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New cleanroom facility for Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division
Nov '11
Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division is pleased to announce the opening of a new state of the art cleanroom as part of the Company's multi million pound investment programme.

The Company's overall expansion plan requires the creation of space on the factory floor to increase production capacity. The construction of the 120m2 cleanroom onto a new mezzanine level allows the Company to sufficiently increase its space for production equipment on the ground floor level.

As an integral part of the Company's production capability, the cleanroom facility at Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division is primarily used for the processing of activated carbon cloth for wound dressings. Prior to the new commission, a temporary structure served as the Company's cleanroom.

The Company's overall production capability for wound dressing products includes lamination of the activated carbon cloth to other materials, slitting and cutting and final pouching of the wound dressing.

Certain wound dressing customers only require one or two elements of this process and many of the Cloth Division's customers include some of the world's leading medical device companies.

A two-storey cleanroom was constructed inside the existing factory, with creative use of slimline equipment to ensure the most efficient use of space within the new facility. As a key feature within the upper level cleanroom area, a number of transfer hatches were used to reduce the movement of operators throughout the cleanrooms and help eliminate contamination at each process point in the manufacture.

The Cloth Division's previous temporary cleanroom structure was compliant with the ISO 13485 standard and Class 7 ISO 14644 in the Zone 3 pouching area. The newly constructed cleanroom retains the ISO 13485 standard and expands the scope of the ISO 14644 standard with the addition of the lamination area complying with Class 8 ISO 14644.

Much consideration was given to the planning of the cleanroom as an integral part of the Company's expansion plan.

Consultations were made with wound dressing customers, consultant microbiologists and the Company's notified body. The Cloth Division required the contractor, WH Partnership, to come up with a solution that maximised manufacturing areas, reduced carbon footprint and energy costs and streamlined the process, without disruption to existing manufacturing.

Chemviron Carbon's Cloth Division (formerly known as Charcoal Cloth International) develops and manufactures Zorflex Activated Carbon Cloth. The Cloth Division, based near Durham, UK, is the world's leading manufacturer of 100% activated carbon cloth. Activated Carbon Cloth (ACC) was originally developed by the British Ministry of Defence for use in chemical warfare suits however nowadays Zorflex has many more applications.

Chemviron Carbon Cloth Division

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