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Air Showers and Cleanroom Operation

February 13, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Air showers are just one factor in ensuring good cleanroom performance. Proper worker training, documented procedures, and a well-maintained system will increase production yields and reduce product defects and costs.

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MSDS - Necessary But Not Sufficient

January 30, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

If you think that a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides adequate information to determine if a process chemical could be hazardous to your product, think again.

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Running the Morning Dash

January 30, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Productivity guru Gina Trapani says "Do the Most Important Thing First." She calls this "running a morning dash." When she sits down to work in the morning, before she checks any email, she spends an hour on the most important thing on her to-do list.

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What to Know When Considering a Cleanroom

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Tim Sunderland | Simplex Isolation Systems | Comments

Does your business plan include the development of an area in your plant or laboratory for clean manufacturing or other procedures? Are you concerned that you make the right purchase? Do you want to make sure you consider the right factors when you evaluate different models?

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Case Study: Innovative Retrofitting for a Leading Life Sciences Facility

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Mary Bledsoe and Steve Breuer | Comments

Innovative design was the linchpin of a dramatic renovation that transformed a vacant telecom atrium office building into a state-of-the-art life sciences company headquarters. Creative process and meticulous planning combined to create a facility with the dexterity to meet a range of specific, strict criteria.

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How It Works: High Performance Solution for Cleaning Thin Film

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

Cleaning thin films and addressing the impact of debris on yields, production, and quality.                                           

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Modular Cleanrooms – An Evolving Industry

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Mark Forst | PortaFab Corp. | Comments

An interview with Wayne McGee, owner of PortaFab Modular Building Systems, and Tim Loughran, owner of Cleanroom Construction Associates.                                                

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Change Brings Opportunity

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Mary Williams | Comments

The New Year marked an exciting change for Controlled Environments Magazine as Advantage Business Media—publisher of leading scientific and laboratory magazines, websites, newsletters, and digital publications—acquired Vicon Publishing Inc., the magazine’s parent company. Vicon Publishing will be named Vicon Business Media Inc.

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Cleanroom Operating Procedures

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Jan Eudy | Cintas Cleanroom Resources | Comments

We are building an ISO Class 7 (formerly Class 10,000) modular cleanroom on our university campus. Our students will wear bouffants, shoecovers, and frocks. Is there a gowning protocol for frocks? We also need procedures for cleaning the modular cleanroom and working in the cleanroom.

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ASTM Medical Device Committees: Standards Evolution

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

During the November, 2011 ASTM meetings in Tampa, FL, we observed a number of trends, particularly in the standards and guidance documents that impact medical device manufacture and maintenance.                                  

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Sacrificial Soils in Critical Cleaning

January 26, 2012 7:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Sacrificial soils are materials added to a soiled surface to help that surface become less soiled.                                          

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Keeping Your Team on Track

January 17, 2012 9:24 am | Comments

The Dale Carnegie blog offers practical advice on ways to build and maintain effective communication with your team/staff. These tips can put your team on the right track and help you stay there.

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Light Does Not Displace Heavy

January 16, 2012 7:00 pm | Comments

f all soil and cleaning agent components are soluble, rinsing is dilution.                               

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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

January 10, 2012 10:37 pm | by Scott Mackler | Comments

One tool that we have found quite useful in supporting high facility on-stream time and process yield factors, as well as sustainability, is the equipment or hardware FMEA (Failure Modes and Effect Analysis). The FMEA exercise will provide the facilities team with a prioritized “risk burn-down” plan for ensuring readiness and can serve as a convenient basis for capital and operating expense budget creation and execution.

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Why Static-Control Flooring Is So Important - And How to Find Solutions to Keep You Grounded

January 2, 2012 7:00 pm | by Dave Long | Staticworx Flooring | Comments

Selecting the right kind of ESD (electrostatic discharge) flooring is always a challenge, and in controlled environments, the stakes are particularly high.                       

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