Cleanroom Testing & Different Industries

Providing Cleanroom Testing For Different for Industries

There are many different types of industries that use cleanrooms, so what makes a cleanroom in one industry different than another? It’s quite a common question. Let’s have a look at the different cleanroom industries in more detail along with varying ISO requirements.

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Cleanroom TestingBiotechnology and Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Testing
Many biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanrooms are specified at ISO Class 5 to ISO Class 8 and apply to a large portion of the cleanroom standards. If you’re not familiar, ISO classes and standards are set by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

The many ISO standards provide various requirements, specifications, guidelines and characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their intended purpose.

In all cleanrooms, particulate matter is a great concern. Specifically, viable particulate contamination should receive careful consideration and attention. Viable particulate contamination refers to the ability to keep the room clean by typically using modular or stick-built components with integral cove bases and corners, as well as coved ceilings in order to maintain a cleanable surface condition. This high grade finish is crucial for biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanroom standards.

In all instances concealed areas may allow for bacterial growth which is unacceptable. These clean rooms typically use cleanroom technology that keeps the seal unbroken during sanitation and filter changes. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical cleanrooms typically have a heavy focus on pressurisation control, the elimination of cross contamination and the on-going filtration of outdoor air and indoor air.

Defence Industry Cleanroom Testing Defence Industry Cleanroom Testing
The defence and optic industries use cleanrooms for many of their applications, including biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device. These applications may also include items such as like chip making for controlling missiles and electronic and radar components, laser technology for guidance systems and even biological components for vaccines etc.

Defence Industry Cleanrooms usually require the highest levels of security and clearance. Due to the sensitive/high security nature of various defence industry operations, this typically leads to the stick-built type of construction to allow for the perimeter to meet government security requirements.

Medical Device Cleanroom Testing
Cleanrooms for medical device technology typically fall under ISO Class 7 and ISO Class 8 range. As you can imagine the manufacturing process for these products ensures that the surface of the product does not have particulate contamination when it is completed. So, it is imperative that the cleanliness level inside the room is maintained both from a cleanroom standpoint.

In many cases people/personal is the major contaminator in most processes. This is why personnel are required to wear full gowns, booties, gloves, and hairnets in medical device manufacturing, as well as the biotech, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries. While some medical device cleanrooms may not always adhere to the same stringent gowning practices as pharmaceutical cleanrooms, the protocol and cleaning process is just as important. The cleanroom environment for medical devices usually aims to eliminate surface contamination, or viable particulate, on their products.

Medical Device Cleanroom TestingMicroelectronic and Nanotech Cleanroom Testing
Microelectronic and Nanotech Cleanrooms are designed to maintain temperature, humidity, particulate, static and pressure levels. This is due to the fact that these factors, as well as static forces, can easily affect or compromise the final product, taking into account the huge costs associated with these types of works there’s simply no room for error.

A high level of cleanliness must be maintained at all times within nanotech and microelectronic cleanroom environments since defects can occur at any stage in this process. Many steps are involved in order to come to a final product, and a defect along the way might not be discovered until the very end. Most of these cleanrooms typically operate in a cleanroom classification range from ISO Class 1 to ISO Class 6 with various processes occurring at different levels of cleanliness.

Microelectronic and Nanotech Cleanroom TestingAutomotive Cleanroom Testing
Since the early invention of the assembly line, the automotive industry has made incredible strides in their manufacturing processes. Indeed, a wide range of attention is given to mass defects, or preventing them. Like other industries the need for manufacturing auto components inside cleanrooms has become a key factor in the automotive industry. .

In Automotive Cleanrooms factors like pressure, temperature and humidity are just as important to other rooms designed in the cleanroom classification range of ISO 7 and ISO 8. The defects that can (and do) occur in the automotive manufacturing industry are vast, including costly errors like glass coatings, electrical components, and painting to the bodywork.

