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Wash-down Doors and Walls
by Jon Schumacher
All photos courtesy Rite-Hite Doors
SIMILAR TO MOST INDUSTRIAL SECTORS,
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IN
BOTH PHARMACEUTICAL AND FOOD
MANUFACTURING HAVE BECOME MORE
STRINGENT THAN EVER. IN RESPONSE,
THE EQUIPMENT AND PROCESSES USED
IN THESE INDUSTRIES HAVE ALSO BECOME
MORE SOPHISTICATED. A PRIME EXAMPLE
OF THIS CAN BE SEEN IN THE ONGOING
IMPROVEMENTS IN DOOR AND WALL
PRODUCTS USED IN CLEAN ROOM AND
In both the pharmaceutical and food industries, clean
rooms are essential for ensuring contamination control.
Moreover, clean room planning has evolved into its own
speciﬁc area of industrial design. Keeping airborne
contaminants generated by people, process, facilities,
and equipment from suspending in the environment
is a primary concern for these designers. However,
clean room designers have increasingly come
to realize one of the best ways to minimize
contamination is to prevent contaminants from
entering the room in the ﬁrst place—hence, the
growing interest in clean room doors and walls.
As their name suggests, clean rooms create
environments that maintain an extremely low level
of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne
microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors.
More accurately, a clean room has a controlled
level of contamination speciﬁed by the number of
particles per cubic meter at a speciﬁed particle size.
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