Cleanroom ceilings: The differences between modular and stick-built

Published: 2-May-2024

Bo Coffman from Nortek Air Solutions discusses construction methods for cleanroom ceilings, which have to support many different systems that keep the environment running

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Cleanrooms are essential environments supporting semiconductor, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and healthcare advancement, where maintaining strict levels of cleanliness and contamination control is crucial.

One of the fundamental components of cleanroom design and reliability is the ceiling grid system, which supports critical elements such as HEPA or ULPA filters, lighting fixtures, fire protection, air handler units, and automated material handling systems (in the case of semiconductor).

Stick-built ceiling grids are commonly referred to as T-Grid

Identifying the right ceiling grid solution is an important part in designing and building your cleanroom.

Two common approaches for constructing cleanroom ceiling grids are pre-assembled modular and T-Grid stick-built ceilings. In this article, we explore the key differences between these two systems and the top considerations for selecting the right solution for your cleanroom application.

Modular ceiling grids

Modular ceiling grids support an off-site manufacturing model, as ceiling modules are fully assembled at the factory and delivered complete, ready to be installed in sections. These modules are designed to be compatible with the cleanroom's layout, requirements, and provide:

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