September 30th, 2018

Equipment Necessities to Keep the Clean Room “Clean”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a global supplier of medical tubing equipment used in clean room environments, Davis-Standard is vigilant about essential standards required for meticulous processing conditions. As the healthcare segment continues to grow worldwide, it is vital that equipment meet or exceed specific criteria to support customer success. This is one of the primary reasons we offer a clean room environment at our lab in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Following is a summary of key criteria that must be considered.

Machine Construction

  • Use of stainless steel or rust corrosion-proof materials where coatings are not practical
  • Ensure wipe-down zones are accessible
  • Minimize potential collection areas for dust and debris stagnation
  • Design containment options for possible fluid or residual lubricant leaks
  • Use compact designs to minimize floor space

Machine Surfaces/Treatments

  • Use water-based or epoxy-based paint in areas not constructed with rust or corrosion-resistant materials
  • Polish surfaces and design with smooth, tapered or round edges for effective wipe-down
  • Use stainless steel surfaces to avoid contamination in product “contact” areas

Extrusion Drive Systems/Control Systems

  • Use direct drive systems where applicable
    • Brushless AC motors
    • Water-cooled motors (eliminate turbulent air movement from cooling blowers)
    • Permanent magent synchronous motors (eliminate the need for gearbox/oils/mechanical drive train; less noise and more energy efficient)
  • Use cooling blower designs that minimize dust generation
  • Route control cabling and wiring for ease of cleaning
  • Consider viewability of control interface monitors from outside cleanroom windows

The medical tubing lab at our Technical Center features two MEDD (medical extruder direct drive) extruders and associated downstream equipment in a climate-controlled environment. Customers are able to test new resins, make parts for proof-of-concept, and conduct downstream R&D prior to making large capital equipment investments. The line is extremely versatile and set up to run multiple resins including high-temperature resins such as PEEK and corrosive material like FEP. It also incorporates Davis-Standard’s patented alternate polymer® technology with all components monitored and controlled by the EPIC III® control system.

For more information about Davis-Standard’s clean room engineering practices, please contact Nichole Denerley at ndenerley@davis-standard.com

Cheers,

The D-S Connect Blog team

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