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The role of smart notifications in a modern cleanroom environment

Category: Blog
Date: August 03, 2021

Nowadays, we are overwhelmed by notifications, especially on our smartphones, where we might receive several alerts every hour. Alerts are notifications about noteworthy situations in your system. They make sure you are forewarned if conditions take a turn for the worse, helping to prevent downtime and disaster to your cleanroom manufacturing process. For example, a cleanroom malfunctioning – whether the cleanroom is used for production in the field of micro-electronics, biotechnology or life sciences – could result in the loss of all products and mean that all the work done to manufacture or develop them has gone to waste. Or what about a large quantity of pharmaceutical products that have to be discarded because it is contaminated due to a defect in the filter fans? Some alerts may never be triggered, but it is good to know that they are there for you when you need them. There are many possible situations where a reliable and GMP compliant cleanroom monitoring system with alarm management features can save valuable capital.

There are at least two core assumptions about alert notifications in critical cleanroom environments:

  • they must be trustworthy
  • they must indicate the actual state of the cleanroom system.

GMP compliant IoT cloud platform for cleanroom environments

By using the Smartlog predeveloped, open and GMP compliant IoT cloud platform for cleanroom environments, we are able to set alert limits in an easy way and be sure that when a potential problem occurs, we will catch it with an alert rule. The smart rules wizards that we use are flexible enough to cover several alert limits – high alert, medium alert and low alert – and additional parameters like alerting delay configured per measurement requirements.

As a cleanroom supplier with strong focus on the Cleanroom-As-A-Service model, the role of smart notifications in pre-engineered cleanroom environments is extremely important. By offering our customers a platform for data gathering, data visualization and alarm management, we help them create a cleanroom environment with a notification system where you decide what you want to be notified about.

Cleanroom availability management from a single window

When talking about alarm management, we often think about measurement alerts, but there are many other different types of alerts including device and system alerts or notifications about anomaly detection. A data analytics module on the platform lets us leverage the sensor data that we need to manage the performance of individual cleanroom assets and overall cleanroom systems in order to extend their lifetime and maximize uptime. It is vital to be aware of the cleanroom system status even when you are not able to constantly check it from the user interface, and this is why alerts are such an important tool. You might be asked to share measurement information from your environmental monitoring system with third parties, and at that point, you need to think about alerts too. If you decide to limit access to the data you can assign different user roles in the system so that only the people you choose get to see the alerts.

By reusing all this data, we are able to create valuable information that supports us in further developing our modular building blocks. This information ensures us that we can add value not only during the design phase of a cleanroom project, but throughout the entire life cycle of a cleanroom. It helps us to know exactly how our pre-engineered cleanrooms behave during different life phases. By continuously feeding our approach with gathered data, we strengthen our unique position as a Cleanroom-As-A-Service provider. A well configured alarm management system in cleanroom environments ensures not only ABN to have perfect cleanroom intelligence, but also the end user or the site manager to have an overview of the status of his cleanroom at all times.

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