Cleanroom construction is designed to successfully meet the needs and standards of the industry in which it will operate. The equipment, available space, cleanliness level, and the room’s air pressure are all considerations that should comply with either industry standards (ISO) or federal standards (FDA, cGMP) in order to meet cleanroom certification levels. Although cleanrooms require specific design criteria and specialized equipment, there are options that offer practical, energy-saving solutions.
Listed below are 5 cost cutting strategies to consider when building a cleanroom:
Size and Growth
When designing a cleanroom, size is important. Factoring potential business growth into the capital outlay equation can potentially cut costs in the future. Consider modular rooms, which often require no building permits, and can be disassembled, moved, and reassembled in a new space should the facility relocate. Planning a larger space than is currently needed allows a business to transition to increased workflow demands without the need for new cleanroom construction or additional component installation.
Temperature uniformity is crucial to successful cleanroom operation. Because of the energy demands required to maintain cleanroom standards, the additional load on a facility’s current HVAC should be considered. One alternative to consider is a dedicated AC unit, combined with ventilation fans and air ducts that redirect and release the warmer air created by the AC’s compressor to the outdoors. Or, consider installing a split auxiliary central air system. The AC’s compressor would be located outside, which will decrease the amount of heated air released indoors, causing less load on the facility’s HVAC system.
Every moment dedicated to maintaining a cleanroom to ISO standards equals lost revenue. Fan filter replacement is a necessary ritual. By installing room-side replaceable fan filter (RSR) units, the filter can be replaced inside the cleanroom, preventing the possibility of contamination, and decreasing the down time of prolonged shutdowns.
Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting lasts 5-8 times longer than fluorescent bulbs. LED lights are a dust-free, easy-to-clean option. Although they put out the same amount of light, LED lights do not create heat, which saves energy on cooling costs. LED lights also offer high color rendering properties, especially valuable in settings where distinguishing between colors is crucial.
Auto Control FFU Systems
Automated control systems can simplify daily operations and preserve the temperature and integrity of the cleanroom during times when the cleanroom is unoccupied by adding a power distribution module (PDM). This allows for fine-tuning air flow, internal pressure, and flow volume in each zone remotely, saving energy costs and avoiding potential contamination.
Confidence in the cleanroom's design, knowing that it will meet all specifications, energy efficiency requirements, and budget considerations is important. Contact a knowledgeable east coast provider, experienced in cleanroom certification
and cleanroom filters and supplies to ensure a quality installation.