Melamine Foam Helps Reduce Cleanroom Particulate Contamination

Although there are many necessary standards and specifications in terms of design features and operating guidelines to minimize particulate contamination in clean rooms. But there is little or no formal consideration in the industry of the role of the materials used for insulation.

No matter where cleanroom manufacturing occurs, whether it is pharmaceutical, biotech or semiconductor, environmental design must ensure product safety and quality. Cleanrooms are designed to minimize the introduction and circulation of potential contaminants, and controlling particulate emissions is critical to maintaining a safe, clean environment.

Amid all the focus on preventing, monitoring, and controlling particulate matter, an important aspect that is often overlooked is the impact of insulation on particulate matter levels. These insulation materials control surface temperatures of process piping and HVAC equipment in and around clean rooms while conserving energy and providing personal protection to operators.

Regardless of the type of insulation chosen, it will have to be cut to size during installation, most likely to fit into complex ductwork in a confined space, and all operations will take place on site. Once installed, insulation is not simply “fit and forget” but is often inspected regularly and taken apart for duct maintenance repairs.

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When cutting and handling this melamine foam, which is typically installed in clean rooms, there was a significant increase in background particulate matter, indicating that these materials are adding significant amounts of particulate matter to the environment even before cutting is performed. Because the material releases air from its open-cell structure, this coincides with an increase in the amount of particulate matter. However, melamine foam after hot pressing can achieve clean cutting and can absorb particulate pollutants in clean rooms.

Melamine foam is a thermosetting organic plastic and has a highly fine three-dimensional network cross-linked structure, which is resistant to many organic solvents. Melamine foam does not contain other compounds, is also non-fiber material, does not contain any dust, does not contain any halogenated hydrocarbons, flame retardants, or toxic heavy metals. In addition, melamine foam also has acid and alkali resistance, mildew resistance, antibacterial properties, etc., making it very suitable for clean room insulation and effectively reducing particulate pollutants.

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