Until late 2012, West had maintained a dedicated particle laboratory. That laboratory was capable of performing state-of-the-art particle testing under strictly controlled conditions. However, due to the age and configuration of the laboratory spaces, there were several limitations as to how that testing could be performed.
Readers have asked whether or not cleaning agents or classes of cleaning agents can be used for cleaning the cleanroom. For example, one person had been informed that all cleaning agents for use in cleanrooms have to be acidic. We are not aware of any such encompassing, universal proscriptions. Therefore, we decided to ask a few of the usual (and unusual) suspects.
The impact of artificial lighting has potential to put workers at risk.
Letter From the Editor - April 2013
Environmental monitoring systems help system operators maintain user-defined conditions such as temperature, airflow, and humidity levels, as well as fan failures and power line changes. They can also help network administrators to more effectively manage their systems with detailed management reports that track environmental trends over time.
How to choose the right kind of isolator technology for your controlled environment.
When renovating a cleanroom, or creating one from non-cleanroom space, understanding the details – of the site, building, planned research, and equipment – is essential.
Smart compromises can make for happy and safe users and owners, and satisfy the authorities having code jurisdiction.
How to tailor filters to the specific needs of your facility.
Despite increased adoption, many users still have questions about glovebox isolators, namely: what overall benefits does this technology offer over a traditional cleanroom? What attributes should they assess when purchasing this technology? And what glovebox or isolator technology is a “glove fit” for their facility or given application?
For some markets harmonization may not be truly achievable yet and the convergence of regulations may be a more practical reality. These moving parts greatly complicate the challenges of establishing manufacturing operations capable of supporting multiple markets.
Building green has grown exponentially since 2005 when, across all sectors, it was valued at $10 billion. In 2012, it’s estimated to have reached $85 billion, according to the recently released 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook by McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC). The report goes on to project that green construction will exceed $200 billion by 2016.
Developing a well-defined equipment maintenance audit can help circumvent process catastrophes.
Letter From the Editor - March 2013