The production of many different kinds of medical devices requires the use of cleanrooms. They’re useful in any business where excellent quality is a priority, but especially so in the medical field.
Pollutants and other impurities can compromise the quality of the end product, which is why cleanrooms were created. Manufacturers may rest assured that their products are safe for patients because of cleanrooms.
Energy price increases don’t have to ruin your finances. Cleanroom energy expenses can be controlled with careful equipment selection and thoughtful layout. Keeping your cleanroom running efficiently and productively doesn’t have to break the bank thanks to these tried-and-true cost-cutting measures.
Cleanroom Size Evaluations
To begin, you must decide whether to use traditional building methods or modular components. You should be aware of the classification of cleanrooms and do proper research to pick what suits your budget.
Like, modular rooms don’t usually require special licenses from local authorities, and they may be dismantled and reassembled in a new site if your business ever moves. The size of your cleanroom is another factor to consider.
Make the layout and height of the ceiling fit your own needs. Remember your envisioned future atmosphere will be strictly controlled. It may be more expensive to construct and maintain a larger cleanroom, but this investment will pay for itself in the long run if your business plans to expand in the near future.
Choose ISO 7 cleanrooms if you want a tried-and-true option. You may rest easy knowing that your project is safe in a modular ISO 7 hardwall or softwall cleanroom. They require frequent air changes and can’t tolerate a high concentration of airborne particles. ISO 7 cleanrooms are ideal for activities that require a modest level of particle control.
There are no particles in the air, and the air is replaced seven times per hour in an ISO 7 clean room, as required by the ISO 14644-1 standard. There is a choice between hard and soft walls in ISO 7 cleanroom systems, so they can be tailored to your unique requirements.
Choosing an HVAC System
If you buy the wrong air conditioner, you risk lowering indoor air quality and wasting money. Depending on the objective, size/type of room and equipment, and the number of employees, your existing HVAC (high-volume air conditioning) setup could be the most cost-effective technique for cooling your cleanroom.
The cleanroom will increase the thermal demands on the HVAC system, therefore, you’ll need to make sure it can handle the extra work. In addition, some mission-critical uses may call for a separate system to ensure the cleanroom maintains a consistent temperature in the event of a malfunction of the primary system.
If a company just had access to a specialized AC module, it might be able to avoid installing a full system of air conditioning or making do with an undersized HVAC system.
A Cost-Saving Pass-Through Chamber
Saving time and money through the strategic placement of a pass-through or talk-through chamber is possible. Fewer people need to get dressed in order to move materials or supplies. Growing up is a process that requires resources and takes time. Doors that allow people to enter and exit a crucial area quickly and easily can be very convenient, but they can also cause fluctuations in the pressure in different areas.
As the air volume in a pass-through chamber is relatively low, it is able to effectively maintain steady pressure and prevent contamination from increased foot traffic, thus solving the problem. Limiting energy use is made easier when prolonged pressure recovery times are eliminated.
Effective Filter/Fan Assemblies (FFU Filter)
Changing an FFU filter will incur additional costs, such as those associated with cleaning, testing, certifying, and increasing the ISO standard of your controlled environment.
RSR fan/filter systems keep clean rooms contaminant-free by allowing the filter to be swapped out without breaching the room’s isolation. Filter replacements no longer necessitate extensive downtimes because of the RSR.
Air filters should have a MERV rating of 8-13 or a dust-spot efficiency of 35%-80%. The higher the score, the more secure the building is thought to be for its occupants and the equipment they use. Some say that the 30% rise in static pressure all along the coil adds a cost of $200 per each 10,000 cubic foot per minute (CFM) flow of air (at 7 cents per KWH).
This usually requires electrically commutated (EC) fan/filter mechanisms with effective DC motors, especially in buildings with strict limits on how much energy they can use. These units cost more to buy, but they pay for themselves quickly because they use less energy and save money on costs related to that.
Multiple Low-Cost Lighting Choices
Using LED (light-emitting diode) frames that generate less heat and use less energy can cut the cost of cooling. The luminous output is comparable to that of fluorescent lights, but the bulbs last 5 to 8 times longer.
In rooms with full or almost full FFU coverage, LED strips are mounted directly to the ceiling grid between FFUs to eliminate dead space and maintain laminar flow.
By utilizing an EnergySaver FFU control system and a power distribution module, managing the speed of a fan is a breeze (PDM). There is no longer any need to climb a ladder, only to change the speed at which each FFU operates. The EnergySaver seals off any air leaks in the ceiling, allowing you to adjust the air volume, air exchange rate, and internal pressure in individual zones from afar.
Night setback mode keeps your cleanroom in tip-top shape even when nobody is present by reducing the fan’s speed to conserve energy and reduce the amount of heat generated.
Due to its widespread application, cleanrooms generated a market of an estimated USD 4.0 billion in 2020, with a projected CAGR of 5.4% between 2021 and 2028.
Conscious deliberation is required before pouring a large sum of money into a single sector. In order to save money, you have to spend it; while some of these high-tech features may be more expensive up front, they save a lot of money in the long run due to their low energy consumption and low maintenance requirements.