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New ESD Wrist Strap Test Standard

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Bloomington, MN--The Electrostatic Discharge Association recently approved a new draft standard that establishes test methods for evaluating the electrical and mechanical characteristics of wrist straps. ESD-DS1.1, also known as, "Evaluation, Acceptance, and Functional Testing of Wrist Straps," is the successor to the 1987 EOS/ESD S1.0. The new draft standard includes improved test methods and performance limits for evaluation, acceptance, and functional testing of wrist straps, which are often

Mobile water recycle laboratory

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
U.S. Filter Corp. now offers a water recycle mobile laboratory that allows semiconductor, PC-board and other electronics manufacturers to conduct on-site rinse water recycle and recovery pilot tests. The first of its kind in the industry, according to the company, the trailer enables customers to evaluate specific technologies and gather operating and cost data for full-scale rinsewater recovery systems. The 43-ft trailer requires only power, deionized water, wastewater influent, air, electricit

On-line sterilization monitor

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Rosemount Analytical and Eli Lilly have partnered on the development of the first on-line sterilization monitor for operators of sterilization processes. The AOTF-NIR Analyzer directly measures and quantifies levels of sterilant in sterilization processes, directly impacting plant economics, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. The product can supplement laboratory analysis and biological indicators (after validation). The system consists of four components: an analyzer module, fiberopt

Prewet filters

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Pall Ultrafine Filtration Co.`s Microelectronics Group has developed prewet filters for use with high purity chemicals in semiconductor fabrication processes. The Super-Cheminert and Ulti-Cheminert Filters can be installed in bulk, distribution and point-of-use applications without prewetting the filters using low surface tension solvents. The prewet filter cartridge option was designed to eliminate the need to IPA-soak hydrophobic membrane filters, according to the company, and thereby minimize

Portable gas management system

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Process Tube Systems is introducing the Ultracart 2600B, a portable UHP gas analytical test cart. The Ultracart provides integrated, full-spectrum analysis through computerized data acquisition, simultaneously monitoring particles, moisture, oxygen and hydrocarbons in a high purity gas stream via a single gas line connection. Windows 3.11 graphical interface allows real-time data acquisition. Options include an uninterrupted power supply, on-board, purified purge gas, on-board calibration and re

Dual-media pretreatment systems

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Osmonics` dual-media pretreatment systems minimize wear and tear on reverse osmosis and deionization systems by removing particulates, insoluable iron, manganese and hydrogen sulfide from feedwater. By removing particulates larger than 10 µm in size, they also reduce loading of the cartridge and bag filter and extend the life of membrane elements and ion exchange resins. Constructed of three grades of filter media, the Osmonics` systems provide "graded density" depth filtration for optimum p

Glove News Publication

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
San Diego, CA--Safeskin Corp., a manufacturer of hypoallergenic disposable latex gloves, has announced the launch of a clinical publication series entitled "Healthcare News You Can Use," touching on current topics of concern to healthcare professionals. Focusing on current hot topics in gloving management, the series is authored by Wava Truscott, Ph.D. and other gloving experts at Safeskin. Created in response to inquiries posed by glove wearers, the publication consists of two editions. The fir

International Symposium Focuses on Contamination Control

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
The Hague--The International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS) and the Dutch "Vereniging Contamination Control Nederland, VCCN," will present the 13th International Symposium on Contamination Control in the Netherlands, September 16-20. The symposium will feature exhibitions, tutorials, technical sessions and keynote addresses, as well as social events and tours to area businesses. Topics to be discussed include enclosures and minienvironments, filtration technology, desig

Swabs, Wipers Critical for Semiconductor/Disk Drive Industries

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Wipers do for surfaces what HEPA filters do for air, says Dr. Howard Siegerman, senior marketing manager for The Texwipe Company (Upper Saddle River, NJ). Wiping is the only cleaning technique that provides sufficient energy to remove submicron particles held by strong electrostatic energy,

Helmke Rebuttal

Sun, 9 Sep 1996
As chairman of the Institute of Environmental Sciences Working Group 003, I feel the need to clarify several issues raised in the letter to the editor entitled, "Helmke Under Fire," (Feedback, April 1996, p. 60). The referenced "Round Robin" tests that were performed by the committee were neither developed nor performed to produce a correlation between the Helmke Drum and the ASTM-F51-68 alternate method for accuracy or precision. The purpose of the test was to attempt to lower the limits previo

Singapores "Next Lap" Embraces Cost-effective, Proven Contamination Control

Sun, 9 Sep 1996
These were the words of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, first British Governor of Singapore when he set foot on the tiny island of 150 people in 1819. Today, as an independent nation, Raffles` hope and vision for Singapore appears to have been achieved. The McIlvaine research company (Northbrook, IL), now identifies Singapore as one of three possible "regional centers" in Asia for marketing cleanroom products and services--(the others being Japan and Hong Kong). Today, Singapore`s "Merlion" symbol

Cost, Comfort and Contamination Control Drive Cleanroom Garment Trends

Sun, 9 Sep 1996
A cleanroom garment system is the primary barrier between a product or process and the greatest particle generator in the room--the operator. As such, it is as important as the HEPA filters in the ceiling.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Spurs Asian Cleanroom Market

Sun, 9 Sep 1996
With semiconductors and data storage manufacturing peaking, Asia is the place to be if you want a big piece of the contamination control market pie.

