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The customer’s primary requirement is to achieve a Class 10,000 cleanroom cleanliness level to comply with federal 209E standards. The challenge lay in effectively utilizing the 3,700 sqft space while consistently maintaining these stringent standards daily.
The cleanroom of the client is designed to serve two distinct purposes. MECART tackled this challenge by designing one of the walls to feature an extensive array of large windows, stretching across its entire length. This feature transformed the space into a versatile setting that serves both as a process development cleanroom and a sophisticated showroom.
This strategic design allows clients and potential investors to observe the R&D process firsthand, enhancing transparency and engagement – all while never having to enter the cleanroom and abide by complex gowning procedures.
Simultaneously, MECART’s engineering team addresses the client’s concerns regarding the frequent entry and exit of large equipment through conventional doors by manufacturing custom 120″ high by 82″ wide double swing doors.
The ceiling in this cleanroom was raised by two feet to accommodate the larger equipment. As a result, the ceiling height was increased from 9½ feet to 11½ feet, creating two different ceiling heights within the facility.
These solutions seamlessly integrate with the project’s design guidelines, prioritizing maintenance simplicity, operational optimization, and adherence to ISO 7 cleanroom parameters.
MECART specializes in providing bespoke cleanrooms that can be adapted to varied surroundings, whether they are in a new building or an older facility that was not originally meant to receive cleanroom environments.
With the assistance of MECART, the customer successfully transformed their vision into a tangible reality. They were able to convert an old data center into a cutting-edge semiconductor fab clean room facility.
MECART designed and delivered a ballroom-inspired layout out of custom 13-foot-high modular cleanroom panels.
Half of the panels feature a low-wall air return vent located at ground level, while the remaining panels have their air return vents situated beneath the raised floor, providing for effective air and particle removal in critical zones.
This semiconductor fab clean room‘s design includes numerous other elements that were tailor-made for the customer, such as the clean room’s raised floor and the HVAC system, amongst other things.
MECART integrated a raised floor into the customer’s cleanroom, as is customary in the semiconductor industry. The design of the client’s semiconductor fabrication facility includes a 2-foot-high raised flooring system in the cleanroom, which serves multiple purposes.
Maximizing Cleanroom Floor Space & Supplying Essential Utilities
It houses essential utilities beneath the floor, facilitating the provision of substantial volumes of water and gas crucial for the equipment and processes. This arrangement ensures the efficient functioning of these systems and eliminates the need for overhead beams or pipes.
Optimizing Airflows & Safeguarding the Product
Moreover, this raised floor design plays a vital role in optimizing airflow within the cleanroom. The particles are pushed beneath the raised floor by the laminar airflow and then efficiently evacuated by low-wall air return systems built into MECART’s cleanroom wall panels.
This feature is key to maintaining a contaminant-free environment, as it effectively removes particles at their source, thereby protecting the integrity of production processes within the semiconductor fabrication cleanroom.
Like Modular Cleanrooms, Raised Floors Offer Flexibility
The clean room raised floor facilitates convenient modifications and reconfigurations to adapt to new equipment or workflow changes, without requiring significant structural alterations. A raised floor also allows flexible maintenance operations without disturbing cleanroom activity.
Did you know that, on average, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system accounts for approximately 80% of the total energy consumption in a cleanroom?
There are ways to lower these expenses. Find out from the MECART specialists what measures can be taken to reduce these expenses.