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Clean Room and Laminar Work Flow Bench

Mon 6 Dec, 2010

This is a cheap way to make a clean room, or rather glovebox for working on drives.  Works well and will get the small jobs done. When it is something important I usually use a clean room but you canbox5use a glovebox. I added a link to the place I found the better instructions about creating one. Most common tech procedures apply here, but of course we are trying to do it cheap. In addition, when the platters spin, the air bearing created will usually spin off small debris. The drive was actually designed this way. However if you touch it, game over.

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Clean Room Technology

People still ask me a lot about what clean room I own.  This is what I own below. This thing is larger than it looks.  I had to have a cabinet maker disassemble it and reassemble it in my lab space. It weighs about 600 pounds, and it took 4 hefty movers (people) to get it in the lab, to lift it up on the table legs and to bolt it to the support and it was only about 1/2 inch from the ceiling when installed.

Horizontal Laminar Flow Table Top Work Station - C1000 Series

The horizontal laminar flow C1000 Series provides an economical contamination controlled environment and is the choice when floor space is at a premium. These self-contained units can be placed on existing tables, benches, or matching base assemblies. Available in 6 sizes.


  • HEPA filter eliminates 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger
  • Disposable fiberglass prefilter(s)
  • 8' grounded power cord
  • Aluminum grille intake
  • Perforated aluminum grille on face of unit
  • Blower switch and light switch
  • Fluorescent light fixture (bulbs not included)
  • Mica laminated work surface
  • Acrylic side panels


  • 99.9995% ULPA filter at 0.12 microns, laser scanned
  • Duplex outlet
  • Speed control
  • Magnehelic gauge
  • Ionization: AC
  • Stainless steel work surface
  • Static dissipative work surface
  • Stainless steel or solid polypropylene construction
  • Heavy duty frame for base support