Monitoring Solutions for Semiconductor HEPA/ULPA Rooms

Semiconductor Fab with HEPA/ULPA Room Highlighted

A semiconductor transistor is a part with specific electronic properties that allow it to serve as a component in microchips and modern electronics like phones, laptops, and more. As these components are small and require precise manufacturing methods, there are facilities dedicated to their manufacture.

These facilities consist of several levels including air handlers and scrubbers for exhaust, HEPA room, fab cleanroom, and subfab areas. The control of differential pressure within the facility is essential for the safety of both equipment and personnel.

Semiconductor Fab with HEPA/ULPA Room Highlighted
Semiconductor Fab HEPA/ULPA Room

The HEPA/ULPA rooms are found in the space above a semiconductor cleanroom. This area has filtration equipment that removes particulates from the outside environment. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter and/or an ULPA (ultra low particulate air) filter is used to trap small contaminants and prevent them from entering the fab cleanroom area. The fab cleanroom has to be free of particulates, as it is where semiconductor devices such as microscopic transistors are manufactured. Something as small as a molecule from a fragrance can destroy one of these transistors, making proper filtration an essential part of the semiconductor fabrication process.  Continue reading “Monitoring Solutions for Semiconductor HEPA/ULPA Rooms”

Lancet Commission’s Task Force: Safe School, Safe Work, and Safe Travel

While many measures such as vaccines, boosters, more effective masking and rapid testing have been effectively implemented across the world against COVID-19, ventilation and filtration have remained insufficiently addressed. In a new report provided by the Lancet COVID-19 Commission Task Force experts have identified “four key actions that represent the most effective, fundamental steps toward promoting healthier indoor environments and reducing the risk of airborne infectious disease transmission indoor.1” The four strategies are: Continue reading “Lancet Commission’s Task Force: Safe School, Safe Work, and Safe Travel”