Cleanroom operations


Establishing and Monitoring a Clean Manufacturing Program


Clean Manufacturing is an essential aspect of successful manufacturing in a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, photovoltaic, LED, and semiconductor, to name a few. Clean Manufacturing is applicable to any products that require assembly of components in a controlled environment, such as a cleanroom or a laminar flow hood.

As product performance becomes more demanding and stringent, Clean Manufacturing becomes more critical. Clean Manufacturing is accomplished by carrying out critical operations in controlled environments, with logistic and assembly processes that do not cause degradation of the product performance or manufacturability. In essence, the manufacturing environments and processes must be invisible to manufacturing.

The production yield and quality of the product is affected by the level of defects generated by the manufacturing processes and the rate at which these defects are reduced. In manufacturing, defects are not just the result of contamination but may be viewed as ineffective control of physical and environmental parameters, process-to-process interactions, and design-to-process interactions. Clean Manufacturing practices are therefore not limited to just the process but can be carried into the process by the suppliers and facility.

This course focuses on operations in a cleanroom, measurement and sampling techniques associated with monitoring contamination, and how to establish a Clean Manufacturing program.

Course outline     Who should attend?     Course materials     Instructors    


Course outline
  1. Clean Operation and Manufacturing
    • The big picture
    • Data-driven contamination reduction process
    • Metrics for clean operation and manufacturing
    • Case studies and problem solving
  2. Wipe Down of Surfaces
    • Improving surface cleanliness
    • Part cleanliness verification
    • Wipe quarter fold vs. center fold
    • Wipe down procedures for non-critical and critical surfaces
    • Case study application
  3. Introduction of AMC and SMC in Cleanroom
    • Introduction to airborne molecular contamination
    • Airborne molecular contamination: Definition, sources, and control
    • Surface molecular contamination: Organic haze and contact transfer
  4. AMC-SMC Baseline Monitoring and Case Studies
    • Baseline monitoring techniques for AMC and SMC
    • Troubleshooting guide
    • Case studies and problem solving
  5. Clean Manufacturing of Process Tools
    • Tool components
    • Starting material selection and bulk characterization
    • Surface cleanliness
    • Completed tools
    • Tool cleanliness
    • Identifying metal contamination sources
    • Tool contamination case study
Who should attend?

This course will benefit professionals in:
  • Process engineering
  • Contamination control
  • Yield enhancement
  • Incoming quality control
  • Supplier chain management
  • Facilities
Course materials
  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs
Continuing Education Units: .6 CEUs

Instructor

Victor K.F. Chia, Ph.D.