation are independent qualities: one does not relate to the other. A floor can be conductive and still generate static electricity. We also know that flooring materials perform differently with different types of footwear. In this episode, Dave and Rick...

Duration:00:03:23

How Adhesives Impact the Cost of ESD Flooring Installations

9/23/2019
Three types of conductive adhesives are typically used to install ESD floors: epoxy, acrylic, and pressure-sensitive. Each adhesive has advantages and disadvantages. Dave explains the differences, details pros and cons, and discusses why – and in what circumstances – one adhesive might be preferable over another. The fourth option is to choose a glue-free installation, such as interlocking ESD tiles. Interlocking tiles are chemical-free, have no fumes or mess, and can be installed in a...

Duration:00:11:16

Why One Type of ESD Flooring Doesn't Fit All Applications

9/9/2019
In this short 3-minute podcast episode, Dave and Rick talk about why no single type of ESD flooring material is suitable for every application. Flooring materials like ESD vinyl must be used in conjunction with special ESD footwear. Those materials are unsuitable for facilities in which personnel wear regular street shoes. In spaces where street shoes are allowed – data centers, 9-1-1 call centers and government offices, for instance – the ESD floor must dissipate static to ground and also...

Duration:00:03:07

Hidden Costs of Flooring Installations (Part III): ESD Carpet Durability

8/26/2019
ESD carpet can be an ideal floor for many different spaces, particularly for critical 24/7 operations where a soft walking surface and/or sound attenuation is necessary or desired. Carpet is also attractive and, compared to certain higher-cost materials, reasonably priced. There are, however, hidden costs buyers should be aware of before selecting ESD carpeting. In this podcast, Dave and Rick discuss the reasons carpet construction, fiber geometry, modification ratio and carpet design are...

Duration:00:08:13

What is ESD Flooring and How Does It Work?

8/12/2019
ESD flooring is a generic term. In this episode, Dave and Rick discuss what people mean by ESD flooring. Dave provides a basic tutorial on how ESD floors work, and why – rather than relying on a manufacturer’s spec sheet - it’s crucial to test the electrical properties of any ESD floor under consideration. The post Static Bursts (#Ep 11): What is ESD Flooring and How Does It Work? appeared first on Staticworx Learning Center.

Duration:00:03:16

ESD Floors and Electrical Safety

7/30/2019
In this episode, Dave and Rick discuss ESD floors and electrical safety. At some point when discussing grounded conductive floors, the question of safety always arises, along with whether or not grounding a conductive floor puts people in harm’s way. Referring to an actual case study, Dave talks about a situation in which a floor installed for the FAA was too conductive to meet the FAA safety standards. The client had been told that drying the pressure-sensitive adhesive would solve the...

Duration:00:07:07

How to Write Specifications for Static-Control Flooring

7/17/2019
In this three-minute episode, Dave and Rick discuss how to write specifications for ESD flooring. Learn why you should never rely solely on technical specifications provided by ESD flooring manufacturers and how properly write specs that comply with industry ESD standards. The post Static Bursts (#Ep 9): How to Write Specifications for Static-Control Flooring appeared first on Staticworx Learning Center.

Duration:00:03:25

The Evolution of ESD Epoxy Floor Coatings

6/30/2019
ESD Epoxy coatings have evolved over the years to meet the needs of different industries. Generation 1 coatings, consisting of a single layer of black paint, were cheap, easy to repair and ugly. Today’s Generation 3 epoxy coatings are attractive, easy to install and repair, and offer significant improvements in ESD performance. In this podcast, Dave and Rick discuss the history and evolution of ESD epoxy coatings – from their introduction in the 1950s, through improvements in Gen 2 coatings,...

Duration:00:06:42

Installing ESD Flooring in a 24/7 facility without disrupting operations

6/16/2019
Installing a floor in a 24/7 operational facility comes with its own set of challenges. As with any flooring installation, it’s important to consider logistics: Will chemicals be used? Adhesives? Coatings? Are there toxins or odors to deal with? What is the condition of the current floor or subfloor? Will the old floor require removal? Dave and Rick discuss the optimal way to install an ESD floor in 24/7 operational spaces – without adhesive or chemicals and with neither downtime nor...

Duration:00:03:16

Hidden Costs of ESD Flooring (Part II) – Maintenance and Repair

6/3/2019
How do you calculate the actual (full) cost of an ESD floor? Upfront costs for material and installation are only part of the total expenditure. To evaluate the actual, long-term cost of an ESD floor, it’s important to consider the costs of maintenance and repair. In this episode of Static Bursts, Dave and Rick discuss maintenance and repair of ESD epoxy, vinyl, carpet and rubber flooring and what you can expect from each flooring material. The post Static Bursts (Ep #6): Hidden Costs of...

Duration:00:16:40

Hidden Costs of Flooring Installations (Part I) – Vapor in the Concrete

5/19/2019
Vapor in the subfloor can cause even floors in arid climates to fail. This episode addresses moisture problems and how to avoid costly rework down the road. The post Static Bursts (Ep #5): Hidden Costs of Flooring Installations (Part I) – Vapor in the Concrete appeared first on Staticworx Learning Center.

Duration:00:10:08

How to Avoid Problems When Installing ESD flooring Over Existing Surfaces

5/5/2019
New floors are typically installed over the following pre-existing surfaces: VCT (vinyl composition tile), VAT (vinyl asbestos tile), or coatings over concrete. While it is possible and sometimes preferable to install a new floor directly over an old surface, a number of steps should be taken to ensure that the new floor does not fail. The steps including destructive testing to determine whether the bond between the existing surface and subfloor (or existing surfaces) is intact and exactly...

Duration:00:14:44

Why Resistance Tests Alone Are Not Enough to Properly Qualify An ESD Floor

4/21/2019
How can you predict whether an ESD flooring material will perform in your workspace? What tests should you do to qualify the floor & why does it matter how the tests are performed? In 2014, ESD standard S20.20 changed to include point-to-point and system resistance tests as well as walking body voltage tests. Learn why these tests matter, what they entail, how to perform the tests properly, and why it’s crucial to evaluate the flooring-footwear combination. Dave Long, president of...

Duration:00:15:22

Why Do You Recommend Static-dissipative Flooring For Some Applications & Conductive For Others?

4/8/2019
Have you ever wondered why we recommend static-dissipative flooring for some applications and conductive for others? Shouldn't both types of flooring work for any application? No, because electrical standards vary by industry.In episode 2 of Static Bursts, Dave and Rick discuss the technical difference between static-dissipative and conductive floors. Standards for flight towers, communications facilities and other end-user applications require flooring with electrical resistance measuring...

Duration:00:15:06

Avoid Flooring Failures: What to Know When Installing ESD Flooring Over Concrete

3/21/2019
Moisture problems are the #1 cause of failed flooring installations. Often the result of aquifers or other environmental conditions, moisture may be invisible. So how do you know if you have a moisture problem? How do you fix the problem? What happens if you choose to ignore moisture readings? If you’re in a 24/7 operational facility, such as a call or data center, a police station, a flight tower or other critical space, how do you solve a moisture problem – adhesive breakdown, for example...

Duration:00:15:04