Class 10,000 Clean Room for SMT Manufacturing in a Semiconductor Fab

Class 10,000 Clean Room for SMT Manufacturing in a Semiconductor Fab

This semiconductor fab required more than 9,000 square feet of Class 10,000 clean room space (ISO 7 cleanroom) for PCB and SMT manufacturing, technologies that will change the electric car sector.

Location

Alberta, Canada

Industry

Semiconductor / Microelectronics / Electric Vehicles

Application

Printed Circuit Board & Surface-Mount Technology Assembly

Size

9,000 sq. ft.

Cleanroom Class

Class 10,000 (ISO 7)

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Our client is a clean technology company specializing in technologies that enhance the motor and battery capacities for electric vehicles (EV).

Highly detailed processes and controlled environments (cleanrooms) are essential to manufacturing semiconductors for electric car components, as even the tiniest dust or contaminant can corrupt a component and render it non-functional.

To scale production, they needed high-quality cleanroom spaces for their surface-mount technology (SMT) and printed circuit board (PCB) assembly lines.

MECART provided over 9,000 square feet of class 10,000 clean room space (ISO 7 cleanroom) for PCB and SMT manufacturing.

 A few exciting features for this cleanroom project include an open ballroom cleanroom design and a bay window wall to give a showroom appearance.

Semiconductor Cleanroom for SMT Assembly Line (Class 10,000)

Each cleanroom project is unique, requiring specific criteria for the type of cleanroom activities or applications, number of workers inside the controlled environment, industry, and more.

MECART specializes in building custom cleanrooms to meet your needs! Here are some of the key requirements the client was seeking for their Class 10,000 cleanroom.

Ballroom Design Cleanroom

As is common in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry, the Class 10,000 cleanroom has a ballroom-like design.

Therefore, it is a large cleanroom consisting of a single room with no dividing walls.  The Class 10,000 cleanroom also includes 2 material airlocks (MAL) and a gowning room.

Large Bay Windows 

To match the state-of-the-art look of their brand-new manufacturing center, the customer wanted a clean room with a high-tech and professional appearance.

To achieve this, MECART fabricated a full wall of glass on the front of the cleanroom so it could also be used as a modern and elegant showroom for investors, employees, and customers.

You can clearly see from the outside of the cleanroom what is happening along the surface mount technology (SMT) assembly line as you walk by.

Choosing a Greener Cleanroom Solution   

To revolutionize the electric vehicle industry, our client built a world-class, state-of-the-art automotive facility.

The Net-Zero building is powered by a solar roof and equipped to ensure water conservation and zero waste. With the goal of having a green building, a modular cleanroom is compatible with the company’s values and culture, as it’s a greener solution than stick-built cleanrooms.

Freestanding Cleanroom and Walkable Cleanroom Ceiling for SMT Manufacturing 

Cleanroom manufacturers that offer a truly freestanding cleanroom structure are rare,  and MECART is one of the few that delivers!

Our freestanding cleanrooms are made from self-supporting panels. This means that no attachments are made to the roof or walls of the host building. This was just one of the multiple reasons our client opted for MECART’s cleanroom solutions; they wanted the cleanroom to support the equipment and HVAC ductwork on top of the cleanroom without being tied to the main building.

A roof might require structural adjustments to sustain the 20-30 lbs./per square foot (the typical weight of our rivals’ ceilings with HVAC).  A freestanding cleanroom might save you $50,000 to $250,000 in roof reinforcement, load capacity engineering studies, or both, depending on the size of the cleanroom and your roof situation.

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Walkable Cleanroom Ceiling for Easier Maintenance 

Thanks to our engineering expertise, our self-supporting cleanroom panel technology can support heavy loads, which creates a solid structure, making our cleanroom ceilings walkable.

This feature allows easy access for maintenance personnel who frequently need to check equipment, change filters, and perform other maintenance to keep the cleanroom running properly and avoid production problems.

The large span of the ballroom cleanroom created a challenge to make the ceiling walkable but was nothing the MECART engineering team couldn’t solve!

Metal beams were installed to reinforce the ceiling structure  (shown in black in the photo) in order to support the weight and still be walkable, even with the ballroom design.

No internal columns were needed to reinforce the structure. The only internal columns found inside the cleanroom are service and utility columns.

 

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Here are a few other semiconductor cleanrooms that MECART has manufactured:

CLEANROOM FOR ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING SERVICES (ISO 6)

Exro Technologies

About Exro Technologies

Exro Technologies is a clean technology company pioneering intelligent control solutions in power electronics to help solve the most challenging problems in electrification. Exro has developed a new class of control technology that expands the capabilities of electric motors, generators, and batteries. Exro enables the application to achieve more with less energy consumed.

Exro’s advanced motor control technology, the Coil Driver™, expands the capabilities of electric powertrains by enabling intelligent optimization for efficient energy consumption. Exro is working with many partners from all over the world to bring their technology to the electric mobility industries and beyond.

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