Monthly Archives: April 2019

  1. Desiccator Installation and Cleaning

    Desiccator Installation and Cleaning
    Door Alignment

    Proper alignment of doors will prevent excessive gas escape and ensure door sensor alignment. Some leakage, however, is normal. Because cabinets operate under varying degrees of positive pressure, Terra door gaskets are designed to allow controlled gas escape.

    All cabinets are checked prior to packaging to ensure proper door alignment. However, they can come out of alignment during shipping due to the inherent flexibility of plastic.

    Doors feature sensor magnets that must be aligned with the associated sensor on the desiccator door. If these magnets are misaligned, the Dual Purge™ system may not function properly, and door seals may not seat properly, allowing nitrogen leakage.

    Cleanroom Lift Latch


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  2. Installing Standard-Mount Pass-Throughs

    Installing Standard-Mount Pass-Throughs
    Front and side view of Loose mounting bracket

    Standard wall-mount pass-throughs such as CleanSeam™, BioSafe® and Terra’s plastic and intermittent-seam welded steel chambers can be installed and ready for operation in a few minutes once the wall cut-out is prepared. Refer to the Operating Manual for full installation details.

    The process is straightforward, requiring the parts you receive from Te

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  3. Which desiccator system is best for my application?

    Which desiccator system is best for my application?
    Consider these variables when selecting a humidity control system:
    • Humidity Requirement: Your humidity requirement is the single most important consideration. Extremely low humidity applications (under 10% RH) generally call for one of the smart controllers below.
    • Access: If you access stored materials frequently, you will need a variable-purge system that can block inrushing air when a door is opened.
    • Nitrogen Expense: A smart control system conserves nitrogen and reduces costs by up to 78%
    • Ambient Humidity: A desiccator in a humid environment requires a more efficient humidity controller than one in an arid environment.
    • Desiccator Size: Large plastic desiccators typically require more nitrogen, and a more efficient delivery system, than small ones to compens
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  4. Static Control in Desiccator Cabinets

    Static Control in Desiccator Cabinets
    • What is electrostatic discharge?
    • How is it generated?
    • How does it damage microelectronic devices?
    • How can it be controlled?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of static control methods available today?
    Why all the Static?

    Static electricity is an excess or deficiency of electrons on a surface. The total number of deficient or excess electrons determines the charge on that surface. A surface exhibiting an excess of electrons is charged negatively, and an electron-deficient surface is charged positively.

    How are Electrostatic Charges Generated?

    Electrostatic charges are usually generated by friction between and/or separation of two dissimilar materials, at least one of which is a nonconductor or a poor conductor of electricity. The accumulated charge (stat

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  5. Why use nitrogen to purge moisture?

    Why use nitrogen to purge moisture?
    Terra offers a comprehensive range of application-specific desiccator cabinets and nitrogen control systems. These performance concepts will help you select the system right for your application.
    Terra Universal Desiccator Air Flow Diagram

    Nitrogen is the standard medium for contamination-free storage because it is relatively inert—it neither reacts with stored materials nor carries moisture—and because it can be isolated and purified relatively inexpensively.

    Desiccator cabinets must be set up so that an appropriate flow of nitrogen forces out all moisture- and contamination-laden air. Because nitrogen has a lower specific gravity than air, it is introduced into the upper section of the desiccator;

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