Research space in the Albert Sherman Center on the UMass Medical School campus called for 22 environmental rooms to meet demanding and critical requirements.
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Electrostatic discharge control is an ongoing challenge to facilities engineers working in the realm of controlled environments.
Some factors to consider when buying a temperature and humidity monitoring system for mission critical devices.
In calculating the outsourcing formula, companies need to look at total cost of ownership and take the long view.
A European perspective on training and certification standards for professionals involved in testing cleanrooms.
A new interface allows cleanroom equipment to be controlled through a touchpad device. Breakthroughs in manufacturing and research have moved at incredible speed, but designers, researchers, and engineers are still using outdated devices to interface with cleanroom equipment.
IEST’s NANO200 provides technical design criteria and a practical framework for all phases of a nanoscience and nanotechonology design/build project. The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative has brought together the expertise needed to advance this broad and complex field and served as the central point of communication, cooperation, and collaboration for all federal agencies and universities engaged in nanotechnology research.
Several organizations provide standards and guidance on environmental test chamber construction, temperature control standards, and engineering tolerances. When planning for the installation of test chambers, the wise facilities engineer plans from the inside out. For the test requirement driving the installation will also drive the engineering that the facilities person must accommodate.
Effective education in handling and sanitizing medical devices can reduce potential hazards to healthcare workers and patients. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, in the U.S., approximately one out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a nosocomial infection, an infection associated with the healthcare environment.
The wake-up call to compounding pharmacies nationwide means a closer eye on design, certification, and operations. To look further into the issue regarding design and control within compounding pharmacies, Controlled Environments spoke with Rick Meyer, President, Superior Laboratory Services Inc. of Pasadena, Texas.
A compounding cleanroom gets a wireless system to monitor temperature, humidity, pressure, and particles — and maintain compliance. In order to stay compliant with regulations, cleanroom managers need to have accurate data on the status of the facility.
Trade inefficient trial-and-error testing for a systematic approach to solvent substitution and blends. Industrial chemists and engineers have an impressive track record of “rising to the occasion” with respect to the increasing restrictions on acceptable process solvents.
For complex organizations, such as pharmaceutical companies, the importance of a disaster recovery strategy can’t be overstated. Controlled Environments recently spoke with Chris Burgher, Business Development Executive at SunGard Availability Services, Wayne, Pa., about how organizations can prepare for unexpected business disruptions.
A mini-environment enhances the cleanroom setting by bringing it to a higher standard. There was a time when micro- and mini-environments were hailed as “the next big thing.” When they appeared on the scene, some of the more rash futurists (generally not engineers) predicted that they would someday be the death knell of the cleanroom. Obviously not so—as evidenced in the electronics industry by the ongoing evolution to 450 mm wafers.
The recent revisions of the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standards and the FDA rulings to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act have increased the requirements for controlled environments to prevent contamination of high risk foods and high care areas.
Water is the fluid most often used in cleaning, whether it is for personal, household, industrial, or the manufacture of high-value product. Water is the most abundant cleaning chemical. With appropriate additives, water-based cleaning has proven successful. However, particularly in critical manufacturing, the wrong water quality can derail the process and undermine product quality. How do you get water to the right quality?