As part of the R&D department, the laboratory is the heart of many organizations. In order to be able to work safely and to obtain pure research results, it is important that the space is designed to exclude all unwanted influences from the outside. The floor has a special role to play in this whole. For ESD floors, to be precise.
Nowhere do contaminants affect the validity and reliability of measurements as in the laboratory. Not only dirt and dust pose a threat, but also invisible impurities play a role in this. In the field of laboratory hygiene, personal safety and the operation of micro-electronic devices, it is very important to prevent the buildup of electrostatic charges. Below is why.
Whether it is the pharmaceutical industry, the biotechnology sector or other research fields, a clean and safe laboratory environment is crucial to obtaining the right results. Poor hygiene often leads to unintended and negative consequences. A floor that leaves room for the buildup of static electricity has an attraction on dirt and dust particles. Not without consequences: Such contamination results in knowledge errors and can even destroy the results of the research.
ESD floor has hygienic operation
ESD floors are specially designed to prevent electrostatic charge build-up. This type of floor does not attract dirt and dust. Its seamless and fluid-tight design also makes the floor easy and quick to clean. Thus, when the hygiene rules in the room are properly observed, there is no longer any measurement errors.
If electrostatically charged objects, such as shoe soles and desk chairs, encounter grounded objects, such as floors, this will result in a discharge. In other words, if electrostatic charge is built up on the floor, it is accidentally discharged when in contact with equipment, instruments or persons. (In practice, this is often experienced as an electric shock or a spark.) This too is not entirely without risk.
ESD floor prevents equipment damage
Semiconductors within the microelectronics are highly susceptible to shock and can be damaged as a result. Latent defects are not always noticed immediately, but in the meantime they affect the reliability of the electronics used. This logically has an impact on the reliability of the resulting measurement results.
ESD floors, as already indicated, are preventive. Electrostatic charge is not given a chance. And what doesn’t charge doesn’t need to be disposed of either.
Avoid personal charge with anti-static coating
Furthermore, personal loading is a common and most unpleasant occurrence within research environments. Anyone can generate electrostatic charge, for example by walking movements or moving objects. HE’s high-quality ESD floors can be combined with an antistatic coating that also minimizes personal charge. So laboratory staff don’t have to worry (anymore).
Of course, the functional design of laboratories and research centers is subject to high standards. HIM ESD floors meet the highest usage criteria and include properties to manage work in these environments. The floors guarantee the highest safety for personnel and equipment and ensure pure research results. Don’t leave anything to chance.
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