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A Closer Look at Mini-Environments

May 8, 2013 3:48 pm | by Richard A. Bilodeau | Comments

A mini-environment enhances the cleanroom setting by bringing it to a higher standard.

Clean, Flexible, and Sustainable Labs

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

Letter From the Editor - May 2013                                                           


Deciding What Chemicals To Use In A Cleanroom

April 11, 2013 1:47 pm | Comments

While there don't seem to be overall, universal constraints on cleanroom chemicals, care in the selection and application of chemicals are needed for janitorial cleaning and disinfection.                      


Choosing Lighting for a Controlled Environment

April 9, 2013 2:42 pm | Comments

Lighting technologies continue to evolve, with more choices available – both in terms of the underlying technology and the color spectrum – every year.


Dispensers Won't Last Forever

April 5, 2013 12:15 pm | Comments

Improperly maintained process equipment can compromise yield and add to both particulate and non-particulate contamination.


Should I Seek LEED Certification?

April 4, 2013 11:42 am | Comments

Whether or not to seek LEED certification, or certification through any other sustainability program, is a question that goes well beyond the facilities engineering department.


Understanding Facility Development Programs

April 2, 2013 12:46 pm | Comments

Dealing with the challenge of establishing manufacturing operations capable of supporting multiple markets.


The Pennsylvania State University Millenium Science Complex

April 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Rafael Viñoly Architects and Penn State University | Comments

Aware that new technologies and scientific breakthroughs are increasingly resulting from research that takes place at the boundaries between disciplines, the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) decided to integrate the Life Sciences department together with the Materials Sciences and Engineering department in a new construction project that would significantly expand the resources available to both.


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.



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