In accordance with the ISO 14644 standards, ISO Class 7 cleanrooms represent a highly controlled environment that is engineered to maintain specific cleanliness values. The enclosed system encompasses ceiling-mounted fan filter units (FFUs) that generate a continuous supply of HEPA or ULPA-filtered air. In this article, we'll cover top-level considerations and standards for ISO 7 cleanroom design and construction. Additionally, we'll explore general principles for ISO 7 standards including particulate levels, ACH requirements, and equipment-based considerations among several unique applications.
Laminar flow air and positive pressure cleanroom design are ideal for non-hazardous, ultra-clean applications. Positive pressure mitigates dirt from entering the cleanroom when opening doors or pass-through chambers. Laminar airflow design ensures that air maintains a singular, uniform direction and velocity from intake to exhaust port. Terra's positive pressure cleanrooms include HEPA filtration systems capable of ISO Class 3 - ISO Class 8 air quality conditions. ULPA filtration units are available for the most sensitive ISO 3 - ISO 5 product applications including pharmaceutical compounding, semiconductor wafer processing, sterile packaging, and micro-nanofabrication.
Most cleanroom professionals understand that Fan/Filter Units (FFUs) capture contaminants that degrade particle-sensitive samples. But they also remove bacteria, viruses and mold spores that contribute to a host of infections.
With the threat of superbugs on the rise in medical facilities, sterilization has never been more crucial. Superbugs, or drug-resistant bacteria that cannot be killed by standard antibiotics, have the potential to cause infections that are increasingly difficult to cure. The number of deaths related to these bacteria is decreasing. But the bugs, and the danger, remain present.
Until new cures are developed to battle bacteria, the solution to preventing the spread of germs is to update cleanliness procedures in hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and other places where drugs are regularly developed or used. Hand-washing can push back against the threat, but it’s important to implement protective measures against any potential breach,
Terra Universal is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ISO-rated cleanroom systems and components. Terra expertise stems from over 40 years of experience in designing, building, and manufacturing components for cleanroom systems and controlled environments alike. In this article, you'll learn about essential requirements for ISO-rated (ISO classified) cleanroom classes, ISO design requirements, and planning essentials for various ISO-rated cleanroom builds, furnishings, and supplies to achieve your desired cleanroom rating.