"At Guardtech, we've built up an impressive amount of knowledge, resource and expertise to ensure our clients' cleanrooms get the best support available - we're here to take away the burden of managing a controlled environment, so clients can focus on delivering the product or service they specialise in."
The Guardtech Group Service Department's thorough Testing programme includes filter integrity and separative devices - such as biosafety cabinets and laminar flow benches - as well as Performance Testing, including Temperature, Humidity and Lux levels.
Validation features measurements for Air Velocity, Volumetric Flow Rate and Room Differential Pressure, as well as Particle Counting - all in accordance with ISO 14644-1.
The service & maintenance remit is significantly wide ¬- from HVAC, compressor and generator repairs and upgrades to filter replacements, gauge calibration and environmental monitoring (EMS) and Building Management System (BMS) Servicing.
But the scope for support doesn't end there - whether it's rapid rise door or central vacuum system inspection required, process air handling unit filter testing, crane servicing, fall protection systems or transfer hatch servicing, there are very few challenges for which the Guardtech team isn't prepared to offer support.
Services Manager Crisp says: "HVAC can often be a really tricky area to deal with. Whether it's refrigerant leaks, F-gas checks, or ensuring efficient operation conditions - you don't use want to be using more power than you need to be.
"So, a big part of our offering is to ensure everything is working as it should be - be that compressor checks or ensuring evaporator and condenser coils are clean, confirming that the system is drawing the correct number of amps. And all of these HVAC matters tend to lead directly on to filtration issues.
"That'll be ensuring the filters in our Fan Filter Units (FFUs) are clean and operating effectively. If things aren't right, you're going to be overworking motors and there's more chance of a breakdown."
Guardtech's 'total package' philosophy doesn't end with servicing, though - the Group have a dedicated Decontamination Team on hand to complete their Cleanroom Service Plans.
The two most senior members of the Decon Team boast 30 years' experience in decontamination, offering tailored bespoke cleaning programmes to suit the needs of all applications, following client SOPs and using specific validated chemicals and equipment as and when required.
From Builders', Pre-Validation and Biocidal/Sporicidal cleans through to Hydrogen Peroxide Fogging and Microbiological/bioburden testing with TSA & SDA plates, the Guardtech Group Decontamination Team cover most bases an application would need.
Working to GMP standards, the team conduct cleanliness verification tests with full reporting and are certified to work at height (as IPAF PAL card holders).
Crisp continues: "Keeping the cleanroom working within the design specification and keeping spaces as clean as possible is obviously critical in meeting compliance and adhering to the regulations which govern the work our customers conduct in their controlled environments."
For Crisp, efficient programming is as important as any aspect of a solid overall Cleanroom Service Plan.
"To really keep on top of all the maintenance required in a cleanroom environment, you need to be organised," he adds. "A lot of goes on in there that needs to be done at certain times - for example, HEPA filter changes need to be co-ordinated with a deep clean and validation afterwards.
"You will often need to plan ahead with the client to schedule in the downtime or programme shutdown to facilitate the cleanroom maintenance that's required."
The Guardtech Group will be exhibiting on stand 55 at Medical Technology UK 2024