Recommendation for Use and Storage of Electrical Insulating Matting
It is vital to store and use electrical insulating mats in the correct manner in order to prolong their lifespan and ensure they continue to function and provide the insulation levels required. When storing or transporting the matting it should be properly stored and should not be bent or deformed.
The insulated mats should also not be stored or used close to any excessive heat sources or exposed to direct sunlight for long periods. The ideal storage temperature for the mats is between 10°C and 21°C.
When using and installing any insulating matting, a visual inspection should be carried out first. If the mats are dirty they should be cleaned with soap and water and then dried, respecting the operation temperatures mentioned previously.
Ideal operating temperatures are between -40°C and 55°C and the mats should not come into contact with any chemical products as this can also damage the rubber. When installing the mats, place them on a clean smooth floor devoid of any aggressive elements.
Once installed, periodic inspection of the insulating matting should be carried out and mats should not be used if they have not been electrically tested for 12 months.
Typically, Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 matting should be tested every 12 months in accordance with IEC61111 – often a visual inspection for low voltage Class 0 insulating matting is adequate depending on matting condition. Aged matting showing clear deterioration should be subject to routine dielectric test to check and ensure insulating levels are maintained.
INSULATING MATTING FAQ’S
How Do Insulating Mats Work?
Rubber is a natural dielectric material and therefore inhibits the flow of electric charge as a result of its molecular structure preventing the free flow of electrons.
What Is The Double Triangle?
Matting with the “double-triangle” symbol confirms the insulating matting is suitable for live working according to IEC 60417-5216.