Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nitrogen Use in Nanolabs

Nanolabs are labs specifically designed for engineers and researchers to create silicon chips or integrated circuits (IC's) which are used in computers, electronics, monitors, cell phones, and other hand held mobile devices.  Nanolabs also provide an ideal environment for designing MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), a micro technology used in the medical field, energy and environmental technology, diagnostic devices, image scanning and processing, and more.  MEMS add a mechanical function to the integrated circuits such as imaging and telescopic capabilities.

Nitrogen in the Nanolab

Nanolabs require a very precise, specific, controlled atmosphere for producing IC's and MEMS. Due to the microscopic size of the technology being used and created, any foreign or unwanted contaminates, including organic contaminates, can severely lessen the success and quality of the product.  In addition, the presence of oxygen can reduce the efficacy of bonding, coating, etching, or cleaning.

Nitrogen gas is used in Nanolabs to help eliminate contaminates and reduce or eliminate oxygen in the cleanroom equipment used in manufacturing the IC's and MEMS. Nitrogen is a clean, dry, inert gas that is found naturally in the air we breathe.  A Nitrogen Generator can separate N2 particles from the air and store them in an attached storage tank for use as needed.  This high purity Nitrogen can then be used for purging in order to displace the presence of oxygen.

Benefits of a Nitrogen Generator in Nanolabs

Nanotechnology is prevalent in modern day technology and as our demand for mobile devices continues to grow, so does the field of nanotechnology and the need for Nanolabs.  Nitrogen has been proven as a effective, safe, and reliable solution for purging and sanitizing.  A Nitrogen Generator makes access to high purity N2 gas easier and less expensive compared to delivery of high pressure cylinders.

South-Tek Systems is a leading engineer and manufacturer of Nitrogen Generators.  They design models in varying size, pressure, and capacity using either PSA or Membrane Technology.  Contact the experts at South-Tek Systems to see which of their products is ideal for use in your Nanolab: 888-526-6284.

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