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com/2010/06/tack-mat-use-and-installation/ Tack Mat Use and Installation June 8, 2010 By admin 1 Comment Summary: The following is quick guide to the installation and use of tack mats for particulate control on personnel shoes and wheels of carts entering a clean area. Tack mats are used for helping to remove particulate contamination from the bottom of personnel shoes and from the wheels of carts upon entry to a clean area. NOTE, This does not mean tack mats will clean off all dirt! If shoes or wheels are very dirty,they need to be cleaned prior to using the tack mats, outside of the clean area and away from the mats. Use of the mats is very simple; 1. Just step on the mats twice with each foot before entering the clean area. 2. Roll all the wheels of a cart across the surface of the mat. How do you know if the mat is doing its job? 1. If you can see that it is removing dirt from your shoes or cart wheels. As the mats become used, they will be covered by tracks of other people and carts. When it looks like the surface is well covered by other tracks, or if the surface is no longer tack, it is time to renew the surface of the mat. Danger, ESD Hazard! When a tack mat surface is being renewed, or if the mat is replaced, a very large charge is generated, both on the mat, and on the material/personnel involved. Before renewing a layer or replacing a mat, make sure that all ESD sensitive material is at least 1 meter away, and remains so for at least 3 minutes. How do I renew the surface of the mat? The mats are layered, with generally about 30 layers in each mat, and each layer is numbered from the top down, so that the highest number is on the bottom. As the top layer becomes dirty and no longer tack, it is time to peel off that layer and expose the next layer underneath it. On one corner of the mat, there are numbered tags, and this is where you start to peel off the layer. Just peel off one layer at a time (make sure that the next consecutive number remains on the mat), and discard the layer that you just peeled off, preferably outside of the clean area and away from any ESD sensitive material.
Multi-layered adhesive mats are used to peel off the contaminated layer and reveal a new clean layer to significantly reduce traffic-borne particles. can be hazardous. matting applications are used in a number of industries to ensure a clean and uncontaminated environment. which. adhesive thickness and adhesive softness. These mats have strong adhesive properties which collect dust particles from shoe soles and wheels of the carts passing over the mat. Adhesive Characteristics of Cleanroom Mats The most common characteristics of cleanroom mats are tack level. • Tack level: The tack level or level of stickiness of a mat is measured through PSTC-1 test and represented in grams. After a layer is out of use. Some of these industries are: • • • • • Pharmaceutical industry Medical/chemical industry Operation rooms Computer rooms Electronic precision industry Advantages of Sticky Mats Sticky or adhesive mats are commonly used in various industries for the following advantages: • • • Dust particles collected by the mat do not spread. A special kind of Acrylic adhesive is used on these mats which does not sustain any microbial growth. The right amount of tack level is crucial for maintaining the appropriate balance. . a new layer can be brought out by peeling the previous one. A special kind of adhesive is used which does not leave any stain on the floor. Use of Mats in Various Applications Not only in clean rooms and laboratories. 2010 By admin 1 Comment Mats are an important requirement of cleanrooms and other critical environments that demand a high degree of contamination control. if exceeded. These characteristics determine the efficiency of the adhesive in removing and holding contaminants from the surfaces before their entry into the cleanroom.Cleanroom Sticky Mats: 3 Important Adhesive Characteristics December 21.
Therefore. It keeps the surface clean of contaminants and the mat continues to be suitable for further use. Operators or carts entering a cleanroom or clean zone walk or roll on the film to remove contamination on shoe heels. A very low tack level (2-3 ozs) is sufficient for this purpose. adhesive mats are often preferred over the washable ones for entering cleanrooms. provided the layer has sufficient thickness to grab the particles. There are typically 30 or 60 sheets per mat. Therefore. they get into the thick layer of the adhesive. The softness of the adhesive layer makes sure that these particles are embedded into the layer instead of remaining on the surface. When particles come into contact with the surface of the mat. the right amount of tack level. The thickness of the adhesive layer is. with a specially treated pressure sensitive adhesive on the exposed surface. vital for the prolonged performance of the mat. therefore. the dust particles will remain on the surface and shorten the reusability and performance of the mat.• • Since the purpose of the mat is to remove dirt from the dry adhesive-less surface. Adhesive thickness: If the adhesive layer of the mat is extra thin. If the adhesive is hard. . Consequently. otherwise too soft an adhesive will stick to the surface of the shoe or wheel and contaminate the controlled environment of the cleanroom. A washable mat comes with no adhesive coating and needs to be washed every time for removing the particles. http://www. However. soles and wheels.org/index. This adhesive film is strong enough to remove dust and dirt from the bottom of a sole. Adhesive softness: Adhesive softness is highly important for the efficient performance of each layer of the mat. this function will not happen and instead the dirt will stay on the surface which will reduce the performance of the mat.php?title=Tacky_Mats#Characteristics_of_Adhesive_Mats Disposable mats are made from a stack of sheets of polyethylene film. it just needs a higher coefficient than the surface attraction. a shoe comes in contact with the particles shed by the previous shoe and is not perfectly clean. they need some place to go. the adhesive should not have a high tack level. adhesive thickness and adhesive softness play a crucial role in the performance of the cleanroom mat application.gsfcc. yet mild enough not to cause the shoe cover to stick to the mat. When particles from the surface of the shoe sole or wheel come in contact with the mat.
