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Solid State Technology

Year 2005
Issue 6


Newly Patented Filtratio

Newly patented filtration technology enhances milk product purification

APEX, N.C. -A filtration technology developed by NCSRT Inc. ( has received three U.S. patents for superior dairy separation and purification of milk, whey and colostrum.

Safe Handling Label May

Safe-handling label may move inside

ROCKVILLE, Md.-At the request of the egg industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; has proposed to amend its food-labeling regulations so that safe-handling statements may appear on the inside lid rather than on the front of egg cartons.

Single Wafer Mixed Fluid

Single-wafer, mixed-fluid cleaning proposed for advanced processes

AUSTIN, Texas-The need for and difficulty of removing surface particles without damaging circuit features, and the increasing trend of mask cleaning borrowing from wafer-cleaning technologies, were key themes that emerged from the seventh annual conference on surface preparation cleaning "Emerging Technologies in Semiconductor Surface Preparation," sponsored by SEMATECH(


GlaxoSmithKline: Manufacturing processes being addressed to correct drug defects

ROCKVILLE, Md.-British pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK; Brentford, U.K.; says it has identified and is addressing unspecified manufacturing processes at its Cidra, Puerto Rico, facility that led to a March raid by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA;, during which batches of defective medications were seized.

Gas Filter Technology Ai

Gas filter technology aims to extinguish pharma fire risk

EAST HILLS, N.Y.-Fire risk inherent with the production of certain protein-based drugs is the target of a new filtration technology developed by Pall Corp. (, which features specially designed PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) materials.

Infection Inspection Inv

Infection inspection invention

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.— Medical IT company MedMined Inc. ( has introduced the Nosocomial Infection Marker (NIM) to its Data Mining Surveillance technology.

Injectable Technology To

Injectable technology to be manufactured in 14,000-square-foot cleanroom suites

SAN DIEGO, Calif.-Artes Medical Inc. ( has begun qualification runs of its injectable wrinkle-filler device, ArteFill, at its recently completed commercial cGMP manufacturing facility in San Diego.

A Glimpse At Interphex U

A glimpse at Interphex unveilings

Over 950 exhibitors from around the world gathered together this past April for the Interphex conference and exhibition at the Jacob K. Javits center in New York City.

Biosafety Lab Cited For

Biosafety lab cited for three ‘serious’ health violations

BOSTON, Mass.-Detailing three procedural violations it deems as "serious," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; has fined Boston University and Boston Medical Center Corp. $8,100 as a result of researcher exposure to the potentially lethal tularemia-causing bacterium in the spring of 2004.

Cassette To Cassette Sys

Cassette-to-cassette system targets new semi processes

NEWPORT, Wales-Designed for 200-mm semiconductor processes, Trikon Technologies ( began shipments in April for its Omega i2L dry-etch system, which combines the company's inline cassette-to-cassette handling subsystem with Windows NT control software and process modules from the company's fxP series cluster tools.

Danish Pharma Plant Name

Danish pharma plant named Facility of the Year

Innovative products weren't the only things unveiled at Interphex 2005 this past April.

Flexible Approach To Con

MT. PLEASANT, PA.-At the Sony Technology Center- Pittsburgh (STC-P; Mt. Pleasant, Pa.), the liquid crystal display (LCD) rear projection televisions and plasma-based direct view televisions assembled there contain extremely precise components the slightest speck of dust or dirt can wreak havoc.


Your Market Analysis Cle

Your Market Analysis: Cleanroom filters — Requirements and markets

Demands for removal of smaller and smaller particles continue in the cleanroom industry.


Special Report

Hybrid medical devices: Clean, lean, drug-dispensing machines

Medical manufacturers are finding creative ways to make implantable drug-delivery devices that stand up to strict sterility guidelines and the volatile conditions of the human body.


The importance of surface-cleaned micropowders for specialized uses in the ceramic industry

Engineers, designers, production managers and purchasing professionals should be informed of the processes used to manufacture the materials used in their respective applications.


From the Editor: Why doesn’t the food industry get it?

1) Are the latest contamination-control practices and technology being applied to food safety?


Evaluating robotics for pharmaceutical packaging

Today’s pharmaceutical manufacturers are challenged by strict contamination-control requirements, increased brand turnover and broader product lines in a range of formats and sizes.


Life Sciences

USP 797: Microcleaning and the controlled environment-Part 1

Microcleaning is the process whereby the surfaces in a controlled environment are disinfected and sanitized with the elimination of microscopic-scale contaminants as the core objective.

Setting The Standard

IEST updates and improves its Recommended Practice for testing ULPA filters

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies (IEST) has long been a leader in the area of cleanroom filter definitions and performance testing.


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Regardless of the classification level of the surrounding environment or cleanliness of the equipment, if the process gases or chemistry introduced into the process are contaminated, so will be the product. This month’s product spotlight examines some of the latest liquid and gas delivery system products, services and technologies available to prevent this from happening.

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Each month CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest innovations in the contamination-control industry.




News snippets from the world of contamination control.