Antistatic and ESD floors - What do the experts say?

Posted by Daniel Ramos - 11 May, 2021

Although antistatic (AS) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) floors are not new - MasterTop and Ucrete systems have been applied for over 20 years – they are still considered one of the most specialist applications for a flooring company.

These flooring systems can help to control static electricity avoiding the accumulation on the floor (prevention) and allowing dissipation through the floor (protection). With demand for these flooring types rising, we spoke to three experts from specialist resin-based industrial flooring companies to learn about their experiences with MasterTop and Ucrete antistatic and ESD floors.

We are happy to have insights from Mr. Amador Tolosa and Mr. Luis Tolosa, owners of Plásticos Tolosa S.A, of Andoáin, Spain; Mr. Claude Tantet, General Manager of Géo Résine de l’Est, of Woustviller, France; and Mr. Eloy Urbón General Manager of TVMAC, of Caldas de Reis, Spain.

Collectively, the three companies have more than 100 years of experience, with extraordinary track records in the application of resin materials, composites, waterproofing membranes and industrial floors with resin-based products.

Our interviewees all remember their first application with antistatic floors done more than 20 years ago. Tolosa explains us that “we carried out our first installation of around 1,500 m2 back in 1999, in the Mixing Room of the N2A Paint Workshop, in the Volkswagen factory in Navarra, Spain, with the system that is known nowadays as MasterTop 1273 AS.”

Luis Tolosa, PTSA, interview use of antistatic and electrostatic discharge flooring

Luis Tolosa, PTSA

“We carried out our first installation of around 1,500 m2 back in 1999, in the Mixing Room of the N2A Paint Workshop, in the Volkswagen factory in Navarra, Spain, with the system that is known nowadays as MasterTop 1273 AS.”


Since then, industry has seen a lot of changes, such as digitalization and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). So, this type of floor is in demand in a growing number of applications and industries. Tantet tells us that he has seen rising demand for AS and ESD floors in the past few years, in the automotive, electric, electronics and chemical industries. And Urbón highlights the increasing need for these types of floors in hospitals and laboratories due to the development and progressive use of electronic instruments, scanners, and other equipment.

Eloy Urbón, TVMAC

Eloy Urbón, TVMAC

“Verification of the conductivity of the pavement after the installation is absolutely mandatory in all cases.”


The installation of Antistatic and Electrostatic Discharge floors requires a high degree of specialism. Installers must measure the conductivity of the floor and verify compliance with the safety regulations or owner requirements in each case:

“Verification of the conductivity of the pavement after the installation is absolutely mandatory in all cases,” says Urbón.

 

Claude Tantet, Géo Résine de l’Est

Claude Tantet,
Géo Résine de l’Est

“Clearly, floors with a high technical input can open the door for other applications.”


Specializing in the installation of antistatic and electrically dissipative floors can open up opportunities for further work; in a warehouse, production facility or lab there are different work areas, only some of which will require antistatic or electrically dissipative floors.

“Clearly, floors that require a high technical input can open the door for other applications,” says Tantet.

 

 
For other surfaces, the standard ranges of MasterTop and Ucrete systems are the perfect solution: MasterTop and Ucrete AS and ESD product ranges offer a complete range of systems that, in addition to their electrical properties, are easy to maintain and clean. They also prevent people or vehicles from slipping and are mechanically resistant and stable.

As for any other resin-based floor in industrial facilities, AS and ESD MasterTop and Ucrete systems can be installed quickly to minimise disruption to the users of the building. And, with proper maintenance, they will have a long service life.

Plásticos Tolosa S.A.

Mr. Amador Tolosa, founder of PTSAMr. Amador Tolosa, founder of PTSA

Plásticos Tolosa S.A. is a family-owned company with more than 60 years of experience. Since 1959, it has dedicated itself to all types of composite type coating, technical waterproofing and decorative and industrial flooring, both in construction and in industry. www.plasticostolosa.com

 

Géo Résine de l’Est SARL is a 15-year-old company with most of its staff coming from the world of resin application.

It has two main fields of activity: speciality coatings and flooring and installation of geo-membranes.

goresinedelestsarl.site-solocal.com

 

TVMAC, is a 30-year-old company specializing in all types of industrial flooring including Ucrete, resin based and anti-acid ceramic tiles. It also has high levels of expertise in technical waterproofing and structural reinforcement.

www.tvmac.net

 

One example which demonstrates the longevity of antistatic floors can be seen in Spanish not-for-profit organization Lantegi Batuak. Several antistatic floors were installed in their facilities since 2011 and still remain in very good condition today.

 Additionally, some pictures of other jobs can be seen below this text:

Topics: Expert Insights, Industrial Flooring, Antistatic Flooring


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