ESD flooring from Ecotile
ESD flooring for industrial and commercial use. Conductive, Dissipative and Anti-Static electro-static discharge floor tiles manufactured in the UK.
- BS EN 61340-5-1 and IEC 61340 compliant
- Made in the UK
- Life time guarantee of ESD performance
- Easy to install
- Environmentally sustainable
Ecotile ESD Flooring is available in a 5mm thick tile suitable for light industrial use or a heavy duty 7mm thick tile that can be used with fork truck and pallet truck traffic. Read this blog post to learn how Ecotile supports cleanroom and ESD requirements.
Ecotile ESD floor tiles are a static dissipative or conductive flooring system designed for use in areas where components or individuals need to be protected from the risk of electrostatic damage. This includes electronic sub-assembly areas or facilities where combustible/explosive materials are handled, typically in an industrial or manufacturing environment.
Ecotile ESD is guaranteed to meet BS EN 61340-5-1 and to be IEC 61340 compliant. The surface resistance of the tiles falls between 3.0 x 10⁴ ohm/m2 and 3 x 10⁶ ohm. The contact resistance falls between 3.6 x 10⁵ ohm and 9.5 x10⁵ ohm.
The conductive properties of Ecotile ESD floors will last for the lifetime of the tile and if grounded in accordance with our instructions and maintained properly, the tiles will create a safe conductive floor surface that can be used as your primary ground.
What is Electrostatic Discharge?
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the release of static electricity when two objects come into contact. Familiar examples of ESD include the shock we receive when we walk across a carpet and touch a metal doorknob and the static electricity we feel after drying clothes in a clothes dryer. A more extreme example of ESD is a lightening bolt.
While most ESD events are harmless, it can be an expensive problem in many industrial environments.
ESD first requires a build-up of an electrostatic charge. This occurs when two different materials rub together. One of the materials becomes positively charged; the other becomes negatively charged. The positively-charged material now has an electrostatic charge. When that charge comes into contact with the right material, it is transferred and we have an ESD event. The heat from the ESD event is extremely hot, although we do not feel it when we are shocked.
However, when the charge is released onto an electronic device such as an expansion card , the intense heat from the charge can melt or vaporize the tiny parts in the card causing the device to fail. Sometimes an ESD event can damage a device, but it continues to function. This is a called a latent defect, which is hard to detect and significantly shortens the life of the device.
Many electronic devices are susceptible to low voltage ESD events. For example, hard drive components are sensitive to only 10 volts. For this reason, manufacturers of electronic devices incorporate measures to prevent ESD events throughout the manufacturing, testing, shipping, and handling processes.
An employee may wear a wrist strap when working with devices or may wear ESD control footwear and work on an ESD floor mat or floor that causes the electrostatic charge to go into the ground instead of into the device. Sensitive devices can be packaged with materials that shield the product from a charge.
To source ESD accessories such as wrist straps and ESD control footwear we recommend Vermason
Testing ESD floors
One of the most popular ways to test whether an ESD floor is compliant with BS EN 61340-5-1 and IEC 61340, especially in Europe, is by doing the Walking Test. Here is a great video on how to do the ESD walking test:
Composition, Manufacture & Availability
Ecotile ESD flooring is available in either the 5mm or 7mm thick tiles. The 5mm thick tile is recommended for lighter duty applications with only light pallet or trolley traffic whilst the 7mm tile is suitable for use with fork truck traffic.
Ecotile is manufactured using an injection-moulding process during which thousands of tiny stainless steel fibres are added to the compound. This method ensures that the fibres are evenly distributed right the way through each tile guaranteeing the permanent ESD performance of the tile.
Please note, the ESD tiles are slightly bigger than the standard E500/7, and consequently, the two tiles will not fit together.
Design and Installation
The stainless steel fibres may be visible on the surface of the tile, this is due to the manufacturing process and cannot be eliminated. The fibres are least visible in combination with the dark grey compound so dark grey is the standard colour in which we produce the ESD tile. If a customer requires a contrasting coloured ESD tile we can also manufacture in dark blue.
- Simple click-and-use installation
- 20+ years anticipated lifespan
- Smart modern appearance
- Chemically resistant
- Reduces dust and noise
- Exceptional durability – fork and pallet truck compatible
- Safe – excellent slip-resistance
- Warm – insulates the floor from cold and damp
- Fire retardant – Class Bfl s1
- Reduces fatigue
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Lower life cycle cost
- Move and re-use
Ecotile are Europe’s number one ESD floor specialists for industry and commerce.
For further information call on (+44) 01582 219 009 or send us an email.
Please be aware that the stainless steel fibres in the ESD tiles affect the shrinkage rate of the PVC. This means they are slightly larger than the standard tiles and so the joints will not connect. Please call 01582 788 232 for advice on the best way to link ESD and standard tiles.