After weeks of intense testing, Strouse cleanroom receives ISO 7 certification.
Westminster, Maryland - January 14, 2014 - Strouse recently had their cleanroom certified to ISO 7 standards by Atlantic Technical Systems. The cleanroom at Strouse has been operating at this ISO 7 level for several years and now has the official certification needed for demanding medical and electronics projects that require more precision and therefore follow very strict manufacturing guidelines.
This certification, also known at Class 10,000, denotes a maximum particle count threshold that must not be exceeded. At ISO 7 standards there must not be greater than 352,000 air particles per cubic meter. The cleanroom was inspected for several days collecting air quality samples from all over the room. After going through rigorous testing the samples came back clean and Strouse was awarded ISO 7 Cleanroom Certification.
Manufacturing in the medical and electronics industries must be closely monitored for cleanliness. If adhesives are exposed to airborne particles they could promote the growth of bacteria and mold. This could shorten the shelf life of the materials as adhesives levels change. Medical products that are often applied directly to the skin or open wounds must be uncontaminated. With the ISO 7 Cleanroom Certification Strouse can certify that the products manufactured in the cleanroom meet this standard.
Over a year ago Strouse upgraded their cleanroom by installing humidity controls with an industrial dehumidifier. These efforts to continually invest in the company and new technologies are part of Strouse's vision.
We've also recently installed a Separator Filter Dryer (SFD) from SKF to our cleanroom. This device allows our cleanroom air to be constantly cleaning itself. Air from within the cleanroom is drawn into the SFD where it separates dirt and air particles, filters the air, and removes any moisture to produce hospital grade air back into the cleanroom.
Air quality is extremely important in cleanrooms and is the basis for ISO certification levels. Dust, dirt, and particles in the air can promote the growth of bacteria and mold overtime, especially if accelerated by heat and humid environments during transportation or long term storage of finished products.
This add-on to our cleanroom greatly enhances the air quality as we are always looking to continually improve at Strouse. Continuous improvement is imbedded in the corporate culture. It’s part of our quality policy and outlined in our quality management system and vision statement. We want to bring to you the best die cut adhesives in the market.
Strouse is a die cut adhesive manufacturer with over 25 years of industry experience. Serving the medical, automotive, military, appliance, and renewable energy industry, Strouse continues to innovate. With a quality management system currently registered to ISO 9001:2008 standards, Strouse not only has a commitment to quality but excellent customer service. A full team of design and development engineers allows Strouse to invest the necessary time and resources for each and every project. Located in Westminster, Maryland, Strouse can be contacted directly at 1-800-410-8273 or visit our website for more info at www.strouse.com