Motion plastics specialist scoops award for modular cleanroom chain
Electronics manufacturing demands high purity manufacturing environments and requires particle-free machine elements in clean rooms to ensure product quality.
The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany recognises innovative developments in clean manufacturing every two years with the REINER! Award and has just awarded igus 2nd prize for its e-skin flat cable guide.
Class 1 standard
“An alternative to the ribbon cable, the e-skin is compact, modular and has achieved the cleanroom Class 1 standard. Cables can be easily placed in the chain using a zipper principle and can be quickly replaced for fast maintenance,” says igus.
Microchips, flat screens, electronic implants, pharmaceutical active ingredients and micro and nanoproducts would be impossible to produce safely without high-purity manufacturing environments.
Storage ICs (integrated circuit chips) used across the IT infrastructures of companies, in medical electronics and the automotive industry, are in high demand, resulting in some car plants having had to pause production, due to chip shortages.
At the same time, manufacturers are looking for machines and equipment that work quickly and safely to meet the growing demand for these semiconductors.
One of the biggest challenges is particles that detach from machine components and contaminate the ambient air. New solutions are needed that make production processes economical, while applying high safety and hygiene requirements.