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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Clean Room Hoods - secondary tips

In my previous article, I already touch the 5 primary tips that can be a guideline for you before you make any decision to buy clean room hoods. The 5 tips are the clean room hoods is customize base on your requirement; the supplier provide consultation and training for your team; the supplier provide 24 hours and 7 days service and technical assistance; the clean room hoods equipped by HEPA filters and it is comply with ISO standard. However, there are some other factors that can assist you to get a suitable clean room hoods for your industry. Check it out!!

In a clean room hoods, the main compartment that play a major role in air purification is the filter. Check with your supplier, how long is the life span of the filter. The longer of the filter life span of your clean room hood is better. It will reduce hazel while you are focusing in your product analysis.

Check also from your supplier on the maintenance of you clean room hoods. Get the lowest maintenance of operation from the suppliers. Minimum maintenance of operation required, will make the hoods more friendly use. For the price, get quotation from them and take a little bit of your time to make comparison. It is not necessary the lowest price will give the lowest quality. Sometimes it’s depending on the package of the product and how the negotiation conducted.

Also ask your supplier on the efficiency of the clean room hoods. Normally, clean room hoods suppliers can provide some data analysis to show on the effectiveness of the hoods. They can conduct a clean room hoods performance test by using portable scan-pro airborne laser particle counter. Before start, in some test, it is recorded more than 5 millions particles at 0.3 microns in size per cubic foot (depend to the room condition). Just after 1 minute operation of clean room hoods, zero particles recorded in the area of the clean room hoods itself.

Work concentration is very important for the industries such as Laboratory, Pharmaceutical, Medical, Manufacturing, Sterile Assembly and Industrial facilities. Not only sound, small vibration also will affect the result of the analysis. To have a good clean room hoods, get the quiet operation and very minimum vibration. The result will be more accurate.

A conducive working environment also important to the staffs. Attractive appearance and presentable display of clean room hoods will create a good and professional working environment.

If your industry required small and portable clean room hoods, make sure it is lightweight. It will help when you need to do some relocation and shifting the hoods to different area. Features of the clean room hoods with adjustable speed control and hinged sloping lid will ease you to meet your needs.

Some suppliers of clean room hoods provide additional service to their client. They can provide extensive consultancy service, do planning, troubleshooting and surveys. They also can provide comprehensive proposal and maintenance, compliance and control.

So, before you make any decision to buy any clean room hoods, read the above articles first. It may help you to purchase a clean room hoods that worth for your money.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Clean Room Hoods - tips before you buy

Clean room hoods are designed to eradicate of contamination from the most critical process in the industries such as Laboratory, Pharmaceutical, Medical, Manufacturing, Sterile Assembly and Industrial facilities. If you are involved in these industries, you cannot run from using clean room hoods that suit with your requirement. Before you plan to buy any clean room hoods, there are some tips that you can use to ensure it is worth for money.

There are many manufacturers in the market producing variety of clean room hoods. Some of them designed the hoods base on your requirement. The best tip before you sign contract with any manufacturer is, you should get a manufacturer or supplier that is not only makes the clean room hoods that suit with your industries and work place, but also can provide consultation and frequent services of the device.

Since the manufacturer or supplier is specialize in this industries, they could advise you on the design and type of clean room hoods either floor type, bench top, mounted or portable air purification devices. They can customize the clean room hoods and providing service tailored to individual customer needs, now and for the future. They could create some in-house designs that using the integrated CAD systems. They are also created clean room hoods to suite each customer’s requirements, drawing on their knowledge and experience to provide easy adaptation to meet individual needs.

Man factor is very important. The best clean facility will fail, without proper understanding by its operators of the requirements of clean room hoods operation. The good suppliers, they will share their knowledge and you can utilize their knowledge based on operating clean facilities, to assist you providing training procedures, good manufacturing practices, validation, protocols and maintenance.

Also do not forget to ask your supplier on their after sales services. Good supplier of clean room hoods has a special maintenance and service team that providing 24 hours and 7day services. They are every time ready to serve you with technical assistance. A good regular maintenance contracts ensure regular care of your plant and your peace of mind.

Make sure when you buy your new clean room hoods, it is equipped with HEPA filters. HEPA is stand for High Efficiency Particulate Air. The best clean room hoods are equipped by HEPA filters 99.97% at 0.3 microns and pre-filter. Some suppliers claim that their filter is up to 99.99% efficiency. HEPA filters are rated by the ability to retain particles of 0.3 microns in size and tested with Poly Alpha Olefin (PAO). It consists of a thin pleated sheet of boron silicate micro-fibers with aluminum separators. They are particulate filters that retain airborne particles and microorganisms (gases pass freely through). So, ask your supplier about this feature for your new clean room hoods before you buy.

Another main factor to ensure you do a right decision to buy a clean room hoods is the products are complied with ISO standard (International Organization for Standardization). Good supplier of clean room hoods complies with relevant standards and guidelines are an integral part of their approach. Some of the Standards and guidelines normally meet typically include ISO 14644-1: 1999 Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments - Part 1: Classification of air cleanliness , ISO 14644-2: 2000 Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments - Part 2: Specifications for testing and monitoring to prove continued compliance with IOS 14644-1, ISO 14644-4: 2001 Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments - Part 4: Design, construction and start-up ISO 14644.

*(Different countries have issued their own standards for measuring Clean Room cleanliness (e.g. Federal Standards 209e (USA) and BS 5259 (UK). The International Standard (ISO 14644) is being introduced in stages and the various country specific methods for the classification of clean rooms are being superseded)

So before you buy any clean room hoods, there are 5 primary tips that you should consider. One; the manufacturer or supplier can design and customize base on individual needs. Two; the supplier can also provide consultation, share knowledge, provide training and prepare some standard operation procedure for you. Three; the supplier is providing 365 days service and technical assistance. Four; the clean room hoods are equipped with HEPA filters, and last but not least is all product comply with ISO standard. On my next article, I will write about secondary factor as your tips before you buy your new clean room hoods.