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Six Steps to Beating the Heat

October 10, 2013 2:37 pm | by Jim McLaughlin | Comments

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.

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International Certification of Cleanroom Training Courses

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Peter Fernie | Comments

A European perspective on training and certification standards for professionals involved in testing cleanrooms.                                                        

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20/20 Vision on Outsourcing

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

In calculating the outsourcing formula, companies need to look at total cost of ownership and take the long view.                                                 

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Audit for Compliance

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Jan Eudy | Comments

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?                                          

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Building Environmental Rooms for a Nobel Prize Winner

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by David Doherty | Comments

Research space in the Albert Sherman Center on the UMass Medical School campus called for 22 environmental rooms to meet demanding and critical requirements.                                       

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New CAR in Your Future?

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | Comments

Seeing is believing and new techniques have the potential to light the way to rapid, comprehensive surface characterization.                                               

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Championing an ESD Control Program

October 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

The roadmap to success requires assessment, data, buy-in, planning, training, and a team approach.                                             

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The Importance of Real Sterilization

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

Letter From the Editor - October 2013                                                      

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Touch Technology for Cleanroom Controls

September 27, 2013 3:01 pm | by Jason Kandik | Comments

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.

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IEST Releases First Nanotechnology Facility Recommended Practices

September 27, 2013 2:54 pm | by Ahmad Soueid | Comments

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.

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Working From the Inside Out

September 27, 2013 2:48 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | Comments

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.

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Holistic Training

September 26, 2013 3:37 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg, Steve Derman | Comments

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.

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Design and Certification of Compounding Pharmacies

September 26, 2013 3:26 pm | by Patrice Galvin | Comments

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.

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Tracking Environmental Data

September 26, 2013 3:22 pm | by Stewart Thompson | Comments

A compounding cleanroom gets a wireless system to monitor temperature, humidity, pressure, and particles — and maintain compliance. In order to stay compliant with regulations, cleanroom managers need to have accurate data on the status of the facility.

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Solving the Solvent Substitution Puzzle

September 26, 2013 1:27 pm | by Darren L. Williams, Ph.D | Comments

Trade inefficient trial-and-error testing for a systematic approach to solvent substitution and blends. Industrial chemists and engineers have an impressive track record of “rising to the occasion” with respect to the increasing restrictions on acceptable process solvents.

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