Clean Room Environments
an environment that is free from dust and other contaminants, so there is no risk of cross-contamination.
But what does that really mean? Why are contaminants so harmful? We asked ourselves the same questions. Truth is, dust and debris do far more than settle into the unkempt nooks and crannies of homes or find their way under fingernails. The effects of dust can be devasting to the manufacturing process for many reasons, particularly regarding advanced technologies. Contamination control has become a major concern, facilitating the need for Clean Room environments and subsequently, Clean Room packaging to bring items safely in and out of those environments.
So, put away the mop and let’s pull out the microscope instead to delve a little deeper into this type of “deep clean.”
The Cause for Clean Room Products
A little dirt never hurt anyone, right? Wrong. When it comes to manufacturing in many industries, like pharmaceuticals, aerospace or electronics, a single speck of dust can damage the entire process – destroying machinery, materials and rendering certain items unusable. This, in turn, creates additional waste, labor and additional time to get manufacturing operations back up and running.
Contamination can easily occur in machinery, raw materials and product flow – even from personnel handling the product. Because of this, the desire to create Clean Rooms and Clean Room Products to prevent said cross-contamination has risen exponentially. Sales for the global Clean Room Technology Market are expected to maintain a CAGR of 4% and reach approximately 8.12 billion in USD from 2022 to 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the market as well, as it requires testing under less contaminated conditions and Clean Room environments for vaccine development and manufacturing.
Fresh and clean isn’t just a good feeling, it’s a necessity.
Just Because You Can’t See It, Doesn’t Mean it Isn’t There.
Here’s where the microscope comes in. Something might look clean, but that doesn’t mean that dirt and debris aren’t still settling in and getting themselves comfortable. So, how do we figure out if a product is clean room worthy? A particle counter of course. This tool is capable of monitoring, classifying and diagnosing the source of contaminants in a Clean Room environment.
In the Clean Room industry, there are several certifications and specifications needed to verify that a product meets the right requirements. A particle counter can count and size the particles in the air, which assures that the Clean Room functions properly and meets these necessary specifications. Before you get dizzied by the detail – we’ve gone ahead and simplified things a bit.
You see, Clean Room Products are classified by the number of particles found inside them per square 0.1m. In the U.S., these must meet ISO 14644-1 & FED STD 209E standards. In short, depending on the particle size, there are a maximum quantity of particles allowed in a certain space within the product. If this number is outside of the maximum, you can tell whether the contamination was due to human or material interference.
Laddawn carries Clean Room Bags, Tubing and Zip Tops* classified for an ISO 5 class Clean Room (also known as Class 100). This is the most requested certification. We also double poly line each case. Need proof? Our Customer Experience team can provide you with the right documentation.
*Due to the zipper closure, Laddawn Clean Room Zip Tops are classified as Class 200.
Well, we say – and we have the Clean Room Products to back it up. So, let Laddawn be the solution to your contamination conflict. Dirt and debris never had a chance.