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Configure-to-order as key enabler for modular cleanroom design

Category: Whitepaper
Date: July 24, 2020

How a Configure-to-order strategy is disrupting the world of cleanroom technology.

In one of our previous whitepapers ‘Darwin would favor modular cleanroom design’, we shortly discussed the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) versus Configure-to-Order (CTO) approach. Back then, we agreed that we are currently living in a world where the ‘now’ experience is extremely important and has become the new standard. Up until a while ago, we also operated in an engineer-to-order model, resulting in higher delivery times and thus not quite meeting customer expectations.

Way too often, we experience that cleanrooms are built and designed the same way as architects design houses or offices: from scratch, every time again. This is quite different from today’s approach of ABN Cleanroom Technology. We rather cut delivery times back significantly with a pre-engineered configure-to-order model.

This whitepaper will give you a much better understanding of the advantages of a configure-to-order model compared to an engineer-to-order model for today’s rapidly changing needs in cleanroom technology.

Faster building times and flexible modifications

It has always been our vision at ABN Cleanroom Technology that building a high quality cleanroom, with great flexibility and with speed should be the core value, whether it’s about upgrading or retrofitting existing facilities or building new ones. This vision is enforced by a clear and noticeable trend that we experienced recently.

What do both ‘speed’ and ‘flexibility’ stand for in this matter? Speed relates to the lead time from order to validation, whereas flexibility represents the adaptability of the cleanroom in the future.

At first sight, designing and building a highly qualitative cleanroom with speed seems to contradict, they seem clear opposites. Nothing could be further from the truth, provided that reusing knowledge and data in a pre-engineered systemic way is the core of a modular approach. This means that cleanroom projects with modular architectures can easily be broken down into a number of standardized building blocks, which can be rearranged to create different configurations.

By doing so, entire product families can be formed based on the same limited number of modules. Changing the paradigm shift is the basis to facilitate this. An open mindset is the beginning of this fundamental change.

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