Definition - What does Cleanroom mean?
A cleanroom is a controlled environment, usually used in manufacturing, wherein the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits.
The strict process of control eliminates sub-micron airborne contamination caused by people, processes, facilities, and equipment. This is done by continually removing the particles from the air.
Safeopedia explains Cleanroom
Different standards determine the level to which these particles need to be removed. The most frequently used standard is the Federal Standard 209E. It establishes standard classes of air cleanliness for airborne particulate levels in cleanrooms and clean zones. There are strict rules and procedures that need to be followed to prevent contamination of the product.
A clean room contains specialized equipment that limits the amount of particulate matter in the air by using air pressure and filters. Restricted contaminants include dust, airborne microbes, airborne particles, and chemical vapors.
Cleanrooms are frequently used in manufacturing facilities and are planned using strict protocol and methods. Any and all contamination compromises the environment maintained inside a cleanroom and can result in expensive and prolonged downtime.