Polypropylene, a hydrocarbon designated chemically as C3H6, is an extremely versatile polymer used for a wide range of industrial and domestic applications. Its ability to provide lightweight, impermeable barriers or casings make it an essential tool for preserving the sterility and aesthetic appeal of containers, cables, and protective equipment.
At Plastic Design Inc., we build fume hoods for use in biomedical, cleanroom, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor manufacturing settings. We work with polypropylene and other materials to outfit all our fume hoods with a full suite of features that maximize efficiency, including:
- Vented base cabinets for acid/chemical storage
- Counter-balanced adjustable sashes
- Lip exhaust designs
- Vapor-proof fluorescent lighting
Additionally, all hoods comply with industry standards, and they can include optional features like photo-resistant lighting, exhaust alarms, GFI receptacle outlets, and more. Hoods can also be FM4910 rated.
Polypropylene has many advantages over other types of fume hoods and casework due to its strength, durability, and portability. In this post, we explore a few of the ways polypropylene has enhanced the construction of cleanrooms and laboratory environments.
Benefits of Using Polypropylene for Fume Hoods
Polypropylene’s nonporous properties make fume hoods completely odor resistant and reduce the potential for harmful chemical buildup, allowing them to perform well in laboratories, food processing plants, and cleanroom environments. Customizable additions such as tempered safety glass and clear acrylic can help ensure smooth operation and additional safety for the counter-balanced front sash.
Polypropylene fume hoods can be easily built to meet Supply and Equipment Foodservice Alliance (SEFA) standards. They also perform well within American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) quality-testing guidelines.
Polypropylene fume hoods can also come with superior airfoils, which helps to eliminate air backflow and minimize turbulence. This makes them suitable for:
- Laboratory work environments
- Laminar flow applications
- Wet process hood applications
- Custom environment solutions
Most polypropylene fume hoods come prewired and pre-plumbed to ensure quick and easy connection by professional mechanical installers. Plastic Design Inc. can also easily palletize polypropylene fume hoods to prepare them for shipping by common carriers nationwide.
Polypropylene Fume Hoods by Plastic Design Inc.
We manufacture many types of fume hoods, including but not limited to:
- Fully isolated fume hoods
- Bench/tabletop fume hoods
- Robotic fume hoods
- Laminar fume hoods
- Fume lip exhaust (wet bench style) fume hoods
- Slope front with sliding sash fume hoods
- Straight front with sliding sash fume hoods
These hoods can include components such as LED lighting, PLC control, exhaust monitoring, HEPA filters, DI, N2 purge, EMO buttons, process tanks, etch tanks, dump rinsers, ultrasonic baths, and more. We can design our systems to include advanced options like washdown features with drainage, fire-suppression systems, pressurized environments, and interlocking doors.
Other Polypropylene Options
Other options beyond fume hoods include:
- Storage cabinets
- Biosuite products
These products are used in pharmaceutical, biomedical, and semiconductor applications, which we can build in any shape or size to maximize or minimize laboratory or cleanroom capacity. We can also build these cabinets out of stainless steel, HDPE, or FM4910 flame-retardant PVC/C depending on your needs. We will also design cabinets to include custom options such as exhaust and containment per client specifications.
Learn More About Plastic Design’s Polypropylene Solutions
Plastic Design Inc. designs products that are strong, durable, resistant to corrosion, and nonconductive. Our attention to detail and customer needs is of utmost importance. Polypropylene is very versatile and our expertise using this material will help meet your needs.