Gas deliveries resume following Praxair fire
Regional deliveries of Praxair (www.praxair.com) industrial specialty gases used for semiconductor and laboratory calibration, as well as nitrogen for the food-freezing industry, plus other industrial and medical gases, are returning to normal following explosions and fire that tore through the company’s distribution facility here in late June.
Ultrapure water on the ‘brain’
Millipore Corp. (www.millipore.com) has developed a custom-designed loop system linking two of its technologies for ultrapure water requirements in research being conducted by Allen Institute for Brain Science (AIBS; www.brainatlas.org).
Ely named IEST president-elect
Gordon Ely, validation manager at Nelson Laboratories, has been named president-elect of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST; www.iest.org) for 2005-2006.
News snippets from the world of contamination control.
R&D outsourcing system targets medical device developers
Putting a new spin on the outsourcing of medical device research and development, equipment design company Foster-Miller (www.foster-miller.com) has unveiled a series of services designed to help medical device makers identify, target, design and manufacture successful and safe new products.
‘New’ Brooks Automation now includes Helix
In what president and CEO Edward Grady calls a “strategic combination,” Brooks Automation (www.brooks.com), which provides automation solutions for semiconductor manufacturing, has acquired vacuum-technology leader Helix Technology Corp. (www.helixtechnology.com).
Millipore extends global reach
Just a few miles down Route 3 from Brooks Automation, Millipore Corp. (www.millipore.com) has also been busy strengthening its global presence, acquiring a prominent aseptic-processing-tool developer in Sweden and a biotech contract-testing lab in the Netherlands.
Fingering contamination in healthcare facilities
A maker of washable computer keyboards is urging healthcare and infectious-disease professionals to investigate the risk of harmful pathogens that take up residence at the workstation and are then transferred to patients.
New memory technologies impact semi cleanrooms
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (www.freescale.com) has embarked on a memory technology-magnetic tunnel-junction random access memory, or MRAM-that is proving to have implications for manufacturing in Freescale’s own cleanrooms.
IEST gains voice in nanotechnology
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (www.iest.org), long active in helping to establish worldwide contamination-control standards for cleanrooms, will now have a voice on a newly created technical committee that will produce standards for emerging nanotechnology applications.