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Transporting packaged product directly from the shipping dock to the manufacturing operation can increase efficiency if the packaging system is designed to easily accommodate the task. We have several case studies and blogs relating to intra-plant transport of products using custom fabricated containers that not only enable efficient movement and loading of product to the manufacturing work center, but is returned to the supplier plant for subsequent reuse. Doing these results in reduced packaging costs as well as increased labor efficiency. One area that requires added attention and thought is transporting and packaging product that goes into a cleanroom.
A cleanroom is a controlled environment that is kept “clean”. In manufacturing, a cleanroom is typically used to assemble or fabricate a product or component that is sensitive to contamination. A typical cleanroom has the following characteristics:
Cleanroom are generally classified based on “how clean” it needs to be. The typical classifications start at class 1 and goes all the way up to class 100000; the smaller the number on the classification, the cleaner the cleanroom and more restrictive the environment. Most cleanrooms have procedures that restrict the following types of materials from being brought into a cleanroom:
The packaging and handling system must ensure that the type of contamination listed above does not get into the cleanroom. The following are considerations for packaging containers used to transport product to or even into a cleanroom:
Even with the above restrictions on the packaging, the component may need to go through a special cleaning process before being brought to the cleanroom. Even with a pre-clean, the best strategy is to make sure the product does not get dirty during shipping and transport. The dirtier the component is the more expensive and less effective the pre-cleaning will be. Packnet has designed and fabricated packaging solutions for products that need to be processed in a cleanroom. Call us at 952-944-9124 for more information on how Packnet can help with your cleanroom packaging.