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New Sampling and Classification Methods Set in Revised ISO 14644 Cleanroom Standards

January 31, 2011 7:00 pm | by Roberta Burrows, CAEDiana Granitto | Comments

The highly anticipated revisions to the world’s bedrock cleanroom standards are now available from IEST, the Secretariat for ISO Technical Committee 209 (ISO/TC 209): Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments.

The Winds of Change: FDA Flexes Its Muscles

January 31, 2011 7:00 pm | by Bikash Chatterjee | Comments

To a regulatory and compliance professional, FDA citations are a part of the landscape. Granted, no one welcomes such a situation, but ensuring regulatory compliance is the core of what we do on a daily basis.

Seven Myths about Nice Teams

January 30, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Nice teams mistakenly believe that playing nice is what cooperation and teamwork are all about. They believe that getting along requires people to be nice to each other—all the time. They collectively believe the seven most common myths about nice teamwork.

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Six Thoughts about Middle Management

January 16, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Managers are the engines that turn intentions into performance and results. It has never been harder to be a middle manager and we need great middle management more than ever. Here are six thoughts on improving the lot and the role of the middle manager.

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Extraction Protocols

January 16, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Sometimes, it is possible to select the appropriate extraction agent, by simply verifying the solubility of the soil in the extraction chemistry. However, soils may change chemically during the manufacturing process. Therefore, there is no substitute for pragmatic evaluation of extraction agents and protocols.

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VIDEO: How to Give an Effective Employee Evaluation

December 29, 2010 2:12 pm | Comments

When giving employee evaluations, a manager should plan ahead, make copies for the employee and provide answers to particular performance issues.

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Establishing a Monitoring Program

December 29, 2010 2:08 pm | Comments

There are several positive advantages of establishing and implementing an environmental monitoring program.

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From The Editor: Print & Beyond….

December 27, 2010 8:46 pm | by Mary Williams | Comments

Controlled Environments made some great changes in 2010, 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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OSHA's Generic Escape from a Whipsaw?

December 27, 2010 8:43 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

This column updates the May column, in which I reported on a whipsaw (a lose-lose situation) faced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Basics of Ultrasonics

December 27, 2010 8:41 pm | by Barbara KanegsbergEd Kanegsberg | Comments

You don’t clean without energy. It takes energy to overcome the forces binding contaminants to the substrate.

IEST Source For Information

December 27, 2010 8:35 pm | by Jan Eudy | Comments

Comparing features and benefits of cleanroom consumable products is confusing. How do I interpret the test values reported by each company to assure I am getting the right product for my cleanroom application?

Estimating Hydrochloric Acid and Ammonium Hydroxide Loss

December 27, 2010 8:31 pm | by Mark CaulfieldC. W. ExtrandSung In Moon | Comments

Calculations suggest break-through from semiconductor bulk chemical distribution systems occurs in a matter of days and steady state permeation accounts for several milliliters of chemical loss each day.

The Microbial ID Breakthrough

December 27, 2010 8:24 pm | by Dennis Champagne | Comments

How DNA Sequencing Services Help Prevent Catastrophic Cleanroom Shutdowns

Holistic User Requirements: An Example Through Airlock Design

December 27, 2010 8:17 pm | by Scott Overton | Comments

A poorly designed cleanroom can bring even the best processes to their knees. As such, designing a high-functioning, top quality facility from end to end requires holistic thinking.

Why Clean the Cleanroom?

December 10, 2010 2:36 pm | Comments

You are probably thinking: because we have to. Too often, cleaning the cleanroom to a particular standard becomes an end in itself; reaching the goal or staying within limits of contamination may not be adequate.

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