Growing up, you undoubtedly heard a lot about “Keeping your room clean,” unless, of course, you were “that child,” whose room was always immaculate. The concept of a clean room, particularly in industries that need a sterile environment, runs on the same principle: cleanroom management
makes using the cleanroom easier and more effective.
What Is a Cleanroom?
While a clean room growing up meant your possessions were in their rightful places, your bed was made, dirty clothes picked up, and the rug was vacuumed, a cleanroom in a professional setting is on an entirely different level. A cleanroom in certain industries that need ultra-sterile environments maintains the strictest control of dirt, dust, and other contamination in order to produce a product that is sterile, or to conduct research on equipment and substances that are untainted by outside air and substances.
That is a fancy way of saying a cleanroom is as sterile as the industry it is in allows it to be. To get official cleanroom certification, virtually everything in a cleanroom must be put through a sanitation and sterilization process that eliminates as many contaminants as possible. This includes the people who work in a cleanroom.
A properly managed cleanroom will eliminate the chances of contamination by using screening processes, a robust cleanroom HVAC system, surface sterilization tools and techniques, cleanroom HEPA filters, and any other process that eliminates contaminants to the greatest extent possible or to industry standards. Why is this important?
First, it is to protect whatever is being done in the cleanroom. A single form of contamination—even a single speck of dust--on some applications can ruin them and cost thousands of dollars. The only way that speck of dust can be eliminated is to apply total cleanroom concepts and technology to the room and then control access.
As important as it is to keep contaminants out of some cleanrooms, it is equally important to keep whatever is being worked on in a cleanroom, in the cleanroom. For example, if you are a researcher and working on the Ebola virus, you want to make sure you have sterilization processes that you use as you leave to make sure any virus contamination stays in that room. Cleanroom HVAC allows for that.
Another way a cleanroom helps a company is by ensuring cleanroom status meets and exceeds government standards. Governments have taken a hardline stance on using cleanroom technology and techniques to safeguard food, control deadly substances, manage research, etc. Cleanroom technology can help attain and maintain that compliance.
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A company with a cleanroom and compliance certification stands out among its peers. Being able to highlight cleanroom technology to potential clients is a major selling point. It also helps produce products that are superior to the competition that does not use the same technology, equipment, or environment.
It also helps expand a products and services portfolio. Certain industries are cutthroat, and if you do not have an edge, you fall by the wayside. One way of getting that edge is to be able to expand your product line. Cleanroom technology can help you do that.
From access control and personnel sterilization techniques, to cleanroom HVAC and product management, the more sanitized some environments are, the better it is for your business’s bottom line. If you are interested in looking at cleanroom options, check out Atlantic Technical Systems.