#1 Can you afford NOT to have a cleanroom?
You may have been going back and forth trying to decide if it’s worth it to spend your budget on installing a cleanroom, but the question you should really be asking is can you afford not to have one? As products become smaller and smaller, particle contamination can have a bigger effect on your manufacturing process, potentially causing costly product recalls, and even potentially life-threatening situations depending on your industry. Once you take into account the risks of not having a cleanroom, you’ll be better able to decide if it’s worth it or not.
#2 Traditional vs Modular Cleanrooms
Now that you know you really do need a cleanroom you’ll have to decide whether you’re going to need a traditional or modular cleanroom. A traditional cleanroom is built, much like any building is, out of brick or drywall, and coated with an epoxy finish. Though these function well after they are built, a lot of time and effort goes into the construction process. A modular cleanroom is generally prefabricated off site, and then delivered to your business with all of its parts, and conveniently put together with no dust or mess, and a very minimal construction time.
#3 Cleanrooms have Various Cleanliness Standards
Depending on your industry, you’ll have to meet a certain standard of cleanliness determined by ISO international standards. These standards are classified by how many particles of a certain size are allowed to be in your cleanroom to maintain your process safely. The kicker here is, the more stringent your standards, the more you’re probably going to have to spend. Once you know your standards, you’ll have a better idea of a practical budget.
#4 Time to Production
As the adage goes, “time is money.” So you’ll want to consider how long it will take to get your cleanroom set up before you can start production. If you decided to go with a traditional cleanroom, it’s going to take a while before you’ll be up and running, whereas with a modular cleanroom it may only be a few weeks before you can get started. It’s also good to remember that modular cleanrooms can always be extended and added to if you want to expand your operation down the road.
#5 Time to Validation
If you went with a modular cleanroom, you will want to factor in a bit of time for validation. Before you can start production, your cleanroom will have to be validated to ensure that it is performing to the correct ISO standard. It’s also important to note that if you want to keep your cleanroom running well, you should schedule regular validations. That way you know your cleanrooms is performing as it should, and you’ll be protected from any external audits from clients.
#6 Good Cleanroom Protocol
Finally, once your cleanroom is installed and set up, you’ll want to make sure you maintain that through proper protocol. Make sure your employees are properly trained on gowning methods and best practices, and make sure your cleanroom is cleaned thoroughly according to standards. The better you maintain your cleanroom, the better it will function. If you have proper protocol and procedures in place before your cleanroom production begins, you’re sure to be able to start your project as soon as it’s installed and validated.
If you have more questions regarding your cleanroom project, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Angstrom at 1-888-768-6900. With more than 20 years experience installing and maintaining every type of cleanroom, we’re sure to have an answer or solution!