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What to Look for in Clean Room Vacuums

What to Look for in Clean Room Vacuums

Sep 9th 2013

Cleanroom vacuum cleaners are available as a wet/dry combination or a dry only vacuum. The wet/dry vacuum can simultaneously pick up wet and dry debris without special adapters or filter switching. Wet pick up vacuums feature grounded bypass motors to avoid electrical hazards.

The tanks are made of polyethylene or stainless steel to prevent corrosion and an automatic shut-off valve to prevent overfilling. If a dry only vacuum is used to pick up liquids the vacuum can easily be ruined and possible harm to the operator.

The vacuum motor carbon brushes can generate 10,000 to 100,000 particles when running so it is important for the cleanroom vacuum to have the HEPA or ULPA filter “downstream” or after the motor to capture the particles. These particles will be captured in the filter and not released back into the cleanroom environment through the exhaust stream. Contamination standards in the pharmaceutical industries are more stringent and the HEPA/ULPA filters before and after the motor will help achieve optimal efficiency.

Special Options Include:
● HEPA Filter (99.97% @ 0.3 microns) or ULPA Filter (99.999% @ 0.12 microns)
● Dry or Wet/Dry Combination
● ESD Protection – Conductive Hose, Conductive Crevice Nozzle, Conductive Casters
● Variable Speed Control – Varies the vacuum motor speed to adjust the suction. Dial adjusts airflow from 0 to 87 CFM. Use to clean delicate museum artifacts or sensitive parts.
● Aluminum, Stainless Steel or Polyethylene Contstruction
● Air Operated – For environments where electricity is not available or hazardous
● Explosion Proof – Class I Group D, Class II Group F and Class II Group G Atmospheres.
Use for picking up flammable liquids, fine dust, and other hazardous material.
● Multiple Stage Filtering – Paper Bag, Main Filter, Gore-Tex™ Main Filter, Safe-Pak Filter Collection Container, Polyliners, Microfilter
● Manometer Kit
● Autoclave-Safe Accessory Kit – Silicone Hose, Autoclave Safe Floor Nozzle, Silicone Curved Crevice Nozzle, Stainless Steel Wands

Special Application Vacuums:
● Mercury Vacuum – specifically designed to safely collect and retain liquid mercury spills and granular compounds. Use to clean the lids of mercury shipping containers and collect droplets from filling stations.
● Back Pack Vacuum – Convenient use in confined and elevated area. Stainless steel or polyethylene construction.
● Lab Vacuum – HEPA filter is located before the motor assembly
● Pharmaceutical Vacuum – Safe-Pak™ container is a safe collection, containment and disposable system of potent compounds. The entire container can be disposed of when full.
● Bio-Haz Vacuum – Remediation of hazardous molds: stachybotrys colonies, aspergillus spores, penicillium spores, anthrax dust, viral particulate collection.

A Nilfisk Vacuum designed for use in a pharmaceutical application will feature a Safe-Pak™ collection unit. The self-contained Safe-Pak unit has an enclosed HEPA filter. It safely isolates hazardous material without contaminating the cleanroom vacuum. When full, the Safe-Pak unit is removed and discarded. No filters to change. No maintenance hassles. Simply slide out the unit and replace it with a new one.

Minuteman Vacuums are ideal for use in remediation of bio hazardous molds, spores, bio-haz dust and viral particulate containment. The Hospital Vacuum features a stainless steel tank for collection of fungal, biological, lead, mold, asbestos, bacterial or any other infectious material. Use in any area housing immunosuppressed, high-risk patients.

Cleanroom Training DVD’s are also available to assist in educating the cleaning staff of correct procedures critical to maintaining proper protocol. Choose from “Cleaning Procedures & Techniques”, “Preparing to Clean the Cleanroom”, “Equipment & Materials Selection”, and “The GMP of Cleaning & Disinfecting Cleanrooms”,

Cleaning a cleanroom should be preformed using both a HEPA or ULPA filtered vacuum along with a wipe-down method. Vacuuming the particles will contain them in the vacuum and not allow re-entry or re-distribution because of the filtration system. There are many special features and options when choosing a cleanroom vacuum. Knowing what type of particle will be collected is critical. If there are questions or concerns when choosing a vacuum visit our web site or call customers service 303-752-0076

About Cleanroom World:

Cleanroom World is a cleanroom specialist in Centennial Colorado