Make no mistake! To achieve the
electrical specifications for the ESD Flooring Materials you
have selected your floor must be grounded. Proper grounding
techniques are important in even the most basic of environments,
and critical in explosive, ordinance and munitions environments.
Every installation is different! We generally supply (at no
charge with your flooring order) a quantity of grounding hardware
appropriate for basic grounding in non-critical standard environments.
Further, the quantity of grounding hardware we provide is for
use with installations utilizing one of our conductive adhesive
floor bonding mechanisms applied to concrete substrates. Using
more (or less) grounding locations and hardware will allow
you to "fine tune" your conductivity (if required).
Conditions such as highly insulative substrates (wood, carpet,
etc) that you wish to cover with your new ESD Flooring or environments
encountering extreme sensitivity to ESD "events" (hard
drive manufacturing, raw sensitive electronic component handling,
explosive, munitions etc) may require increasing your grounding
hardware requirements. Clients are urged to evaluate their
conditions and environment and contact us as needed if additional
grounding may be required. Sections One and Two of this Document
encompass the use of two types of standard grounding hardware
provided by ESD Carpet. While Drawings and Overviews in Section
Three provide information on the quantity of grounding required
for the following environments. Basic:
Office, Telecom, many manufacturing environments.
Advanced (or for insulative substrates): Raw component handling, hard drive
Critical: Ordinance and explosive environments.
ESD Carpeting and Vinyl Flooring (marketed under the
trade names of ZeroStat Carpet must be grounded to provide
reliable elimination of electrostatic potential. These
instructions are designed to provide a comprehensive
overview for the majority of environments utilizing our
static dissipative and conductive flooring materials.
Our ESD Flooring materials are designed to work in conjunction
with either our liquid conductive adhesive (GZ C-2000)
or our unique releasable adhesive "Tape" (URAS).
Both adhesives provide reliable anchoring of the flooring,
as well as a conductive media allowing equalization of
electrostatic potential for subsequent elimination via
ground mechanism(s). Two Types of grounding mechanisms
are available from GndZero.com. Grounding suggestions
for both types of adhesives and GZ Grounding mechanisms
are similar, however the quantity of grounding hardware
and connections are increased for Advanced and Critical
applications see Section Three).
Goal: To provide a reliable mechanical
connection from your ESD flooring and adhesive to a
dependable earthed electrical ground in your building.