If you run a company and plan to add a cleanroom at your premises, then you have to prepare accordingly. No two cleanrooms are the same, so you will need to consider your requirements thoroughly before choosing the right model. You’ll also want to be sure that your employees are appropriately prepared to begin work in the new space. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Consider your manufacturing needs
To ensure you get the most out of your new cleanroom, be sure you’ve factored in all the manufacturing requirements you have. For example, you might be installing a cleanroom to improve your production yield, limit dust during certain processes, maintain a particular ISO rating or all of the above. Whatever your reasons, be sure they are front and centre at every part of the planning process.
Consider the possibility of change
Some cleanrooms do not offer much in the way of modularity, meaning often they cannot be changed once they have been installed. This can be problematic, as, if your company grows or your requirements develop, you might need to install a new facility to cope. Therefore, it is worth looking into the possibility of a modular cleanroom, one than can be adapted easily to changes in your needs.
Plan for expansion
Even if you do choose a modular cleanroom, it is advisable not to stick to the bare minimum space-wise. Always give yourself more than enough room, in order to deal with expansion and allow those inside to work comfortably.
Plan adequate air conditioning
If two or more people are working in a cleanroom in protective gowns, masks, gloves and booties, body heat becomes a factor. Add to this the heat produced by on-site equipment, and you can end up with a very stuffy, suffocating atmosphere. If you think heat will be an issue in your cleanroom, consider using a recirculated air design to keep things fresh.
Set written, compulsory guidelines for all staff
The most common cause of cleanroom contamination is people. Be sure, then, that you minimise risk and maximise effectiveness by writing up a clear, understandable step-by-step guideline to cleanroom procedures that every member of your team can understand and abide by.
Keep these key factors in mind and be sure you get the best cleanroom facility for your workplace.