When leading mobile provider Cell C recently moved into their new head office in the Waterfall Business Estate in Midrand, they needed to have Static Dissipative (SD) flooring installed at their world class Advanced Repair Centre in order to lessen static in space.
“Electrostatic discharge is a problem that cannot be ignored. Something as minor as the scuff of a shoe or the scrape of a chair creates an electron imbalance, and although the resulting discharge may be so small that the human body cannot feel it, it can nevertheless have serious consequences”, explains Tandy Coleman-Spolander, Marketing Director of Polyflor SA.
In highly sensitive areas such as telecommunication repair centres, ESD incidents can often cause material, component or system failures, which prove costly and unnecessary.
“The Polyflor ESD range of flooring has been specifically engineered to combat this problem at the source, by facilitating a uniform flow of static electricity directly to a ground point. Our range covers all major applications, and includes SD, EC and conductive ROF floorings, each of which combines static control properties with hard wearing and decorative qualities,” Tandy explains.
Polyflor’s specially designed SD flooring was selected and installed due to the fact that it is a hard wearing, homogenous floor covering specifically engineered and chemically treated to discharge static electricity safely and effectively.
Says Tandy: “It is a highly specialized floor that has been engineered for use in areas where static control is required, but the resistance level of the floor does not need to be as low as that provided by a conductive floor. SD flooring must be used in a controlled environment with a relative humidity of more than 40 % and typical areas of use would be operating theatres, computer centres, instrument control rooms, repair centres and production areas.”
Because installation is critical, Polyflor partnered with the Altico division of Actum Electronics, who offers a comprehensive range of static control solutions and can be enlisted to conduct audits of premises prior to specification, install flooring and finally test the flooring and provide certification.
“Concrete is a poor conductor of electricity, and this type of floor covering therefore needs to be laid using a conductive carbon based adhesive to glue down the vinyl sheeting, and then earthed In order to drain the discharge. To this end, an aluminium strip was placed on the cement sub-floor, in a grid of the recommended shape. The floor was installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions governing such flooring, as well as Standard BS 8203:1996,” she says.
Concludes Tandy: “As with most things in life, a good partnership and shared values are crucial if you aim to exceed the expectations of your customers. Like Cell C, both Polyflor and Actum work hard to understand our customers’ needs better than anybody else and providing tailored solutions that go beyond merely selling a product or installing a floor. For us, it is about forming a lifelong partnership every step of the way along their flooring journey.”