Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Cleanliness technology prize awarded

12.06.2015

On 10th June at the parts2clean trade fair in Stuttgart, in recognition of exceptional developments in the cleanliness industry, Fraunhofer IPA awarded the cleanliness technology prize CLEAN for the third time!

This year, the jury was won over by two contributions: an innovative particle-cleaning system with an integrated photodynamic process for disinfecting cleanroom clothing, and a cleanliness measuring system that uses vacuum-induced desorption to detect filmy contamination on surfaces. The prizewinners presented their contributions at the forum and received their awards from the experts and jurors Dr. Lothar Gail and Prof. Arnold Brunner.

1st prize: Disinfection of cleanroom clothing by means of light – dastex Reinraumzubehör GmbH & Co. KG

With the system “Disinfection of cleanroom clothing by means of light” for use in manufacturing and research areas where biological contamination plays a major role, the research and development community has taken an innovative step into the future of cleanrooms. The concept of implementing a specific fabric dye to produce oxygen by light induction at the point of use, i.e. in the immediate vicinity of microorganisms, is highly promising.

In order to develop a ready-to-use product capable of withstanding the rough conditions of everyday industry, the cleanroom clothing specialist dastex collaborated closely with the dye manufacturer M. Dohmen, the equipment manufacturer Ortner Reinraumtechnik and researchers from the Technical University of Graz and RCPE Graz.

In his laudatory speech, Prof. Arnold Brunner from Luzern University judged the result as exemplary.
“The cooperation has implemented a sustainable technology to create an innovative clothing system suitable for industrial use, which is capable of controlling germs on the surface of textiles, i.e. of killing them.

The jury considers this lock- and clothing system to be compatible for use in biological laboratories, C and D Class pharmaceutical cleanrooms, as well as in packaging areas in the convenience food industry. The attributes of the new system – its suitability for industrial use and sustainable and interdisciplinary development – make it a model of clean-tech innovation.”

2nd prize: VIDAM – A new in-house cleanliness measuring system – VACOM Vakuum Komponenten & Messtechnik GmbH

In many branches of industry, cleanliness is an important quality criterion as far as reproducible processes are concerned. Knowledge of component cleanliness is essential in order to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of cleaning processes, thus ensuring the consistently high quality of end-products. In a fully-automated process, VIDAM detects filmy contamination on the entire surface of components.

The spectral measuring technique not only clearly identifies contamination on surfaces but also classifies its cause. In addition to this, VIDAM supplies absolute, quantitative measurement figures that enable meaningful limiting values to be defined. This enables manufacturing and cleaning processes to be optimized to guarantee adequate component cleanliness for all downstream processing steps. If controllable, reproducible and guaranteed quality are to be attained, this is essential.

In his laudatory speech, Dr. Lothar Gail remarked praisingly: “The measurement of airborne particles by means of scattered light has significantly contributed towards the advance of modern cleanroom technology. Up till now, there have been no comparable standards for filmy contaminants, a form of contamination which is highly relevant in this field of industry.

The stricter the cleanliness requirements, the higher the number of possible disruptive interactions exist due to contamination. The VIDAM process can therefore be considered as an important step that covers a broad spectrum of contamination control requirements, from troubleshooting right through to the inspection of incoming materials. “

Expert contact partner
Dr. Udo Gommel | Phone +49 711 970-1633 | udo.gommel@ipa.fraunhofer.de | Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Editorial team
Ramona Hönl | Phone +49 711 970-1638 | ramona.hoenl@ipa.fraunhofer.de

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.ipa.fraunhofer.de

Jörg Walz Presse | Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht The quest for the oldest ice on Earth
14.11.2016 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

nachricht Empa Innovation Award for new flame retardant
09.11.2016 | Empa - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Electron highway inside crystal

Physicists of the University of Würzburg have made an astonishing discovery in a specific type of topological insulators. The effect is due to the structure of the materials used. The researchers have now published their work in the journal Science.

Topological insulators are currently the hot topic in physics according to the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Only a few weeks ago, their importance was...

Im Focus: Significantly more productivity in USP lasers

In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.

Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...

Im Focus: Shape matters when light meets atom

Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices

Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

Researchers identify potentially druggable mutant p53 proteins that promote cancer growth

09.12.2016 | Life Sciences

Scientists produce a new roadmap for guiding development & conservation in the Amazon

09.12.2016 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation

Satellites, airport visibility readings shed light on troops' exposure to air pollution

09.12.2016 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>