The programme for the 2016 Cleanzone Congress is now set

Cleanzone Congress offers valuable information on the entire life cycle of a cleanroom

Cleanzone Congress offers valuable information on the entire life cycle of a cleanroom

The congress, which takes place alongside the international Cleanzone trade fair on 8-9 November in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, features a high-calibre roster of speakers.

The four congress modules – Back to basics; Planning, layout, construction; Qualification; and Production process and validation: optimisation during operation – cover all aspects of production under controlled conditions and combine theory and practice.

Ruth Lorenz, Vice President Technology & Production at Messe Frankfurt, explains: 'The demands on cleanroom production are continuously changing, including as a result of new standards and guidelines. The congress taking place parallel to the trade fair offers an outstanding opportunity to find out about all the latest developments in the field of cleanrooms.'

The congress programme was developed by ReinraumAkademie and an international congress panel in collaboration with Messe Frankfurt.

In the Back to basics module, participants will be offered insight into the various aspects of production under controlled conditions, from standardisation and the selection of suitable materials to cleanroom processes and cleaning. Speakers include Frans Saurwalt, Kropman Contamination Control, who will be talking about the requirements for walls, floors and ceilings.

Frans Saurwalt is a member of Working Group 4 'Design and Construction' within ISO/TC209, and will offer congress participants a first-hand account of standards and process optimisation in cleanrooms.

Michael Skerat from Skeratschoppe and Lukas Schober, from Kalucon, believe that the logistics value chain for cleanrooms offers tremendous scope for potential savings. In their presentation they address the degree to which processes from the automotive industry can be transferred to cleanroom production.

What is the optimum method for planning a cleanroom to ensure that it can satisfy all of the requirements? This theme is dealt with in the module Planning, layout, construction.

One issue that is extremely relevant at present concerns the assignment of liability for intelligent and autonomous technical systems. Professor Dr Hans-Hermann Dirksen from Liebenstein Law is an expert in this field and will look at the issues arising from Industry 4.0 technology making autonomous decisions without human intervention and in particular, when things go wrong, how responsibility will be assigned.

Another top theme in the Planning, layout, construction module will be the new version of E DIN 1946-4:2016-06 for air handling and ventilation systems in buildings and rooms in the healthcare sector. The fact that the distinctions between cleanrooms in hospitals and cleanrooms as production and research facilities are disappearing is one of the most significant changes to arise from the revised standard. Detailed information on this will be provided by Ralph Langholz, Mann + Hummel Vokes Air.

For the Qualification module, Rino Woyczyk, Drees & Sommer and Vice President of VIP3000, a group promoting the interests of those involved in pharmaceutical construction, will be talking about actively dealing with crises during planning and after completion.

An important part of the validation/qualification process is documentation, and this will be the topic presented by Claudia Pachl from Valtec.

The Production process and validation: optimisation during operation module will look at the challenges cleanrooms will face in future, and the changing standards that will arise as a result.

Dr Berthold Düthorn, Robert Bosch, offers a look at the ongoing revision of the standard ISO TC 209 'Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments.'

Dr Düthorn serves as an expert and chairperson on a number of working groups for ISO TC 209, and he will look at standards from the 14644 and 14698 family, including the formulation of new standards and revision of existing standards.

The particles that must be monitored for production under controlled conditions can vary in size by a factor of 1,000 or more, and this ratio continues to grow as structures get smaller and smaller. Dr Udo Gommel, Fraunhofer IPA, will describe the demands this places on measurement strategies.

Finally, Josef Ortner, Ortner Reinraumtechnik, will conclude the Cleanzone Congress with a look ahead in which he discusses the future requirements for working in cleanrooms.

AMC – a challenge for cleanroom technology

Airborne molecular contamination (AMC) presents major challenges for the micro-technology sector. What can be done to reduce production downtimes resulting from airborne contaminants such as acids, bases and silicones? What measurement and filter technology is currently available on the market? To answer this question, on 8 November Markus Thamm from Cleanroom.de will be offering a workshop targeted at users from the semiconductor industry, aerospace technology and the high-end plastics sector.

Programme details and timings are available at www.cleanzone.messefrankfurt.com

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