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United Static Control Products Inc
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ESD Flooring Installation, materials, static control products and expertise
ESD Flooring Installation, materials, static control products and expertise

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Ever wondered what the process is like while installing our ElectraGuard ESD Epoxy Flooring?

Check out the link below where we've documented the daily work in progress at one of our most recent installs for VPI Engineering to help you better understand what goes into one of these floors.

http://ultrastatinc.com/VPI_Engineering_Job_Site_Updates.html
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Tame the Static BEFORE it damages your Electronics!
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ESD Smocks: Compliance to ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014

A Technicians clothing can generate and hold a substantial static charge! There are THREE types of Static Control Garments that are compliant to the new ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 Standards. For compliance testing (this is what is done in the field and required by S20.20-2014's TR-53-01-15) all three are measured using electrical resistance equipment like our RT-1000. All three have differing levels of maximum electrical conductivity. And, this conductivity is what shields the technician and their clothing from the ESD sensitive products OR shields the Technician AND takes the static charge to ground.

Click the link below to check out the most frequently asked questions on ESD Smock Compliance as well as how smocks are typically tested in an end user environment. This valuable information can help you in selecting the perfect ESD garment for your needs!
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Why Use ESD Heel Straps and Wrist Straps for Static Control? It's Easy to Generate a Static Charge!

Static electricity is generated (in most cases) by contact and separation. Whether it's the technician's clothes rubbing against their skin, their shoes contacting and separating against flooring or the action of them pushing a cart with casters across a room it's EASY to generate a charge! A person's skin is moderately conductive allowing the static charge to flow around the human body but to eliminate this charge the skin needs to be grounded. An ESD Wrist Strap contacts the skin while the attached cord provides a pathway for the static charge to go to a ground point.

Yes! It's THAT simple!
But what if the Technician is Mobile or hates a cord dangling from their wrist?

Shoe soles are insulative! ESD Heel Straps have a conductive ribbon the tucks into the technician's shoe and makes contact with the skin. The static charge flows from the technician's skin, to the conductive ribbon, around the insulative shoe sole, to the conductive heel strap cup and is grounded by the conductive floor (or ESD floor mat). Let's look at a case study. This client has an ESD tile floor but his technicians aren't wearing heel straps! The have a carpeted area they walk across before entering the ESD area. They wear Tennis shoes. They've generated around 3,900 volts on the carpet. How long does it take for the charge to decay to an acceptable limit of under 100 volts? Answer: 94 Seconds!

NOTE: It's important to wear a heel strap on each foot! When walking one heel is not touching the grounded floor (or mat) hence the charge needs to be dissipated by the other foot that's making contact. Tech Tip: For compliance, seated technicians should always wear a wrist strap - even if they are wearing heel grounders! Why? Many stools have a rail and the technician could possibly rest their shoes on the rail - disconnecting the connection of the heel strap to the grounded floor (or floor mat) thus negating the heel strap's effectiveness.

All ESD straps are NOT created equal! OUR straps are professional grade and achieve the perfect balance of price, longevity, performance and ULTIMATE Static Control. Follow this link to check out our wide range of premium ESD Heel and Wrist Straps : http://store.unitedesd.com/category_s/3.htm
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United just completed an ESD Flooring Install for Insight Photonic Solutions in Lafayette, Colorado. Insight creates the worlds best Akinetic Swept Lasers for outstanding Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging, helping save lives and improve the quality of Health Care.

ESD Interlocking Tile Installation
Tools Needed? A Dead Blow Hammer, L Square, Tile Roller and Tape Measure! That's it!

This installation was unique as the client had brand new standard tiles currently installed, was only planning on being in the (leased) facility for two years, didn't want any adhesive odors, wanted the "old" floor to look new when they moved and wanted to take the new ESD floor with them!

Mission critical ESD control was a MUST! And, choosing United to professionally install, test and certify the ESD floors gave them the added security of knowing we would achieve our deadlines with no headaches and NO surprises!

Our new ElectraLock ESD Interlocking Tiles were PERFECT for their needs. After the wall base was removed the "old" flooring was shop vacuumed and swept with a soft bristle broom. That it! The preparation was complete!

We started in the center of each room and built the structure out in each direction. Using a dead blow hammer we started the precision cut interlocking teeth and proceeded to roll the tiles with a 100 pound vinyl roller. This securely locked each tile in place. As the back of Each ElectraLock Tile has a full surface static conductive backing grounding the ESD Floors were a breeze! The finished install looked seamless.

Install Tested and Certified ESD Flooring from United TAMES the Static Beast!
(before it takes another byte)!

To purchase these tiles or view extended information regarding these tiles, follow this link: http://ultrastatinc.com/ESD_Interlocking_Tiles.html
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Smart use of ESD Flooring Saves Money!

United SCP was contracted to do this install in two phases, so as not to impact the client's rigorous production schedule. The total area was divided using the large black plastic drape that is shown in the photos below. To save cost, our Light Gray ElectraGuard ESD epoxy (about $1.30 per square) was used for the ESD area ONLY (as is shown in the back of the building). The remainder of the area was coated with our standard (non conductive) ElectraGuard Epoxy (about $.50 cents per square foot). This was sealed with ElectraSheen Sapphire II - The hardest and glossiest anti-static finish in the Word!

Choosing United Static Control Products to professionally install the entire floor gave them the added security of knowing we would achieve our deadlines with no headaches and NO surprises. Their install came complete! With a full certification to the latest ANSI ESD 20.20 standards that showed not only the electrical resistance of the ESD area - it also showed voltage GENERATION of both areas. The voltage generation of the ESD area was used to calculate the maximum energy released in a potential Human Body Model discharge. Results: an Astoundingly low worst case scenario of <7 Nano Joules!

For more information regarding our ElectraGuard ESD Epoxy floor paint or our ElectraGuard NON Conductive Epoxy floor paint, please follow the link below.

http://www.ultrastatinc.com/options_in_anti_static_floor_paint.html
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We recently installed our ElectraGuard Black Ice ESD Epoxy Floor paint at a location in Cleveland Ohio. This floor will soon handle millions of dollars worth of 3D printers, some so large that a person can actually stand in them. Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) can produce extremely small particulates as a byproduct of the process (some as small as 5 microns). Depending on the materials being deposited and under the correct conditions a static discharge may release enough energy to cause the dust to become explosive. These explosions have been known to harm employees resulting in subsequent OSHA fines.

United Static Control Products was chosen as the contractor due to our ability to install, test and certify static control flooring in explosives environments.

Installing a floor in flammable or explosive environments is much different than installing floors for use in electronic manufacturing. These floors require higher conductivity and often must meet very specific requirements for minimum and maximum resistance levels.

To see the in depth before and after static control results click here: http://www.ultrastatinc.com/ESD_Flooring_for_3D_Printing.html
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We've just applied the coats of the sealers to the EletraGuard ESD Epoxy at our project in Tecate Mexico and the engineers have taken the electrical reading on the static control floor. This floor is coming in with a resistance to ground of around 1 M Ohm and is posting tribo charge generation (per 97.2) of less than 5 volts! This floor easily meets the latest ANSI ESD S20.20-2014 standards that are mandatory for compliance in 2016. The client's executive certification is being processed - helping them with their ISO certifications and external ESD Audits. What's more - their products are now protected against the damaging effects of an electrostatic discharge.
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