DryClean-CAPE®: The mobile dry cleanroom
In times of personalized products, reduced batch sizes, increasing variant diversity and at the same time the need for ever-faster processing and production environments, stationary cleanrooms are often not the most efficient solution in terms of investment, operating costs and set-up times when there is a need to maintain humidity-controlled cleanroom conditions. In response to this, a research team led by Udo Gommel, head of the Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing department at Fraunhofer IPA, has developed CAPE® (Clean And Protective Environment): This is a mobile cleanroom system that generates air cleanliness of ISO classes 1 to 9. Just like a tent at a campsite, CAPE® can be set up and put into operation in about half an hour.
In recent years, the scientists have expanded CAPE® into a complete product family. The latest member is DryClean-CAPE®, which not only creates a clean production environment, but also one with very low humidity, for example, with a dew point of -50°C. This factor plays a critical role in product quality, in particular for battery cell and automotive production as well as in the aerospace industry.
DryClean-CAPE® will be on show at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft joint stand: Hall 16, stand A12.