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Confusing Terminology

Have you been asked to select a floor that is supposed to eliminate or minimize static charges accumulating on people when they walk on the floor? What do you call such a floor? If you have done any research in this area you’ve probably discovered something rather unusual. There seems to be many different and seemingly contradictory descriptors for this type of floor. To make this point, here are just a few descriptors used by the construction ...
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Processor Magazine feature examines data center flooring selection with focus on maintenance

Recently, I was interviewed as a static flooring expert for an article in Processor magazine.The article entitled, "Maintain the Ground You Walk On: Flooring is an Important Yet Often Neglected Part of Your Data Center," focuses on the maintenance required for flooring selected for data centers. It describes how the flooring selected for a data center will determine what is required for the cleaning/maintenance process in that space: vacuums, steam cleaners, waxing, professional vs. in-hosue cleaning ...
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Choosing the Right ESD Flooring for Data Center Applications

Random static discharge will wreak havoc inside your call center--lost or corrupted data, dropped calls, PC lookup, and blown headsets are only a few problems that can be caused by static.The most important factors to consider when choosing data center flooring are required maintenance and the type of footwear people will wear when they walk on the floor. Flooring selection must prevent static regardless of shoe sole composition worn in the workplace. Rubber ESD flooring is most appropriate ...
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Did you know that most static control flooring can’t eliminate static on people if they are wearing standard footwear?

That‚Äôs a big deal; workers in data centers, call centers and control rooms don‚Äôt wear special shoes. Therefore,¬†a properly specified static free floor needs to perform regardless of the type of footwear worn.A recent study at MIT Lincoln Laboratories revealed that EC rubber inhibits static 10 times more effectively than other static control flooring options‚ąíregardless of footwear. The study determined that subjects wearing standard ‚Äústreet shoes‚ÄĚ will not generate more than 0....
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Bubbles in Flooring: Scenarios and Causes

Staticworx staff recently fielded a call from an installer who was encountering bubbles in a flooring installation. Here's an outline of problems and causes that might help others.Scenario #1: No Adhesive Bond to ConcreteFindingsThe bubble has been cut open to reveal that the adhesive did not bond to the concrete. Adhesive is on the back of the flooring but there is little to none on the surface of the concrete.Cause(s)Contamination of the concrete or moisture may ...
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iPod/earbud Static Shocks

Recent¬†static shocks caused by inserting charged earbuds into a person‚Äôs ear¬†have prompted¬†Apple Support to post a warning (Article: TS2729). There have apparently been numerous complaints about people getting shocks while listening to their ipod or iphone.At first glance, it might seem that Apple‚Äôs equipment is the culprit−this writer believes that is highly unlikely. Here‚Äôs why: Static is the result of two surfaces rubbing against each other. Static discharge occurs whenever a charged material contacts a material ...
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Don't Get Stuck Referencing The Wrong ESD Flooring Test Methods

ANSI/ESD Test Methods Are Different than EU StandardsANSI/ESD S7.1 versus EN 1081Note: this information pertains to flooring concerns associated with ESD protected areas (EPAs) in electronics manufacturing and handling. This information is not pertinent to static control concerns in end user environments. If your interest focus is on antistatic flooring for data centers, server rooms, 911 call centers, School Labs, Networked offices, FAA flight towers, Communication rooms or telecommunication areas go to this page for technical articles.A ...
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What We Knew About Static Generation Was A Myth

For centuries humans assumed the Earth marked the center of the universe. Then Copernicus came along, refused to accept this "common knowledge," and completely changed our understanding of the situation.As children we are taught to accept that science is a body of facts based on well-researched evidence. We are not to question the Earth's place in the universe, the assertion that what goes up must come down. They are the irrefutable truisms of our existence....
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Staticworx Makes Inc. 500/5000 List for Second Consecutive Year

Inc. 500/5000's Identifies Fastest-Growing CompaniesWATERTOWN, MA. -- Staticworx Inc., North America’s leading producer of anti-static flooring products, has once again made Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest- growing privately held companies in the United States. Since 1982, Inc. Magazine has honored businesses with accolades and offered encouragement to budding entrepreneurs in equal parts, but the 500/5000 list and its corresponding annual conference have become its best-known and most celebrated endeavor. "Fast growth at any ...
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