Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) announces that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released ISO Standard 14644-7, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments-Part 7: Separative devices (clean air hoods, gloveboxes, isolators, and minienvironments). IEST serves as Secretariat for ISO Technical Committee 209, which developed the standard as part of a series of documents to serve the needs of the global contamination control community.
In developing this groundbreaking standard, the ISO/TC 209 Working Group considered the needs of various industries and introduced the term “separative devices” to encompass the wide continuum of configurations from open unrestricted air overspill to wholly contained systems. Working group members represent ten member countries: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Common terms-of-trade such as clean air hoods, gloveboxes, isolators, and minienvironments have different meanings depending on the industry in which they are used. ISO Standard 14644-7 defines how these devices differ from cleanrooms, provides a generic overview, and specifies the minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, testing, and approval of separative devices ranging from open to closed systems. Annex A presents a nomenclature of separation approaches to describe various configurations. Annex D provides examples of transfer devices by configuration. Other Annexes cover systems for air handling and gas, access devices, and leak detection and testing.
Copies of ISO 14644 Standards are available from IEST, an international professional organization serving members and industries through education and the development of recommended practices and standards. Industries served are contamination control in electronics manufacturing and pharmaceutical processes; design, test, and evaluation of commercial and military equipment; and product reliability issues associated with commercial and military systems. IEST was founded in 1953.
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