A mini environment is a zone within a cleanroom that has a higher level of cleanliness than the rest of the cleanroom.
It is usually separated by a physical barrier and can be:
Intergral to the cleanroom, separated by hard or soft wall
A modular cleanroom inside an existing larger cleanroom
Micro environments are used a lot in semiconductor environments where products are only exposed to the environment at certain times during the manufacturing process. The critical manufacturing area may be a class 5 environment with a unidirectional downflow of air, whereas service areas where personnel operate may only require a class 8 environment.
Lower investment and installation costs by not over-designing the whole cleanroom to meet the highest level of cleanliness required.
Energy saving! By not over-designing, the amount of air processed is significantly reduced - meaning more efficient operations and lower running costs.
The physical barrier reminds operators of the different classes to encourage good protocol.
Applications that require different zones of cleanrooms
Extremely sensitive processes, such as silicon wafer manufacture
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