Questions that need to be answered before your Cleanroom can be designed:
1. HOW WILL YOU USE IT?
Medical, pharmaceutical, and electronic technology manufacturing facilities, amongst others, each have specific clean room requirements. You need to identify your needs.
2. HOW SHOULD IT BE CLASSIFIED?
Is there a defined ISO, GMP or FED classification requirement? To meet your product and/or customer’s standards it is essential that your Cleanroom is designed and built and validated to the correct classification.
3. WHAT SIZE DO YOU NEED?
Cleanrooms are expensive space to create and operate and so careful thought should be given to your needs: These may be process driven however, it is important to consider future growth, any likely expansion and of course the access and exit of personnel and the transfer of materials.
4. WHAT ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS?
Does your facility need to meet specific conditions of temperature and humidity? These conditions can be crucial to the processes within the room and/or the comfort of the operating personnel within it.
5. HOW SHOULD YOUR AIR BE PURIFIED?
HEPA filters, ULPA filters, air locks and air showers are amongst the many means of controlling contaminants and fumes within your facility. Performance as well as installation and running costs vary with filter type.
6. WHAT LIGHTING DO YOU REQUIRE?
This may well be determined by your process requirements and decisions will be required on both illumination levels and colour.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR POWER & DATA REQUIREMENTS?
To ensure enough power available and that and routing is provided for your requirements, these should be identified early.
8. WHAT FLOORING DO YOU REQUIRE?
Is your process sensitive to electro-static discharge? Special floor coverings may be required to avoid this.
9. WHAT SECURITY LEVEL DO YOU REQUIRE?
This could be determined by the nature of the process- possibly hazardous, or the value of the product within the Cleanroom, as well perhaps as commercial sensitivity.