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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

Customized, portable cleanrooms

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The CAPE cleanroom
complies with the
ISO class 1 air
cleanliness standard,
which dictates that
in each cubic meter
of air there must
be no more than 10
particles more than 0.1
micrometers in size.
That's some billion
times cleaner than the
air we breathe. Photos:
©
Fraunhofer IPA/
Rainer Bez.

n certain manufacturing situations, the strictest level of cleanliness is
necessary. During production, automation components, tools, microchips,
space probes or medical devices can be affected by even the slightest
contamination. Companies often employ cleanroom environments during
the manufacturing and assembly process for contamination-sensitive parts.
However, these environments come with their own challenges: they're
expensive, not always available, require a high level of upkeep and don't
always protect against cross-contamination.
The CAPE® cleanroom, developed by Munich-based Fraunhofer Institute
for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, offers an alternative
that can be set up when needed, is transportable and contaminant-free, and
can be used to achieve air cleanliness standards in compliance with ISO
classes 1 through 9.
The walls of the tentlike structure are made of special permeable lowoutgassing and electrostatically conductive fabric that can be sterilized. The
structure comes with its own ventilation system, ensuring an even radial flow
of air from the inside to the outside. It can be customized to fit individual needs
and comes in a range of designs, shapes and sizes. The smallest version available
is 30 x 30 centimeters (approximately 11.8 x 11.8 in.); the tent-style version
measures 3 x 3 x 4 meters (approximately 9.8 x 9.8 x 13.1 ft.).
The structure sets up quickly and easily with a double frame made of CFRP
tubular segments and aluminum connectors that lock into place without tools.
CAPE can be easily integrated into an existing production zone, whether set
up indoors or outdoors. For more information, visit www.fraunhofer.de.

Clothing that keeps its cool

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raditionally worn three inches above the knee, Bermuda shorts
are quintessential dress on their home island, commonly worn
with sport coats for business attire as well as with polo shirts for casual
occasions. But it's not necessary to live on Bermuda to enjoy the island
way of life. The Hamilton, Bermuda, men's clothing line Coral Coast
Clothing was founded in 2014 to take that breezy, comfort-driven
attitude beyond the British territory's shores.
Coral Coast Clothing has introduced a new line of Bermuda
Performance Shorts with the added advantage of cooling technology.
The company partnered with brrr°, an Atlanta, Ga.-based innovator
of cooling performance fabric. Called the Triple Chill Effect™, the
technology features natural cooling minerals that draw heat away from
the skin, as moisture is absorbed away from the body with an active
wicking technique. The textile also dries quickly, enhance the cooling
effect. Testing in a simulated environment, skin temperature was
reduced by almost 3°F over 20 minutes of normal wear.
Cool to the touch, the new line of Bermuda shorts is designed
to keep the wearer dry and comfortable for all-day fun in the sun.
For more information, visit www.brrr.com.

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The cooling technology in brrr° fabrics has
been rigorously tested by independent labs
where it has consistently outperformed
similar products. Photo: brrr˚.


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