Cleanzone Congress focuses on current trends in cleanroom technology

Published: 14-Jul-2015

Top themes include planning, layout, construction, process optimisation and verification

The Cleanzone Congress is once again offering a top-notch programme in 2015. Taking place alongside Cleanzone, the international trade fair for cleanroom technology, on 27 and 28 October 2015, the latest scientific findings and practical expertise will be presented at the congress by an international line-up of experts from the field of cleanroom technology.

The Cleanzone Congress once again features a modular structure that is tailored to the needs of both experts and newcomers, making it easy to combine visits to both the trade fair and congress.

Ruth Lorenz, Vice President Technology & Production at Messe Frankfurt, said: 'A combined trade fair and congress is ideal for a market growing as dynamically as that for cleanroom technology. This allows those who find out about the latest standards, processes and procedures at the congress to talk directly with manufacturers at the trade fair about possible solutions for their own production requirements.'

The Cleanzone Congress programme is put together by ReinraumAkademie in collaboration with Messe Frankfurt and an international panel of experts. Frank Duvernell, Managing Director of ReinraumAkademie, said: 'The presentations at this year's congress are focused on current trends in the field of cleanroom technology. The national cleanroom organisations for Switzerland (SwissCCS – Swiss Contamination Control Society) and Germany (DRRI – German Cleanroom Institute) are already working to assign user interests to the “Design, layout and construction”, “Qualification” and “Cleanroom operation” working groups. Experts from various fields of application and supplier sectors will be gathering at the congress to discuss these overarching themes and possible harmonisation of technological requirements. There will be targeted information and concrete support to help users make sense of it all.' The Basic modules, which will take place on the mornings of 27 and 28 October, deal with “Cleanroom technology basics” and “Design/Layout/Construction”.

A combined trade fair and congress is ideal for a market growing as dynamically as that for cleanroom technology

The first presentation offers an overview of the most important aspects of production under controlled conditions, including state-of-the-art technology, ventilation systems, cleanroom cleaning, cleanroom personnel and proper protocols within the cleanroom.

In the second Basic module, which deals with planning and building a cleanroom, participants will find out what form a modern cleanroom well equipped for the demands of the future might take. Professor Dr Gernod Dittel, who is moderating this presentation session, is a member of the international panel of experts for the Cleanzone Congress. He suggested that when planning a cleanroom, it is important to 'ensure flexibility and keep future requirements in mind. Cleanrooms should be planned such that they can also be adapted to suit possible future uses. In addition, planning should also consider alternative power supplies, such as the use of renewable energies, because nowadays we must think about sustainability even in the field of high-tech production. The thing that most distinguishes good planning is cost-effectiveness – and ensuring that the customer is not abandoned once the cleanroom is finished, but continues to be assisted and advised.'

Once a cleanroom is completed, it must be validated, and in the presentations taking place as part of the “Qualification” module in the afternoon session on 27 October, professionals will be talking about the requirements mandated by standards and guidelines, as well as the stages of the cleanroom validation process. A cleanroom inspector will also be sharing some insights into his daily work.

Topics such as Industry 4.0, digitisation and automation are ever present today, including in the field of cleanroom production. How can real-time particle identification, process control systems, the introduction of robot technology and moisture-level optimisation be utilised to improve the efficiency of processes and save energy? Experts will be offering answers to these questions in the Advanced module “Process optimisation”, taking place on the afternoon of 28 October.

Here, Heinz-Martin Esser from Roth & Rau Ortner will stress the significance of robot technology. 'Robots have been seeing widespread use in cleanrooms for a number of years now. This has increased quality and productivity, shortened throughput times and optimised machine availability and capacity utilisation. In addition, automation has been decisive in helping to avoid errors and maintain continuously high product quality. Finally, automation also helps cleanroom operators reduce the particle contamination that results from human staff,' he said.

The modules of the Cleanzone Congress can be booked individually. Prices range from €130 for one module to €355 for all of the modules.

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