A few month ago we began construction on our new cleanroom. We have been faced with challenges, delays and difficult decisions but we are getting very excited with the result. This week we will walk through the challenges, the details and the advice we received along the way.
There are certain things that are ok to mismatch, for example, your socks. But there are also things that should never be mismatched, like your dinner settings or cleanroom consumables. When you take the risk of pairing mismatched consumables in your cleanroom you are running the risk of introducing avoidable contamination to your critical environement. To learn more about why you do not want to mismatch your consumables, watch the video below!
Having the right solvent in your critical environment is very important, but even more important is having the correct solvent dispenser. If you are using the wrong solvent dispenser in your environment you could be introducing the chemicals to your operators, as well as being wasteful. Not only do you need to worry about the chemical exposure, the bottle might not be strong enough to handle the chemical. Not all solvent dispensers are made of a plastic that is strong enough to hold chemicals. If you get one that isn't strong enough, it could disolve and mix with the solvent contaminating the process.
To learn more about a suitable solvent dispenser watch the video below.
Pouched wipers are often preferred for operators because that is what they are used to. However, they can prove to be very wasteful. As Greg explains in the video below, re-sealable wiper pouches make it very difficult to keep the chemical mix from drying out. As soon as the pouch has been opened it is virtually impossible to seal the package in an air tight seal again. This allows for the chemistry mix to exit the pouch, drying out your wipes. Switching to a wiper pail eliminates dried out wipers as well as cuts back on waste. The pail is completely reusable and customizable. Valutek sells both the pail and the wiper refills for the pail with a chemistry that can be specially formulated for your cleanroom needs.
To learn more about the Valutek wiper pail, watch the video below.
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Branded versus generic products. A debate that has been ongoing for a long time. Often times people are led to believe that the generic products are the same as the branded but without the name or hefty price tag. This may be true to some extent, but you have to stop and think about the reasons why they are able to offer the same product at a significantly lower price. Are these materials the best quality? Will I get the same use as the name brand version? The truth is that they have cut some corners to lower the price. That means that they could be putting in fillers or using lower quality materials. In some situations this is ok, but when it comes to your critical environment this is absolutely not acceptable. Using cheaper products only means that you are introducing contamination to your environment. Bringing contamination into a clean process defeats the purpose of it being clean in the first place. Not only that but it could be costing you more money in the long run. All risks that must be considered before making your decision.
To learn more watch the video below!
Keeping a cleanroom clean can prove to be a very challenging task, especially if you do not know how to properly test or classify your critical environment. There is a lot to keep in mind when it comes to reporting on this, that is why Greg is here to explain the difference between the ISO and English classifications of a cleanroom. He also goes over the Air Particle Counter, APC, and why this device is essential to maintaining a clean environment.
Learn more below!
Cost is a big difference between disposable cleanroom garments and industrial apparel. How ever it could cost you in the long run. While a lower price is the most attractive part of industrial apparel there are others differences too. Such as the materials, how they are packaged, and the environment that they are made in. It is critical to understand that you cannot just order industrial apparel and use it in your critical environment. Those materials could be very damaging to your critical environment and put your process to a halt. To learn more about the difference between the two watch the video below.
When it comes to shoe covers there is always the question of what the best material is and often it comes down to plastic and polypropylene. This week Greg talks about the difference between the two and why one is better than the other. Polypropylene shoe covers are very common but are not as clean as some may think. The bottom of the shoe cover is not skid resistant for very long and the bottom cannot hold up to a day of wear. Along with that, when the bottom wears out it sheds fibers adding contamination to your environment.
In its place we recommend plastic shoe covers. The plastic shoe covers do not lose their skid, they are water proof, they can last a whole day of wear and do not lint when you wear them.
To learn more about the difference between these two shoe covers watch the video below!
Most of the time, the “protection” part of hand protection is straightforward. Gloves are designed specifically to protect the wearer’s hands from some type of injury — cuts, spills, burns, or even repetitive use injuries that only manifest over time. The challenge is as straightforward as finding the right glove for the job — balancing comfort, performance, and protection.
In cleanroom environments, however, it isn’t so simple. These are delicate ecosystems dedicated to research and manufacturing that are sensitive to even minute impurities, and 80 percent of those impurities originate from people.1 Gloves and other personal protective equipment must limit the introduction of any particulates into the cleanroom, which means these special-use gloves are designed to protect the products as much as the wearer. Consider the potential cost of a contaminated pharmaceutical product; millions of dollars could be conservative.
Is your glove packaged in a dispenser box? Is it labeled 'examination glove' ?
If so, it is not suitable for a critical environment. Why? Boxed exam gloves are designed to protect the operator. Cleanroom Gloves are engineered to both protect the operator and your critical product.