How do electrical insulation mats work?
Electrical Insulation mats are made of rubber. Rubber, due to its properties of resistivity, is used in many industrial applications throughout industry to insulate and protect; it is an obvious choice for electrical safety matting and is tested vigorously to ensure the level of protection is met.
Rubber is a natural dielectric material and will therefore inhibit the flow of electric charge as a result of its molecular structure preventing the free flow of electrons. The dielectric and electrically resistant properties of rubber make it and ideal insulator. This when combined with the flexibility and cushioning nature of the material, makes it a perfect choice for electrical safety matting.
Maintaining the insulating properties of the Rubber is intrinsically linked to the construction of the compound. Any additives (dyes, fillers, preservatives and curatives) can all affect the electrical resistance, hence the need for strict quality control standards to be applied throughout manufacture to maintain the insulation performance.