Monthly Archives: January 2019

  • How to Maintain ESD Flooring

    ESD Flooring, or electrostatic discharge flooring, serves as way for electricity that accumulates on a person to be controlled and discharged into a ground point. Why is this important? Think about how many times you can remember the shock of static electricity after touching a metal door handle or even another person. To you, the transfer of electricity and the shock you feel from it can be jarring and even quite painful. To a printed circuit board or any other sensitive electronic component, the electrostatic transfer could damage or even destroy the parts you’ve worked so hard to create. In addition, working in flammable environments without ESD flooring could put you at risk for spark creation and explosions, causing injury or even death in some cases.

    Desco ESD-Safe Floor Matting

    There are a variety of different ESD floor types to choose from including vinyl tiles, carpet tiles, rubber flooring, epoxy flooring, mats and floor finish. The type of flooring you decide upon will depend on your desired price point and the floor’s anti-static property levels and conductivity. Regardless of which floor type you go with, however, there will be some sort of maintenance required since the build up of dirt or dust on an ESD floor could prevent the static from dissolving properly into the ground.

    The cleaning process can vary depending on which ESD floor you choose. For example, carpet and rubber only require simple maintenance in the form of vacuuming and steam cleaning for the carpet and mopping for the rubber. Vinyl is the most difficult to maintain, requiring regular buffing. It’s important to note that the process of cleaning ESD floors is not the same as cleaning the regular floors that you might have in your house. Many household products contain silicone, which leaves a residue behind and weakens the integrity of your ESD surface.

    Staticide Ultra II Floor Finish

    If your ESD floors are already treated with an ESD finish, the maintenance process could be made easier and your floors might be preserved longer. GoKimco offers several different ESD-safe finishes that are designed to provide high performance static control on any sealed or hard surface. These finishes have a durable, non-slip formulation and a high resistance to abrasion, all for an affordable price. You can find more information about these products here. We understand that the process of deciding whether you need an ESD finish might be confusing if you’re not sure which ESD floor you wish to choose yet. If you have any questions about the maintenance or cleaning process, be sure to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.

  • Uses and Applications of a Dry Storage Cabinet

    If you frequently work with microelectronics, having a dry storage cabinet in your workplace can prevent possible defects due to contact with moisture. You might be wondering, however, whether purchasing one of these cabinets is the best and most cost-efficient solution to eliminating moisture and ensuring that your electronics remain in perfect condition. Today we’ll dive into the uses and applications of owning your own dry storage cabinet and why it could benefit you.

    A dry storage cabinet uses a powerful dehumidifier that condenses the air and eliminates any moisture that could accumulate. The boxes contain a desiccant, or any substance that maintains a state of dryness, such as Silica Gel, Anhydrous Calcium Chloride or Calcium Sulphate. There are many other names synonymous with “dry storage cabinet” including dry box, dehumidifying cabinets, desiccators and low humidity storage. All refer to the same device which helps combat humidity issues with your equipment. Many dry storage cabinets also come with storage bins, glass windows, adjustable shelves and LED controls with temperature and humidity indicators, depending on the model.

    Dry storage cabinets are made specifically for moisture sensitive components including, but not limited to PCBs, cameras, lenses, batteries, sensors, photographs, paintings and musical instruments. They maintain an internal environment of 1-50% RH depending on which type of products you choose to store and insure that they remain safe and dry. Without the assistance of a dry cabinet, your sensitive components could become damaged or destroyed if too much humidity permeates their surface.

    The main alternative to purchasing a dry storage cabinet is using a moisture barrier bag to protect against damage. While bags are cheaper up front, continuing the supply over time would eventually cost more than a dry storage cabinet. With cabinets, your items can be placed directly onto the shelves without having to be placed in a bag first. This will end up saving you a considerable amount of labor and time. Additionally, there are risks associated with using moisture barrier bags. Improper sealing, punctures and the possibility of using an incorrect amount of desiccant could result in issues and damages to your equipment. Lastly, the cabinets require little to no maintenance and the desiccant typically lasts for 10 years or more without having to be replaced, whereas with moisture barrier bags, you will need to purchase new desiccants much more often.

    GoKimco is a proud seller of several different dry cabinets made by Dr. Storage. Dr. Storage is one of the best manufacturers of dry cabinets on the market. Many major technology companies including Apple, Sony, IBM, Philips and Panasonic use Dr. Storage as their supplier of dry storage cabinets. On the GoKimco website, you can find Dr. Storage cabinets that range in capacity from 126L to 1250L depending on the size and amount of storage you need.

    Dr. Storage F1-1200-6

    Today we’re highlighting the Dr. Storage F1-1200-6 Ultra Low Humidity Dry Cabinet with 1250L Capacity. This large unit consists of 5 shelves, airtight magnetic sealers, antistatic glass and compression handles. Four antistatic wheels create an ease of mobility while a calibration expiration reminder will prompt you when the cabinet needs recalibrating. Most importantly, this dry storage cabinet as well as all cabinets that Dr. Storage offers meets the regulation of STD-033B. Click here to see a list of all the Dr. Storage models currently available for purchase.

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