If a cleanroom is a part of your business model, you understand the importance of using today’s most progressive and proven technologies.
Not only does your cleanroom need to be built to exacting standard, but it must also be periodically updated to the most current standards, leveraging the most efficient processes and equipment that technology can offer. Otherwise, your business is likely to be less productive, and less productivity means compromised quality through possible contamination and reduced product output.
Your organization might benefit from some of the most recent innovations in cleanroom technology.
The Goal of the Cleanroom When your cleanroom was first built, it was designed to serve the specific needs of your business.
Whether the environment is sterile/dust-free or non-sterile, the goal of any cleanroom is to reduce contamination in the manufacturing process to ensure the quality of the product. Contamination can come from many different sources, including water, air, surfaces and workers.
Each of these poses a threat not only to your product, but your business reputation as well. But, like any advanced technology, innovative developments are constantly offering ways to improve the cleanroom environment and to reduce the risk of contamination through environmental controls.
Cleanroom Design Effective design is the keystone of a cleanroom’s ultimate success and performance.
If your processes or environmental factors change over time, your facility’s original design may no longer serve your needs effectively. It’s all too common, unfortunately, for organizations to seek a work-around. This doesn’t solve the underlying problem, of course, and often costs more over time than a redesign and retrofit.
One of the most recent innovations in cleanroom design includes computer-aided engineering for process and placement mapping. This helps to maximize work flow and equipment efficiency, and extends the life of equipment. It also can cut down on worker fatigue, reducing errors and increasing yields, resulting in higher production.
Materials used in the construction of cleanrooms have also been revolutionized in the past few years. Likewise, we have at our disposal today many improved methods of quality risk management tools.
Specialized Coatings for Contamination Control One of the most exciting new developments in the cleanroom industry is specialized antimicrobial coatings. The products can be added to certain surfaces during the construction process or in a cleanroom retrofit. Silver and copper are also utilized today to create a defense against micro-organisms.
These and other innovative materials contribute to the creation of surfaces that are significantly easier to keep sanitary.
Innovations in Energy Efficiency Contamination control isn’t the only area where progress has been made in cleanroom design and technology. Energy efficiency is extremely important for reducing costs and preserving resources in your facilities. It also helps reduce your organization’s carbon footprint, which demonstrates a commitment to environment stewardship. This also can provide an opportunity for marketing and establishing a positive public opinion of the company.
Cleanrooms require highly specialized technology as well as planning, engineering and construction methods. DesignTek Consulting Group is highly respected for our proven track record in cleanroom design and construction. Contact us today for more information about design, engineering or retrofit of your cleanroom facilities.