When world class provider of industrial inkjet print heads Xaar expanded its Huntingdon facilities, it turned to Norwood to develop its new state of the art cleanroom.

The challenge was to design and deliver a continuous working environment, where maintenance could be conducted without compromising the integrity of the controlled environment critical for precision print head manufacturing. Xaar set out a clear vision of what it wanted to achieve and took the decision to actively engage with Norwood from the beginning of the design phase. The resulting design soon surpassed all expectations and ideas that were originally conceived.

Norwood began the process of designing the new 1,000m2 cleanroom environment by analysing Xaar's operational requirements, allowing it to inject expertise and innovation into developing the cleanroom at an early stage.

The modular nature of the cleanroom systems, together with a unique way of integrating services, practically eliminates on site disruption because manufacturing and construction is carried out off site.  

The Xaar cleanroom features a technically sophisticated mechanical solution within the walk on ceiling system. The Norwood long plank walk on ceiling was designed to bespoke specification and sealed under controlled conditions, with the mechanical and electrical equipment being supported on top of the cleanroom. Each ceiling penetration was also designed and manufactured prior to delivery and sealed off site, removing the need for site cutting and reducing on site time.

Incorporation of pre-coated antimicrobial surface finishes, together with a recessed base detail which is adapted to the differing cleanroom types, are just two examples of the levels of expertise which Norwood had introduced into its approach to developing a modern controlled environment solution. Another interesting feature of Norwood's offer is the ability to provide manufactured cleanroom interlocking door sets, complete with flush double glazed units which further minimise the need for surface mounted fittings. Manufactured off site, the doors and single piece fully welded door frame assemblies are constructed prior to delivery direct to site.

Rob Welford, Xaar’s Manufacturing Group Engineering Manager commented:

“Norwood together with the main contractor, went to great lengths to detail our key strategic requirements. The practical and hands-on approach given from day one gave Xaar high confidence. The project was completed on-time and to budget, providing Xaar with a world class facility we are very proud of.”