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Nanoscience Research at The Molecular Foundry

March 16, 2015 | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Comments

A look at the cleanroom facilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Professional Profile: Chris Muller

April 1, 2015 3:22 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Comments

Controlled Environments spoke with Chris Muller, Technical Director with Purafil in Doraville, Ga. He is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.


Cleanroom Design: What’s Needed and Why

March 25, 2015 3:08 pm | by Robert Rice, RA | Comments

The design of a cleanroom should be a well-orchestrated collaboration of many disciplines to create a product-specific functional space.  


Preventing Product Contamination

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Comments

A Q&A with West Pharmaceutical Services.


The Five Critical Skills for IT Success

March 19, 2015 11:35 am | by Don R. Crawley | Comments

The most effective professionals possess a particular set of skills—five of them, to be exact. Your mastery of the five critical skills is critical to your career success. 


Specifying Actuators for Cleanroom Environments

March 17, 2015 1:37 pm | by Bob Ward | Comments

Selecting the right actuator for use in any manufacturing operation involves a host of application-specific variables, including required stroke length, load capacity, acceleration, maximum speed, and positioning repeatability. Add a cleanroom specification to the list and the list of available options becomes smaller.


How It Works: Securing Your Online Files

March 17, 2015 1:31 pm | by Pegasus Cleanroom Services | Comments

Cleanroom managers need an easier way to document, file, and quickly retrieve Quality Assurance Inspection Records, training, cleaning, and auditing records.


Success to Failure

March 17, 2015 1:13 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | Comments

Need clarification from the source? Pick up the phone.


Implications of the FDA’s Program Alignment Plan

March 16, 2015 3:55 pm | by Bikash Chatterjee | Comments

In late 2013, the FDA announced it was embarking upon a program to realign its structure and programs to keep up with the challenges posed by advances in science, globalization, and product complexity.  By February 2014, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., had unveiled the sweeping changes to the agency that will see its many divisions reorganize to become more specialized.


The Architect’s Point of View

March 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Robert Rice, RA | Comments

Best practices for cleanroom design.


Contributions from Readers Like You

March 16, 2015 12:23 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Comments

Reader contributions have always been of vital importance to Controlled Environments.


Professional Profile: Dr. Stephen Link

March 13, 2015 12:08 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Managing Editor | Comments

The Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding for basic research, has honored Dr. Stephan Link, associate professor of chemistry at Rice University, for his pioneering contributions to the emerging field of nanophotonics. Controlled Environments spoke to Dr. Link about his work in the field of nanotechnology. 


Indispensable, Irreplaceable You: 6 Tips to Creating Peerless Value at Work

March 12, 2015 12:23 pm | by DeEtta Jones | Comments

One of the greatest inhibitors of people’s full potential is fear, waiting for the “person in charge” to give direction, even when the person in charge is paralyzed by fear himself. The leadership challenge is being able to get beyond fear of exposure or perceived weakness in times when others are in need of a new approach


CE February News Roundup

March 9, 2015 12:00 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Managing Editor | Comments

The Controlled Environments website continually publishes news stories related to cleanrooms, nanotechnology, semiconductors, graphene research, and contamination detection and control. Every month, we evaluate our readers’ response to these stories so that we know what kind of stories they want to see. Here’s a look at what what was most popular amongst CE’s readers in the month of February 2015.


Cleaning Procedures for Isolators and Gloveboxes

February 25, 2015 11:42 am | by Jan Eudy | Comments

An isolator/glovebox is a miniature version of a cleanroom and is often certified to ISO cleanroom classifications. Therefore, the cleaning methods for cleanroom environments as described in IEST-RP-CC018.4, Cleanroom Housekeeping: Operating and Monitoring Procedures and International Standard ISO 14644-5, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments – Part 5:Operations may be used to clean an isolator/glovebox.



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