Class 10000 Cleanrooms
Class 10000 cleanrooms are rooms in which the concentration of airborne particles is never allowed to exceed 10000 particles per cubic foot. The Class 10000 designation and all the other airborne cleanliness classes in cleanrooms and zones name their classes after the maximum number of particles allowed in the rooms at one time. Class 10000’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO) equivalent is ISO 7.
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Applications of Class 10000 Cleanrooms
The primary function of cleanrooms is to continuously filter air so that tiny particles in the air do not damage highly sensitive technologies, and, in Class 10000, the air changes 40-60 times an hour. However, this class is not particularly strict when it comes to limitations and rules regarding cleaning, moving around, and clothing, but there are still special procedures for each of these activities that must be followed to prevent contamination.
Applications and industries that utilize Class 10000 cleanrooms include:
- For use in the assembly and fabrication of small, sensitive electrical components.
- Scientific Research
- For use in laboratories for clean, controlled environments required for experimentation.
- For the processing of chemicals for drugs that have strict regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Class 10000 Cleanroom Design and Customization
The fabrication of cleanrooms is performed in accordance with the various regulations, and the panel or wall material in Class 10000 cleanrooms is often made of materials like white acrylic, steel or stainless steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate. The design of these cleanrooms is also monitored, but there is still a variety available.
In fact, this class of cleanrooms can be any of the three types:
- Large and open rooms that are parts of the actual building.
- A temporary and small room within a room.
- Soft Wall
- The walls are made of tightly stretched or free-hanging fabric or plastic flaps.
Additionally, Class 10000 cleanrooms may range in size from huge open spaces to tiny chambers, and may also offer extra features, such as temperature control and electrostatic discharge control.
Factors to Consider When Using Class 10000 Cleanrooms
In Class 10000 cleanrooms, full-length protective attire, such as bunny suits, are not required to be worn. However, partial protective attire, such as shoe covers, lab coats, hair nets, safety glasses, and gloves should be adorned by everyone entering the room. This is to block any harmful contaminants from personnel, such as skin flakes, cosmetics, hair follicles, and sweat.