LivaNova has filed a patent for a mobile clean room system that can maintain a clean environment while transferring components between stationary clean rooms. The system includes an interior volume, an air quality system, an on-board power supply, an electric tractor for movement, and a controller for monitoring and controlling the system. The patent also describes a first clean room with access doors that can be unlocked based on the position of the mobile clean room. GlobalData’s report on LivaNova gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A mobile clean room system for manufacturing components

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: LivaNova Plc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230304681A1) describes a manufacturing system that includes a mobile clean room and a first clean room. The mobile clean room is equipped with wheels that can be extended or retracted and can be secured to an electric tractor for movement. The first clean room has a first access region with one or more doors that can be opened or closed. The system also includes a first mobile clean room detection sensor and a first clean room controller.

The first mobile clean room detection sensor provides a signal indicating whether the mobile clean room is in position relative to the first access region. The first clean room controller receives this signal and sends a signal to unlock the first door locks when the mobile clean room is in position. However, if the mobile clean room is not in position, the first clean room controller does not send a signal to unlock the door locks.

The manufacturing system also includes a mobile clean room controller that can communicate with the first clean room controller. Additionally, there is a first door sensor dedicated to each of the first doors, which outputs a signal indicating whether a door is open or closed. The mobile clean room controller receives signals from each first door sensor and outputs a tractor command to prevent the electric tractor from moving the mobile clean room if any of the doors are open. However, if all the doors are closed, the mobile clean room controller outputs a tractor command to allow the electric tractor to move the mobile clean room.

Furthermore, the mobile clean room controller can output a wheels command to prevent the wheels from being extended if any of the doors are open. But if all the doors are closed, the wheels command enables the wheels to be extended. The mobile clean room controller can also send a signal to the first clean room controller to lock the door locks when the electric tractor is permitted to move the mobile clean room away from the first access region.

In addition to the first clean room, the manufacturing system can include a second clean room with a second access region and second doors. The mobile clean room can be moved between the first and second access regions by the electric tractor.

The patent also describes a mobile clean room that can maintain a clean room environment while moving components between stationary clean rooms. The mobile clean room includes an interior volume, an on-board power supply, an electric tractor, an air quality system, and a controller. The controller can monitor and control the air quality system and the on-board power supply, as well as communicate with a stationary controller controlling the operation of the stationary clean rooms.

Overall, this patent presents a manufacturing system and a mobile clean room that can facilitate the movement of components between clean rooms while maintaining a clean environment. The system includes various sensors, controllers, and commands to ensure the proper positioning and security of the mobile clean room and the doors of the clean rooms.

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