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Clean the Cleanroom, Clean the Product

July 16, 2014 | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC | Comments

Product failures can often be avoided by well-planned and validated room and equipment cleaning processes.                                     

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Immediate Benefits of Real-Time Microbial Monitoring

August 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Troy Tillman Sr. | TSI, Inc. | Comments

Real-time microbial monitoring provides instant information that leads to immediate benefits. New technology, such as real-time viable particle counters, measures viable particle counts as they occur. Quality Control utilizes alert and action limits for reactive and corrective activities. In Quality Assurance, attention is placed on trending data, process improvement, and preventative actions.


Cleaning System Selection

August 15, 2014 11:34 am | Comments

There are many factors to tabulate when selecting a new cleaning system. The first recommendation is always to try to pass the job to somebody else. Failing that, use a ’cleaning scorecard.’ Using standard statistical tools, engineers can model all the operating costs for systems of different types and sizes.


Portable Air Conditioner Addresses Cleanroom Cooling Challenge

August 11, 2014 8:36 am | by Clark Michel | Comments

Portable air conditioning is a popular choice when installed HVAC equipment is offline for refurbishment or repair. When the space being served is a manufacturing cleanroom, the temporary cooling requirements become more complex. 


Fixture Styles for Cleanroom Lighting

August 10, 2014 7:33 pm | Comments

The need for multiple air filters in cleanroom facilities leaves minimal space for light fixtures. There are three common fixture styles for cleanrooms that maximize the use of the space: recessed troffers, surface-mount fixtures, and surface-mount teardrop fixtures. These are best-suited for use in cleanroom facilities, depending on ISO classification.


When employees disappoint: how effective leaders respond

July 28, 2014 5:23 pm | by Alesia Latson | Comments

Disappointment is inevitable for leaders. At times your people will disappoint you, and there will also be instances where you disappoint others. So the fact that disappointment occurs isn’t the challenge. The real issue to address is how you respond to the disappointment.


The 5 Frank Principles of Business: Blunt Leadership Lessons Learned Over a Lifetime

July 18, 2014 9:27 am | by Richard J. Bryan | Comments

Frank was ex-Special Forces with a fine arts degree—an unusual mix. He achieved a lot in his business career by following five simple principles that he was able to apply to any business, and many have achieved a lot by learning to do the same.


The Responsibilities of a Certified CPT Professional

July 16, 2014 4:20 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

The NEBB clearly outlines the responsibilities of a Cleanroom Performance Testing (CPT) professional – underpinned by the ultimate responsibility to control the quality of the work, and satisfying the quality of the project testing, “exclusive of acceptance criteria or guaranteeing performance.”


How It Works: Ergonomic Seating Solution Makes Dollars and Sense

July 16, 2014 3:47 pm | BEVCO Ergonomic Seating | Comments

Cleanroom facilities are constantly monitoring contaminants in the environment. Budget dollars are spent on the right filtration and cleaning systems. Employee garments and behaviors are monitored. Processes are followed so that the cleanroom facility is both successful and productive. But is the facility aware of the importance of an ergonomic chair and how it impacts productivity?


Brookhaven National Laboratory Going Green

July 16, 2014 3:36 pm | by Ahmad Soueid | Comments

The new Interdisciplinary Sciences Building earned LEED Gold including the maximum LEED points for energy performance.                          


The Use of Dry Fog for Compounding Cleanroom Disinfection

July 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by Christopher Fournier | Mar Cor Purification | Comments

How a Tennessee compounding pharmacy upgraded its cleanroom disinfection process with a dry fog technology system.                                       


Fume Hood Selection for Energy Efficiency

July 14, 2014 2:58 pm | by Ronald Blanchard and Andrea Love | Comments

By looking at features, options, and alternatives, fume hood energy impact can be reduced.                                                         


The Many Dimensions of 3D

July 14, 2014 2:18 pm | Controlled Environments Magazine | Comments

Beyond the novelty industry, real innovation is taking place in the 3D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing) arena. According to Society of Manufacturing Engineers, companies in a wide variety of industries are using additive manufacturing to achieve: shorter lead times, mass customization, reduced parts count, more complex shapes, on-demand production, reduced material waste, and lower lifecycle energy use.


HVAC Energy Reduction Strategies

July 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by Patrice Galvin, Editorial Director | Comments

Whether creating a controlled environment for an electronics manufacturer or a life sciences environment free of pathogens, the HVAC system controls your success and will significantly impact your operating costs. This infographic highlights a few key areas you can explore to see where energy savings might be found.


Fume Hood Selection for Energy Efficiency

June 23, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ronald Blanchard, AIA and Andrea Love, AIA | Comments

The fume hood is arguably the single most important safety feature in laboratories. They are also one of the major energy users and can use three and a half times more energy annually than the average American house. For safety reasons these devices cannot be eliminated from the lab, however, there are energy-optimization strategies that can reduce their environmental impact and enhance their performance.


Talent versus Determination

June 19, 2014 1:39 pm | by Walt Grassl | Comments

The most successful people have talent and they work hard.  Hard-working, talented people make the best employees. As an employee, we must consider what is in our control and what can we influence. We cannot control how much talent we have. But we can control how hard we work and how hard we persevere when times get tough. Here are five character traits for hiring managers to consider.



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