Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2005
Issue 5



Prevailing science

By now, regular readers of this magazine have, I’m sure, noticed the special column from the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) now appearing in each issue of the publication.

Special Report

Efforts pull together European standards and regs

An overview of the European regulatory bodies affecting standardization and harmonization efforts in the EU.


Contamination Source Identification (CSI): Tools of discovery

Explicitly described, direct comparisons of cultivation-based and genetic-based identification methods have obvious deficiencies within each. Nonetheless, it can be assured that microbial detection will be revealed by one, if not the other. The question remains as to which tools are more sensitive, economically feasible, easily validated, and time-saving.


Airflow modeling in cleanroom design

Cleanrooms come in all shapes and sizes from special purpose minienvironments to large, expansive production facilities.


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CleanRooms Europe 2005

This year, the eighth annual CleanRooms Europe trade fair will once again take place in Stuttgart, Germany.


Cleanroom Demand In The

Cleanroom demand in the world food industry

Food processing is a small but steadily growing segment of the cleanroom industry.


Soaring Rampd Costs May

Soaring R&D costs may lead to more industry consolidations

BILLERICA, MA-Slow growth in the semiconductor industry, combined with rising research and development costs, may make the recent Mykrolis Crop./Entegris Inc./ Extraction Systems merger more the norm than the exception for contamination-contro9l companies.


USDA approves UV technology for fighting food-processing bacteria

MURRAY HILL, N.J.-An ultraviolet-based technology developed by Intervent-a food safety business of BOC Group ( been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ( Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as a solution for inactivating listeria organisms found in food processing steps.

Precision Prototyping Pr

Precision prototyping process picks up

CARLSBAD, Calif.-In a move to meet a growing need for upgraded lab facilities for its advanced R&D development, Palomar Technologies has moved to a 39,000-square-foot facility here that will serve as its international headquarters.

Fda Leader Urges Team Ap

FDA leader urges team approach to pharma manufacturing processes

BOSTON, MA-Your job is to assure us your process is safe; our job is not to tell you how to manufacture drugs.”

Robotic Cleanrooms Reach

Robotic cleanrooms reach multiple industries

ANN ARBOR, MI-Robotics use in manufacturing is on the rise in international industry as a whole, and specifically in most contamination-control environments except semiconductor, with a trend toward multiple-control robotics invading the cleanroom of the future.

A Natural Beverage Filte

A natural beverage filtering process

KIRKINTILLOCH, Scotland-A new water filtration technology developed by start-up Filter Clear, based on a two-decades-old invention, promises to help the food and beverage industry naturally filter out parasites from water-based products.

Dna Sequence Based Techn

DNA sequence-based technology aims to meet FDA aseptic processing requirements

FOSTER CITY, CA-An established DNA sequence-based technology developed by Applied Biosystems Corp. ( is now being touted for helping pharmaceutical makers meet recent FDA aseptic processing requirements for the manufacture of sterile drug and biological products.




ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.-Gordon Ely of Nelson Laboratories will lead an online class covering biocontamination issues, Wednesday, June 22, at 11 a.m. (CDT) via the IEST's Web site (


Product Spotlight


Disinfectant products are a vital part of ensuring that the controlled environment is sterile and contaminant-free.

New Products


The EnviroTrans environmental monitoring kit is intended for environmental sterility monitoring within a pharmaceutical cleanroom.


Setting The Standard

IEST Recommended Practice will help remove confusion over AMC control

Microelectronics manufacturers have become much more sophisticated in their knowledge and understanding of airborne molecular contamination (AMC) and its effects in the cleanroom.



Greater collaboration provides new integrated solutions

The requirements and scope of contamination-control solutions have changed significantly over time.