One of the world leading manufacturers of microscopes in the life sciences and materials research markets, also manufacturing optical sensor systems for integrated process analysis. In addition to excellent light-/ion- and electron microscopes, this client also manufacture a diverse range of fluorescence optical sectioning systems as well as high-resolution x-ray microscopes.
Guardtech had built the first cleanroom for this client back in the year 2010 and have been maintaining and validating this controlled environment ever since. However, with a relocation to a larger modern facility in Cambridgeshire, a new cleanroom was required and Guardtech were tasked with the design and build of a cleanroom with an extended brief of mechanical and electrical services, alongside a number of customised transfer solutions.
An ISO7 cleanroom designed, installed, cleaned, commissioned and validated by Guardtech built to the following specification:
Structural: GT Shell Pro Wall Panels, Double Glazed Units with integrated blinds, GT Access Plus Powder Coated Steel Doors on Electro-Magnetic Interlocks, GT Deck Pro ESD Vinyl Floor Capped & Coved, GT Lid Pro Heavy Duty Powder Coated Aluminium Ceiling Grid & Tiles
Electrical: 13-amp Power and Cat 5e Network flush mounted sockets, containment buried within the wall panels in channels and housed in basket in service channels under the raised access floor
Mechanical: VRV high level Split System ducted to a plenum housing slimline Fan Filter Units with H14 HEPA’s mounted in the ceiling grid, low level return air columns ducted back to the return air side of the VRF. Compressed Air with Transair pipework ring main and wall mounted drops with fitting for equipment connections. Central Vacuum system with vacuum pipework contained within the panel presenting flush plates housing the vacuum fittings.
Monitoring: Environmental Monitoring System including temperature, humidity and pressure sensors fed back to CF21R compliant Software, with in room LCD Displays.
Although the new facility was a modern build it had been previously utilised for office space, therefore it presented a number of restrictions that needed some innovative thinking to overcome, these were namely:
“Guardtech were commissioned to build an ISO7 Cleanroom within our relocated manufacturing facility, they were selected on the basis of their pro-active and collaborative approach towards design and the fact that they could deliver a complete turnkey solution from design to commissioning. The installation team were diligent, helpful and friendly and the build went smoothly, even with some complex challenges to overcome, such as an ultra-low headroom crane to accommodate and a bespoke transfer system to build into the fabric of the room. The project manager had a very good handle on the whole process and we were well communicated to throughout, the team were flexible when it came to accommodating on the job changes and we ended up with a cleanroom of very high quality and good value for money. Overall I was very impressed with Guardtech throughout the project and would highly recommend them as a cleanroom provider.”
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