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Respiratory Hazards of Aerosol-Dispensed Cleaning Agents

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Many doing critical cleaning have used aerosol dispensed cleaning agents to reach certain portions of valuable surfaces so that the cleaning agent could do its “magic” and be removed with soil by a person using a fabric wiper.

Floorplan: 5 simple steps for your next flooring project

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | by Jim Hendley | Comments

New or refurbishment resinous floor and wall system projects can appear overly complex in the early planning stage.

The Fourth State of Matter—Part 2

May 29, 2011 8:00 pm | by Barbara KanegsbergEd Kanegsberg | Comments

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, is a powerful tool for critical cleaning, controlling contamination, and achieving the appropriate surface quality.


Arc Thermal and Flame Resistant Garments

May 15, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Must all cleanroom personnel working in the cleanroom wear cleanroom FR garments? The task of creating compliance to multiple, divergent standards (cleanroom standards and safety standards) can be daunting.


Miscommunication Patterns at Work

May 15, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

In the process of communicating with others at work, we often miscommunicate much more than we communicate. There are of course as many ways to miscommunicate as there are types of people but here are the Top 2 miscommunication patterns to watch out for and avoid…


The Fourth State of Matter

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

In typical critical and industrial cleaning applications, we usually think of three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. What is sometimes overlooked is a fourth state of matter, plasma.


10 Mistakes Every Leader Should Make

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

The thing that sets good managers apart is that they always learn from their mistakes. Here are the 10 Mistakes Every Leader Should Make (and learn from) Before They Die.


Arc Thermal and Flame Resistant Cleanroom Garments

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | by Jan Eudy | Comments

My company’s Health & Safety Committee requires all cleanroom operators that perform maintenance on equipment in the cleanroom to wear protective garments that are arc thermal and flame resistant.


Ask the Facilities Guy: Building Commissioning: Real or “Smoke & Mirrors”?

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about building commissioning these days. Is building commissioning for real or the latest “smoke and mirrors”?

FDA Process Validation

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | by Wai Wong | Comments

In January 2011, the FDA issued its newest guidance for Process Validation for industry and it is quite a departure from the previous guidance released in 1987.

An Overview of Contamination Control Guidance Documents

May 1, 2011 8:00 pm | by Jan Eudy | Comments

Understanding and incorporating cleanroom standards and practices in a cleanroom management program.

Design for Cleaning, Part 2: Good Words or Good Idea?

April 26, 2011 2:13 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Design for Cleaning (DFC) is an approach to management of operations so that one seeks compromise in the part design or position within the cleaning machine to enable reduction of defects due to inadequate cleaning.

Plasma—Cleaning and Activation

April 18, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Plasma, a gaseous mixture of atoms, molecules, ions, and free electrons, allows for efficient surface treatment of electronic components and parts made of different materials. In this, organic contaminations such as oils and greases are cleaned and simultaneously the surface is activated.


Don't Make Me Lead! I Don't Want To!

April 18, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

What's been lost in the voluminous amount of material on creating great leaders is that some people aren't cut out for a leadership role. I think that anyone can be successful if they really want to lead, but some people honestly don't want to take on the role.


Design for Cleaning

April 3, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

To some extent designing for cleaning may seem to be an irrational choice. After all, why move the target when it’s easier to move the gun? Others may see it as an inspired choice.



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