Automotive Cleanroom Testing

Automotive Cleanroom Testing

Since the early invention of the assembly line, the automotive industry has made incredible strides in their manufacturing processes. Indeed, a wide range of attention is given to mass defects, or preventing them. Like other industries the need for manufacturing auto components inside cleanrooms has become a key factor in the automotive industry. .

In Automotive Cleanrooms factors like pressure, temperature and humidity are just as important to other rooms designed in the cleanroom classification range of ISO 7 and ISO 8. The defects that can (and do) occur in the automotive manufacturing industry are vast, including costly errors like glass coatings, electrical components, and painting to the bodywork.

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We also need to test the flow of the air to ensure that it is moving from clean to less clean areas, minimising the movement of any contaminated air into your clean area, and also to ensure there are no areas of the room with high concentrations of pollutants.

In order to carry out these tests, for every clean room we are working in, we will measure and check:

  1. Air movement control – Studying the movement of the air within your clean room we will check that there is sufficient air movement to dilute or remove pollutants, preventing any contamination build-up.
  1. Temperature, Relative Humidity – We may also need to carry out tests on temperature, relative humidity, and the heating and cooling capabilities of the room, as well as noise, lighting and vibration levels.
  1. Airborne particulate testing – We will carry out measurements to ensure that the concentration of particles and micro-organisms is compliant with the specification set out for your clean room.
  1. Filter installation leak testing – Your ventilation system’s high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and its housing will be tested with DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) to ensure their integrity.
  1. Air supply and extract quantities – If your air supply is unidirectional we will measure and record the air velocity, while for non-unidirectional systems we will measure air supply.
  1. Containment leak testing – We will check the construction of your clean room to ensure that no airborne contamination can occur via leaks from higher pressure work areas adjacent to it.

APT Cleanroom Testing will always try to ensure that you fully understand our process and your results, following any clean room testing or validation service, we will present you with clear, easy to follow cleanroom test reports that can be compiled, quality checked and issued to you while still on site, minimising the down time of your operations.

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If you have a clean room that requires a cleanroom testing service then please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We should be able to offer you an expedient solution for all your cleanroom testing and certification. We can also offer maintenance programmes to ensure your cleanroom is in compliance with the corresponding ISO standards.

For more information please contact us at: info@aptcleanroomtesting.co.uk or phone Darren directly on: 07775623464.

 

Nanotech and Microelectronic Cleanroom Testing

Nanotech and Microelectronic Cleanroom Testing

Nanotech and Microelectronic Cleanrooms are designed to maintain temperature, humidity, particulate, static and pressure levels. This is due to the fact that these factors, as well as static forces, can easily affect or compromise the final product, taking into account the huge costs associated with these types of works there’s simply no room for error.

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A high level of cleanliness must be maintained at all times within nanotech and microelectronic cleanroom environments since defects can occur at any stage in this process. Many steps are involved in order to come to a final product, and a defect along the way might not be discovered until the very end. Most of these cleanrooms typically operate in a cleanroom classification range from ISO Class 1 to ISO Class 6 with various processes occurring at different levels of cleanliness.

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We undertake a wide range of clean room testing service for the Nanotech and Microelectronic industries such as:

  1. Air movement control– Studying the movement of the air within your clean room we will check that there is sufficient air movement to dilute or remove pollutants, preventing any contamination build-up.
  2. Containment leak testing– We will check the construction of your clean room to ensure that no airborne contamination can occur via leaks from higher pressure work areas adjacent to it.
  3. Differential pressure– Here we will be testing to ensure that the air in your clean room always moves from clean to less clean areas, with your clean room having a higher pressure than adjacent less clean areas.
  4. Particulate testing – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process.
  5. Filter installation leak testing– Your ventilation system’s high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and its housing will be tested with DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) to ensure their integrity.
  6. Air supply and extract quantities– If your air supply is unidirectional we will measure and record the air velocity, while for non-unidirectional systems we will measure air supply.

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or  HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

Medical Device Cleanroom Testing

Medical Device Cleanroom Testing

Clean-rooms for medical device technology typically fall under ISO Class 7 and ISO Class 8 range. As you can imagine the manufacturing process for these products ensures that the surface of the product does not have particulate contamination when it is completed. So, it is imperative that the cleanliness level inside the room is maintained both from a cleanroom standpoint.

