A vacuum chamber is a sealed container that creates a localized, low-pressure environment. Vacuum chambers and vacuum gloveboxes are used in a variety of applications including scientific research, manufacturing, product development, performance testing, and simulation environments. Vacuum chamber applications include, but are not limited to, leak testing, stress testing, semiconductor failure analysis, degassing, drying, distillation, permeability testing, coating, specific gravity determination, atmospheric simulations, and inert gas storage.
Manufacturers and research organizations spend considerable sums of money to ensure their cleanrooms adhere to critical cleanliness standards – disinfection procedures are optimized, quality controls are implemented and regular particle counts and microbial tests are performed to identify the smallest pockets of contamination. With many safeguards in place to limit contamination, including interlocking doors, pressure gradients, and air showers, the most common source of particles, whether viable or non-viable, stems from the cleanroom staff. The first line of defense in preventing human-borne particles from entering into a cleanroom is the gowning area.
As humans are the primary source of contamination in cleanroom and lab environments, cleanroom-compliant hand washers, sinks and hand dryers play a critical role in reducing bioburden and viable particle counts within sterile spaces.
Universal BioSafe Benchtop Hoods are a UL-Listed product manufactured by Terra Universal. "Universal" flow hoods designate a modular design that can achieve nine different configurations from a single flow hood.
ISO 14644-1 is a widely recognized international standard that specifies the classification of air cleanliness in cleanrooms and controlled environments. The standard provides guidance for assessing and controlling the levels of airborne particulates in these environments, which are crucial to industries such as pharmaceuticals, health care, microelectronics, biotechnology and aerospace.
The standard defines cleanrooms as enclosed spaces where the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to meet specific cleanliness requirements. ISO 14644-1 establishes the maximum allowable particle concentration per square meter of air space. The standard also defines the size range of particles considered within the classification, typically diameters of 0.1 micrometers and larger.
In addition to the classification system, ISO
Terra Universal’s cleanroom doors are designed for quick and easy installation into operating rooms, surgical suites, stick-built or modular cleanrooms. Designed for health care, pharmaceutical, and CGMP facilities, Terra’s cleanroom doors are easy-to-sterilize, maintain room pressure and resist common biocides and hospital-grade disinfectants.
Terra Universal’s cleanroom windows are designed for quick and easy installation into stick-built or modular cleanrooms. Configured for health care, pharmaceutical, and CGMP facilities, Terra’s cleanroom windows are easy-to-clean, hygienic, support aseptic environments and enhance the visibility of operations and foot traffic.
Terra’s broad portfolio of cleanroom window designs includes flush-mount, crevice-free, frameless BioSafe windows, economical, framed ValuLine windows, and special-application designs including UL-listed and fire-rated windows. Switch Glass windows and internal blinds are optional for high privacy areas.
Compare cleanroom fan filter types and FFU features including airflow design, size, motors, construction, control systems, and compatible accessories.
Laminar flow air and positive pressure cleanroom design are ideal for non-hazardous, ultra-clean applications. Positive pressure mitigates dirt from entering the cleanroom when opening doors or pass-through chambers. Laminar airflow design ensures that air maintains a singular, uniform direction and velocity from intake to exhaust port. Terra's positive pressure cleanrooms include HEPA filtration systems capable of ISO Class 3 - ISO Class 8 air quality conditions. ULPA filtration units are available for the most sensitive ISO 3 - ISO 5 product applications including pharmaceutical compounding, semiconductor wafer processing, sterile packaging, and micro-nanofabrication.
Use this glovebox features comparison chart to help choose the best glovebox system for your application and budget.