Monthly Archives: February 2016

  1. Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Designing a Cleanroom

    Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Designing a Cleanroom

    Considering the countless designs and operating regulations, specifying the right clean room for your application is not a simple 1-2-3 process. But as with other capital purchases, a checklist of critical questions can help guarantee a decision that meets your expectations. Here’s what our clean room specialists first evaluate when designing a controlled environment:

     

    How will my clean room be used?

    The processes taking place in a cleanroom determine functional characteristics. For instance, static sensitivity or chemical processing dictate specific types of construction materials. Perhaps your needs can be met with a softwall cleanroom that features full-view plastic panels, or maybe you need an all-steel modular cleanroom for ultimate cleanliness. The number of personnel, their frequency of access, approved garbing protocol and necessary application equipment have a significant

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  2. Meet Your Cleanliness Goals with Air Showers

    Meet Your Cleanliness Goals with Air Showers

    Cleanroom entrances present a significant potential for contaminant infiltration, so they must be managed with this in mind.  Air showers are one way to minimize piggy-backing contaminants. They are enclosed chambers that use strong bursts of air to dislodge particulates from people or transport carts entering or exiting the room. Room entrances, and pass-throughs that incorporate an air shower, serve as a safeguard between critical and non-critical areas. Personnel are the greatest source of contamination in a cleanroom, so most of the methods of contamination reduction, including air showers, were developed to accommodate humans. Air showers range in size and construction, depending on the application, and are utilized by a diverse range of industries. So, how do air showers work?  Find out below!

     

    Air shower design and operation

    Modular air shower chambers and tunnels use high-velocity stream

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  3. How to Make the Most of Your Cleanroom Gowning Space

    How to Make the Most of Your Cleanroom Gowning Space

    Gowning procedures are vital to cleanroom compliance, and a poorly designed gowning room can make following protocol challenging. Several factors contribute to the layout and furnishing of a functional gowning space, most notably the cleanroom’s application and your budget. Below, we breakdown of each area within and surrounding an “ideal” gowning room.

     

    Pre-Gowning Area

    The pre-gowning area is located directly outside of the gowning room. Personnel should be provided with a locker to store any personal items, such as clothing, jewelry, and cell phones, before entering the gowning room.

    A motorized shoe cleaner and automatic contamination-control mat remove contaminating

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