Digitalisation, production efficiency and the use of robot technology: On 19 and 20 November in Frankfurt am Main, Cleanzone 2019 showcased innovations for controlling contamination hazards in high-tech production. From airlock entry to packing, 80 providers were on hand to present pioneering solutions for the full scope of complex material flows in cleanrooms.
Cleanzone Europe: Technological Innovation amidst Environmental considerations
Europe’s cleanroom experts will be coming together once again for the eighth Cleanzone – international trade fair for contamination control and cleanroom technology – on 19 and 20 November in Frankfurt am Main. 80 exhibitors from 13 countries (2018: 78 exhibitors from twelve countries), 30 percent of whom come from outside Germany, will be presenting their products and services at the trade fair. In addition to Great Britain and Switzerland, Eastern Europe is particularly well represented with companies from Slovenia and the Czech Republic. There are also companies from France, Spain, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey and Korea exhibiting at the fair.
Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt: “Cleanzone is once again underscoring its role as the leading international trade fair for contamination control and cleanroom technology in Europe. It is the place to go for all high-tech industries that require controlled and clean environments for their production.”
Pioneering innovations are the name of the game at the Cleanzone Award (www.cleanzone.messefrankfurt.com/award), which is being presented by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the publisher Wiley-Verlag and its ReinRaumTechnik trade journal for the first time this year. Submissions from this year’s nominees include new products based on innovative technologies such as Li-Fi technology and augmented reality. With Li-Fi (light fidelity) technology, information is transmitted via light waves sent by LEDs. One thing that all the innovations have in common is that they make production under controlled conditions simpler, more efficient, safer and more reliable – while also protecting personnel and delivering greater convenience.
Space exploration has played a pioneering role in modern cleanroom technology, and Cleanzone is once again featuring this theme in 2019. In her keynote lecture entitled ‘The fascination of space – women’s power between atmosphere and orbit’, Dr. Claudia Kessler, founder of the start-up ‘Die Astronautin gGmbH’, discusses the project that aims to send Germany’s first female astronaut into space. This keynote presentation is part of Messe Frankfurt continuation of the ‘Ladies@Cleanzone’ format launched in 2018, which aims to strengthen the importance of women in technological fields such as cleanroom technology.
The core of the Cleanzone event calendar is the Cleanzone Conference (www.cleanzone.messefrankfurt.com/conference). At this event, which requires the purchase of a ticket, the elite of the international cleanroom community share the latest findings in the field while supplying practical tips that can be put into practice in production. The high-calibre roster of speakers includes: Dr. Udo Gommel (Fraunhofer IPA), Dr. Berthold Düthorn (Robert Bosch Packaging Technology), Michael Kuhn (STZ Euro), Dr. Timo Krebsbach (HHAC Labor Dr. Heusler), Frans Saurwalt (Kropman Contamination Control) and Hasim Solmaz (Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions / Cleanroom Technologies Society of Turkey).
The Cleanzone Conference’s partners are the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI) and the International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS).
Formnext, the international flagship event for additive manufacturing, is taking place alongside Cleanzone from 19 to 22 November. Visitors to the Cleanzone trade fair can visit Formnext free of charge by presenting their Cleanzone tickets at the entrance to Formnext, where they will be given an admission voucher to the fair.
What goes on at Cleanzone?
Automation solutions designed to make cleanroom processes run more smoothly were in great demand, as were monitoring systems covering the entire production process in real time to ensure effective contamination control. Plant engineering was a major focus at Cleanzone 2019, with the industry’s market leaders sharing expertise on modular and flexible cleanroom systems. Visitors were able to gain even more information on issues such as dealing with nanoparticles, new materials and resource efficiency at the Cleanzone Conference, which was supported by the three most important organisations representing the interests of the cleanroom industry for the first time this year: the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI), the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS). At the Cleanzone Campus, research institutes and universities presented their latest projects dealing with such topics as airflow simulations, calibrating measuring equipment, and developing optimum airflows for hot processes like injection moulding.
One of the highlights was the Cleanzone Award, which was presented by Messe Frankfurt and the publisher Wiley-Verlag with its ReinRaumTechnik trade journal for the first time in 2019. From the eight exciting innovations that were finalists for the award, trade fair visitors chose the Friedrich Sailer company as the winner of the 2019 Cleanzone Award, which comes with 3,000 euros in prize money.
Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt: “Cleanzone demonstrated yet again in 2019 that it is the industry’s international forum for innovation. Providers and users of cleanroom technology from every discipline and an array of countries once again came to the trade fair to network and share ideas.”
Cleanzone drew 1,300 participants from 42 countries (2018: 1,300 participants from 38 countries). Yet again, international visitors accounted for more than 30 percent of the total. Besides Germany, the most important visitor nations included Austria, Turkey, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, Spain and Korea. Most of the trade visitors came from the pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and biotechnology industries, and there were representatives from numerous companies at the trade fair, including Novartis, Nestlé, Bosch, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carl Zeiss, Trumpf Lasersystems and Sanofi Aventis, as well as various university hospitals.
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Perfection meets high technology: On 18. and 19. November 2020 at hall 1.2, Cleanzone will be showcasing innovations for clean environments that allow for the reliable production of top-quality high-tech products. The trade fair is aimed at all industries where production takes place in cleanrooms, from the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries to the field of microtechnology.
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