5. Disposable mats are also available with a biocide that is added to each sheet. 6. Therefore. a standard case would contain between 120 sheets and 480 sheets. yet permitting easy removal of the last sheet. When stored vertically or with heavy objects on top of them. gray. the adhesive film can become damaged. Even though there is a great difference in the number of sheets per mat. it is peeled off exposing a new clean sheet for use. which leads to delamination of the mat from the floor. Extreme cold hardens the . Disposable mats are usually packaged 4. thus providing the economy of only one sheet being removed at a time. Variations from the standard disposable mat include: 1. The top of each mat is protected with a clear release sheet until it is ready for use. These bubbles and veins cause the mat to have an irregular surface. Each mat is adhered to the floor or a frame with double-sided adhesive tape or a full bottom sheet of double-faced adhesive film. 4. the relative height difference is very small because each sheet is so thin. The mat is skid resistant and is not damaged by footwear or wheels. Be aware of the environment you store your mats in. Disposable mat frames can also be used to enhance appearance. Dirty sheets are loosened for removal by pulling up on the corner tab that has no adhesive. Frames also allow carts to roll over the mat easier due to the beveled edge of the frame. Sheets that need to be disposed of are easily identifiable by the visible dirt and debris on the surface. this anti microbial agent kills much of the bacteria that can enter a space on shoe soles or cart wheels. This eliminates problems caused by left over adhesive sticking to the floor after the mats are removed. Important in a life science or biotech account. How to Store a Cleanroom Adhesive Mat Mats need to be stored horizontally and must be stacked with care. Each mat contains 30. Damaged film can be spotted in the form of bubbles and veins. or 8 mats per case. 2. Beveled edges White.When a sheet becomes loaded with contamination. The sheets have corner tabs that are consecutively numbered to shoe the number of remaining sheets. or 60 sheets per mat. 3. Disposable mat frames are very similar to picture frames in that they consist of a sloping edge base into which the tacky mat is placed. 40. or blue Custom colors and sizes are available Company logos may be inserted to display through the mats made of clear sheets over a colored base sheet Disposable Mat Frames Frames are used to provide a uniform and effective base for adhering mats securely. gray or blue sheets Clear sheets over a base color of white.
If there is any surface irregularity. the mat will conform to that. checking for residual adhesive from a previous mat. Delamination can also lead to a dangerous side effect. This will not cause permanent damage to the adhesive. Any dirt or residual adhesive will cause the mat to adhere unevenly. Pull back the backing of the mat 6 inches. This can result in operator injury if he or she loses balance and falls. The recommended amount of footprints to capture is three. Tiling is the term used when placing two smaller mats. starting in the middle and working outward to the edges. however. if they are also stored vertically. because it will only capture one footprint. but the mat must have a chance to “warm up” before being placed. Adhesive Softness If the adhesive is too hard. particles will not transfer from the shoe or wheel to the mat. Extreme heat. Make sure you are positioning your mat properly. the adhesive will begin to run. Pull back another 6 inches and press outward. This is wasteful and creates a space between where the mats meet in the middle where contaminants can harbor. adhesive transfer from the mat and to the shoe or wheel can occur. Now you are ready to place the mat on the floor. and usually measured in ounces or grams. clean the surface thoroughly. this causes delamination of the mat from the floor. when the mat actually lifts up from the floor while it is being walked on by an operator. Do not place an 18-by-36 inch mat across the width of an entrance. Next. If it’s too soft. This helps removes bubbles and veins that may form as you are placing. usually 18-by-36 inch in size. First. . Do not “tile” mats. and leads to pockets under the mat where contaminants can harbor. even and without cracks. repeating the process until the entire mat is adhered to the floor. Adhesive mat frames can be used to ensure the surface they are placed on is clean and smooth. Adhesive Thickness Typical adhesive layers have a thickness between 2-4 millimeters (50-100 microns). make sure the surface is clean. then firmly press this exposed area on the floor. side-by-side to make the mat area wide enough to fit the entrance width.adhesive on the mat and renders it ineffective. If the adhesive layer is too thin. The orientation of the mat is always lengthwise to maximize the area walked on by the operator. and as we already discussed. How to Properly Place an Adhesive Mat The most important step in placing a cleanroom adhesive mat is floor prep. the particles will remain on the surface and shorten the time that the mat can continue to function. Characteristics of Adhesive Mats Tack Level This is determined by the force necessary to remove a one inch (25mm) wide strip from a polished stainless steel plate at a constant speed. Temperatures above 80 degrees can melt the adhesive. will break down the adhesive and cause permanent damage. and on top of that.
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