Electrostatic discharge control is an ongoing challenge to facilities engineers working in the realm of controlled environments.
Just as humans pose the most threat for contamination in a cleanroom, we are also the wild card when it comes to health and safety in the cleanroom or controlled area.
Monitoring temperature and other environmental factors is critical for many different kinds of systems, particularly IT systems, where specific temperature and humidity ranges are essential to both hardware functionality and product reliability. The wrong environmental conditions can have a dramatic effect on the performance and reliability of mission critical hardware and software driven devices.
A European perspective on training and certification standards for professionals involved in testing cleanrooms.
In calculating the outsourcing formula, companies need to look at total cost of ownership and take the long view.
We are a privately owned small business with an ISO Class 8 cleanroom and are preparing for third-party certification. When will we know to contract with a registrar?
Research space in the Albert Sherman Center on the UMass Medical School campus called for 22 environmental rooms to meet demanding and critical requirements.
Seeing is believing and new techniques have the potential to light the way to rapid, comprehensive surface characterization.
The roadmap to success requires assessment, data, buy-in, planning, training, and a team approach.
Letter From the Editor - October 2013
A new interface allows cleanroom equipment to be controlled through a touchpad device. Breakthroughs in manufacturing and research have moved at incredible speed, but designers, researchers, and engineers are still using outdated devices to interface with cleanroom equipment.
IEST’s NANO200 provides technical design criteria and a practical framework for all phases of a nanoscience and nanotechonology design/build project. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative has brought together the expertise needed to advance this broad and complex field and served as the central point of communication, cooperation, and collaboration for all federal agencies and universities engaged in nanotechnology research.
Several organizations provide standards and guidance on environmental test chamber construction, temperature control standards, and engineering tolerances. When planning for the installation of test chambers, the wise facilities engineer plans from the inside out. For the test requirement driving the installation will also drive the engineering that the facilities person must accommodate.
Effective education in handling and sanitizing medical devices can reduce potential hazards to healthcare workers and patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, in the U.S., approximately one out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a nosocomial infection, an infection associated with the healthcare environment.
The wake-up call to compounding pharmacies nationwide means a closer eye on design, certification, and operations. To look further into the issue regarding design and control within compounding pharmacies, Controlled Environments spoke with Rick Meyer, President, Superior Laboratory Services Inc. of Pasadena, Texas.