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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

Reflective Flooring

 

Reflective Aircraft Hanger Flooring
Reflective Aircraft Hanger Flooring

There are several ways in which a floor can be sustainable, they can contain minimal volatile organic contents (V.O.C.), some may even include recyclable components, and then there is light reflectivity.

How little lighting is needed to illuminate this large space
How little lighting is needed to illuminate this large space

What separates light reflectivity from those other sustainable features, is that light reflectivity returns money to the building operator.

Dex-O-Tex Reflective Flooring

Dex-O-Tex Reflective Flooring

Less light is required when you have a reflective floor, and less light is less energy. That is way the big warehouse stores like Cosco and Sam’s Club utilize reflective flooring.

Warehouse retail operatives save with reflective flooring

Lighting currently accounts for somewhere between 20-25% of a building’s energy consumption. Using less light, will reduce energy consumption, saving money and have a positive effect on the environment.

Reflective flooring helps illuminate warehouses

Reflective flooring helps illuminate warehouses

The high gloss surface of reflective flooring is typically easy to clean as well. The combined benefit of less maintenance costs and less energy makes reflective flooring a winning solution.

Reflective flooring in office maximizes natural light

 

Could your facility benefit from reflective flooring?

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Featured Floor: San Diego International Airport Terminal 2

MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT ROOM FLOORING

San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Mechanical Equipment Flooring

San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Mechanical Equipment Flooring

Last year when Gensler Architects were looking for a waterproof industrial floor system for the mechanical equipment rooms for the Terminal 2 Expansion at the San Diego International Airport, they selected Dex-O-Tex M-E Flooring.

Dex-O-Tex M-E Flooring Installed by Magnesite Specialties, Inc. San Diego, CA

Dex-O-Tex M-E Flooring Installed by Magnesite Specialties, Inc. San Diego, CA

Expertly installed by Magnesite Specialties, Inc. out of San Diego, CA, the M-E Flooring is a multi-layered, trowel applied, waterproof flooring system, designed for use in mechanical equipment rooms above occupied space.

 

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Durable Waterproof Floor System
Durable Waterproof Floor System

The mechanical equipment flooring is designed to be waterproof, durable, and includes an integral cove that turns up the base of the walls and equipment pads.

Mechanical Equipment Room Flooring at San Diego International Airport Terminal 2
Mechanical Equipment Room Flooring at San Diego International Airport Terminal 2

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

Factors to consider when selecting the right floor:

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right type of commercial or industrial flooring. The best flooring is going to be the one that meets the needs based on the use of the floor. The following 12 basic factors should be considered when selecting flooring.

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Cost:
While cost is a factor to consider, far too often it outweighs much more significant factors. Time and money are wasted when a floor fails because it met the budget, but not other more critical factors.

 

Stamp Overlay DOT 04Appearance:
A seamless industrial floor coating can have a clean opaque look, or often times multi-colored aggregates are used to create a more decorative appearance.

 

 

Wear Resistance:
Will the concrete floor be exposed to pedestrian or vehicular traffic? Is the traffic light, medium, or heavy? The requirements for a resinous floor with light pedestrian traffic is greatly different than one subject to vehicular traffic, and exposure to steel wheeled carts or forklifts.

 Chemical Resistance:
Industrial floor coatings are exposed to a myriad of different chemicals, and Manufacturers and Suppliers of concrete floor coatings have varied definitions of the term “Chemical Resistant”. Industrial flooring basically has a good degree of chemical resistance, but some floor coatings are more resistant to certain chemicals than others.

 Impact Resistance:
Heavy hard objects, such as mechanic’s tools, falling on to the concrete floor can damage it. Thicker, stronger floor coverings are required in these areas.

Heat Resistance:
Resistance to high temperatures means more than not melting. When commercial industrial floor coverings are exposed to high temperatures, thermal shock occurs, which can cause a floor coating to delaminate.

 Fast Installation Time:
How much time can be allowed for the flooring to be installed? Areas in operation may not be able to shut down for long, and different floor coating materials and systems have varying installation times.

 U.V. Stable:
Some floor coating systems, most notably epoxy flooring, are not U.V. stable. As long as they are not exposed to ultraviolet light, they function extremely well. U.V. Stability should be considered during design and product selection.

 Life Span:
What is the expected life span of the commercial industrial floor covering, and how important is it to you? Does the expense of a 40 year floor justify itself, or do you expect to expand into a new building in 5 years?

 Waterproof:
Do you need a floor that can bridge cracks and prevent water or chemicals from intruding to areas below the floor? A general rule of thumb is if the floor has a drain, it should have waterproofing.

 Other considerations :
There are lots of factors to consider when selecting the right concrete floor system for your facility. The factors listed above generally meet must situations; however they don’t cover every scenario. Consider all of the environmental factors that could affect your floor. Other factors, such as slip resistant, easy to clean, and anti-microbial, are available options on most seamless floor systems, regardless of the type of material used.

Worksheets like the one below can be used to help determine the best floor for the area it is being installed:

Flooring Criteria Chart - Sample
Flooring Criteria Checklist: Available for free from The Industrial Floor Expert

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Why are concrete floors coated or overlayed?

We live in a concrete world. Concrete as a building material is strong, durable, and relatively cost efficient. It has become the building block of the modern world and is literally the foundation upon which our modern society is built.

While concrete is strong, it can only stand the test of time when it is properly protected. Concrete floors are traditionally porous, difficult to clean, prone to dusting, susceptible to wear from pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and vulnerable to chemical attack.

Thus leading to the primary reasons for coating concrete floors:

1. Enhanced Surface:
Poured in place concrete floor coatings are often installed to be decorative, easier to clean, add reflectivity, conductive, and increase slip resistance or other physical properties.

2. Chemical Resistance:
Even the mild chemicals in tap water can deteriorate concrete surfaces, let alone the multitude of chemicals found in harsher commercial and industrial environments.

3. Waterproofing:
Concrete is naturally porous and brittle. The porosity of concrete as well as joints and cracks can allow destructive water intrusion. Some coating systems can waterproof, damp-proof, or protect concrete from freeze thaw conditions.

4. Impact Resistance:
High build resinous flooring and overlays can protect concrete surfaces from damage caused by physical impact caused by heavy tools and equipment.

5. Wear Resistance:
Commercial and industrial floor coatings can protect concrete surfaces from wear created by pedestrian, fork lift, automobile or other vehicles.

There are no limits to the reasons and benefits of coating and overlaying concrete floors and even walls, with industrial floor and wall coatings; however it is of the utmost importance the correct type of industrial floor coating be applied as determined by the use of the floor. Further, to gain the longest life of the concrete floor coating, proper maintenance of the floor coating should be observed.

Waterproof Flooring for Mechanical Equipment Rooms
Waterproof Flooring for Mechanical Equipment Rooms

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert