InhibiStat for Manufacturing Processes
Electronics assembly and manufacturing facilities must create and adhere to strict ESD-Control programs to ensure low product scrap rates, limit failure rates and meet customer requirements. Now, more than ever, the need for a comprehensive ESD Control program is imperative in providing a solid foundation for compliance as future ESD-related specifications and guidelines become more stringent.
The facility floor plays a vital role in the success of any robust ESD-Control program. Protective Industrial Polymers has developed a full range of ESD floor coatings designed to meet and exceed current performance standards. These particulate-based systems perform more consistently than traditional ESD coatings, carpet and tile. Because the ESD component is an integral part of the chemistry of these polymers, the system will consistently perform with no hot or dead spots. This means more consistent ESD performance throughout the entire thickness of the coating, not just the surface.
InhibiStat for Ignition-Control & Plant Safety
Dry milling, chemical manufacturing and storage processes that handle or create explosive dust or flammable solvent vapor must develop and adhere to strict safety programs to avoid ignition sparking or explosion hazards. These programs must be compliant with local, state and federal safety guidelines, such as those presented by OSHA and NFPA.
FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS AND DUST
When spilled, aerosolized or otherwise exposed to air, flammable and combustible liquids or dust can vaporize and form flammable mixtures with oxygen in the air. In order for these liquids to burn, the fuel/air ratio must be within the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) and the Upper Explosive Limit (UEL). The general difference between a flammable and a combustible liquid if the vapors from flammable liquids can be ignited at lower temperatures than vapors from the combustible liquids.
THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF ESD
Most, if not all, movement of people, equipment and material produces a triboelectric event. The most spectacular, and threatening, result of the ESD event related to tribocharging is the spark. A spark occurs when a heavy electric field creates an ionized conductive channel in the air. This can cause severe damage to electronic equipment, fires and even explosions if the air contains combustible liquids or dust particles. The simple act of a worker walking across a floor can cause a detrimental ESD event. Given the right conditions, a worker can generate over 30,000 volts, ten times the amount necessary to create an ignition source.
HOW INHIBISTAT FITS IN
An Ignition-Control ESD floor plays a vital role in any comprehensive ignition-control safety program. When your process requires a floor free from mechanical sparking properties, or the need for an electrically-active surface that will properly transfer built-up static electricity from personnel and equipment through the floor and out to ground, we’ve got you covered.
InhibiStat ESD-Control Technology Can Be Added to Any Protect-Series Flooring System!
Key InhibiStat Features:
- Precise performance ranges allow for complete integration into any ESD-Control program
- PIP issues a Certificate of ESD Compliance for custom requirements
- Utilizes particulate technology embedded in a wide array of polymers
- Available in surface resistance ranges above or below 1 million ohms
- Maintains ESD properties throughout the thickness of the applied coating
- Conductive systems available without the use of a ground plane
- Not dependent on humidity for proper conductivity (unlike carbon fiber systems)
- Complies with VOC regulations for Industrial Maintenance Coatings in the OTC and CA
- Complies with all ANSI 2020 revisions
- Exceeds flooring and footwear in combination with a person requirements (ESD STM 97.1)
- Body Voltage Generation (BVG) below 15 volts with conductive footwear (ESD STM 97.2)
- Dissipates a 5000 volt charge to 0 volts in less than 0.1 seconds