These days technologies break new ground almost by the hour. At APC we believe that nanotechnology manufacturing is one key aspect to the future of the filtration industry. Nanotechnology, in brief, can be defined as the engineering of functional, physical structures and systems at the molecular scale. Many emerging industries, namely biochemical engineering, microchip manufacturing, and other such fields all require high-performance nano-filtration systems for the ultra-sterilized environments they work in. As it stands, the technology for computer chips is thus far exceeding the pace of filtration. While you might have a clean room certified for HEPA and ULPA, it won’t be enough to keep the room truly “clean” in a modern nanotechnology setting.
As microchips are getting smaller, and as the computer chip industry advances beyond its supporting industries, it’s getting more critical each day to come up with a solution. Existing nano-filtration systems have a myriad of problems, the biggest being that they become fully loaded in a very short time, which in turn which makes them extremely cost-prohibitive.
Since nano-particles are so much smaller than anything we have dealt with in the past at APC, special filters will be necessary to handle nano-level filtration for nano-sized microchips. Major companies like 3M, Intel have teams of engineers feverishly trying to solve the problem, and while it’s only a matter of time before the reach their goal, the solution is still a ways away.
We’re in the race to find effective solutions as well. Our new lab in Canada was built to test HEPA filters with an eye towards ultimately working on nano-level filtration. While we still haven’t reached the level of nanoparticles, we are – and will continue to be – working hard in the coming years to perfect this critical technology.
Soon enough, we’ll be able to add the most innovative and fine-tuned nano-particle filtration devices to the APC family of industry leading custom filters. Soon enough, the concept of the “clean room” will no longer need quotation marks.