by Laureen Belleville
Today's cleanrooms are dynamic spaces that are often characterized by numerous, repeated changes. The introduction of new products, production techniques and process tools or the integration of new systems can require dramatic modification of the cleanroom layout. That's why it is important for ceiling grid systems to offer the flexibility to roll with the changes.
A sampling of ceiling grids and configurations from F.H. Chase (center photo) and Facilities Inc.
The fundamental building block of a cleanroom ceiling grid system is the connection/suspension system. Facility managers must select the most appropriate system that matches the ceiling grid performance and compatibility design requirements of their cleanrooms.
As with most cleanroom products, users must choose wisely based on the application involved in the cleanroompharmaceutical, biohazard, microelectronics or life sciences, for example. Know whether the ceiling has to be walkable or not; what surface finish is required; does it have to support live, dead or hanging loads; and whether attachments for lighting, sprinkler systems, fan filter units and other such accessories are needed.
Manufacturers of Cleanroom Ceiling Panels
(for use with ceiling grid systems)
- Facilities Inc., Oregon City, OR, Tel: (503) 723-4568, Fax: (503) 723-4571, www.facilitiesinc.com
- LSI Cleanrooms, Irving, TX, Tel: (972) 438-4588, Fax: (972) 438-4593, www.lsicleanrooms.com
- MSS Clean Technology Inc., Tucker, GA, Tel: (770) 938-1700, Fax: (770) 938-5991, www.msscleantech.com
- Neslo Mfg., Wolcott, CT, Tel: (800) 243-3166, Fax: (203) 879-3790, www.neslo.com
- Pacific Panels Inc., Oakland, CA, Tel: (510) 568-7288, Fax: (510) 568-4619, www.pacificpanels.com
- Plascor Inc., Zeeland, MI, Tel: (616) 772-1220, Fax: (616) 748-2305, www.plascor.com
- Porta-Fab Corp., Chesterfield, MO, Tel: (636) 537-5555, Fax: (636) 537-2955, www.portafab.com
Distributor of Cleanroom Ceiling Grids
- Ultrapure Technology, Suwanee, GA, Tel: (800) 932-0309, Fax: (770) 932-0809, www.ultrapuretechnology.com
Manufacturers of Cleanroom Ceiling Grids