Astro Pak Corporation today announced the unveiling of its newly renovated and expanded State-of-the-Art Class 100 and 1000 Cleanrooms for contract precision cleaning. It is the largest and most modern of its kind in the United States.
“In early 2011, Astro Pak embarked on a journey to update and modernize its west coast and east coast cleanroom facilities. The expansions and facility improvements were driven by increased customer demand for capacity as well as Astro Pak’s vision to provide world class cleanroom services now and into the future,” noted Ken Verheyen, President of Astro Pak.
The Chesapeake, VA cleanroom facility was completed in January of 2012, and the Downey, CA location is now completed and fully functional. Residing on 3 acres, the California facility has over 35,000 square feet and includes ISO 14644-1: Class 5 and Class 6 cleanrooms. “During its 53 year history, Astro Pak has earned more than 100 certifications and process approvals, including ISO 9100:2008 and AS9100 revision C,” noted Ignacio Quiroz, the Production Manager of the facility.
The new California cleanroom is augmented by an additional large component Class 6 cleanroom that measures 40’ x 30’ x 18’ (height), and supports a 2,500 psi high pressure spray system. Additionally, a 4,000 lb bridge crane was installed to move heavy hardware and components.
In addition, Astro Pak constructed its high volume component/hardware processing cleanroom that houses 1,500 square foot Class 100 space and 2,100 square foot Class 1000 space – supported by a modern 6,000 square foot preclean area. The preclean area includes 8 work stations, 4,000 lb bridge cranes, 3 large Ultrasonic cleaning units (3’ x 3’ x 8’), and a high purity, high pressure spray system integrated into the area that houses additional immersion tanks.
A new safety containment pressure test room was built for pneumatic pressure testing, and a new hydrostatic pressure test stand was also designed. Pneumatic testing is performed up to 10,000 PSI and Hydrostatic testing up to 30,000 PSI.