For many years Rotronic products have been widely used in the monitoring and control of clean rooms, however more often than not our products are found out of sight quietly performing their measurement tasks away from areas with strict requirements for cleanliness demanded by modern clean rooms.
In the past few months Rotronic have launched two new clean room panels that are as the name suggests designed specifically for use within clean room environments.
Our flagship product in the field is the CRP5 which we will take a look at first.
The CRP5 is a comprehensive clean room panel designed specifically for the requirements of modern clean rooms. Once installed the unit provides virtually no areas for dust to collect and the industrial glass front is extremely resistant to chemicals. With a fully configurable colour screen it is a stylish looking device!
Internally the CRP5 delivers some serious capability, providing potentially a solution for all your clean room measurement and monitoring requirements. Including;
- Differential Pressure via internal diaphragm sensor (measurement via rear ports and front ports for flexible instalation and calibration).
- Interchangeable humidity and temperature sensor.
- Two fully configurable analogue inputs (for particle counters, lux meters etc)
- Two configurable switch inputs (for pressure or door switches etc)
- 6 configurable relays (for alarm triggers)
- Digital connectivity via RS485 and Ethernet (Modbus or direct connection to Rotronic HW4 software)
A unique feature of the CRP5 is the optional flush mount humidity probe. The probe is locked into place through the use of magnets and can easily be removed for cleaning or calibration. An optional rear mount connection is available for Rotronic HC2 humidity and temperature probes should you wish to monitor ducts or spaces remote to the CRP5 itself.
The configurable colour display shows alarm conditions which can be acknowledged via the front panel. Alarms can be used to trigger relays associated with audible and larger visitual alarms. Interaction with the CRP5 is via four optical buttons – their use is completely unaffected if operators are wearing protective gloves or not (unlike capacitive interfaces).
As an FDA and Gamp5 compliant device the CRP5 is a safe choice for regulated industries. The instrument can be used with 3rd party systems via its analogue outputs or industry standard Modbus TCP / RTU communication. Alternatively the CRP5 can be connected to the Rotronic HW4 software package to provide a one stop solution for monitoring, control and alarming. Pharmaceutical validation services as well as ISO 17025 (UKAS) calibrations are available from Rotronic if required.
Next time we will look at the Rotronic CRP1 a dedicated temperature and humidity clean room panel for applications with slightly simpler requirements but still demanding a clean installation and high accuracy measurements!
Dr Jeremy Wingate