A clean room can be defined as an area where factors such as humidity, temperature, particle matter and contamination are precisely controlled. Moving the air inside the room by means of supply and return locations to re-circulate the air achieves this. There are 6 classes of clean room and the lower the Class number, the higher the control of the environment within the room.
The use of a clean room helps to ensure that high quality products are always produced by controlling the environment that the products come into contact with. An example is printing applications where it is important that mouldings are clean and no foreign particles come into contact with the moulding while it is being printed. The use of a clean room helps to keep the chances of this happening to a minimum.
Benefits of Clean Rooms
- High quality parts - by controlling the environment in which mouldings are produced very high quality standards can easily be achieved
- Medical Mouldings - mouldings used in life science and medical applications most often must be biologically clean. This can only be achieved in a clean room environment
- Reduced moulding scrap - using a clean room will prevent many every day contaminants affecting the moulding process. If a contamination is not present in a room then the part cannot be affected by it and this will eliminate scrap.
- Cost reductions - a combination of reduced scrap and greater repeatability will combine to provide cost savings due to fewer repeat processes being required.