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Arlon Electronic Materials (a Division of Rogers Corporation) - in response to changing requirements in their primary markets of defense, space and avionics - has made significant capital investments in facility upgrades utilizing various clean room technologies. These clean room technologies have been installed in Arlon’s build-up and sheeting processes designed to reduce foreign object debris (FOD) inclusions and enhance cleanliness of the manufacturing process of all of Arlon’s prepreg and laminate materials. Arlon is moving forward with plans to expand the use of clean room technology into other processes throughout their operation in 2015 and 2016. Key improvements include:
- Enclosing prepreg sheeting and build-up areas using modular technology, resulting in dramatically smaller spaces to keep free of particle contaminants. The overall footprint of the build-up area has been reduced by over 50%, enhancing environmental control and particle reduction.
- The improved clean rooms with substantially reduced particle counts are rated ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000).
- The new air filtration system results in 50-60 volumetric air exchanges per hour and creates positive pressure within the room. This ensures the constant filtration and introduction of cleaner air which aids in the removal of any residual particulates.
Particle count data indicates a 70% reduction in airborne particles during the build-up process since the installation of the various clean room technologies. Arlon has always used HEPA-filtered air and daily room cleaning protocols to keep particulates to a minimum. The implementation of new clean room equipment and controlled air flow has allowed operational cleanliness to reach a higher standard.
Meeting customer requirements in the already demanding specialty materials marketplace has always been an Arlon priority. These significant changes will enable Arlon to continue to meet the strict standards driven by an increasingly challenging electronics industry.
Arlon Electronic Materials email: ContactUs.Arlon@rogerscorp.com.