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Managing Cleanroom Operations for Today and Tomorrow

March 24, 2014 12:43 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Controlled Environments Magazine | Comments

Putting out the fires and handling immediate, pressing issues are the mainstay of most management and operations roles. There are always responsibilities—both unexpected and routine—that can eat up time, energy, and keep you focused on the here and now.

Video Guides to Particle Counters

March 17, 2014 11:41 am | Controlled Environments Magazine, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Kanomax USA, Inc. | Comments

Written instruction is obviously necessary when utilizing any piece of cleanroom equipment, but it is also quite beneficial to see the setup and user process in action. YouTube features many videos that assist cleanroom facility managers in selecting the right particle counters for their operations, as well as providing tutorials on how to effectively use this equipment.

Drafting Your Cleanroom's Particle Control Program

March 14, 2014 2:25 pm | by Stanley Duke | Comments

Particles that are invisible to the naked eye present serious obstacles to improving yields and quality in the high technology industries. As product features become smaller, such as nanometric drug delivery particles and nanometric gaps in microchips, it becomes more important and more difficult to exclude unwanted particle contamination.

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Quality-Based Decision Making

March 14, 2014 2:14 pm | by Tim Russell | TSI, Inc. | Comments

The first facility monitoring systems to include optical airborne particle counters were installed in semiconductor and hard drive manufacturing facilities in the early 1980s. There were no regulatory requirements to monitor particulate cleanliness of the air. A key driver was—and continues to be—Six Sigma.

Eight Steps for Quantifying Air Particles

March 14, 2014 1:56 pm | by Paul Yates | Beckman Coulter (formerly Hach Company-Particle Counting Division) | Comments

As with all regulatory environments, a substantial portion of daily work must be dedicated to managing cleanroom data and completing the paperwork associated with cleanroom particulate contamination control. Typically, the collection and management of particle counting data at each sampling locale can be summarized by eight steps.

What Sort Of Executive Are You?

February 27, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tron Jordheim | Comments

There are many personas one could imagine to describe your default executive style. The keys to being an effective executive are to know the strengths and weaknesses of your default style or persona and then to be able to adopt a different persona as conditions or circumstances require. Which persona is going to get the right things done in which set of circumstances? That is the executive you should be.

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Protection Against Electrostatic Discharges

February 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Erik S. Van Anglen | Comments

The selection of ESD control materials depends primarily on the intended use of the facility.                                      

Zero Tolerance, Bans, and De Minimis

February 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

There is no such thing as “nothing.”                                        

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Energy Sciences Building Breaks New Ground at Argonne

February 21, 2014 4:33 pm | by Ahmad Soueid | Comments

The design of the new ESB reflects the energy-focused research done at Argonne and brings transparency and collaboration to the work environment.                              

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Energy Resolutions for a New Year

February 21, 2014 4:08 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

Advice for lowering operating costs through energy savings options.                               

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Pushing Process and Product Development in Microelectronics

February 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by Keith Best | Comments

Using a specialty foundry can address some of the hurdles impeding concept to product.                                

What Do the New Sterile Compounding Pharmacy Regulations Mean to You?

February 21, 2014 2:57 pm | by Rick Meyer | Comments

The Drug Quality and Security Act became law in November and its full impact has yet to be felt.                              

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Negative-Stiffness Vibration Isolation Facilitates Growth of Large Crystals

February 21, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jim McMahon | Comments

Elimination of external vibrations plays a key role in crystals destined for use in detecting gamma rays from materials like plutonium and highly enriched uranium.                     

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Building the Case for Modular Cleanrooms

February 21, 2014 1:51 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna | CleanAir Solutions, Inc. | Comments

Pre-engineered solutions can provide flexibility in cleanroom construction projects.                                

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Pinning Hopes on Public-Private Collaboration

February 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Controlled Environments Magazine | Comments

Wide bandgap semiconductors offer a new opportunity to jumpstart the next generation of smaller, faster, cheaper, and more efficient power electronics.                                       

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