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Electronic Skin Can Feel Out Breast Cancer

October 30, 2014 | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump could allow for earlier identification of breast cancer, which could save lives.

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Airlock Cleanrooms

October 30, 2014 12:17 pm | Simplex Isolation Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Simplex Isolation Systems has developed AirLock Cleanroom Enclosures. The entire Simplex product line of softwalls, hardwalls, extruded aluminum framing, hardware, and more are designed as modular units suitable for expansion or reconfiguration.

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Isolation Technology

October 30, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comecer offers isolation technology for pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industry applications.

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Gowning Bench

October 30, 2014 11:25 am | Hutchins & Hutchins Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hutchins & Hutchins Inc. distributes Eagle Group’s Gowning Bench with standard undershelf. These benches provide sturdy, comfortable support for workers while gowning and de-gowning.

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Bearing Isolator

October 29, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Flowserve Corp. offers its Bearing Gard bearing isolator. The Bearing Gard employs static and dynamic sealing technologies to prevent ingress of contaminants into the bearing housing and ensure oil retention.

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Clean Bench and Workstation Models

October 29, 2014 12:17 pm | Clean Rooms International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Clean Rooms International offers a line of clean bench and workstation models incorporating either HEPA or ULPA air filtration systems.

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Laboratory Casework Platform

October 29, 2014 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Scientific has manufactured the configurable Panorama laboratory casework platform. The product line provides a variety of sizes and styles to meet different laboratory requirements.

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Simple Solution for a Quantum Technology Challenge

October 29, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Quantum technology devices, such as high-precision sensors and specialized superfast computers, often depend on harnessing the delicate interaction of atoms. However, the methods for trapping these tiny particles are hugely problematic because of the atoms’ tendency to interact with their immediate environment.

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“Frankenstein” Aircraft Created with 3D Printer

October 29, 2014 10:12 am | by Rachel Hoover, Ames Research Center | News | Comments

It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. A team of student interns and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center modified existing electric aircraft by harvesting spare parts from other aircraft and reassembling them along with specially designed 3-D manufactured parts to create new aircraft the team dubbed “FrankenEye.”

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Cleaning Costs Checklist

October 28, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Jones | Articles | Comments

There are many factors to tabulate when selecting a new cleaning system. Production engineers need a cleaning process that is safe, sustainable, and affordable. This checklist can help plan your expenses.        

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Some Thoughts on Healthcare Facilities

October 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Articles | Comments

The five second rule on avoiding germs and infections is the subject of much light hearted banter, but the implications of healthcare associated infections are not. Healthcare facilities are fraught with bacteria, germs, infections, contaminated biological waste, bugs, superbugs, viruses, and any number of options to threaten our health. Hospitals, in their frontline role fighting disease, couldn’t have it any other way. 

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2020 Vision: Green, Safe, Sustainable—Part 1

October 28, 2014 11:32 am | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Articles | Comments

What will green, safe, and sustainable look like in 2020? How will regulatory efforts and corporate policies influence manufacturing, cleaning, and contamination control? We asked these questions of people in manufacturing and in academia who are involved in critical cleaning and the impact of chemicals on society. In this series, we provide their insightful responses that reflect their expectations, wishes, and concerns.

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Adjustable Workstation

October 28, 2014 11:11 am | Palbam Class | Product Releases | Comments

The cleanroom height adjustable workstation from Palbam Class allows the operator to quickly change table height to ensure a comfortable, ergonomic work environment.

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Cleanroom Benches

October 28, 2014 11:04 am | Leatherwood Plastics | Product Releases | Comments

Leatherwood Plastics offers the Megasonic Wafer Cleaning Bench, a manually operated, acid cleaning tool constructed of polypropylene.

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Modular Workstation

October 28, 2014 10:55 am | Lista International Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corp. offers the Arlink 8000 Modular Workstation System with conveyor solutions.

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Cheap Nanotech Device Could Allow Ebola Rapid Detection

October 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Tim Stephens, UC Santa Cruz | News | Comments

Rapid detection of viruses without expensive equipment is among the potential applications of biosensor research at UC Santa Cruz. The goal is to develop a simple, cheap platform for virus detection similar to the pregnancy tests that can be used at home. Advances in nanotechnology have enabled researchers to fabricate novel materials.

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