• Ball Aerospace Flight Instrument Testing and Assembly Facility
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

    Boulder, Colorado

    To improve manufacturing efficiencies, a project was commissioned to retrofit existing office space in the FM Building Detector Center into a facility for testing and assembly of instruments produced for space vehicles and jet aircraft. The RMH Group was part of a team that reworked approxi­mately 16,200 SF of space into 27 separate rooms, most of which is dedi­cated to clean rooms with very high equipment densities. Laborato­ries, testing areas, and manufacturing space make up the balance of the space. Three of the clean rooms, totaling 2,800 SF, are designed to the very strict ISO Class 5 classification, which calls for laminar air flow. Five other clean rooms are certified as ISO Class 7. Because of very lim­ited ple­num space, the air systems were completely custom designed. Verti­cal unidirectional flow of air into the space is accomplished by fan filter units, saving space in the plenum. The clean rooms meet extremely stringent requirements for particle count, vibration, tem­perature, and humidity control. Exact pressurization control protect against molecular contamination of the sensitive instruments assem­bled in the space. Custom hood and hazardous exhaust systems were also designed. Point-of-use lab systems complete the mechanical design, including nitrogen, house vacuum, deionized water, and dust collection.  The electrical systems further support the assembly activities.  Other engineered systems for the detector center included electrostatic dis­charge, deionized water, heavy power for the support equipment, photosensitive “yel­low” lighting, branch grounding, and overhead hoist electrical. 
 

Ball Aerospace Flight Instrument Testing and Assembly Facility

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Boulder, Colorado

To improve manufacturing efficiencies, a project was commissioned to retrofit existing office space in the FM Building Detector Center into a facility for testing and assembly of instruments produced for space vehicles and jet aircraft. The RMH Group was part of a team that reworked approxi­mately 16,200 SF of space into 27 separate rooms, most of which is dedi­cated to clean rooms with very high equipment densities. Laborato­ries, testing areas, and manufacturing space make up the balance of the space. Three of the clean rooms, totaling 2,800 SF, are designed to the very strict ISO Class 5 classification, which calls for laminar air flow. Five other clean rooms are certified as ISO Class 7.

Because of very lim­ited ple­num space, the air systems were completely custom designed. Verti­cal unidirectional flow of air into the space is accomplished by fan filter units, saving space in the plenum. The clean rooms meet extremely stringent requirements for particle count, vibration, tem­perature, and humidity control. Exact pressurization control protect against molecular contamination of the sensitive instruments assem­bled in the space. Custom hood and hazardous exhaust systems were also designed. Point-of-use lab systems complete the mechanical design, including nitrogen, house vacuum, deionized water, and dust collection. 

The electrical systems further support the assembly activities.  Other engineered systems for the detector center included electrostatic dis­charge, deionized water, heavy power for the support equipment, photosensitive “yel­low” lighting, branch grounding, and overhead hoist electrical.