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Controlling Particulates throughout the Manufacturing Process

April 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Linda Lathrop and Paul Cummings | Comments

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.                  


Chemicals in Cleanrooms

April 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | Valutek, BFK Solutions, LLC, Pegasus Cleanroom Services | Comments

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.


Health Effects of Artificial Lighting

April 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

The impact of artificial lighting has potential to put workers at risk.                                                            


Are You Ready?

April 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Tim Studt | Comments

Letter From the Editor - April 2013                                                                   


The Need for Environmental Monitoring Systems

March 29, 2013 12:03 pm | Comments

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.


Glovebox Isolator Technology

March 28, 2013 2:33 pm | Comments

How to choose the right kind of isolator technology for your controlled environment.


From Old to New

March 7, 2013 1:43 pm | Comments

When renovating a cleanroom, or creating one from non-cleanroom space, understanding the details – of the site, building, planned research, and equipment – is essential.


Planning a Renovation or Retrofit

March 5, 2013 1:33 pm | Comments

Smart compromises can make for happy and safe users and owners, and satisfy the authorities having code jurisdiction.


Choosing Filter Materials

March 1, 2013 2:43 pm | Comments

How to tailor filters to the specific needs of your facility.


Containment and Protection in a Small Footprint

March 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Lindsay Hock | Comments

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?


Facility Harmonization Challenges for the Global Marketplace

March 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Bikash Chatterjee | Comments

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.


To LEED or not to LEED?

March 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

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.


A Stitch in Time–Maintaining Critical Cleaning Equipment

March 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

Developing a well-defined equipment maintenance audit can help circumvent process catastrophes.                                                


Beware of Budgetary Cutbacks

March 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Tim Studt | Comments

Letter From the Editor - March 2013                                                               


Examining IEQ Data

February 28, 2013 2:06 pm | Comments

Information services that can alert facilities personnel regarding the condition and performance of the spaces they manage will help build the confidence required to continue the expansion of demand control ventilation.



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