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Mobile Technique Identifies Contamination Sources

May 24, 2012 1:28 pm | by Mark Berdovich and Thomas Pietrykowski | Particle Measuring Systems | Comments

The rapid detection of point-source contamination locations within the cleanroom can have significant benefits for defect reduction efforts.                                           


From the Editor: Getting to Know You

May 24, 2012 1:23 pm | by Rita Peters | Comments

While much can be learned about an audience by observing market trends and reader response, answers to direct questions provide a better picture.                                            


Ultrasound as a Cleaning Strategy

May 1, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Wet chemical ultrasonic cleaning with solvents, modified alcohols, or aqueous media provides for a broad field of application in the field of electronics production.


Clean Critically

April 30, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

Contamination happens long before the product enters the cleanroom; critical cleaning often happens long before the product enters the cleanroom.


Why Swab?

April 27, 2012 2:31 pm | Comments

The areas cleaned in a cleanroom must be sampled adequately and appropriately in order to validate the cleaning protocol.


Effective Garment Program

April 23, 2012 8:10 am | Comments

An effective cleanroom garment program is a vital component of any successful cleanroom operation. Critical issues must be addressed such as inventory, billing, and selecting the right system.                            


Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Data Logger

April 22, 2012 8:00 pm | Comments

If you are new to data logging, you might be asking yourself "Why should I buy a data logger instead of another way to collect data?"                                             


Wipe Selection

April 20, 2012 9:17 am | Comments

With hundreds of choices and grades, selecting the most cost-effective wipe can be tricky. The most obvious criteria is the absorbency of the wipe. But, it is not well understood that absorbency varies by the contamination.


Wet Behind the Ears

April 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

Most cleaning processes involve a fluid. The purpose of the fluid is to get the cleaning agent to the areas of surfaces that are contaminated and then carry the contamination or soil away from the surface.                       


Confusion About Killing Bacteria

April 19, 2012 3:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Cleaning is not sterilization or disinfection. These activities or processes produce different outcomes.                                              


A Nano Reason to Stay in Arkansas

April 19, 2012 2:57 pm | by Ahmad Soueid, AIA, LEED® AP | Comments

The recently opened Nanoscale Material Science and Engineering Building at the University of Arkansas is envisioned as not only a center for the University’s faculty and students, but also as an outreach center for Arkansas industry, as well as a center for nanoscience educational programming for Arkansas’s school children.


VOC Emissions from Cleanroom Materials

April 19, 2012 2:54 pm | by Markus Keller | Comments

Volatile organic compounds can damage the integrity of a clean environment. An analysis technique can identify potential hazards.                                                  


Evaluating Real Time Viability Detectors

April 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Darrick Niccum | TSI, Inc. | Comments

Optical spectroscopy instruments can analyze particles in real time. Understanding performance parameters can help in instrument selection.                                           


Controlling Contamination in Multi-Product Facilities

April 19, 2012 2:43 pm | by Elaine Lehecka Pratt | Comments

As contract manufacturing grows, will regulations to prevent cross contamination keep pace?                                           


From the Editor: What goes around …

April 19, 2012 2:39 pm | by Rita Peters | Comments

The witticism from baseball great Yogi Berra “It’s déjà vu all over again” rings true for my renewed relationship with the cleanroom and contamination control industries.                                   



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