Astro Pak provides the unique ability to couple precision cleaning with assembly and kitting services in a cleanroom environment. With the ability to precision clean, assemble, package, and provide kitting for our customers’ hardware, Astro Pak simplifies the number of steps from component manufacturer to the end-user. This bundled service shortens the supply chain eliminating the need for multiple vendors to unpack, re-inspect, clean, sort, assemble, test, re-package, store, then deliver.
What is Clean Assembly?
Clean assembly is a unique field requiring specialized environments, hardware, and techniques. The interaction of precision cleaned surfaces with tools and a worker’s hand can reintroduce contaminants to the surface, resulting in a progressive degradation of cleanliness as assembly is performed. It takes special training to recognize which techniques can mitigate such inadvertent re-contamination. The environment in which clean assembly takes place must also limit re-contamination that can occur from airborne contaminants depositing onto the clean surfaces being worked on, such as a cleanroom.
The technician also uses precision cleaned tools to perform the assembly, hindering the inadvertent transfer of contamination from a tool to the parts being assembled. These techniques must avoid the production of contaminants from metal to metal friction, or be designed to deal with friction-generated contaminants by removing them from the environment as quickly as they are generated to stop them from depositing onto clean surfaces. Astro Pak uses equipment such as downdraft tables and deionizing blowers to further aid in maintaining cleanliness during such particle generating tasks.
Therefore, it takes specially trained workers, an ISO 14644 certified clean environment with limited amount of airborne contaminants, special cleanroom rated garments, precision clean tooling, as well as techniques & equipment that preserve cleanliness to make sure that clean assembly is performed correctly.
Trust the Experts
Astro Pak’s experience translates to a hassle free and cost-effective solution for meeting your product cleaning, packaging, and/or device assembly requirements prior to shipment to anywhere in the world. As the last step in the manufacturing process, we understand hardware turnaround time is mission-critical to the end-user. Our precision cleaning, sampling, assembly, and packaging are performed in state-of-the-art ISO 14644-1 certified Class 5 (Fed Std Class 100), Class 6 (Fed Std Class 1,000), and Class 7 (Fed Std Class 10,000) cleanrooms by experienced personnel. Astro Pak’s cleanroom Quality Management System (QMS) meets the stringent requirements of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) AS9100 certification.