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In many cases people/personal is the major contaminator in most processes. This is why personnel are required to wear full gowns, booties, gloves, and hairnets in medical device manufacturing, as well as the biotech, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries. While some medical device cleanrooms may not always adhere to the same stringent gowning practices as pharmaceutical cleanrooms, the protocol and cleaning process is just as important. The cleanroom environment for medical devices usually aims to eliminate surface contamination, or viable particulate, on their products.

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We undertake a wide range of clean room testing service for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries such as:

  1. Viable Particle Detection – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process,
  2. HEPA Filter installation leak testing– Your ventilation system’s high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and its housing will be tested with DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) to ensure their integrity.
  3. Air supply and extract quantities– If your air supply is unidirectional we will measure and record the air velocity, while for non-unidirectional systems we will measure air supply.
  4. Differential pressurebetween cleanrooms – Here we will be testing to ensure that the air in your clean room always moves from clean to less clean areas, with your clean room having a higher pressure than adjacent less clean areas.
  5. Air movement control– Studying the movement of the air within your clean room we will check that there is sufficient air movement to dilute or remove pollutants, preventing any contamination build-up.
  6. Containment leak testing– We will check the construction of your clean room to ensure that no airborne contamination can occur via leaks from higher pressure work areas adjacent to it.

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

Defence and Optic Industry Cleanroom Testing

Defence and Optic Industry Cleanroom Testing

The previous blog concentrated on biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanrooms testing. this blog is devoted to the defence and optic industries.

The defence and optic industries use cleanrooms for many of their applications, including biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device. These applications may also include items such as like chip making for controlling missiles and electronic and radar components, laser technology for guidance systems and even biological components for vaccines etc.

Defence and Optic Industry Cleanroom Testing

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Defence Industry Cleanrooms usually require the highest levels of security and clearance. Due to the sensitive/high security nature of various defence industry operations, this typically leads to the stick-built type of construction to allow for the perimeter to meet government security requirements.

We undertake a wide range of clean room testing service for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries such as:

  1. Particulate testing – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process.
  2. Filter installation leak testing– Your ventilation system’s high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and its housing will be tested with DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) to ensure their integrity.
  3. Differential pressure– Here we will be testing to ensure that the air in your clean room always moves from clean to less clean areas, with your clean room having a higher pressure than adjacent less clean areas.
  4. Air supply and extract quantities– If your air supply is unidirectional we will measure and record the air velocity, while for non-unidirectional systems we will measure air supply.
  5. Air movement control– Studying the movement of the air within your clean room we will check that there is sufficient air movement to dilute or remove pollutants, preventing any contamination build-up.
  6. Containment leak testing– We will check the construction of your clean room to ensure that no airborne contamination can occur via leaks from higher pressure work areas adjacent to it.

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APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Testing

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Testing

There are many different types of industries that use cleanrooms, so what makes a cleanroom in one industry different than another? It’s quite a common question. Let’s have a look at the different cleanroom industries in more detail along with varying ISO requirements.

Many biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanrooms are specified at ISO Class 5 to ISO Class 8 and apply to a large portion of the cleanroom standards. If you’re not familiar, ISO classes and standards are set by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

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The many ISO standards provide various requirements, specifications, guidelines and characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their intended purpose.

In all cleanrooms, particulate matter is a great concern. Specifically, viable particulate contamination should receive careful consideration and attention. Viable particulate contamination refers to the ability to keep the room clean by typically using modular or stick-built components with integral cove bases and corners, as well as coved ceilings in order to maintain a cleanable surface condition. This high grade finish is crucial for biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanroom standards.

In all instances concealed areas may allow for bacterial growth which is unacceptable. These clean rooms typically use cleanroom technology that keeps the seal unbroken during sanitation and filter changes. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanrooms typically have a heavy focus on pressurisation control, the elimination of cross contamination and the ongoing filtration of outdoor air and indoor air.

