Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2003
Issue 1



Cleanroom distributor shuts down

Revenues of $2,039,543 from Hong Kong Batteries comprised 30 percent of the company's revenues for the fiscal year ending January 31, and company revenues of $64,404 on July 31 represented only 3 percent of the company's overall revenues.


Critics say FDA cGMP initiative bite is more than it can chew

This has pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experts and observers scratching their heads, questioning the scientific validity of the effort and suggesting the FDA's edifice of comprehensive goals for current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) may be no match for the "big bad reality wolf."


Inventors Corner

Inventor's Corner


CleanRooms Mailbox


Beware of

Some of you may remember the Dragnet television series with Sergeant Joe Friday's immortal line: "Just the facts, ma'am."


Meeting new conference programming needs

We put the finishing touches on the CleanRooms East 2003 (March 17-19) conference program a couple weeks before this issue went to press, and I don't mind saying that this is the best conference we've ever programmed.



Viable aerosol measurement: Drawing from parallel experiences

My December 2002 column discussed the measurement of viable particles in microelectronic ultrapure water (UPW).

Has The Downturn Robbed

Has the downturn robbed 300 mm of its rightful glory?

You could say that 300-mm technology, like the fabled cat, has nine lives.

An Examination Of Acrs A

An examination of ACRs: An opportunity to reduce energy and construction costs

There are several conflicting sets of recommendations on what is the best airflow for cleanrooms. Recent articles in Cleanrooms magazine have explored the different ways of measuring or describing air flows and have discussed the upcoming Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST; Rolling Meadows, Ill.) recommended changes; however, few industry observers have examined actual practices and the foreseeable impact on construction and energy costs.1, 2

Its Still A Jungle Out T

It's still a jungle out there

The café in the basement seemed like the perfect place to curb passions that reason must rein.


Iso 14644 3 Represents F

ISO 14644-3 represents fresh approach setting the standard

While the tone of some of the previous ISO documents has bordered on the autocratic, ISO/draft International Standard (DIS) 14644-3 represents a refreshing change in its approach.

Special Report

Isolation technology finds it's game

Enclosing critical processes in steel boxes—whether to protect the product or the worker from contamination—has grown into a mainstay of high-tech manufacturing.


Product Spotlight