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From the Editor: Keeping it Clean!

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by Mary Williams | Comments

Welcome to the 2012 Buyer’s Guide; the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource of contamination control vendors, products, and services available.                                              

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Effective Training Solutions - An End-to-End Success

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by Victor Rivero | Comments

For a leading semiconductor service provider with a brand-new growth product, an aggressive schedule left no room for mistakes.                                            

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Sophisticated Gas Detectors Measure Coating Thicknesses on Drug Tablets

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by Tom Probst | Comments

Sophisticated gas detectors are helping a pharmaceutical manufacturer measure coating thicknesses on drug tablets.                                           

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Integrated Project Delivery

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

There’s a lot of talk out there about Integrated Project Delivery, or IPD, as the latest and greatest method to deliver a construction project. Can you give me a high level overview?                                     

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Obsolete Chemicals and Processes, Part 2

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

In the previous column, we began our answer to the question posed by Controlled Environments readers, “How do we address chemicals and processes that have become obsolete due to regulatory restrictions?” This month we explore the scope of restrictions, including what is meant, or not meant, by the term “banned.”

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Exposure Limits: Should We Take the Bypass?

April 4, 2012 8:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Exposure limits are crowd-sourced, sometimes based on incomplete data, and often not developed within public view.                                                    

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Why Do Cleanrooms Fail to Meet Owners' Expectations?

April 2, 2012 8:00 pm | by Raymond K. Schneider, P.E. | Comments

While new installations typically are well engineered, modifications required to support new production equipment and processes frequently are made "on the fly" with insufficient forethought.                                

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Cleanroom Cleaning Education

April 2, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Teaching employees to adhere to rules of behavior or to a specific cleaning protocol is necessary. However, for both product and cleanrooms, there is no substitute for understanding the “why” of the cleaning process.

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Staying Sane in an Insane Workplace

March 19, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Faced with stress, is it even possible to stay calm, cool, and collected? To take it all in stride, function effectively, not lose sleep, and still handle problems successfully?

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Why is ESD testing important?

March 19, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Aside from assurances that the supplier’s stated specifications are being met, electrical resistance testing ensures that one’s garments stay within the parameters for ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 compliance.

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The Power is Out, Now What?

March 5, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Power failure, by definition, is a total loss of utility power. Utility power losses are caused by numerous events including lightning strikes, downed power lines, transformer malfunctions, over demands on the grid, accidents, weather anomalies, and natural disasters.

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Why You Should Be Open to Hearing Complaints

March 5, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

“Complaints, complaints, complaints; that’s all I get around here!” It’s a common cry of managers in laboratories. Yet, accepted wisely, employees’ complaints can be useful tools a lab manager could use to improve and upgrade his work unit and keep his employees happy.

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What value does nano truly add to HVAC technology?

February 27, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

If nanofiltration is important, ask your filter suppliers “What is your E1?” That is short filter lingo for —what is the efficiency of your filter in the 0.3 to 1.0 micron particle size?

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Simple Steps to Clear Communication

February 27, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. - Robert McCloskey

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Confusion of the Lambs

February 23, 2012 4:11 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

How did you learn about cleaning technology? And how do you learn now?                                           

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