Robots have to work in all kinds of environments – too hot, too cold and too dangerous for humans. But, there is one group of robots that have to be even more specifically designed for operation – the Class 1000 cleanroom robots.
Along with the other classes of cleanroom robots, class 1000 cleanroom robotics have to be able to operate in a cleanroom that allows no more than 1000 0.5 micron particles per cubic foot of air. These cleanroom facilities may be located in medical and scientific labs, or even in electronics manufacturing facilities.
Robots designed for Class 1000 cleanrooms are designed with non-dusting materials, so the robot does not kick up particles when it is operating. There is also a vacuum that cleans any particles that may be kicked up internally in the robot during its application movements. No matter how “clean” a class 1000 cleanroom robot is designed, it will eventually shed particles, which is why the internal vacuuming is so important.
Because of the nature of the work being performed in these cleanrooms, any contamination from extra particles in the air may be devastating. Using the right class of cleanroom robot is extremely important for this reason.
One example of this would be the testing of hard drive parts for computers. If robots are emitting extra particles during testing, manufacturing or assembly of these parts, then the parts are basically useless. This would cost manufacturers extra material costs to replace parts, or could damage the manufacturer’s reputation if they sell parts that do not work properly. As stated above, this is why the use of class 1000 cleanroom robot systems, as well as other cleanroom classes, is so important.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for FANUC, Motoman and KUKA, has several cleanroom models available for purchase and customization. If you are looking for a cleanroom robot to automate your delicate testing processes, contact RobotWorx today online or at 740-251-4312.