All manufacturing facilities must adhere to strict safety regulations that protect workers, products, delicate component, equipment, and eventually, consumers. OSHA and other entities provide stringent protocols for manufacturers to follow, and these safety issues are only increased when it comes to facilities that manufacture electronics and semiconductors. Both for the products to function correctly, and for the protection of workers, static electricity and other variables need to be monitored and controlled. As part of a facility-wide program, conductive and electrostatic dissipative resinous flooring systems can help contribute to a safer environment in these settings.
Because electronics can be so sensitive, an inadvertent surge of electricity or exposure to the static charge within a given space can do irreversible damage to expensive equipment or components. Unfortunately, constantly fluctuating electrical charges are simply a part of life. Even as you walk across a room, an electric charge is building between your shoes and the floor. Electronics manufacturers must find a way to regulate these environmental charges to avoid their interfering with daily operations. In addition to damaging equipment, built-up charges can put workers and the facility structure itself at risk. A significant enough buildup of static electricity could result in an electric spark, potentially leading to fire.
To mitigate these potential threats, manufacturers of electronics and semiconductors develop detailed safety plans for the entire facility, starting with the floor. ESD (electrostatic discharge) flooring and conductive floor coatings represent two approved means by which electrostatic discharge can be safely removed from the space. In addition to ESD shoes, wristbands and other wearables, properly grounded equipment, and stringent handling protocols, facilities utilize this specialized flooring as part of their static control safety program. ESD and conductive floors can help direct electrostatic discharge to designated grounding points, thus enhancing an employer’s ability to promote best practices and help safeguard sensitive equipment and personnel.
In addition to the ESD safety issues associated with manufacturing sensitive electronic parts, flooring systems in electronics assembly plants and data centers may also require other types of performance features and benefits. Where small and delicate components are being handled, a light-colored glossy epoxy floor coating can help increase light reflectivity for optimal visibility and focus. In different types of manufacturing facilities, OSHA regulates how different areas must be separated, designated, and labeled. Hazardous zones need to be clearly demarcated, and different colors can be used to separate sections of an open floor plan. Resinous floor coatings are ideal for these settings, as they can easily be applied to different sections to create zones of use and walkways. Additionally, your authorized contractor can install durable graphics, a company logo, or safety warnings directly into a floor surface.
Tennant Company floor maintenance machines are valued the world over for their reliability and quality. In the same tradition, Tennant Coatings is proud to offer both ESD and conductive resinous floor coatings for facilities that manufacture electronic parts and products, as well as for locations that provide mission critical electronic data management and storage services. These chemical and solvent resistant flooring systems reliably provide static control in accordance with ESD Association Guidelines. No special waxes or surface treatments are needed to maintain their electrostatic dissipative or conductive properties over time, making them an ideal low maintenance ESD flooring option. Ready to learn more? Simply contact us today!
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