Cleanroom specialist Connect 2 Cleanrooms has used Interplas as a platform to launch a new product designed to minimise the costs associated with good manufacturing practice air standards.
Called ‘HEPA-lite’, the product is a mobile, adjustable cleanroom unit which can be fitted at mission-critical elements of the manufacturing process line. It was unveiled on the group’s stand this week at the plastics trade show in Birmingham, UK.
HEPA-lite provides localised filtered air to protect processes from contamination, without needing to enclose the entire machine set-up in a cleanroom environment.
The modular system uses low, braked castors and angle-adjustable legs, which mean that it can slide underneath machinery, and the C-frame itself is built bespoke to requirements.
Joe Govier, MD of Connect 2 Cleanrooms explained: “Currently there are huge cost implications for manufacturers wanting to take on contracts that require ISO 14644-1 standards or a Class 5-9 environment. Our UK-based product development team has designed a product which will make this type of work available to firms for a greatly reduced initial outlay and in a much faster timescale.”
“HEPA-lite is economical, adaptable and efficient. It effectively maintains the quality of air at points where the product is exposed, negating the need for the entire production line to be fully enclosed within a cleanroom.”
During Interplas, the group explained that HEPA-lite is suited to use on injection moulding machines (across the mould area) but it can also be adapted for use on conveyor systems and process and flow lines.
Side panel options are available, with either a softwall curtain or clear acrylic hardwall, and the product can also be supplied with the the user’s branding.