Total contamination control is crucial to increase process yield and remain competitive in terms of quality and reliability. But maintaining high standards and continuous improvement is becoming more of a challenge for microelectronics and optics manufacturers.
Particulate is getting finer, requiring higher and higher classes of filtration to capture. At the same time, manufacturers are moving evermore processes into clean environments. Cleanrooms are increasing in size to cope with the additional demand for floor space as a result. But larger cleanrooms mean larger areas to keep clean – with more movement, access and egress by employees, equipment and materials.
Products are becoming more complex too. And – with greater competition from cleanrooms in emerging markets – failure is less tolerable than ever.
But perhaps the greatest challenge faced by microelectronics and optics manufacturers centers on energy efficiency. Legislation such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPDB) requires that all new non-public buildings must be nearly zero energy since 2020. This, combined with an expected double-digit increase in energy prices by 2025, is placing unprecedented pressure on cleanroom operators to find new ways to reduce energy consumption.
Cleanroom filtration from MANN+HUMMEL helps you meet the challenges of operating a microelectronics or optics production facility.
To respond to the threat of finer particulate, we can survey your facility and determine what contaminants you are facing. Then we can call on a full range of EPA, HEPA and ULPA filters all the way up to U17 to address the threat. This is supported by a variety of frames, housings and terminal outlets too.
When it comes to quality assurance, you can’t take any chances in a cleanroom. That’s why we’ve invested in the latest semi-automated test rig that can test to all relevant ISO and EN standards – and beyond. You can choose between three levels of testing – from a fully-traceable data report to an iron-clad certificate of quality – or request a custom test of your own.
And to help you respond to the needs of managing a larger, more complex cleanroom, our pleat machines can pleat at a variety of heights, widths and distances to produce the filter specification you need. They are fast too. So, we can now offer industry-leading lead times across a number of filter sizes, types and efficiencies. And with new pleat orientation improving pressure drop by 15-20%, you can significantly improve the energy consumption of your air delivery system too.