Wednesday 20 March 2013

Cleanrooms: construction and technology

Tim Sandle and Madhu Raju Saghee, editors of 'Cleanroom Management in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare', have written the first of a two part article surveying the latest innovations in cleanroom technology and design. The article is published in the May 2012 edition of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Sourcer (PMPS).

The article addresses cleanrooms and clean air devices.

Here is an extract:

“In recent years there have been considerable advancements with cleanroom design. These are aimed at ensuring that the cleanroom is designed in a way which ensures that it meets the requirements of the user and is designed in the optimal way to ensure contamination control. It is important to dedicate time to designing cleanrooms and the equipment located in cleanrooms for, if there is a design fault in one part, this will affect the items of equipment and if there is a fault in conception stage this will be expensive and time consuming to rectify.

For cleanroom design, modern approaches utilise Computer Aided Engineering software for the design process, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components (for example manufacturers’ details). BIM can be used to demonstrate the entire building life cycle, including the processes of construction and facility operation. Quantities and shared properties of materials can be extracted easily. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities.”

The second part of the article will be published in the following issue.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. and Saghee, M.R. (2012). ‘Setting The Scene’, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Sourcer, May 2012, pp38-43

The article is an introduction to some of the topics covered in a forthcoming book on cleanrooms. The book is called “Cleanroom Management in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors”, edited by Tim Sandle and Madhu Raju Saghee, and will be published by Euromed later this year.

See PMPS for further details and an extract: PMPS

Posted by Tim Sandle

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