High Tech Engineering

High Tech Engineering

The flow of clean air within high tech engineering or manufacturing facilities is critical to the process. Some products require production in a particle-free environment and contamination by small particles can result in significant problems for sensitive electronics equipment or high performance optics.

Spiralite pre-insulated non-metal ductwork is suitable for use in any environment that has a flow of conditioned air, but is particularly well suited to applications that have a more onerous requirement for optimal air quality – clean, with the correct volumes, temperature and humidity, including:

  • Clean rooms where hepa filters create high positive and negative pressures
  • Data and energy centres where there is a high cooling specification
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities
  • Pharmaceutical facilities
  • Laboratories and test centres
  • Food processing plants

Specific advantages for Spiralite ductwork in these facilities include:

  • The internal cryogenic laminate is significantly more sterile than the metal and non-lined equivalents, both in terms of its composition and surface quality. It has a natural anti-microbial smooth surface with an absence of pitting, preventing the proliferation of microbes and other foreign/hostile organisms. The internal laminate also contains a mould inhibiting agent that further maintains the sterility of the surface.
  • Having the internal folds in the direction of the air flow helps to avoid the accumulation of dirt and the shape of the duct removes almost all ‘dead spots’ where eddy currents allow dirt to build up, such as within the corners of rectangular ductwork. In addition, the new cutting machine allows tighter and more precise cuts which keeps the crevices to a minimum and reduces the build-up of dirt and/or bacteria.
  • Spiralite can be fabricated with a Biocote anti-microbial agent bonded into the internal laminate; this has been tested to be 99.99% successful in killing both E.coli and MRSA bacteria coming into contact with it
  • Due to the smoothness of the internal laminate and the lower accumulation and adherence of foreign particles, Spiralite is quicker and easier to clean and maintain in a sterile condition.
  • Where hepa-type filters are required to ensure optimal air cleanliness, the high internal negative pressures that they can create have no impact on the structural integrity of Spiralite
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