We undertake a wide range of clean room testing service for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industries such as:

  1. Filter installation leak testing– Your ventilation system’s high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and its housing will be tested with DOP (Dispersed Oil Particulate) to ensure their integrity.
  2. Particulate testing – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process,
  3. Air supply and extract quantities– If your air supply is unidirectional we will measure and record the air velocity, while for non-unidirectional systems we will measure air supply.
  4. Differential pressure– Here we will be testing to ensure that the air in your clean room always moves from clean to less clean areas, with your clean room having a higher pressure than adjacent less clean areas.
  5. Containment leak testing– We will check the construction of your clean room to ensure that no airborne contamination can occur via leaks from higher pressure work areas adjacent to it.
  6. Air movement control– Studying the movement of the air within your clean room we will check that there is sufficient air movement to dilute or remove pollutants, preventing any contamination build-up.

Particulate-Testing-Cleanrooms

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or  HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

The Evolution of Cleanrooms

The Evolution of Cleanrooms

Cleanrooms come in all shapes and sizes from small laboratories through to large manufacturing buildings. Cleanrooms are used  for a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical production, scientific research, software engineering and manufacturing and aerospace engineering .

Though the cleanliness standards may have changed throughout the years, their purpose has always remained the same. Cleanrooms will continue to evolve as more and more research is conducted and air filtration mechanics and room envelope construction continues to improve.

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Six things you didn’t know about cleanrooms:

  1. More and more food industries are using cleanrooms to manufacture products that rely on high sanitation standards, thus improving the quality of their products.
  2. Cleanrooms are rated by their class, which is dependent on the number of particles found in the room at any given time.
  3. Did you know that a motionless person standing in a cleanroom still emits more than 100,000 particles per minute? That’s why it essential that the correct clothing is worn at all times.
  4. The top four things that you need to wear in a cleanroom should be a cap, cover/apron, mask, and gloves.
  5. NASA relies on cleanrooms to continue growth for the space program as well
  6. There are many different types of contamination that can contribute to product failure and inaccurate testing and results, such as micro-organisms, inorganic materials, and air particles.

I hope this information helps to provide you with everything you need while working in a cleanroom; however if you would like some more information please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on 07775623464.

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APT Cleanroom Testing provide our clients with reliable and proactive cleanroom testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service to cleanrooms or our full clean room testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

A Brief History of Cleanrooms

A Brief History of Cleanrooms

The first cleanroom identified by historian’s dates back to the mid-19th century, where sterilised environments were being used in hospital operating rooms, although not clean by today’s standards they were none-the less clean for their time. Modern cleanrooms were created during World War 2 where they were created to produce and manufacture state of the art weaponry in a clean and sterile environment.

During the war, US and UK industrial manufacturers designed a colossal amount of hardware such as guns, tanks and aeroplanes this contributed to the success of the war by providing the military with weaponry that was needed at each juncture of the war. Often major scientific breakthroughs are made during wartime.

Modern Cleanroom Design 

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It is known that the HEPA filters were being used throughout cleanrooms by the early 1950s. Some believe that cleanrooms date back to World War I when there was a need to segregate the work area to reduce cross-contamination between manufacturing areas; however no exact date can be found for the introduction of the first cleanroom.

Regardless of when they were introduced into the manufacturing world, contamination was one of the main problems and cleanrooms were the solution. Continually growing and constantly changing for the betterment of projects, research, and manufacturing, cleanrooms as we know them today are recognised for their low levels of pollutants and contaminants allowing for incredible scientific breakthroughs such as Nano Technology etc.

Prior to the creation of modern cleanrooms, early cleanrooms had contamination due to particles and unpredictable airflow throughout the room.  With this in mind cleanrooms were created allowing for a constant, high-filtration airflow, which is what is used throughout cleanroom design and construction today.

Cleanroom Testing 

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APT Cleanroom Testing provide our clients with reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service to cleanrooms or our full clean room testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net  or call Darren direct on 07775623464.

The Importance of Cleanroom Particle Testing

The Importance of Cleanroom Particle Testing

Clean room facilities such as Semiconductor and pharmaceutical manufacturers are examples of environments that require extensive and detailed air monitoring and periodic certification.  An accurate air monitoring and testing system is the only method for these clean room facilities to maintain that level of cleanliness needed during environmentally sensitive production.

In Jan 2016, ISO introduced an update to standards ISO 14644-1:2015 – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration and ISO 14644-2:2015 and monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration.

APT Cleanroom Testing have received many questions in regards to what impact the updated standard has on validation and testing frequency. To try and help our clients we have tried to answer those questions here.

It is essential that your undertake clean room particle testing to prove it complies with ISO 14644-1:2015 – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process.

