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Pre-engineered VIX concept

Our cleanrooms are pre-engineered as a system and regardless of location, they are replicated with the same durability, reliability and ease of maintenance through its standardized building blocks. Choosing a modular & pre-engineered engineering approach delivers predictable and repeatable solutions with ultimate upgradability for the client’s changing cleanroom business. This sustainable cleanroom solution is a welcome alternative for traditional cleanroom concepts. It increases ROI in terms of revenue, insights and efficiency.

Embedded intelligence reducing project risk

Today’s cleanroom concepts have evolved towards a modular design approach in order to meet rapidly changing needs in cleanroom technology business. If your business requires a classified space, we hold on to modularity and pre-engineering. Our patented VIX concept (nr. 2820356) delivers modular building blocks with a fixed and strong structure.

When designing and building a cleanroom, ABN acts Lego-wise: we start from scratch and start building with our pre-defined and approved building blocks creating high quality cleanroom solutions at short notice. Pre-engineered building blocks contain all the intelligence needed for optimal cleanroom design.

    "The VIX concept aims at 100% reliability. This means zero failures and no unplanned downtime for cleanrooms engineered based on this concept."

    - Mario Stassen, project engineer at ABN Cleanroom

    VIX: A modern service-oriented architecture

    Our scalable, flexible VIX platform gives a wide choice when it comes to future driven design. The cornerstone of this vision is building the next generation cleanrooms in a disruptive way.

    The VIX cleanroom concept is a fully flexible and modular integrated, scalable technology on modern state of the art standardized futureproof components. It stands for 100 % reliability through redundancy embedded in the pre-engineered design process.

    Our vision consists of the following determining elements:


    Modularization is also called Legolisation. We create a set of modular units with standard sizes and shapes. This brings Lego bricks to mind. We use a standard structure which allows the interchange of compatible parts to alter functionally without changing the majority of the VIX concept. Modularization is a strong concept that not only explains the architecture of VIX components but also the organization and processes for designing and producing them.


    Interchangeability simplifies our assembly process. The outcome of this is reducing complexity. Interchangeability on the other hand simplifies the repair so we can reduce any unplanned downtime as much as possible. It goes without saying that modularization and interchangeability go hand in hand for reliability approach.

    Design for Reliability

    It is our vision that maintainability starts with Design for Reliability. Design for Reliability is an embedded process in our pre-engineered VIX concept which begins from the very early stages of the design and should be integrated into every stage of this process.

    As a result of this process, reliability is designed by using the best available science-based methods like: Failure Mode, Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Failure modes, Effects and Diagnostic analysis (FMEDA), Reliability Block Diagram (RBD), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Event Tree Analysis (ETA).

    Design for Maintainability

    Design for Maintainability emphasizes the importance of timely integration of design and construction knowledge with Operations and Maintenance (O&M) experiences into project designs at an early stage. Implementing Design for Maintainability decreases the risk of equipment reliability and uptime being impacted and total life-cycle costs increases significantly.

    Smart Maintenance

    We pre-engineered specific maintenance strategies for every VIX Cleanroom like predictive maintenance and prescriptive maintenance. The exploding phenomenon of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides many opportunities for cleanrooms to manage the maintenance of machines in a new Digital Prescriptive way.

    Digital Prescriptive Maintenance demands a more proactive approach, using data to predict future events and diagnosing potential problems before they occur. With Digital Prescriptive Maintenance, our algorithms will predict potential failures and autonomously trigger maintenance—all with minimal human intervention.

    VIX features

    6 elements of circular design in cleanroom technology

    Cleanroom products weren’t designed to last, product users weren’t asked to think about lifecycles and traditional design has often not considered the impact of the product not being in use anymore. Up until we started focussing on a circular design economy. Minimizing the primary raw materials use is quite a challenge for a generation of cleanrooms in a circular design era. The focus of circular design is on keeping products and materials circulating in closed loops.

    Circular design in cleanroom technology gives one the opportunity to consider several design strategies: durability, standardization, compatibility, maintainability, upgradability and dis- & reassembly.

    Cleanrooms with brains through data acquisition

    The purpose of data acquisition in our VIX concept (Patent Nr. 2820356) is to perform measurements and to compare them to historical trends, baseline data or representative data for the same or similar VIX cleanrooms. Managing the procedure for condition monitoring data collection is executed online by having the measurements performed in a planned acquisition sequence

    If the measured values are acceptable compared to the alert/alarm criteria, it might not be necessary to take any action other than to record the values and to continue to monitor them. If the measured values are not acceptable compared to the alert/alarm criteria, then the diagnosis process should be initiated. Sometimes, it can be the case that no anomalies are suspected or detected, but diagnosis and prognosis is still carried out because of a requirement for the VIX health assessment decision.

    The diagnosis process is triggered by anomaly detection. This detection is carried out by comparing the present descriptors of the VIX cleanroom or descriptors chosen from experience, specifications, commissioning tests, or computed from statistical data. The fault diagnosis procedure of the VIX concept is in accordance with ISO 13379-1.

    Solid project management

    Our V-model approach according to EN15643 considers the Design Qualification, Installation Qualification and Operational Qualification of your cleanroom to ensure smooth production start-up. Solid project management according to this model does not only lead to efficient project execution but also to efficient cleanroom use without overlooking its demolition phase.

    • Initiation
    • Design
    • Equipment & contractor supply
    • Construction
    • Use
    • End-of-life

    Completely integrated

    Our patented VIX concept (nr. 2820356) holds on to a pre-engineered approach of the energy and technical installations of each cleanroom in order to optimize the usable space, minimize energy costs and reduce the duration of the construction work. It enhances your production process and prevents conflicts between systems such as chillers, boilers & heatpumps, steam installations, heat exchangers, electrical panels, regulation panels, control systems and fire detection.

    Moreover, all systems, ceilings and walls are A2s1d0 (EN 13501-1) compliant and FM approved (FM4880 & FM4882).

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    Where to find our pre-engineered & modular cleanroom concepts?

    Leading the way in pre-engineerd cleanroom solutions

    ABN Cleanroom Technology makes cleanroom technology affordable by minimizing the hidden costs of ownership through our modular, pre-engineered and energy saving VIX concept. Creating digital twins of your classified space, a circular design approach as well as failure risk analyses for a reliability boost in your cleanroom result in a new standard for pre-engineered cleanroom solutions.

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    Darwin would favor modular cleanroom design

    Today’s cleanroom concepts are evolving towards a modular design approach in order to meet rapidly changing needs in cleanroom technology business. Cleanroom concepts that adapt easily to these changing needs will keep evolving. If your business requires a classified space, we hold on to modularity.

    Why modular cleanrooms are the future

    Modular cleanrooms offer an innovative alternative to conventional cleanrooms for spaces that require a certain flexibility in terms of future needs or restricted build timeline. Modularity is the starting point to help companies to enable cleanroom technology with ‘modular’ meaning scalable, flexible & agile.
    Case study

    Customer Interview at PANNOC (Dutch): “Kiezen voor modulair design bij omvormen cleanroom”

    Met cleanroom designs waarbij modulariteit en pre-engineering centraal staan, toont ABN Cleanroom Technology bij farmaceutisch producent Pannoc dat het omvormen van een bestaande cleanroom niet nodeloos complex moet zijn. De verbouwing van de productiezones op de site in Olen verliep volgens een pre-engineering aanpak en dat heeft zo zijn voordelen.