I have more than a few very tech-savvy friends. One of which actually works for a company that makes processors and microchips for a whole host of different computer and hardware manufactures.Â He works in the â€œClean-Roomâ€ with the actual chips themselves, doing the platting and quality control for the manufacturing. I donâ€™t know about most of you, but I find this kind of thing very interesting and I recently asked him if I could check this place out.Â He and his management were quite accommodating in that fact and I got the grand tour sort of speak.
Now if you are not familiar with processor and micro productions, the â€œClean-Roomâ€ is just like what it sounds. You see any small amount of dust or dirt can severely damage small electronic equipment. So before the staff enters the processing center and the Clean-Room they have to essentially de-contaminate themselves.Â They have a massive spray room that cleans them off, then they pass through a series of sticky mats that will take the dirt and partials off of the bottom of their shoes. With each pass they clean more and more.Â Then and seemingly most importantly they pass over and usually stand upon an anti-static mat that are grounded with a grounding wire to remove any static charges. If anyone had even a small amount of static on them they could completely destroy a tiny little processor cell that in its self has hundreds of microscopic wires in it; and worth quite a bit of money to say the least.
I would have to say that it was definitely an interesting day.Â Seeing all the technology and painstaking work that really goes into making these tiny little things that without we would not be able to use any of the comforts that we have come to enjoy. Televisions, Computers, Cellphones, all run off of similar little processors. To think, that without these non-static industrial mats and tacky mats it would be almost impossible to make them.Â Food for thought indeed.