The ESD static control mats are the most important aspect of ESD protected area. They are perfectly designed to static on its surface and objects present on it. With a conductive material embedded in the mat, it collects the static and sends to the ground.
Usually, it’s accomplished by connecting the mat to the ground with a ground cord. Here are a few important things you have to consider while buying ESD static control mats:
Types of material –
Generally, ESD mats are available in two types – vinyl and rubber. The ESD rubber mats are highly used because of their high resistance to heat and most chemicals. However, ESD vinyl mats work better on tabletop or work surface applications.
In fact, they are quite easy to cut and some of their varieties offer cushion. This type of material is the main choice if you are using a constant monitor as some materials are incompatible with specific constant monitors.
The ESD matting is available in 50′ or 60′ rolls and in four standard widths 24″; 30″; 36″ and 48″. The matting material is easy to cut and come with a long shelf life. If you have more than an area to cover or expansion is a great possibility, buy a full roll and cut into pieces as required. These mats can be costlier and an amazing time saver.
Electrical performance –
All static control mats are not made the same. The long term electrical properties of the ESD mat are important to control an ESD event successfully. The insulation, conduction and dissipation are something that divides ESD materials based on their personal surface resistance.
The surface resistant measures how an electric charge can travel across a medium effortlessly. As per the application, the ESD mats should be either dissipative or conductive. Some products with insulation are not considered safe for ESD.
ESD mats come with single, two and three layer materials. They are made up of a single homogenous conductive later material, two layers of static dissipative rubber material or vinyl with a conductive material sandwiched between two layers. You have to consider the thickness, texture and cushioning of mat that depends on the application.
Bottom Line –
When it comes to buying an ESD mat, you have to consider your specific applications and narrow down your options. Plan and budget your workstation carefully so that you can choose to buy a full role or a pre-cut mat. At the end, you shouldn’t let the cost direct your decision.
All of our ESD static control mats come with static dissipative top later, fully conductive backing, and soft, durable, durable or easily cleaned. If you want to make the right selection of the ESD static control mats, please visit STOP ESD. Our matting products are soft or durable, easy to clean and highly resistant to solder, fauxes and chemicals.