The energy-intensive cleanroom poses challenges in sustainable practices, and modular cleanrooms provide feasible solutions.
Controlled environments inherently require copious amounts of energy resources to maintain the strict standards of operation. Temperature, humidity, airflow, filtration, and pressurization all factor into cleanroom operations, and all demand energy – sometimes 24/7. In looking at ways to make cleanroom practices more sustainable, modular cleanrooms are becoming a popular choice.
There are three major ways in which modular cleanrooms are eco-friendly options:
- Materials and Waste. Modular cleanrooms tend to be lightweight. These systems require less material for construction and require less energy to transport. Most pieces of these cleanrooms are reusable, and often are made from recyclable material. Additionally, modular construction can offer better sealing of windows, doors, and other penetrations. This improves the efficiency of the HVAC system and overall energy consumption.
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Can you use recycling as a method of sustainability in your cleanroom facility?
Like any other business, cleanrooms and other controlled environment facilities strive to become more eco-efficient. Operational waste is a large part of this picture, but for cleanroom facilities, it is a unique challenge. Any facility dealing with hazardous materials and other contaminates face difficulties in finding sustainable disposal options.
Major issues impeding cleanrooms from safely using traditional waste programs are the volume of items, materials used, and hazardous leachate. Safety garments and protective gloves compile a significant portion of cleanroom waste, and the synthetic polymers used in these items don’t degrade over time. Contaminates found on these items can seep into the groundwater in a landfill. Incineration can be a more sustainable option, but this releases significant quantities of greenhouses gases and pollutants.
Recycling is therefore a more appealing… Read more
It’s tough to address every listener’s learning style, but by keeping a few tips in mind, you can keep everyone’s attention during your presentation.
Whether you’re addressing other managers in a conference room or engineers in production, your audience is filled with a variety of listening styles. Depending on what the audience members have to gain, your message may be fully digested by a few and half-heard by most. Given the complexities of working in a cleanroom, it is critical that your communication is clear no matter the purpose. Here are five ways that you can ensure your audience receives information fully and clearly.
- Be vocally interesting. Even short presentations are painful to sit through when a speaker is monotonous. Without inflections in tone and volume, you can easily lull your audience to sleep. Note, too, that you don’t want… Read more
What are benefits and points to consider when looking at installing combined heat and power at your cleanroom facility?
Controlled environments are notorious for using high amounts of energy and water every year. Air purity, humidity control, and temperature control are all part of the strict parameters that demand such a high consumption of resources. A standard separate heat and power system is only about 45% efficient. This leads a lot of cleanroom facility owners to consider Combined Heat and Power (CHP) amongst other technologies for clean energy.
Reasons for adopting CHP are numerous. Some of the most significant benefits include:
- Avoiding power outages and production downtime
- Overall better reliability
- A reduction in energy costs
- Predictable future operating costs
- Extended lifecycle of capital equipment
- Almost zero water resources are used in the generation of electricity
- Greenhouse gases and other air pollutants are reduced by 40% or more
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Compressed air is used in various applications in cleanrooms for a number of manufacturers. The applications can include injection molding, operation of conveyor belts, and the aseptic cleaning process.
Compressed air can be used because of the controlled environment a component is manufactured within, but what facility managers don’t always realize is that the compressed air system itself can harbor microorganisms. This can compromise sterility or other attributes of the products. Therefore, it’s important to implement a standard procedure for routine testing of the lines.
The air lines endure contraction, oxidation, sedimentation, and condensation when stagnant for a period of time, just like other dynamic systems. This makes it important to conduct testing more frequently during:
- Seasonal changes
- Replacement of parts (e.g. hardware, filters/dryers
- An increase or reduction in production schedules
- Inactivity of the system
- Equipment modifications and changes
The simplest way to test the lines is… Read more