compiled by Carrie Meadows

Cymer signs EUV supply agreement with ASML
At SEMICON West 2007, Cymer, Inc., which provides excimer laser light sources used in semiconductor manufacturing, announced its selection by ASML Holding NV as the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) source supplier for the lithography systems vendor’s EUV scanners. The multi-year, multi-unit EUV source agreement has the first shipment scheduled for late 2008.

Pharma software gets set to go wireless

Software provider Pharmacy OneSource, Inc. has partnered with FreshLoc Technologies and its national distributor WTH Healthcare Networks to interface the FreshLoc wireless environmental monitoring sensors for temperature-sensitive processes with Simplifi 797, a web-based application for tracking USP Chapter <797> compliance. “Most pharmacists see collecting temperature and humidity values as critical to safety and quality in sterile compounding, yet would much rather have it done automatically and wirelessly,” says Keith Streckenbach, executive vice president of Pharmacy OneSource.

NQA closes certification acquisition

Leading ISO 9001, ISO 14001, TS 16949, and AS9100 registrar National Quality Assurance, USA (NQA), a joint venture company of National Technical Systems, Inc., has acquired TRA Certification, an Elkhart, IN-based ISO certification organization. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Teamsters support protection from diacetyl exposure

The Teamsters Union is supporting legislation introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) that will compel OSHA to take immediate action to protect food-processing workers from exposure to diacetyl, a chemical that has been link to a form of irreversible lung disease, commonly referred to as “popcorn lung” due to the chemical being used in the artificial flavoring in microwave popcorn. The legislation would require OSHA to issue an interim final standard within 90 days of its introduction to minimize exposure to diacetyl. A final rule would need to be issued within two years covering all workplaces where workers are exposed to this chemical.