Mobile Cleanrooms

The Convenience and Advantages of Portable Cleanrooms

June 8, 2023
The Convenience and Advantages of Portable Cleanrooms

Portable cleanrooms provide a cost-effective and flexible alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar cleanrooms, allowing businesses to adapt to changing needs and demands.

What are Portable Cleanrooms?

Portable cleanrooms are specialized spaces designed to maintain a highly controlled environment, free from contaminants such as dust, bacteria, and other airborne particles. These self-contained units are not connected to the building's ventilation or air conditioning system, instead relying on their own air filtration and HVAC systems to maintain the desired level of cleanliness and temperature control.

Portable cleanrooms can be easily transported and set up in different locations, making them an ideal solution for industries that require sterile environments at a rapid lead time or on a seasonal/temporary basis. These environments can be customized to meet specific needs with options for temperature control, humidity control, and air quality, and they come in different sizes and configurations, from small, single-person units to larger multi-room facilities.

Advantages of Portable Cleanrooms

Versatility and Mobility:

Portable cleanrooms offer an ideal solution for industries that require clean and sterile environments in different locations. They can be easily transported and set up, providing a flexible option for businesses that need to adapt to changing needs and requirements.

Cost-Effective Solution:

Compared to traditional brick-and-mortar cleanrooms, portable cleanrooms offer significant cost savings, both in terms of construction and maintenance. These portable cleanrooms, built inside a semi trailer, can be rented for short durations typically varying from two to months two years. Portable mobile cleanrooms are a favorite for biotech companies working on preclinical and clinical research. They require less time and resources to set up and maintain, reducing operating costs and capital expenses. These savings make it easier for businesses to invest in their technology and maintain their competitive edge.

Quick and Easy Installation:

They can be set up and running in a matter of hours or days, depending on the size and complexity of the unit. This quick turnaround ensures minimal lead time for businesses, allowing them to get back to work as soon as possible. The ease and speed of setup also make it possible to quickly adapt to changing requirements or respond to emergency situations.

Customizable Options:

Businesses can choose from different sizes and configurations to fit their space and operational needs. Additionally, portable cleanrooms can be designed to maintain specific temperature, humidity, and air quality levels, ensuring that the environment remains sterile and controlled. Additional options such as Class II Type A2 biological safety cabinets, pass throughs, CO2, N2, liquid nitrogen (LN2), Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) sterilization, additional anterooms, and environmental monitoring can be added in to make the cleanroom a perfect turnkey GMP space.

Compliance with Industry Standards:

These cleanrooms are designed to meet or exceed the regulatory requirements for cleanliness and sterility in various industries, including but not limited to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturing, and orbital welding. Using portable cleanrooms ensure that businesses are in compliance with industry standards, reduce the risk of contamination, ensure product quality, and allow for easy validation and monitoring to test continued successful operation.

The Inside of an ICS Mobile Cleanroom

Industries Using Portable Cleanrooms

Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries:

In the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, maintaining a sterile and contaminant-free environment is crucial in the production of medications, medical equipment, and devices, as well as in laboratory testing and research. They help ensure that products meet strict regulatory standards and are free from potentially harmful contamination. Portable cleanrooms allow for turnkey deployment to continue research or provide a rapid solution.

Electronics and Semiconductor Industry:

In manufacturing semi-coductors, cleanrooms are critical to contamination control and portable cleanrooms allow for a more cost-effective way to meet the most stringent quality standards and regulatory requirements. The smallest features on a modern semiconductor measure just 10 nanometers, whereas a human hair is about 80,000 nanometers. A single 0.3 micron spec of dust could render a failure on a chip.

Aerospace Industry:

Environmental control is imperative when manufacturing for the aerospace industry to minimize the risk of contamination and ensure quality and reliability. Portable cleanrooms provide a controlled space that helps prevent potentially catastrophic failures. Even a small .3 micron spec of manufacturing debris, or Foreign Object Debris (FOD) left inside an oxidizer system on a rocket can cause an explosion. On expensive satellites that have taken three decades to build, like the James Web Space Telescope or manned space flight missions, this minuscule piece of  can have a huge impact.

Research and Development:

Portable cleanrooms help create controlled environments for scientific experiments and studies. They can be configured to maintain highly specific temperature, humidity, and air quality levels to ensure that research is conducted under consistent conditions, allowing for consistent outcomes. This helps researchers achieve accurate and reliable results, reducing the risk of contamination and errors in their work. Portable cleanrooms provide a solution for researchers who are unaffiliated with or unable to secure time in a permanent cleanroom facility.

Key Features of Portable Cleanrooms

Advanced air filtration systems:

Ensures the air inside the cleanroom is free from contaminants, such as dust and airborne particles, by using HEPA filters and positive pressure systems.

Material and Design options:

Portable cleanrooms have a range of options to fit the specific needs of the user. They come in various sizes, from small single-person units to larger multi-room facilities, and use materials such as aluminum, steel, or PVC.

Environmental controls:

Including temperature, humidity, and pressure. These controls can be adjusted and monitored through advanced control systems, allowing users to maintain optimal conditions for their specific applications.


Portable cleanrooms advantages over traditional brick-and-mortar cleanrooms, including versatility and mobility, cost savings, quick and easy installation, customizable options, and compliance with industry standards.

Instant Cleanroom Solutions specializes in customized, rapid deployment of portable cleanroom with double wide doors and a modifiable floor plan. With applications ranging from medical and pharmaceutical to aerospace and electronics, portable cleanrooms are an essential tool for maintaining product quality and minimizing the risk of contamination.  As technology continues to evolve at a blistering pace and industries become increasingly regulated, portable cleanrooms will continue to play an important role in product quality and safety.