Common Uses for a Laminar Flow Cabinet
Laminar Flow Cabinets are designed as a low-cost alternative to a Cleanroom when funding and/or space is limited and providing protection for equipment within the working area from contamination. If your application involves a process where it is important to prevent dust particles or contaminants from attaching to or contaminating parts, products, samples or materials, a laminar flow unit will make a suitable choice.
Air is drawn through a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, removing 99.9998% of all particles >0.12 μm in size, and a streamline flow is propelled in a unidirectional manner (vertically or horizontally) across the worksurface. This guarantees an ISO Class 4, particle free working environment conform fully to BS EN ISO 14644 & BS EN 1822.
Which applications are ideal for a Laminar Flow cabinet?
- Medical Laboratories – Laboratories often require sterile environments to prevent airborne contamination of experiments and samples. Occasionally, a UV lamp is used to sterilize the working area to prevent contamination of experiments from bacteria and viruses. The lamp is deactivated while the laminar airflow is turned on to prevent the operator from being exposed to UV light emissions.
- Medical Equipment Assembly – It is essential that Medical equipment and implant devices are sterile. Laminar flow workbenches are used in the manufacturing, assembly and packaging processes to ensure no contamination.
- Pharmaceutical Production – Before a drug can be manufactured, a huge amount of work goes into the formulation of the drug by scientists. Laminar flow benches are used for the experiments and tests that require a contaminant-free environment.
- Tissue Cultures – Tissue cultures are an important tool for the study of the biology of cells from multicellular organisms. They provide a model of the tissue in a well-defined environment which can be easily manipulated and analysed. Laminar flow benches provide a contaminant- free environment for these cultures to be tested and analysed.
- Electronic Parts Assembly – Electronic parts are extremely sensitive to surface contamination. Dust on a microchip can create contact resistance and be incredibly damaging. A laminar flow cabinet can be used in both the assembly and testing processes.
- Lens Assembly – Any dust or particles that attach to a lens during assembly will create dark marks when they are in use. Old movies are remembered for black marks from dust a particle, laminar flow technology ensures modern movie projection does not have this problem.
- Food Processing – Laminar flow benches are used for small-scale food processing and packaging. In addition, the food formulation and testing labs will often use them.
- Data Recovery – Data recovery services use laminar flow benches to assist in file recovery from hard drives, flash drives or any other type of digital device.
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