In the cleanroom, it is imperative that ESD shoe covers, commonly known as conductive shoe covers, be worn property. The conductive strip grounds the operator, to protect static sensitive devices and areas.
The conductive fabric strip is sewn along the bottom of the shoe cover, with the end coming up and into the sock of the operator. Assurance that the shoe cover apparel selection is worn properly is needed, not only for the comfort of the operator, but for safety issues as well.
As with a traditional shoe cover, the ESD shoe cover should be placed over the front of the shoe, and fit snuggly to the back where it comes up over the heel. There should be no bagginess, or excessive material - if there is, the cover is too large. The conductive strip needs to make contact with the operator’s skin, under the sock, by coming up the heel and leg, and tucking it into the sock.
With this done properly a complete circuit is created, so that any static buildup by the operator, is going to be grounded through the strip. The strip on the shoe cover sole than makes contact with the conductive floor.
Valutek’s disposable ESD shoe covers are similar to our regular antiskid, polypropylene covers, simply with the added conductive strip. They are manufactured with 100 percent non-linting, non-woven spun bound polypropylene fabric. They have stitched seams, and for safety have sprayed latex anti-skid treads on the bottoms.
Our ESD shoe covers are recommended for use in, and have compatibility with, a cleanroom, Class 10,000+ (ISO 7+) critical environment. Our shoe covers are lightweight, strong and durable, making them comfortable with safety in mind.
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