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Cleanroom Furniture


07/01/2007







Comfort is important to contamination-control professionals confined to the cleanroom or lab for extended periods of time. Equally important, however, is ensuring that furniture conforms to cleanliness requirements, so as not to jeopardize the integrity of the controlled area. This month’s spotlight features a selection of furniture for critical environments that does just that.

Compiled by Carrie Meadows

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Ergonomic cleanroom seating
Chairs from BioFit Engineered Products are scientifically designed and independently tested to meet rigorous cleanroom standards. The chairs are designed with an eye on cleanroom space, tasks workers will be performing, and how the seating is expected to function in such a context. They provide ergonomic comfort to reduce work-related spinal conditions, such as unnatural bending of the spine caused by leaning over to perform delicate assembly work. The chairs come with a 13-year warranty to protect the buyer’s investment. BioFit offers Class 1, 10, 100, and 1,000 cleanroom chairs. To learn more, call (800) 597-0246 or visit BioFit online.

BioFit Engineered Products
Bowling Green, OH
www.biofit.com

Perforated stainless-steel tables

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Clean Air Products’ Series 64 perforated stainless-steel cleanroom tables allow uniform airflow through the work surface and eliminate eddies and stagnant air pockets that are on or above the work surface of solid-top tables. They feature a stainless-steel support frame and are ideal for vertical flow cleanroom applications. Series 64CT continuous-top and Series 64PF perimeter-frame models are available. Clean Air Products also provides custom modification services to create products and systems designed to satisfy specific application requirements. Call (800) 423-9728 or visit the company’s web site.

Clean Air Products
Minneapolis, MN
www.cleanairproducts.com

Antimicrobial-treated fabrics

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CMI Enterprises, a leading supplier of soft-trim textiles and fabrication solutions to the health care, contract furniture, and transportation industries, has announced its new environmentally friendly Nanocide™ Antimicrobial. The company’s newly released “Dimensions” line of coated fabrics for upholstery and bedding will be the first of its kind for the industry, featuring the Nanocide™ Antimicrobial. Test results for the “Dimensions” line have shown that 99.9% of resistant staphylococcus germs that come in contact with it are killed within 30 minutes. The nanotechnology and process developed by CMI permanently places or embeds the nanoparticles into the surface area of the product. When the recommended cleaning and care instructions are properly followed, the nanoparticles cannot be washed away, worn off, or depleted over time. To request samples, call (800) 346-0475 ext. 313 or e-mail info@nanocide-cmi.com.

CMI Enterprises
Miami, FL
www.nanocide-cmi.com

Distributor of cleanroom furniture

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Connecticut Clean Room Corporation (CCRC) offers a complete line of cleanroom furniture including a wide selection of custom stainless-steel furniture by Eagle, InterMetro, Advance Tabco, and BioFit. All of the products meet or exceed the stringent requirements needed in critical environments ranging from Class 100,000 to Class 10. With more than 25 years of experience in cleanroom products, the company can assist in selecting the right furniture for cleanroom applications. Look for the BEE SMART symbol to see which of the offerings can be converted or built to specifications. CCRC’s new catalog features an assortment of special products that meet all critical manufacturing, industrial, and sanitary standards. To receive a catalog or for information on BEE SMART, call (860) 589-0049 and ask the Customer Care Team for more details.

Connecticut Clean Room Corporation
Bristol, CT
www.ctcleanroom.com

Technical seating for industrial applications

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Gibo/Kodama Chairs are made in the U.S. and can be found in cleanroom production lines, biomedical/pharmaceutical labs, and office environments-anywhere ergonomics and productivity are vital. Technical seating products for ESD protection, cleanrooms, and harsh environments are used by top technology companies. For more information on Gibo/Kodama cleanroom furniture and task seating, please visit the distributor, RPA, at www.rpaproducts.com or call (951) 273-0620.

Gibo/Kodama Chairs
Huntington Beach, CA
www.gkchairs.com

Lab workstations with exhaust

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JST Manufacturing Inc. offers a full line of exhausted laboratory workstations for safe handling of acids, bases, or solvents. Materials of construction consist of corrosion-resistant 304L stainless steel, FM4910 approved acid-resistant plastic, or a combination of both. JST meets all regulatory requirements, and its exhausted units have been ASHRAE tested for safety. Desiccators, tables, pass-throughs, carts, fixtures, and smock, waste, and drum cabinets are also offered in addition to support tools for cleaning. Contact JST at (800) 872-0391 or visit the web site.

JST Manufacturing Inc.
Boise, ID
www.jstmfg.com

Vibration isolation workstation

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The Class 100 cleanroom-compatible (Class 10 compatibility optional) 2000 Series Variable Height Vibration Isolation Workstation from Kinetic Systems allows the user to raise or lower the tabletop with a simple switch to any height throughout a range of 24 to 36 inches. Additional height ranges are also available through consultation with the factory. The workstation features automatic leveling, delivers excellent vertical and horizontal isolation efficiencies, and has low natural frequencies, which makes it suitable for repetitive processes in which external vibrations adversely affect the operation of precision equipment. For more information, call (617) 522-8700.

Kinetic Systems Inc.
Boston, MA
www.kineticsystems.com

Range of submicron cleanroom furnishings

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NTA Industries designs and produces stainless-steel cleanroom furniture in the U.S. that are used in semiconductor, medical, biotech, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and precision molding industries worldwide. The furnishings provide sterility and reliability for high-tech companies. For more information on NTA Industries’ stainless-steel cleanroom furniture, please visit the distributor, RPA, at www.rpaproducts.com, or call (951) 273-0620.

NTA Industries
Belmont, MI
www.ntaindustries.com

Furniture for critical environments

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Palbam Class supplies high-quality cleanroom furniture, featuring designs that reduce particle/microbial accumulation; improve user/furniture interaction such as human factors, ergonomics, and wipe-down; create a modern high-tech environment that encourages adherence to cleanroom protocols; and create a positive impression on users and customers as to the standard of cleanroom activities. For more information, visit the company’s web site.

Palbam Class
Afula, Israel
www.palbamclass.com

Auto-adjusting workstation

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Terra Universal’s ErgoHeight™ auto-adjusting workstation positions the work surface at the correct height for each operator. Its high-torque, low-RPM motorized lifters safely handle a net load of 420 lb., adequate for most benchtop equipment. A frame-mounted control panel stores memory positions for up to four bench heights between 28 and 48 inches floor-to-top. The thermally protected lifters are sealed to the underside of the benchtop to eliminate particle generation, making this unit compatible with ISO 5 (Class 100, per U.S. Fed. Std. 209) cleanrooms. Specialized designs include vibration-isolated tops or perforated tops with down-draft exhaust ventilation. For full specifications, visit the company online.

Terra Universal
Fullerton, CA
www.TerraUniversal.com

Complete line of corrosion-resistant furniture

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Vestilab S.A. Clean Room Control is dedicated to the manufacturing and supply of products for cleanrooms and aseptic areas in sectors such as pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics, research, and animal health. The company offers a wide range of stainless-steel furniture (work tables, workbenches, sinks, cupboards, step-over benches, a complete range of shelving systems and trolleys, dustbins, chairs, and more) in many models and sizes that comply with NSF requirements. Vestilab’s stainless steel is AISI 304 BA type enriched by 18 parts nickel and 10 parts chrome (18/10). The BA finish makes furnishings smooth and more resistant to corrosion.

Vestilab S.A. Clean Room Control
Barcelona, Spain
www.vestilab.com