Electrosensitive devices can be impacted by a miniscule amount of ESD. This ESD is not even visible to the naked eye but can have a detrimental impact on your production process. Electrostatic discharge can cause your product to have total failure or reduced functioning. Therefore, it is important to have proper procedures and processes in place to protect your product, which includes proper ESD packaging and clothing. The packaging you select will protect your product when it is being moved into and out of ESD-protected areas (EPA). Therefore, it is important that you select the right packaging for your specific needs.Continue reading “ESD Packaging: Selecting the Best Anti-Static and Static Shielding Materials” »
Since clothing is usually electrically insulated or isolated from the body, charges on clothing fabrics are not necessarily dissipated to the skin and then to ground. ESD jackets and lab coats offer protection from electrostatic fields generated by clothing on the user’s body. ESD garments are worn whenever static damage is a concern.
ESD jackets differ from common work garments because they contain a grid of conductive fibers embedded throughout the garment. The grid creates a “Faraday Cage” effect around the body of the operator, that shields charges generated from the operator’s clothing that could damage devices that are sensitive to static electricity.Continue reading “What is ESD Clothing?” »
Cleanroom gowning procedures, and the extent to which one needs to gown up, differ depending on clean room class and application. For example in ISO Class 7 or ISO Class 8 clean rooms, frocks are often acceptable. However in ISO Class 5 or ISO Class 6 (or cleaner) clean rooms: coveralls, hoods, gloves, and shoe covers (also known as booties) are required. Caution should be observed to assure that no sterile surfaces contact non-sterile surfaces during gowning, processing, cleaning or packaging.Continue reading “Clean Room Gowning Procedure Step By Step” »
Cleanroom packaging is a critical component of an effective cleanroom. Cleanliness must be maintained until the product reaches the end user, otherwise, the benefits of clean manufacturing are lost. It is crucial to consider all aspects of the production process and have a clear understanding of your needs. Both cleanroom gowning and cleanroom packaging are essential to creating an effective cleanroom. The cleanroom packaging selected is essentially a mobile cleanroom, so choosing the proper packaging is vital.Continue reading “Understanding Clean Room Packaging Material” »
We begin by discussing the particle contamination issues in gown up rooms. Operating personnel enter gown up rooms to prepare for entry into the final clean room environment where items are processed. Without any static mitigating techniques, the operators and their clothing are statically charged causing substantial particle attraction.Continue reading “What are Room Ionization Systems?” »
Every manufacturing environment contains some degree of airborne particles that can negatively impact your product or manufacturing process. These contaminating particles may already be present in the environment, or they may be introduced into your manufacturing area by people or things entering into that space.
Depending on the relative sensitivity of your product or process to those contaminants, you may require a clean room for your production. But just how clean a working environment do you require? The answer to that question is quite simply: “How many contaminants do you need to eliminate?”Continue reading “Understanding Clean Room Classification” »
A softwall clean room is exactly as the name implies, it has soft flexible walls rather than hard rigid walls. It is typically smaller in size than a traditional hard wall clean room. While fixed wall clean rooms may be the order of the day for large, more permanent manufacturing and assembly operations, softwall clean rooms are a cost-effective alternative solution when size, flexibility, and possible portability are viable issues.Continue reading “What is a Softwall Cleanroom?” »