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A Class 100 Cleanroom is Essential for High-Purity

by Last updated Apr 18, 2024 | Published on Jun 5, 2018Welding

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In the component manufacturing world, there’s dirty work and clean work. Currently, there is a lot of the latter at Axenics with the current demand for cleanroom welding. Axenics operates a Class 100 cleanroom at its facility in Tyngsboro, MA.

Inside our class 100 cleanroom, the team of expert technicians performs high-purity welding and orbital welding from 1/16th-inch up to ¾-inch, ending with a high-quality bead weld that is guaranteed to be clean, secure and durable.

What is a Class 100 cleanroom?

Cleanrooms are designed to keep dirt particles or any unwanted particles outside of the environment, so those elements do not contaminate the finished product. There are several classes of distinction, starting at class 1 up to class 10,000, the numbers signifying what is and is not allowed to enter the cleanroom.

Cleanrooms can also be used for a variety of industries where temperature, vibration and humidity need to be precisely controlled.

In Axenics’ class 100 cleanroom, no paper or cardboard is allowed inside. Any tools being used in the cleanroom must be wiped down before being brought into the space. The interior of the cleanroom is vacuumed, dusted and inspected internally twice per week. Controlling contamination when it comes to cleanroom welding is a top priority, so an air purification/filtration system is utilized as well.

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The class 100 cleanroom is also certified once a year, and Axenics has passed each inspection. Scheduled air-quality testing is performed regularly on the class 100 cleanroom to ensure particles have not entered the space. This is key in ensuring high-purity results for the gas delivery systems Axenics produces. Axenics has more than 30 years of experience in building gas panels, gas boxes and gas cabinets.

Having access to a class 100 cleanroom doesn’t mean you have to alter your current configuration. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) utilize Axenics’ class 100 cleanroom and team of skilled high-purity welders, because OEMs don’t often have the proper environment, expertise or even the time to perform these welds.

Instead, you can contract tube welding and tube bending services from experienced component manufacturing companies like Axenics. Axenics performs contract tube welding and tube bending services for a variety of industries, including, device manufacturers, alternative energy companies, life science facilities, chemical industries and semiconductor manufacturing services.

We can customize to meet your manufacturing needs when it comes to fittings, joints, valves or regulators. Our prime goal is to provide a safe and clean environment for your complex production processes.

Why Cleanliness Matters for Components Manufacturers

Our world is filled with particles of all sizes. They come from everywhere: old skin cells that flake off, working machinery that creates grit from the friction when metal parts rub together, or dried lubrication on bearings and crank shafts that form into dust. For component manufacturers, especially those in the semiconductor industry, particulates the size of 0.5 mm or larger can get onto microcircuits and ruin their functions. Since microcircuits can be smaller than dust when fabricators create them on silicon wafers, even the smallest impurity can become a costly mistake.

Creating High-Purity Welding Environments

The best way to tackle component contamination from particles is to eliminate as much as possible from the working environment. Yet this may not be possible in the present facility if there are open workstations that are connected to other manufacturing areas, such as tube bending and tube welding machinery.

To address the cleanliness issue, you will have to focus on two aspects of your operations. You need to prevent particulates from working machinery from getting on delicate semiconductors; and, you have to stop workers from carrying dust and dirt particles on their clothing and skin into cleaned areas.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Services Offering Cleanrooms

When requiring tube bending and tube welding of metal or plastic components, contract manufacturing companies can provide a high-purity cleanroom setting to greatly reduce contaminants in the space. Our class 100 cleanroom can be used for a variety of industries where you need to control the temperature, vibration, humidity and particle levels in the indoor environment.

A class 100 cleanroom relies on contamination control methodologies. They can use a variety of cleanliness processes, such as advanced room air purification/filtration systems, employee air showers, cleanroom air locks, employee protective suits and personal self-contained air breathing devices. These processes and procedures can limit contaminants from being carried from one room to another and lower the chance of particles damaging components.

Cleanroom Manufacturing Essential for High-Purity Welding Solutions

Having a class 100 cleanroom for your component manufacturing processes doesn’t require you to change your present manufacturing layout. Instead, you can contract tube welding and tube bending services from an experienced contract manufacturing companies like Axenics. We work with device manufacturers, alternative energy companies, life science facilities, chemical industries and semiconductor manufacturing services to provide a safe and clean environment for their complex production processes.

By having Axenics perform all of the testing, inspecting and certification processes, you can also lower overall production costs and eliminate testing and inspections at your location. Lead time is a major concern in the component manufacturing field right now. Axenics keeps many standard components in inventory on a regular basis.

Many OEMs do not have the space for a class 100 cleanroom. Rather than bring your production to a halt when cleanroom welding or bending tasks arise, consider outsourcing to us.

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