Automotive Cleanroom Testing APT Cleanroom Testing Has Your Industry Covered
I hope the above information was informative. If you would like some more information in regards to our cleanroom testing service please don’t hesitate to contact Darren directly on 07775623464.

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@airpressuretesting.net

Expanding Your Office Space with CI Interiors

Expanding Your Office Space with CI Interiors
If your Business is currently in premises that are unsuitable or beginning to get too small and you are finding it hard to find somewhere that is better to relocate to why not consider speaking to someone that offers professional office refurbishment services and see if they are able to help you carry out some changes as a way to solve your problems? At C I Interiors they are experts in helping companies transform their current, unsuitable premises into an attractive and usable workplace with plenty of space to carry out the tasks essential to the running of the company

By adding changes such as mezzanine flooring, partition wall and purpose built shelving and racking you will be surprised how much additional space C I interiors are able to create in even the smallest unit, by simply rethinking the existing layout of your building and using the available space by building upwards you could really maximise the potential space within your existing building. Creating new a mezzanine floor within a warehouse is the ideal way to create extra storage, staff facilities or even a whole suite of offices and at C I Interiors they are happy to take care of every detail including installing any cabling or technical equipment that may be required so you won’t need to worry about a thing.

Not having to relocate can not only be a more economical option as you save money in moving costs and the costs of securing a new property, it can also help prevent your business from potentially losing revenue due to the change of address and time taken and disruption caused by a move and at C I Interiors they will plan to carry out work so it causes the minimum of disruption to the day to day running of your business. So instead of planning to move why not get in touch with C I Interiors and see if they can help you transform your current premises into a purpose designed and attractive place to work instead?

So if your business has begun to outgrow the space it currently has why not have a chat with CI Interiors and see if they can help you create more space?  As experts in mezzanine flooring and other space creating solutions they have all the experience required to help you make your current premises into the perfect workplace for you.

Commercial & Industrial Interiors are a North East company, who are specialists in the field of internal office building and construction, demountable office partitioning, materials handling and storage systems. If you would like more information then please visit the CI Interiors website today.

Looking for New Window Blinds

Looking for New Window Blinds
Blinds for your windows are a popular and attractive method of enhancing the look of your home. They also offer an extremely cost-effective way of creating a great look for your home, reflecting your own likes and dislikes. When decorating, your chosen décor can influence several factors, especially when the time comes to sell. If you are considering putting your house on the market, we’re taking a close look at how you can add value to your property by installing Blinds in Wales.

With house prices constantly on the rise, its unsurprising homeowners search for ideas to further benefit their property. We know that a key way to add value is renovations, but they can be messy, costly and time consuming. Turning your eyes to the simpler things, like revamping your windows with Blinds in Wales supplied by Cadwallader Window Blinds can be a great alternative. Durable and stylish new window treatments not only make an impact, but they increase a home’s resale value significantly.

Window blinds are an easy and cost-effective way of improving the look and feel of your home as a homeowner, it’s easy to think no further than your own personal likes and dislikes when decorating but your chosen décor can influence a number of factors, especially when the time comes to sell. If you are considering putting your house on the market, we’re taking a close look at how you can add value to your property by installing Blinds in Powys.

With house prices constantly on the rise, its unsurprising homeowners search for ideas to further benefit their property. We know that a key way to add value is renovations, but they can be messy, costly and time consuming. Turning your eyes to the simpler things, like revamping your windows with Blinds in Powys can be a great alternative. Durable and stylish new window treatments not only make an impact, but they increase a home’s resale value significantly.

Cadwallader Quality Window Blinds supply a full measuring, quotation and installation service throughout Wales and the South West, including; Blinds in Powys, Blinds in Carmarthenshire, Blinds in Ceredigion, Blinds in Shropshire, Blinds in Swansea, Blinds in Neath, Blinds in Port Talbot and Blinds in Cardiff.

