Laser Components Detector Group opens high-tech ISO Class 7 cleanrooms

US-based company has opened the over 12,000 sqft facility with cleanrooms occupying almost half of the space and airlocks in the entrance area and in the passageways for material transfer

After almost a year of construction, Laser Components Detector Group has moved into its new, significantly larger building in Arizona, US.

Optoelectronic components for key technologies such as medical technology and autonomous driving will be manufactured in the new building, which measures approximately 29,000 sqft.

In single-shift operation, the production facility comfortably accommodates 80 employees; approximately 200 in a three-shift rotation.

The floor, work stations, and cleanroom clothing are protected against electrostatic discharge in accordance with IEC 61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD S20.2

At over 12,000 sqft, ISO Class 10,000 (Class 7) cleanrooms occupy almost half of the facility. Airlocks in the entrance area and in the passageways for material transfer ensure strict particle control. In addition, the floor, work stations, and cleanroom clothing are protected against electrostatic discharge in accordance with IEC 61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD S20.20.

During the planning stages of the building, great importance was assigned to elements that have been tested and proven at the headquarters in Germany: spacious social rooms such as a cafeteria with open areas and ultra-modern offices that support working in small teams. The design of the facade is also unmistakable for Laser Components.

The work performed includes all steps in the development and manufacture of semiconductor detectors. The company specialises in a wide variety of technologies: In addition to silicon and InGaAs avalanche photodiodes for the detection of the smallest amounts of light, their product range also includes pyroelectric detectors for flame detection and PbS/PbSe-, InAs, and InGaAs photodiodes, which are mainly used for gas measurement.

"For us, the new production centre is also a clear commitment to the Phoenix metropolitan region," said CEO Patrick Paul. "In recent years, Chandler, in particular, has developed into a centre for future technologies such as autonomous driving. We look forward to continuing to operate in such an exciting and dynamic environment."

"With this building, we are able to meet the rapidly increasing demand for our technologies and create a basis for growth in the coming years," says Raj Chakraborty, who recently took over management of the site from co-founder Dragan Grubisic. Grubisic will continue to be available to the company for special developments.