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How to Compare Anti Static Mats to Conductive Mats

Different ESD Mats are used to work on surface mounts and to stand on. In the vicinity of electrostatic sensitive devices, the type of mat you will need depends on how many volts of current your device can withstand before the voltage causes damage to it.

Static Dissipative Mat with Black Carbon Underside and Snaps for Ground ConnectionConductive Floor Mat. Beveled to Prevent Tripping. Made of Black Carbon to Bring Static to Ground Quickly.

There are two types of ESD Mats used in static control: "Anti Static" or "Static Dissipative" Mats, and Conductive Mats.

Anti Static ESD Mats & Grounding

Anti Static ESD Mats

Anti Static Mats vs. Conductive Mats

As you move you generate static electricity, which can create electrostatic discharge (ESD). When working on a surface mount you need to have an "anti static" or "static dissipative" mat covering it to prevent charges from being created that create ESD. 

An anti static or static dissipative mat that rests on a conductive surface (commonly the case in military facilities) are typically made of 3 layers (3-ply) with static dissipative vinyl layers surrounding a conductive substrate which is electrically attached to ground (earth). For commercial uses, rubber mats are traditionally used that are made of 2 layers (2-ply) with a tough solder resistant top layer that makes them last longer than the vinyl mats, and a conductive rubber bottom to ground the mat.

Static is Grounded by Wearing Wrist Straps and Working on ESD Mats Connected to Common Point Ground Cords.

Conductive mats are made of carbon and used only on floors for the purpose of drawing static electricity from the person standing on them to ground as quickly as possible. Normally conductive mats are made with cushioning for standing and are referred to as "anti-fatigue" mats.

Anti Fatigue ESD Floor Mats Provide a Safe Standing Surface

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