We offer our window Blinds in Wales at competitive prices with a no obligation free quote. As we are a family run business you can be sure we offer a personal and professional service from start to finish

If you would like more information in regards to our window blinds service, please visit our website at www.cadwalladerblinds.co.uk or email us at info@cadwalladerblinds.co.uk; alternatively, you can call Direct on 07517 112456. It may be the best investment you ever make.

Airborne & Impact Sound Testing

Airborne & Impact Sound Testing
Our Sound testing procedure is fairly simple and straightforward. Essentially, for party walls there is one type of sound insulation test which is airborne sound test; however for party walls there is a requirement for two types of sound insulation testing – airborne & impact sound testing. Here is a brief description for each type:

Airborne Sound Testing
Airborne Sound Testing is carried out by means of a loudspeaker emitting a steady source of noise on one side of the partition (wall or floor) to be measured. The corresponding sound level is measured on the other side of the partition. Impact sound insulation tests are carried out by means of a tapping machine placed on the floor sample to be measured and the noise measured in the room or space below. Calculations are done based on these measurement and the above mentioned parameters are calculated and compared to the Building Regulations Part E sound insulation requirements for the given type of the building. It is important that the building to be sound tested is completely finished and sealed with no sound leakage through doors and windows. Please see our check list for sound testing for more information.

Airborne Sound Testing Equipment
Airborne sound testing is undertaken to walls & floors. Firstly a controlled noise is generated by an amplifier and loudspeaker across a broad range of frequencies. The generated noise is very loud and is often in excess of 100dB. Initial measurements are taken using a class 1 sound level meter within the ‘source room’ followed by further measurements in the ‘receiver room’ on the other side of the wall or floor under investigation. The source room speaker position is then changed and the measurements repeated either side of the partition under test. Thereafter background noise measurements are made using a class 1 sound level meter in the receiving room and are used to apply appropriate corrections for external sound such as traffic noise.

Similarly the reverberation time (the time taken for sound to decay by 60dB) is measured within the receiving room using the sound source and a sound level meter to determine the corrections that must be applied to account for the characteristics and absorptiveness of the room. The difference in the two airborne noise levels (for walls and floors), corrected for background and reverberation characteristics determines the airborne sound insulation performance of the wall, or floor. A greater airborne noise difference between the source room and the receiver room determines a higher airborne sound insulation performance.

The time taken to undertake sound testing varies from project to project as no site is exactly the same. Taking into account standard site conditions a set of tests on houses -two airborne walls will take one to two hours. A six pack of tests on flats – 2 airborne wall tests will usually take between one and two hours, although this is dependent on our engineers having full free uninterrupted access between all the units/rooms under investigation.

Impact Sound Testing
Impact sound testing is undertaken to floors only. This test is different; a calibrated Norsonic ‘tapping machine’ which comprises of five ‘hammers’ driven up and down by a cam and electric motor is used to “tap” the floor surface by applying a known force on the floor structure. The machine is placed in several pre-determined positions. The resulting noise is measured in the dwelling below, using a sound level meter.

Thereafter, background noise measurements are made using a class 1 sound level meter in the receiving room and are used to apply appropriate corrections for external sound such as traffic noise. Similarly the reverberation time (the time taken for sound to decay by 60dB) is measured within the receiving room using the sound source and a sound level meter to determine the corrections that must be applied to allow for the characteristics and absorptiveness of the room.

Impact Sound Testing Equipment
The time taken to undertake the sound testing varies from project to project as no building project is exactly the same. Taking into account standard site conditions a set of tests on houses which consists of two airborne walls will take approx. 1-2 hours. A six pack of tests on flats consisting of 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor and 2 impact floor tests will usually take approx. 2-3 hours, although this is dependent on our engineers having full free uninterrupted access between all the units/rooms under investigation.

If you require sound testing, and/or acoustic design advice then please contact us now at info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or phone directly on 07775623464. You can also visit our blog at: http://aptsoundtesting.co.uk/blog/