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Five Ideas to Increase Your Productivity at Work

December 19, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Finding it hard to carve out time to get important things done? Checking email, people at your office door, unexpected meetings can all fill time but may not be getting you any closer to getting your own work done or to move ahead on projects.

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Flammability Hazards of Aerosol-Dispensed Cleaning Agents

December 19, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Many believe that aerosols are safe below their flash points. Serious fires have occurred in the chemical process industries because of that belief. In fact, aerosols of combustible liquids at temperatures well below their flash points can be ignited as can vapor.

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Minimize Product Contamination

December 5, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

The goal of the cleanroom is to minimize product contamination. The cleanroom provides a protective environment, but automatically moving a process step to the cleanroom may be a simplistic, counterproductive solution.

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Saying No to the Boss

December 5, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

If you’re the boss, you don’t necessarily want to hear the word “no.” If you have an issue or concern with a boss’s ideas, it’s not easy or may not be welcome to disagree. So is saying “no” taboo in the workplace? Not if you want innovation, productivity, and success.

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Getting it Right the Second Time

November 27, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Repeating yourself and doing it using different methods of communication can enhance persuasion and buy-in.

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Design for Growth?

November 27, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Overdesign is one of the primary drivers of cleanroom size—and cost. While it is important to plan for production capacity growth, there is a big downside.

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Simplicity is Key to Minimizing Energy

November 14, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Basically, if an operation doesn’t need to be performed in the cleanroom, keep it out! Too often, we observe processes performed in cleanrooms that either could or should be performed elsewhere.

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Finding Success as a New Manager

November 14, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Shari Lifland, Editorial Communications Manager for the American Management Association (AMA), says that, “According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, more than one-quarter (26%) of managers said they weren’t ready to become a leader when they started managing others. Even more disturbing, 58% said they didn’t receive any management training.”

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On the Quality of Cleanroom Wipers

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Sandeep Kalelkar, Ph.D.Jay Postlewaite, Ph.D. | Texwipe | Comments

In assessing the quality of cleanroom wipers, it is vital to consider the consistency of their cleanliness as an integral property that allows the expected performance measures to be achieved.                            

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Superfluous or Essential: Part 2

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC, Cleanroom Consulting, LLC, Clean Rooms International, Inc. | Comments

In the first installment, we discussed how to avoid superfluous materials and activities in cleanrooms.                                                  

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From The Editor: As We Bid Farewell to 2011…

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Mary Williams | Comments

Controlled Environments experienced some great changes in 2011, with new additions and revamping of existing products ensuring we are constantly finding meaningful ways to get you the information you need when you need it.                      

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In Development of Technology, Patience is Key

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Most of my industrial career with a large chemical company was spent doing development work.                                                     

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How It Works: Hygienically Clean Lab Floors

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

While research laboratories must be clean, labs performing biotech work involving cell cultures and molecular biology must be pristine—if not sterile.                                          

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How Do I Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan?

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

When General Dwight Eisenhower reflected on the monumental task of planning the invasion of Normandy in World War II, he summed up my core advice regarding the development of a disaster recovery plan in six words.                                 

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Thermal Decontamination: The Key to Effective Culture

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Verena Ruckstuhl | Thermo Scientific | Comments

When culturing various organisms it is vital that they do not become cross-contaminated compromising their viability.                                                

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