In its purest form, water is one of the most aggressive solvents known and will dissolve a material until the solution reaches saturation. Pure water is also a critical ingredient in many business ventures; manufacturing, power generation, health care, pharmaceuticals, research, food production and processing, etc.
Manufacturers have become much more sophisticated in their knowledge and understanding of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) and its effects in the cleanroom. They have a better general understanding of where AMC control should be applied and why.
Used to flying below the radar at work? Think not being noticed will keep your job safe? Not anymore.
In comparing the ability to easily target companies that provide cleanroom products and services, who would be the winner?
Back in October 2007, we wrote about how significant water is to life, and how hydrogen-bonding intermolecular forces enable that. Essential as it is, however, water alone isnâ€™t sufficient for cleaning work. We have to add something to it, or take something away.
The first step in developing an effective precision cleaning process for the product is to determine where cleaning can be avoided. Keeping the product clean, particularly during transfer and storage, is an important part of your contamination control program.
Have you ever been confused by the data presented on a Cleanroom Wiper Data/Product Information Sheet and how to compare that information to the data presented by other cleanroom wiper manufacturers when trying to select a comparable cleanroom wiper? You are not alone.
The surface contamination of wafers, especially by particle contaminants, has been one of the major problems in the semiconductor industry since its inception. The yield on fully processed silicon wafers is inversely related to the defect density of the wafers.
Procrastination is a curse, and a costly one. Putting things off leads not only to lost productivity but also to all sorts of hand wringing and regrets and damaged self-esteem.
Total commitment from decision makers is required prior to implementation of any program improvements. A master plan should be created that establishes the parameters of the current manufacturing process, establishes the specific change criteria, benchmarks the monitoring of the change process, and identifies parameters expected with the completion of these improvements.
Here's a practical guide for developing leaders - ans while the guide does not include everything a leader needs to learn, it does offer ideas for developing people before and during new leadership assignments.
As managers, we often SAY we want independent thinkers who will challenge us or who will ask lots of questions.
Great managers break every rule perceived as “conventional wisdom,” when dealing with the selection, motivation, and development of staff.
This column is a sequel to last monthâ€™s about electronic noses. We suggest that one might consider an electronic nose, supplemented by a source of radiative heat and a programmable computer, as a no-contact detector for surface cleanliness.
The grave quality issues related to the willful adulteration of Heparin by a key API supplier for Baxter, the Melamine adulteration of baby formula for the world market, and the recent drug import restrictions on Ranbaxy in India have raised serious concerns about the viability of China and India to consistently compete in the U.S. and European markets.