ESD & Conductive Coating System
ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE & CONDUCTIVE COATINGS
Most often, the need for an ESD Floor (usually as a critical component of an entire ESD program) is necessary in the electronics industry. This is especially true in circuit board assembly and production. These circuit boards contain thousands of microscopic electric circuits that can be destroyed or “fried” with very small jolts of static discharge. In essence, static discharge onto one of these circuit boards has the same effect of blowing a fuse or circuit breaker in your home..
The risk of unwanted static discharge consequence can range from extremely critical (life threatening), as in the case of unwanted spark generation causing an explosion in flammable environments, to more general, as in the case of eliminating static discharge nuisance with persons experiencing a mild “shock”.
An ESD Flooring system serves as a conduit for electrical static charge (known as BVG or Body Voltage Generation accumulation on a person from movement across a polymer floor) to discharge to a desired controlled ground point.
Risk & Consequences
How Does ESD Flooring Work?
An ESD-control floor coating contains a conductive particle within its matrix which renders the coating to be electrically active in such a way that electrical current can travel through it. Much like a wire, it is able to carry electrical charge from one point to another. This is unlike wood, plastic, or glass, which are known insulators and unable to carry an electrical current. Most paints or polymer coatings do not have this property. In an ESD Protected Area (EPA), this type of floor works in conjunction with various other ESD protection devices, such as footwear, garments, and grounding straps to accomplish the task of minimizing BVG and controlling proper grounded discharge.
This directed and intentional flow of electrical current and discharge helps to greatly reduce or eliminate the potential of accidental electrostatic discharge, which can damage sensitive electronic components during manufacture. Even the smallest, and usually un-noticed, ESD discharge can have adverse effects on sensitive electronic components.
With today’s smaller and more electrostatically-sensitive microchip components and printed circuit boards (PCB’s), manufacturers have been tasked with developing ESD-control and prevention programs to limit component failure and scrap rates as part of their quality control and manufacturing processes.
Whether it’s a Static Dissipative or Conductive System,
At McCord, we have the proper ESD system for your facility.
Call us today to learn more and how we can help!
Please Take Note:
given work place liability, safety of our workers and those within close proximity to the process as well as inconsistent results, we no longer acid etch or advocate its use as a surface preparation method for concrete flooring to receive a resinous system. In order to produce the correct surface profile for the greatest adhesion we use steel shot blasting equipment, both portable and electric depending on what the work environment dictates, as well as planetary diamond grinding equipment for the purpose of readying the concrete for its respective resinous system. Using diamond tooling, our grinding process can be used to remove coatings (aggressive diamonds) or grind existing concrete (medium to coarse diamonds to produce an anchor profile). For the purpose of polishing concrete we can also use finer diamonds to create a honed or highly polished look. We also grind existing paint to ready a surface for new coating.
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We have provided high-quality treatments and coating for concrete flooring for over 30 years. With our wide range of options, our concrete floor treatments and coatings have been used by a diverse cross section of industries for a broad array of applications.
Our concrete polishing works well for industrial applications, creating a smoother and more level surface that reduces driver fatigue, wear and tear on the forklift and tires as well as minimizing load shift. In addition, we also fill cracks and joints found in concrete slabs and remove excess material to produce a smooth joint.
Surface Prep, Grinding, Shotblasting, Scarifying 7.(Need Content)*
Whether it’s an expansion joint or random dynamic cracking, most facilities require the maintenance and filling of these joints. In most cases, the concrete joints serve to isolate the propensity of concrete to crack or at a minimum attempt to direct where cracking should occur.
For more information about all our services and treatments we invite you to contact us today so that we can make an accurate assessment of your particular process or industry and design a customized solution for you!