CH2M HILL article showcases nanotechnology research facilities project in China

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March 18, 2013 - A new CH2M HILL article in Industrial Engineer magazine describes how facilities such as China's new Nanopolis facility designed by CH2M HILL are applying industrial engineering technologies to support a new era of heightened performance for nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) research facilities.

The article is authored by senior industrial engineer Monty Stranski/PDX, who's developed industrial engineering strategies for a number of nanotechnology, semiconductor, solar and flat panel manufacturing facilities internationally.

The Nanopolis project in Suzhou is the first MEMS research facility in its region dedicated to research and development, prototyping, processing, packaging and pilot production for new MEMS/nanotechnology products.  The facility is considered a keystone project to advance Chinese MEMS/nanotechnology and portends a growth trend for nanotechnology research facilities around the world.

The article reviews such trends related to nanotechnology facility design as modular space configuration, control of vibration and electromagnetic interference (EMI), bio-nano-MEMS integration, acoustics and the use of airflow modeling to reduce energy consumption and airborne molecular contamination.

It also emphasizes the need for facility designers to understand the different sustainable design certification standards that apply in specific locales.  These relate to energy and water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality and other "green" considerations.  It recommends approaches for balancing green design goals with the practical considerations of life cycle cost paybacks, recommending approaches to strike a prudent balance between environmental and fiscal responsibility.

The article also explores a "predictive scaling" tool developed by IDC Architects that helps designers more accurately forecast spaces required in a facility's research, development and pilot manufacturing areas, and it reviews the advantages of modular laboratory planning to enhance a facility's flexibility while reducing capital costs.

Here's a link to the Industrial Engineer magazine article.

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