Cleanroom lifting solutions

Cleanroom lifting solutions, Pharmaceuticals

Finding efficient and reliable cleanroom lifting equipment can be a challenge. Clean room lifting aids include devices such as vacuum lifters, cranes and trolleys. Adapted for sensitive environments, these solutions can positively impact not just ergonomics but productivity as well.

Finding efficient lifting equipment suitable for use in cleanroom environment can be challenging. Not only do you expect the equipment to fulfill strict cleanroom requirements, you also want it to meet your specific business needs when it comes to lifting capacity, usability and ergonomics. We’ll guide you through some different options and provide answers to commonly asked questions.

What is a cleanroom?

A cleanroom is a controlled environment where pollutants and aerosol particles are filtered out so as to achieve the cleanest area possible. A cleanroom can be classified by the concentration of air particles per cubic meter. Cleanrooms also control variables such as air flow and temperature. Maintaining the standards of a cleanroom can be difficult and challenges involve minimizing contamination and keeping equipment running.

Man checking equipment in a cleanroom environment

Cleanrooms are commonly used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, biotechnology, life sciences and other industries that are sensitive to environmental contamination. There are four sources of contamination in cleanrooms; environment, people, process and tools. Any movement, walking or lifting creates particles. To keep these facilities clean, staff enter the cleanrooms through airlocks and are forced to wear protective clothing while working in the cleanroom. All equipment, containers and materials used in a sterile facility must be subjected to stringent sterilization prior to entering the cleanroom area.

What type of lifting equipment can be used in a cleanroom?

Any equipment to be used in a sensitive environment must be designed to generate minimal contamination. The surface and design must be easy to clean and allow minimum particle accumulation. Stainless steel lifting equipment can offer efficient and ergonomic handling, without compromising the strict hygienic requirements.

Cleanroom approved lifting devices, such as stainless steel vacuum lifters or lifting trolleys, can assist the handling of material and increase safety.

What factors do I need to consider when choosing cleanroom lifting equipment for my facility?

Cleanrooms differ in terms of classification levels, size, layout and material handling requirements. An individual approach is often necessary to fully meet the requirements of a specific facility.

Some main factors to consider include:

  • Cleanroom layout (available space, headroom, material and process flow etc.)
  • Material handling requirements (the need for mobility and/or flexibility, need for turning or tilting goods, handling frequency etc.)
  • The nature of the material to be handled (size, weight, shape, surface etc.)

TAWI – provider of cleanroom lifting solutions

TAWI is a Swedish company supplying ergonomic lifting equipment for various industries, including pharma and food manufacturing. Our solutions enable customers to lift safely even in the most demanding environments.

Our solutions cover:

  • Stainless steel systems (vacuum lifters, crane systems, jib cranes & mobile trolleys)
  • Washdown lifting equipment specifically designed for easy cleaning
  • IP65 rated lifting trolleys
  • Custom made solutions on request

Stainless steel vacuum lifters

Vacuum lifters in stainless steel are easy to keep clean and can handle loads up to 120kg. Some of the typical goods lifted by vacuum powered devices include drums, pails and sacks. Lifting with vacuum is easy and ergonomic, while also being gentle to the load.

Lifting drums from a pallet with vacuum lifter in cleanroom environment

Stainless steel cranes

Overhead bridge cranes are always customized to meet the exact needs in an individual facility. Therefore, the planning stage is crucial when acquiring a crane system to ensure it meets all current and anticipated future demands.

Stainless steel lifting trolleys

TAWI Lifting Trolleys for cleanroom are used in many pharmaceutical companies, ensuring safe and efficient lifting up to 250kg. The CR80 is a waterproof, IP65 trolley specifically designed to withstand rigorous sanitation requirements and high pressure washing. The lifters can be equipped with various tools to facilitate lifting of anything from drums to machine parts or reels. Operators who use the lifters in their daily work find them easy to maneuver, and appreciate that they relieve them from heavy or repetitive lifting that often cause aching backs or shoulders.

lifting trolley use in pharmaceutical manufacturing

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