Mecart builds cleanroom for 5G wireless tech company


Project for Knowles Precision Devices is underway and planned to be completed in early 2020

New 7,000 square feet cleanroom is classified ISO 7

Mecart, the Canadian manufacturer of turnkey modular cleanrooms, has been chosen by Knowles Precision Devices (Knowles) to deliver a production space classified ISO 7 at its US-based facility in Cazenovia, New York.

Construction is underway and planned to be completed in early 2020.

Knowles produces engineered capacitors and microwave to millimetre-wave components for use in critical applications in military, medical, electric vehicle, and 5G market segments. The company is currently working on the early production of millimetre-wave filters to support first-generation 5G wireless communication needs.

Cleanroom ISO Class 7

Phase 1 of this project comprises a new cleanroom of approximately 7,000 square feet of ISO 7 space. The entire project, located in Cazenovia, will be in excess of 12,000 square feet when complete.

Commenting on the project, Charles Lipeles, VP of US Operations at Mecart, said: “When Knowles approached us, they were clear that lead time was crucial as was a tight specification, showroom-type cleanroom. These goals are, of course, very challenging to reach simultaneously, but Mecart is fully qualified for the job. We are excited to work with the Knowles team and help them exceed their goals."

For this project, Mecart designed, engineered and manufactured fully custom, four-inch structural steel panels at its Canadian plant in Quebec City.

We met with the Mecart team, review the project, and very quickly get a detailed, guaranteed quote

The panels feature smooth finish and strength, which make them the build material of choice for any cleanroom projects, from the most stringent ISO 5 facilities to ISO 8.

Gilberto Valenzuela, Director of Project Management from Knowles, commented: “We were excited to meet with the Mecart team, review the project, and very quickly get a detailed, guaranteed quote. It has been a great experience thus far and we know that we picked the best partner for this critical capital project.”

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Mecart builds cleanrooms for the semiconductor industry but also focuses on higher specification drug compounding facilities, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers, as well as medical devices projects.

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