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Facility Profile: Plastikos

November 12, 2015 | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Comments

Plastikos, a custom injection molder headquartered in Erie, Pa, recently completed its medical expansion with over 17,000 square feet of additional space. The new manufacturing cell and ISO 7 cleanroom officially began supporting production in August.

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Navigating Your Way Through USP <797>

November 19, 2015 12:04 pm | by Jillian Berkowitz | Comments

Little in life can be as arduous as wading through a chapter from the USP. The minimum practice and quality standards laid out in USP <797> may never be a New York Times bestselling book, but many do look for a better way to understand the cumbersome language of regulatory texts. Here is a basic outline of what’s covered.


Advice For Budding Entrepreneurs

November 18, 2015 11:00 am | by Marsha Friedman | Comments

Valuable advice for entrepreneurs who are on the verge of launching a business.


Outdated Computer Systems Play Havoc With The Bottom Line

November 12, 2015 9:09 am | by Nicole McMackin | Comments

Assessing technology needs can help businesses stay competitive.


Essential Traits Every Entrepreneur Needs

November 10, 2015 1:24 pm | by Randy H. Nelson | Comments

Why do some new businesses go belly up after a short existence while others prosper?


Believe You Can Be Creative

November 6, 2015 12:00 am | by Mona Patel | Comments

Many difficulties are blank canvases awaiting innovative answers.


Keeping Nanotech Workers Safe

November 5, 2015 12:00 am | by Sara A. Brenner, MD, MPH; and Michael Liehr, PhD | Comments

Currently, risk assessment for workers in nanotechnology is still in its infancy because occupational exposure assessment strategies and physiologic and health outcomes of occupational exposure to engineered nanomaterials have not yet been well characterized or established. 


Getting the Most Out Of Meetings

November 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Cameron Herold | Comments

Waste less time and become more efficient with a few simple steps.


Can You Avoid The Highway To Business Hell?

November 2, 2015 1:20 pm | Comments

Novice entrepreneurs often ignore signs they are headed for disaster.


Tools Matter

October 30, 2015 11:27 am | by David P. Nobile | Comments

One of the most important familiar requirements within cleanrooms is the physical cleaning of the cleanroom itself to maintain necessary contamination control. In the majority of processes conducted in cleanrooms, deficient or ineffective janitorial cleaning of the room itself poses significant risk to human health and production yield loss and related cost.


The Four Faces of Leadership

October 27, 2015 11:11 am | by Rob-Jan de Jong | Comments

How any leader can responsibly boost their visionary side.


Restricted Access Barrier Systems: Open vs. Closed

October 23, 2015 12:00 am | by Bikash Chatterjee | Comments

Barrier systems run the spectrum from simple process demarcation devices to full physical barriers, as is the case with isolators. With global expansion, the need to create well defined and controllable manufacturing environments, quickly and efficiently, has rekindled interest in isolator designs. Restricted access barriers represent one of the fastest growing technology solutions for products that cannot be terminally sterilized.


Do's and Don'ts for a Cleanroom Renovation or New Build

October 22, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jack Paul | Comments

When renovating a cleanroom, or creating one from non-cleanroom space, understanding the details — of the site, building, planned research, and equipment — is essential. 


Don’t Confuse Serving Up with Sucking Up

October 21, 2015 10:52 am | by Nathan Jamail | Comments

If you are in a situation where you're being pegged as a "Yes Man" or a "kiss up," ask yourself this: "Am I sucking up or serving up?"


STEM Students Meet Big Bang Theory Cast

October 20, 2015 11:50 am | by MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor | Comments

UCLA students visited the set of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory after winning the show's first annual STEM scholarships.


Selecting your ESD Control Method

October 16, 2015 11:34 am | by Ido Goldstein | Comments

Air conditioning, heating, and fresh air intake during winter conditions and dry summer months cause electrostatic discharge in cleanroom environments. ESD can result in costly damage to the equipment and products manufactured, as well as delays or downtime. 



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