Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2006
Issue 8



Proposed changes to USP 797: Where is the good science?

In early May 2006, USP published the proposed changes to General Chapter <797>: Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparation.

Your Market Analysis

Cleanroom air filter market

Over the years, focus in the air filtration industry has shifted from just particulate capture to also include adsorption of gaseous contaminants.

Inventorrsquos Corner

Surface particle detector

Contamination detection and quantification requirements have become increasingly important, particularly with the rapid evolution of high-tech industries.

Setting The Standard

Building a cleanroom-Start with ISO 14644-4

If you spend a significant portion of your career in cleanroom technology, you will have the opportunity to design, build or renovate a cleanroom.

From The Editor

Practicing what I preach

Last month in this editorial, I addressed the semiconductor industry segment of our readership about the importance of embracing aggressive “value-selling” principles in their marketing and sales strategies if they are to maintain their pace of technological advancement.



Letters to the Editor

Just a quick comment on Karen von Holtz’s article “Preparing for cleanroom certification and validation” (CleanRooms, May 2006, p. 34) wherein she defines the Installation Qualification as “testing that proves the environment was correctly installed and that it meets the intended design specifications.”



FTC clears Linde’s proposed acquisition of BOC

The proposed acquisition by Linde AG (Wiesbaden, Germany) of The BOC Group plc (Windlesham, U.K.) has been cleared by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


Baxter Healthcare Corp. agrees to correct deficiencies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that Baxter Healthcare Corp. and two of its top corporate executives have signed a consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction for certain infusion pumps made by the firm.


Acquisitions enhance 3M’s flexible packaging solutions

3M recently announced that it has acquired SCC Products Inc. and JJ Converting LLC.


Online shop provided by semiconductor process equipment manufacturer

EV Group recently announced availability of its new online shopping platform.



Meriam Process Technologies has announced a new trade-in program available on its MFC and MFT HART communication products.



Nano is big at Purdue

The Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC) building at Purdue University was dedicated on October 8, 2005.


Developing compliant and effective cleaning and disinfection methodologies in GMP controlled environments

Developing a compliant and effective cleaning and disinfection system for controlled environments in pharmaceutical and biotechnology operations requires firms to consider the most important element of what is to be accomplished: the development of a system that attains repeatable results.

Special Report

Manufacturers balance cost, comfort and quality to meet changing glove market

With latex prices soaring, many glove manufacturers are converting or expanding operations to accommodate growing demand for nitrile, a better performing but traditionally higher-priced material that is finding new application in the competitive world of cleanroom gloving


New Products

New products

Technology Care LLC has developed a new cost-effective method for monitoring airborne particles in indoor environments.

Product Spotlight


Comfort is important to contamination-control professionals confined to the cleanroom or lab for extended periods of time.