Philips builds cleanroom at Canadian subsidiary Canlyte
The luminaires using LED technology are produced in the cleanroom at Canlyte in Montreal
Canlyte engineers are developing two types of products at the plant: indoor lighting using remote phosphor technology and LED technology used in the creation of high-end optical products for exterior lighting. These patented innovations require a controlled assembly line to ensure the elimination of contaminants and static electricity that could affect product quality and performance. To that end, Canlyte has built its own cleanroom.
Everyone entering the cleanroom has to go through a ground test system (i.e. wrist and shoes). The cleanroom is equipped with six grounded workstations with rubber tabletop. The six people who work in the cleanroom have to ground themselves to the table. Working tools are hydraulic screwdrivers, assembly template and automated pick and place systems. A belt conveyor carries the parts as they progress through the assembly line and another belt conveyor carries the assembled parts out of the room. Room access is limited to the employees working inside and is controlled by a card key system.
The company says its Canlyte division is one of the first in Canada to use a controlled environment for the production of this lighting technology. It plans to double annual production over the next several years, thanks in large part to steady demand from the US.
”The move from incandescent to LED lighting represents a major technological turn for the industry, as enormous as the move from cash registers to today’s computers,” says Mike Gentile, president of Canlyte.
"LEDs are 50% more efficient than traditional light bulbs, consume less energy and have a longevity of more than 15 years or 50,000 hours."
Canlyte ground test
Everyone entering the cleanroom has to go through a ground test system
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