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Palomar Technologies ESD Flooring

ESD Flooring at Palomar Technologies, Carlsbad, CA
Palomar Technologies, Carlsbad, CA

In 2015 Magnesite Specialties, Inc. www.magnesitespecialties.com out of San Diego, CA installed the Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring system for Palomar Technologies in Carlsbad, CA.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD is a static dissipative ESD floor system which can prevent sensitive electronic components from being damaged by electrostatic discharge.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD - ESD Flooring
Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD

The Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring is a high-solids, fluid applied floor system which is static dissipative, designed for use in environments containing components sensitive to static shock.

This facility in Carlsbad, CA is used to manufacture sensitive electronic parts. These electronic components must be handled by  people are which point they are vulnerable to damage from static shock.

Static Dissipative Flooring
Static Dissipative Flooring

Traditional floor coverings and electronic components are sensitive to moisture and humidity. Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS Epoxy ESD Flooring can be used with Dex-O-Tex Vapor-Control Primer to avoid problems caused by excessive moisture and humidity in the concrete slab.

It is highly recommended to utilize a moisture control system to eliminate the possible damage caused by moisture in the concrete slab.

Vapor-Control Primer over Crack Detail Membrane
Vapor-Control Primer over Crack Detail Membrane

The high solid content allows Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring to be a high build system, providing a nice gloss finish, even over rough concrete surfaces. A high solid, high build system means a thicker epoxy floor coating system which translates to a better looking, more durable floor coating.

Concrete Slab with cracks, joints, repairs, and pour backs
Concrete Slab with cracks, joints, repairs, and pour backs

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS Epoxy ESD Flooring is a high performance, high solids, epoxy floor coating designed for durability and wear as well as providing electrostatic dissipative properties for environments such as server rooms, electrical rooms, and electronics manufacturing facilities or any facility consisting of electrical components sensitive to electrostatic discharge.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD
Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD

Electrostatic dissipative ESD flooring is not enough to eliminate electrostatic discharge alone, it must be combined with a complete program and culture of electrostatic discharge prevention.

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring

ESD Flooring
ESD Flooring

Decades ago anti-static flooring was created for use in facilities that manufactured and stored munitions and explosives. Following that, electrostatic flooring was used in electronics manufacturing to prevent harmful electrostatic discharge damage to electronic components. While still widely used in these applications, and many other electric shock sensitive enterprises, Electrostatic Dissipative flooring has found a new flourishing niche in the large server farms of today’s data centers.

Server Farm
Server Farm

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is the transfer of static charges between objects (or bodies) at different electricalpotentials. This could be caused by either direct contact or induction of an electrostatic field. The ESD event created when you get zapped by a door knob is about 35,000 volts moving from you to an electrical ground. Static charges are generated by a process called “triboelectric generation”, when two ungrounded materials are rubbed together.

People can carry charges that cause damage to electronic components, thus static control is risk management. Static Control can be accomplished by either providing a way for static charges to safely dissipate to ground, or by reducing the level of static charges in a work place.

Resistance Test
Resistance Test

The largest producer of static charges in a work place is the motion and contact of footwear with flooring. That’s where Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring comes in. Electrostatic Dissipative Flooring is a floor with a specific amount of resistance which is connected to ground. After installation Electrostatic Flooring must be tested with a meter to ensure it is within the specified range.

Static Control takes more than static dissipative flooring alone. A Static Control Program should be implemented.

Static Control Program:
• Train Employees
• Provide Cost Effective Equipment
• Employee Responsibility
• Document Program and Enforce the Rules

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert