Passthroughs are durable, easy to clean and maintain and are an affordable way to protect the cleanroom environment and meet industry safety standards.  In addition to preventing external contaminants from entering the cleanroom, they reduce the number of workers in the room at any one given time and limit the frequency of room entries and exits.  Both of these things help to further reduce the risk of contamination.

Cleanrooms are generally used in the manufacture of sensitive components that cannot tolerate contamination, for example, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and electronics.  These structures provide control over the workspace, maintaining  set levels of temperature, humidity, light, air pressure, and other environmental variables.  They can also have additional features, such as sealed airlocks and decontamination areas, that facilitate the maintenance of sterile conditions.

Integrating a passthrough also means cleanroom personnel do not need to shower and gown up to place or remove materials from the cleanroom. This saves time and can also increase productivity.  Cleanrooms are used by technicians and manufacturers in production in numerous industries.  Some of the most common industries include:

  1. Aerospace – Cleanroom processing is critical for the delivery of safe and effective components. Even the slightest contamination or particulate presence in sensitive components can result in huge losses through defects ranging from the wrong paint finish to complete equipment failure.
  2. Medical & Pharmaceuticals – Decontamination is the first priority of both medical and pharmaceutical cleanrooms. Pharmaceutical cleanrooms have to ensure there is absolutely no contamination in the manufacturing process that could alter their product.
  3. Research – Research facilities often study new and unpredictable chemicals and substances. They need passthrough chambers for safety more that for convenience.
  4. Electronics and technology – Manufacturing facilities that put together the complex inner workings of technological devices like computers and smartphones require very strict cleanroom environments that filter out even the smallest particles of dust or other contaminants.

The greatest benefit of a cleanroom passthrough chamber is its ability to speed up your processes and increase employee productivity.  Passthrough chambers eliminate the need for employees to properly gown to enter a cleanroom environment just to hand off a necessary item or sample.  The gowning process can be time-consuming, and additionally, the more employees you have in a cleanroom, the greater the chance for contamination.  When employees can simply place materials in the passthrough chamber, you save a great deal of time on both sides of the cleanroom.  The benefits are clear, they boost productivity without sacrificing cleanliness.

Adding a passthrough to your cleanroom provides an easy and efficient way to transfer materials and equipment into the cleanroom.  Passthroughs help to eliminate the volume of unnecessary traffic through the cleanroom, reducing cross-contamination and maintaining the positive pressure of the cleanroom. 

If you are working for a company that is already using a cleanroom, you are well aware of the benefits of a cleanroom and how important they are.  But if you are wondering how, you can improve your production, then a cleanroom might be the answer.   Either way, a cleanroom is not a simple beast, it is a multi-layered room that needs to be constantly monitored and maintained.  Having a basic understanding of the fundamentals of what a cleanroom is will change the way you interact with your cleanroom.

As a leader in Scientific Equipment Repair and medical equipment calibration, Scientific Instrument Center works with many corporations, universities, and hospitals providing the highest level of laboratory services. 
Keeping your lab equipment in peak condition is vital if the results are going to be accurate and reliable.   Scientific Instrument Center (SIC) is your trusted company for laboratory equipment repair and maintenance services.  If you have questions about your laboratory equipment and would like to discuss options for repairing or maintaining the equipment, please contact us at (614) 771-4700.

Our skilled staff members understand the nuances of instrument calibration and the manufacturers train our technicians, so any inspections we make mean your equipment is to quality standards.   For more than 30 years, SIC has served businesses that use a wide variety of diagnostic and scientific equipment.  We are specialists.

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