When renovating a cleanroom, or creating one from non-cleanroom space, understanding the details – of the site, building, planned research, and equipment – is essential. One size definitely does not fit all.
Start your planning with a candid discussion. Though users may request a Class 10 cleanroom, for example, investigate the actual requirements. It costs a lot more to build and operate Class 10 space than Class 1,000. It’s just as important to avoid over-designing as it is to provide an adequate facility.
Consider the ambient site conditions, including vibration, noise, and electromagnetic and radiofrequency interference, as well as the load limitations of the existing structure. These parameters may or may not pose a problem; a clear initial statement of the cleanroom’s use and desired processes will guide decisions.
In addition, identify the needed equipment or tools – not only for their specific environmental requirements, but also to make sure that a move-in is even possible. In older buildings, low and narrow elevators and corridors may derail your plans.
This cleanroom tip was taken from “Everything Old is New Again,” which appeared in the February 2013 issue of Controlled Environments.