Many industries require conductive flooring for their production and storage areas. These systems are specified for the electronics industry, as well as munitions, explosives areas, hazardous storage and processing areas, and AGV areas. Industrial flooring, specifically seamless epoxy and urethane, can be the right solution for many of these projects. EPF provides a turn key, single source solution for your conductive floor needs. We provide expert consulting for your anti static flooring needs. Since we are are vertically integrated, we handle everything from design concept to completion. A nationwide service network provides localized service in 50 states.
We have a diverse customer base; from Fortune 500 companies to Department of Defense, and high tech manufacturing firms. Materials, installation with our own company crews, and a solid warranty are provided by EPF. This is true turn key responsibility. No distributors, no middle men. EPF tightly controls the quality along every step of the way.
For over 30 years, EPF has served the industrial flooring market, with cost effective turn key solutions.
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Conductive Flooring vs Static Conductive Flooring
The term conductive flooring is also known as static conductive flooring. It is sometimes confused with static dissipative. In general, conductive flooring should not be considered as a superior resistance range versus static dissipative. Both conductive and dissipative flooring are classified as anti static. Each is specified for certain industrial applications.
The electrical range for conductive flooring is 25,000 ohms to 1 million ohms, while dissipative or static dissipative is 1 million to 1 billion ohms. For extra sensitive microelectronics, or areas where a spark can cause a dangerous ignition, the conductive range is required.
Installation of Conductive Epoxy Flooring
Many companies selling conductive flooring are merely manufacturers or distributors. They have never installed their products, and often do not even know basic installation concepts. They are only trying to push product out the door. Limited experience equals poor results. Warranties are often riddled with disclaimers, regarding the completed floor.
In contrast, EPF has installed millions of square feet of epoxy floor coatings and troweled urethane flooring systems, throughout the United States. Once our design consulting is completed, and a contract is mutually agreed upon, we assign your project team. Your team includes a project manager, site manager, team leader and 6-12 flooring technicians. Tight control of quality is achieved, through this experienced flooring team.
Removal of any existing flooring, adhesives or coatings, surface preparation, and installation are handles by our expert crews. Over 1 million dollars of equipment has been invested, to ensure surface prep and application are achieved quickly, efficiently, and with the highest quality. All surface prep equipment has dust collection, to minimize airborne dust and protect your building and sensitive equipment. Following time tested checklists, the installation is completed, ensuring quality along every step of the way.
After the flooring is complete, it is electrically grounded to earth. Conductive grounding tape in installed at columns or designated ground points, every 1,500 sq ft. Next, electrical testing is performed, to ensure that flooring meets the required standard, which shall be ESD S20.20, NFPA99, or DOD 4145.26
Resistance to ground of a conductive floor is defined as 25,000 ohms to 1.0 x 106 (1 million) ohms
Conductive Floor Options
Conductive Epoxy Floor Coatings
Coating systems are thinner rolled on options. After surface prep is complete, cracks, holes and spalled joints are repaired with an epoxy paste. Next, the coatings applied in two or three layers. Typically, an insulative epoxy primer coat, (optional epoxy mid coat), and conductive polyurethane top coat. With this system, you achieve the ultimate in wear resistance and gloss retention. Good all around chemical resistance, scuff resistance, and a super easy to clean finish. Standard texture is a very light, glass bead finish. This allows for mop cleaning, but is not slippery. The electrical properties are built-in, cannot be worn off, and the floor never needs waxing.
Conductive Flooring Screeds
For concrete floors with substantial damage, or expected heavy traffic conditions, a concrete resurfacer may be required. PUMA-CRETE® is a troweled urethane floor, applied at 1/8 to 1/4 inch. This system shall restore a smooth surface, and handle heavy loads, impact, and scraping. These systems include a troweled urethane layer, with two polymeric top coats. The completed system is grounded and comes with a five year warranty. Additional benefits include chemical resistance, concrete moisture vapor tolerance, and customized slip resistant textures.
Conductive Flooring for Hazardous Areas
Some industrial applications for our conductive epoxy flooring include flammable storage and processing, explosives storage and processing, munitions, etc. The handling of these materials can lead to an ignition event, fire or explosion. Read more about specialty hazardous area conductive flooring for these areas, where often NFPA-99 DOD 4145.26-M or other standards must be met.
There are many sources of ignition that can lead to fires and explosions, from static electricity. Some examples include filling of an improperly grounded (plastic) bucket with xylene, to the pneumatic filling of a storage silo with a combustible bulk solid. Similarly, the dumping of combustible bulk solids out of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs).