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The Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

January 30, 2015 | by Dr. Paul J. Joseph and Dr. Hang Chen | Comments

The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology is one of the founding NSF interdisciplinary academic research centers dedicated to nanotechnology discovery and development. The IEN evolved from its original focus as a NSF Microelectronics Research Center at Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus. In 2009, the name was changed to the Nanotechnology Research Center.

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FDA Additive Manufacturing Workshop

January 30, 2015 4:09 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

The authors recently participated in an incredibly informative and thoughtprovoking workshop about additive manufacturing, frequently referred to as 3D printing. The program was planned as an interactive discussion; many of the participants and attendees had friendly, productive chats with FDA personnel.

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Graphene, the Wonder Material

January 30, 2015 9:18 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Controlled Environments Magazine | Comments

Some of the most popular news stories on the Controlled Environments website in recent months have been about graphene, which has been dubbed as a “wonder material.” At one atom thick, this two-dimensional form of carbon is the thinnest material known — one million times thinner than a human hair. It is the world’s most conductive material and, at 200 times stronger than steel, it may very well be the strongest.

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Helpful Documents for Selecting Garments and Gloves

January 28, 2015 9:03 am | by Jan Eudy | Comments

Before selecting and purchasing cleanroom garments and gloves, it is recommended to review documents written by experts in their specific cleanroom industries. The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published recommended practices for garments as well as gloves.

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Microbial Control and Monitoring in Aseptic Processing Cleanrooms

January 12, 2015 2:40 pm | by Gilberto Dalmaso, Ph.D. and Claudio Denoya, Ph.D. | Particle Measuring Systems | Comments

Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments provide the control of contamination (inert particles and microbiological entities) to levels appropriate for accomplishing contamination-sensitive activities. Products and processes that benefit from the control of contamination include those in such industries as aerospace, electronics, medical devices, and pharmaceutical products requiring a variety of clean environments. 

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Hunting in a Farmer’s World

January 7, 2015 5:02 pm | by John F. Dini | Comments

Everyone in business is either a Hunter or a Farmer. The working style that fits you best isn’t really a matter of choice, nor is it determined by your job description. It is ingrained by eons of cultural evolution. For business owners and leaders, the challenge is to support the linear attitudes of a hunter in a business environment that concentrates on the cyclical tasks of farming.

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The Team Myth: The 5 Steps of Successful Team Building

January 6, 2015 11:55 am | by Gerry Sandusky | Comments

The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not.

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Establishing a Cleanroom Safety Plan

December 26, 2014 3:59 pm | by Jan Eudy | Comments

There are many similarities with establishing and maintaining quality and safety cultures. Successful quality and safety cultures are top management driven using defined procedures and protocols based on Federal regulations, industry standards, and best management practices.

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How It Works: Modular Tall-Walls Satisfy the Demand for Larger Controlled Environments

December 26, 2014 3:55 pm | by PortaFab Corp. | PortaFab Corp. | Comments

In the past, modular cleanrooms were primarily utilized for specialized functions within a facility. Common applications included labs, quality control areas, and sensitive materials storage. While these applications still exist today, there is also a growing need for more expansive cleanroom environments including the segmentation of entire manufacturing, packaging and processing areas within a facility.

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Construction Delivery Methods

December 26, 2014 3:39 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

When thinking about undertaking a construction project—whether a new greenfield facility or the renovation of an outdated or compromised building—one of the major considerations a facilities engineer faces is which construction delivery methodology to deploy. While many factors willinfluence the decision of a “best fit” methodology, this column will present a high level overview of the major options and key factors to consider.

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2020 Vision: Green, Safe, Sustainable — Part 2

December 26, 2014 3:12 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

Organic solvents and organic-based process fluids are a mainstay of industry. We think solvents for liquid/vapor phase degreasing will continue to be used in 2020, particularly where a high degree of wetting is needed to remove thin film and particles from miniature components and from complex structures, like those produced using 3D printing.

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Promoting Preparedness and Standards in the Wake of Infectious Disease

December 26, 2014 3:03 pm | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Comments

Recent cases of Ebola in the United States have raised concern about CDC regulations and clean procedures. Controlled Environments conducted an interview with Darrell Henry, Executive Director of The Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness, based in Washington, D.C.

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Containment Without the Typical Container

December 26, 2014 2:54 pm | by Ahmad Soueid | Comments

While in the countryside of Sussex, England, a new containment facility for the Pirbright Institute will focus on the way people work with viral diseases effecting animal and human health. The Pirbright Institute design maintains safety within a light-filled atmosphere.

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Best Practices for Building a Clean Environment

December 26, 2014 12:04 pm | by George Wiker and Kurt Gilson | Comments

An efficient, safe, and cost-effective cleanroom is often vital to the manufacturing process for therapeutics, particularly biologics. From specification to installation, clients, designers, and contractors need to collaborate closely and establish clear guidelines and detailed project plans.

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The Sticky Challenge of Relative Humidity

December 24, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brad Hodges, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

Electronics. Pharmaceuticals. Medical devices. Cosmetics. Foods and beverages. These are just some of the products requiring careful control of relative humidity levels in controlled environments. A host of evils lurk within the realm of humidity control. Maintaining the integrity of RH measurements is an ongoing effort.

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A Laser Look at 2014

December 23, 2014 12:00 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna | Controlled Environments Magazine | Comments

As each year draws to a close, Controlled Environments evaluates the news stories published on our website to look for trends so that we may better address the topics that our readers wish to see. We will keep an eye on these trends for 2015, and we’ll also be on the lookout for exciting new developments in the world of contamination control, semiconductors, and nanotechnology.

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