Flowcrete Americas’ Antistatic Flooring Answer
Feb 24 2015
- Flowcoat ESD safeguards against electrostatic discharge.
- Antistatic coatings protect sensitive electronic equipment.
- Flowcrete's antistatic flooring can withstand industrial conditions.
A new epoxy flooring system that can safely dissipate electrostatic charge to ground faster than it accumulates has been launched by Flowcrete Americas.
Flowcoat ESD has been designed to provide environments looking to establish controlled electrostatic protected areas (EPAs) with a high-performance flooring option that will prevent potentially hazardous static charge build up.
The reformulated 100% solids epoxy system fulfills the three criteria relating to flooring as outlined in ANSI/ESD S20.20, which requires a system resistance of a person through the floor and to ground of less than 35 megohms.
This makes it ideal for locations where electrostatic discharge is a serious cause for concern, such as in laboratories that need to protect sensitive electrical equipment or in areas where flammable materials are handled and in which a fire safe floor is required to prevent static becoming an ignition source.
On this innovative flooring product Flowcrete Americas Managing Director, Dave McNeece, said: “Flowcoat ESD combines a popular epoxy system, that has repeatedly proven itself within some of the most intense industrial environments, with highly effective antistatic technology.”
“Facilities managers know that just walking across the floor of a processing environment can cause a charge to build up, meaning that this otherwise harmless activity can create a potentially dangerous problem.
“Site owners and operators can rest assured that the electrostatic dissipative properties of Flowcoat ESD will continuously work to safeguard their site from electrostatic discharge concerns.”
Flowcoat ESD demonstrates consistent ground readings throughout the life of the floor coating system and exhibits very low body voltage generation. When used in conjunction with suitable footwear, Flowcoat ESD meets the ESD Association guidelines for the safe dissipation of charge to ground quicker than it can collect.
Getting the floor specification correct is essential when establishing an EPA, as the floor not only needs to be able to negate the anticipated amount of static charge accumulation, but it also needs to be able to withstand the site’s future use to maintain a hygienic, reliable and efficient surface.
The epoxy base of Flowcoat ESD delivers a long list of operational benefits that makes it easy to install and which will enrich the facility over the lifetime of the floor. The solvent-free, low odor nature of Flowcoat ESD facilitates an easy installation, while the seamless, hardwearing, chemical resistant finish it creates is easy to maintain and minimizes the need for repairs or an early refurbishment.
Available in four new color ways, Flowcoat ESD can create an attractive floor space to provide a visually appealing environment that motivates employees and impresses visitors.
To find out more about antistatic flooring, including a detailed breakdown of the ESD Association standards, click here to download the new Flowcoat ESD flyer or ring +1 936 539 6700 to talk to one of Flowcrete Americas’ resin flooring experts about a specific project.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth.
Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.