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Mixed News Circulates Fr
Mixed news circulates from SEMICON Southwest
AUSTIN, TX—As the old joke goes, THERE.WAS.SOME good news and some bad news coming out of Semicon Southwest 2002.
Intel Keeps Building Des
Intel keeps building despite market downturn
SANTA CLARA, CA—THE HIGH-TECH slump is not slowing Intel Corp. down.
Dell To Manufacture Emc
Dell to manufacture EMC storage device
HOPKINTON, MA—DUDE, YOU'RE working with Dell. That sentiment sums up a deal EMC Corp. recently struck with Dell Computer Corp. (Austin, TX), an agreement that will allow Dell to manufacture data storage hardware under a year-old partnership between the two companies and disclose new details of Dell's growing role as a reseller of EMC's equipment for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Particle Counting Makes
Particle counting makes visible progress
AUSTIN, TX—Spotting particles as soon as possible without disturbing manufacturing was a theme at SEMICON Southwest 2002, held here in mid-November.
Compliance Woes Haunt Ab
Compliance woes haunt Abbott
CHICAGO, IL—ABBOTT.LABORATORIES continues to have trouble complying with federal regulatory drug manufacturing standards as a recent inspection of its Austin, TX plant turned up mold and rust in critical manufacturing areas and the intravenous (IV) solutions it produces.
Feds Processors Take Hea
Feds, processors take heat for meat recall
FRANCONIA, PA?THE 19 MILLION pounds of ConAgra ground beef tainted with E. Coli was only in the books as the largest recall in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) history for a short time.
The Dawn Of The Deduster
The dawn of the deduster
LANCASTER, PA—THE ACRYLIC WINDOW in a cell phone, the clear lens that covers a car's instrument panel and the plastic surgical instruments all need to be perfect, for any flaws will render them scrap.
Human Containment Recons
Human containment reconsidered
BURR RIDGE, IL—IMAGINE A giant Ziploc sandwich bag big enough to package a person and outfitted with filters, intake and exhaust fans and sleeves that protect a patient and gives medical personnel access to that patient without the risk of exposure to contamination.
Know what you need, get what you need
We simply can't take for granted that we understand all there is to know about our particular businesses.
Faster measurement of viable particles in UPW
Culturing methods1, the gold standard for measuring bacteria in ultrapure water (UPW), take 24 to 48 hours or more to report a result. When you need faster response times, here are some options:
Aseptic processing guidelines under consideration
I recently attended a public hearing where the proposed revision of aseptic guidelines for manufacturing parenteral products was presented for comment by the FDA. While there was universal concern in the room about the content of the document, the mood was decidedly mixed.
Iest Rp 006 A Well Kept
IEST RP-006: A well-kept secret
Scarcely a week goes by that we don't receive a question regarding the testing of cleanrooms.
High Purity Valves Evolv
High-purity valves evolve to meet future demands
The design and material property of high-purity valves have improved over the years to provide tighter liquid chemical process control and increased cleanliness.
FDA to build cGMPs with science-based guidelines
Industry ponders impact of the FDA decision to reassess cGMPs, encourage innovation and strengthen the consistency of its oversight.
Laminar Flow Workstation
Laminar flow workstations won't hurt the cash flow
Larger manufacturing facilities often require just a few "critical clean" areas, making laminar flow workstations an ideal solution.