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Production line clean air solution launches to food industry interest

13 October 2014

A unique new product, set to minimise the costs associated with manufacturing food products and packaging to GMP air standards, has received great interest since its launch at a UK trade event.

The HEPA-lite was unveiled at Interplas earlier this month and generated a significant number of enquiries from firms seeking a cost-effective solution to preventing product contamination during food manufacture.

Created by award-winning modular cleanroom specialist, Connect 2 Cleanrooms, HEPA-lite is a mobile, adjustable cleanroom unit which can be fitted at mission-critical elements of the manufacturing process line.  It provides localised filtered air to protect processes from contamination, without the need to enclose the entire machine set-up within a cleanroom environment.  

Managing director of Connect 2 Cleanrooms, Joe Govier, said he was delighted at how HEPA-lite had been received.

“We designed the HEPA-lite in order to overcome a specific problem and the visitors to our stand at Interplas were able to identify with that issue and realise the unique benefits of our product,” he said.

“It was great to be able to talk directly with food product manufacturers, and firms wanting to tender for this type of work, and to explain how HEPA-lite would make the process much faster and more cost-effective.

“The beauty is that because HEPA-lite is built to fit over parts of the production line where products come into contact with the air, the air purity is controlled locally, without the need for enclosing the entire machinery within a cleanroom.  This obviously makes it much easier to create a Class 5-9 environment or ISO 14644-1 compliant production line.”

HEPA-lite has been has been through a strategic development process and is the result of solutions-focused research by Connect 2 Cleanrooms, which aims to create products that will solve real-life problems for customers.

The modular system is designed with the ultimate flexibility in mind.  Low, braked castors and angle-adjustable legs make the product easy to slide under machinery and the C-frame itself is built bespoke to requirements.  Its minimal footprint makes it ideal for workspaces where space is at a premium.

HEPA-lite is ideal for use on injection moulding machines, for example protecting the mould area, and can be adapted for use on conveyor systems and process and flow lines.  

Being mobile, HEPA-lite is easy to manoeuver, making it simple to perform cleaning, tool changes or to carry out maintenance on the machinery.  The product features integrated LED lighting and a digital pressure differential transmitter with digital output.  This enables the manufacturer to specify upper and lower thresholds for air pressure requirements and triggers an audible and visual warning alarm, should pressure vary outside these parameters. 

HEPA-lite can also be customised to suit manufacturers’ individual needs.  Side panel options are available, with either a softwall curtain or clear acrylic hardwall, and the product can be supplied with the customer’s branding.

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