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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.


The High Cost of Workplace Conflict

April 3, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Conflict has become so much a part of western culture that when it is absent, many look for it in their entertainment and others simply generate it to fill a void.


Early Detection

March 27, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

The ability to detect surface residue at an early, non-critical step is analogous to detecting a learning disability in elementary school rather than at the beginning of one’s college career.


Don’t Let Your Next Crisis Go to Waste

March 27, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

This idea from Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Schaffer Consulting and author of several books on organization management, takes the experience of a crisis and puts it to work in less trying situations.


Design for Cleaning, Part 1: Good Words or Good Idea?

March 22, 2011 3:30 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

This is a topic on which I have previously written and provided consulting service. I think it’s a valuable approach. Some think its nonsense or just common sense.

How It Works: How Polymeric Floor Coverings Reduce Airborne Contaminants

March 22, 2011 3:26 pm | Dycem Limited | Comments

A major medical device manufacturer operating in hybrid manufacturing areas was using blue tack mats to capture dirt from operatives’ “street shoes” as they entered the gowning room.                                


Nanotechnology is 10 years old: What’s next?

March 22, 2011 3:15 pm | by Ahmad Soueid, AIA, LEED® AP | Comments

Over the past decade, we have witnessed tremendous strides in the development of nanotechnology worldwide.

Active Noise Control Technology for HVAC Systems

March 22, 2011 3:09 pm | by Yoel Naor | Comments

A novel technique for drastically reducing noise pollution and energy consumption while improving system functioning.

On the Journey to Net-Zero: An Approach to Increasing Energy Efficiency in Laboratories

March 22, 2011 3:07 pm | by Gordon P. Sharp | Comments

It is a well-known fact that laboratories consume extraordinary amounts of energy—as much as three times the energy of regular office space.

Point of View: The Path from Academia to Industry and Back

March 22, 2011 3:04 pm | by Darren L. Williams, Ph.D. | Comments

My 19-year roundabout route to precision cleaning has wound through pyrophoric synthesis, laser spectroscopy, secondary-ion MS, molecular modeling, analytical chemistry of high explosives, physical chemistry of solvents, solvent blending, and surface cleanliness. The path from academia to industry and back to academia was quite a ride!

Medical Device Cleanliness Standards—ASTM Update

March 22, 2011 11:33 am | Comments

Surface quality and cleanliness are critical for medical devices. As people live longer and continue to be more active, higher and more reliable device performance is expected. More medical devices are available, often involving extensive supply chains.

Send It to the Lab...Then Wait

March 13, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

An array of analytical methods can be used to detect surface contamination and to characterize attributes of processes. Many involve “sending a sample to the lab.” There are many quicker, even if less precise, methods of determining that the process is outside of control parameters.



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