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Cleanroom Award 2018: The nominees have been chosen

Sep 27, 2018

The nominees for the Cleanroom Award 2018 have been chosen. The award sponsored by Reinraum Akademie from Leipzig acknowledges innovative, sustainable and energy-efficient concepts for cleanroom technology and is annually conferred during the trade fair Cleanzone. The five members of the expert jury have chosen five submissions from Austria, Turkey, U.S.A. and Germany.

In 2018, Reinraum Akademie will confer the Cleanroom Award for the seventh time. The award acknowledges the best concepts regarding innovation, sustainability and energy-efficiency in cleanroom technology. Companies, organisations, research facilities and individuals were invited to submit their applications until the 31st of July 2018. A jury consisting of five renowned expert members chose five nominees from all submissions. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their concepts in their own dedicated areas to an expert audience at Cleanzone, an international trade fair for cleanroom technology. The fair will take place on the 23rd and the 24th of

October 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. The award is an audience prize. The winners will be chosen by the fair’s visitors by means of a voting. In addition to the award, Frank Duvernell – who is the founder of Reinraum Akademie and the initiator of the award - will present the winning company with a cheque in the amount of 3,000 Euros.

This year’s submissions cover a wide variety of topics and include novel types of devices, new cleanroom furniture and flexible, textile cleanrooms. The nominees are from Austria, Turkey, U.S.A. and Germany.

The nominees:

Company: Apex Protect, Turkey
AP ICT Apex Isolator Cleaning Tool
The mop AP ICT was developed to clean insulators and LAF workbenches as well as all parts made from autoclavable stainless steel as easily as possible. The device is shaped like a flat iron and is able to clean even hard-to-reach corners better than previous mops by means of its contoured apex.

Company: Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Germany
CAPE Flexible Cleanroom Module
The CAPE Cleanroom Module is a mobile cleanroom tent that can be implemented particularly quickly and that warrants cleanroom classes 1 to 9 according to ISO 14644-1. It can be configured individually and is energy-efficient, washable, recyclable and space-saving regarding its storage.

Company: Innerspace GmbH, Austria
VR Process- und Behavioural Training
With this concept, users can train actively in realistically simulated production areas by means of Virtual Reality. The training programme includes integrated body tracking and repeatable training units.

Company: KEK GmbH, Germany
Foldable Table for Service Technicians
This concept represents a table for temporal use that can be folded particularly quickly, for example for service technicians. It can be stored and transported extremely space-savingly and even in very narrow places and can be cleaned quickly and simply.

Company: Steris Corporation, U.S.A.
Aerosol Alcohol Dispenser, Disinfectant Dispenser
A flexible standing unit for hand disinfection that can be handled simultaneously by elbows, hands or feet. It is autoclavable, safe, efficient and flexible in its installation within production facilities or places/work environments in which hands have to be disinfected regularly or occasionally.

Expert Jury 2018:

Egon Buchta, Egon Buchta GmbH
Frank Duvernell, Reinraum Akademie
Dr. Roy Fox, ReinraumTechnik/GIT Verlag
Prof. Gerhard Winter
Josef Ortner, Ortner Reinraumtechnik


ReinraumAkademie GmbH
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 12-14
04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 98989 302

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Background information on Cleanroom Award

The Cleanroom Award is aimed at international companies, organisations, scientific facilities as well as individuals. Reinraum Akademie GmbH is looking for pioneering advances regarding innovation, sustainability and efficiency in the field of cleanroom technology. A jury consisting of five members from the field research and science as well as from the cleanroom industry chooses the five most progressive concepts. These concepts will be presented during Cleanzone and the best of them will be chosen by the fair’s audience. Everybody who has a concept that could enable a technological advance or efficiency gain in the cleanroom industry can participate with his submission for the Cleanroom Award. The deadline for submissions was the 31st of July 2018.

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