Clean Room Particle Testing 

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Within ISO 14644-2:2015 – Monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration; recommends customers to complete risk assessments and monitoring plans to determine the frequency of testing and validation to their individual cleanroom processes.

It states the maximum time interval between airborne particle concentration testing for  cleanrooms of ISO class 5 and below at six months and ISO class 6 and above at 12 months.

Cleanroom Particle Testing Software 

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Using our vast technical knowledge we provide our clients with reliable and proactive clean room testing service. We ensure that we provide accurate and thoroughly document clean room testing results, ensuring optimal cleanroom performance and minimised facility down time.

If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service to cleanrooms or our full clean room testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net  or call Darren direct on 07775623464.

Particulate Testing to Cleanrooms

Particulate Testing to Cleanrooms

Clean room environments such as pharmaceutical and Semiconductor and manufacturers are examples of facilities that require demanding ongoing air monitoring and periodic certification.  An accurate air monitoring and testing system is the only method for these clean room facilities to maintain that level of cleanliness needed during environmentally sensitive production. Particle counters can activate alarms when contamination poses immediate threats to manufacturing processes thus warning the end user of potential risk from contamination.  Also, these cleanroom particle counters can document emerging contamination trends and weak spots within the process to guide cleaning personnel in maintaining air quality in their critical environments.

Cleanroom Testing with a  Handheld Particle Counter

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As the manufacturing becomes more efficient and refined i.e. more products are produced in the same space during the same amount of time, the greater potential monetary loss in the event of contamination in a clean-room environment. The greatest threat used to be the human component of the process. In a mini-environment, numerous sources of contamination can exist including fan filter failure, excess contamination build up or mini-environment integrity failure. As your main critical asset you cannot afford your cleanroom to go off line, that is where clean room testing comes into play.

Particulate Testing on Data Centres 

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In all these instances the only way to prevent losses is to catch a contamination event as it happens via particulate testing.  As production evolves, so must we monitor and evolve with it. To keep up with manufacturing efficiencies, we can check the particulate counts using the latest equipment to accurately and continuously monitor several locations within each mini-environment.  To remedy clean room contamination, a highly sensitive handheld particle counter can be used to locate the source of particle emissions. We can also carry out the periodic particulate testing and forward the necessary certification.

Using our vast technical knowledge we provide our clients with reliable and proactive clean room testing service. We ensure that we provide accurate and thoroughly document clean room testing results, ensuring optimal cleanroom performance and minimised facility down time.

If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service to cleanrooms or our full clean room testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net  or call Darren direct on 07775623464.

 

How often should I undertake Cleanroom Particle Testing

How often should I undertake Cleanroom Particle Testing 

In January 2016, ISO introduced an update to standards ISO 14644-1:2015 – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration and ISO 14644-2:2015 and Monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration.

Cleanroom-Particle-Testing

APT Cleanroom Testing have received many questions in regards to what impact the updated standard has on validation and testing frequency. To try and help our clients we have tried to answer those questions here.

It is essential that your undertake clean room particle testing to prove it complies with ISO 14644-1:2015 – Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration. This ensures that your cleanroom continues to perform efficiently and enhance your ongoing business process,

Within ISO 14644-2:2015 – Monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration; recommends customers to complete risk assessments and monitoring plans to determine the frequency of testing and validation to their individual cleanroom processes.

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It states the maximum time interval between airborne particle concentration testing for  cleanrooms of ISO class 5 and below at six months and ISO class 6 and above at 12 months. Here is a quick table showing this in more details.

Test Parameter Class Maximum Time Interval
Airborne particle concentration ISO Class 5 and below     6 months
ISO Class 5 and above

 

    12 months
Schedule of additional tests
Airflow velocities in unidirectional airflow All classes> 6 months
Airflow volume supply in non-unidirectional airflow All classes 12 months
Pressure differentials All classes Continuously monitored

Using our vast technical knowledge along with our commitment to quality we provide our clients with reliable and proactive clean room testing service. We ensure that we provide accurate and thoroughly document clean room testing results, ensuring optimal cleanroom performance, documented regulatory and quality compliance, and minimised facility down time.

If you would like more information on our clean room testing please contact APT Cleanroom Services at info@airpressuretesting.net or call Darren direct on 07775623464.