Assessing the Cleanliness of Ultrapure Gas Supply Components

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Preparing and delivering ultraclean process gases is essential to prevent contamination in the final product. This article discusses a testing method to assess cleanliness of ultrapure gas supply components.

Environmental Monitoring Using a Systems Integration Approach

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Using a modular data acquisition system for measuring critical environmental parameters can make managing a clean environment much easier.

University of Minnesota--Pioneering Particle Research

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
The University of Minnesota?s Particle Technology Laboratory in the university?s Institute of Technology has been working on small particle research for 40 years. In addition to developing many instruments and techniques for particle generation, measurement, sampling and analysis, the laboratory has also been working in fundamental aerosol research.

Contamination Control--The Emerging Curriculum?

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Companies need to move beyond procedural training: They must educate all personnel in contamination control consciousness. Organizations are beginning to link learning to competitive advantage and profit.

Contaminated Dental Equipment Can Carry HIV

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Athens, GA--A recent study entitled "Resistance of microorganisms to disinfection in dental and medical devices" has found that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other human pathogens can survive high level chemical disinfection by hiding in the various greases and oils used to lubricate many of today`s dental and medical devices.

Crime Labs: The next contamination control market?

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Washington, D.C.--One thing the O.J. Simpson trial has brought into the limelight is the importance of contamination control. Collecting evidence requires caution, the correct packaging, and contamination control. One submicron of dirt, blood or dust can ruin or distort evidence. Crime labs often rely on the same principle that biotech labs do: keep contamination out.

USDA Spurs Food Industry to Use ATP Technology

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
The food industry is causing a market boom for rapid surface swab technology products that use the enzyme luciferase--produced by fireflies--for detecting the presence of very low levels of contaminants.

Air Sterilizer

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Airesearch Technology presents an air sterilizer specially designed to kill airborne microorganisms as a supplement to HEPA filtration in cleanrooms. Not an ionizer or a filtration air purifier, the Germitrol line of "germ killers" uses a patented UV system and is widely applicable in hospitals, clinics, offices, food processing areas, laboratories, and childcare centers. It draws in room air, kills airborne germs in its sterilizing chamber, and uses a blower to expel the air back into the room.

Barrier Hand Cream

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Norix International has developed Skin Sense barrier cream, an odorless, non-greasy and inert protective lotion designed to prevent contact dermatitis from glove allergies, surgical soaps and scrubs, as well as biological irritants and even acids. The cream contains no silicone, rubber or oils and is designed to serve as a barrier against the three largest exposures of skin to chemicals: (1) cutting and cooling fluids used in machining operations, (2) solvents used in cleaning parts and in manuf

Filter Assembly

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Pall Corp. introduces the High-Flow Mini-Gaskleen filter assembly, specially designed for the removal of submicron particles ( 0.003 microns) from ultra high purity point-of-use gas filtration applications in the microelectronics, pharmaceutical, biological, bioprocessing, and food and beverage industries. The new filter design allows significantly higher flow capacity than previously offered in this envelope, according to the company. The compact filter assembly has a diameter of >1 in. (25 mm)

Ventilated enclosure

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Labconco Corp. presents the Protector VS Ventilation Station, designed to protect the operator from hazardous or noxious fumes, vapors and fine powders. The VS ventilation station provides an even, inward air flow and can be used as a light duty fume hood, at weighing stations, solvent cleaning work bays, science classroom workstations or for veterinary pathology and cytology. An aerodynamic air foil, a proprietary slot pattern in the baffle, and small sash opening provide containment with lower

Laser particle monitor

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Malvern Instruments` Milpa line of laser particle monitors are for on-line monitoring of ultraclean liquids for a wide range of industries. They can detect particles down to 0.1 micron in a variety of liquids, pure water, solvents and chemicals, including hydrofluoric acid. The Milpa instruments can be panel-mounted for in-line monitoring or used as portable monitors. The Milpa-PB is suitable for routine monitoring applications; the Milpa-PR includes an integral printer, and the Milpa-PM feature

Fluid scanners

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Mesa-Tek Instruments introduces its "Fluid Scanner" series of fast (3 mns/cycle for an 8-in. wafer scan) machines, designed for contamination extraction at wafer geometries of ( 0.25 microns. The Fluid Scanner replaces the vapor phase dissolution process, providing fast, programmable (PLC-controlled) 100 percent wafer surface coverage. The FS-500 is designed to monitor cleanroom ambient conditions, identifying contaminants and their sources. It can also be used as an "ultra-cleaner" for wafer s

Wet Processing System

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
CFM Technologies has developed a new version of its Full-Flow wet processing system. The Full-Flow 8100 system offers users the capability of doubling throughput by processing 100 200-mm wafers in a single chamber. A dual vessel 8100 expands throughput capacity by processing two wafer vessels simultaneously, using one core system. A more efficient use of water, chemicals and floor space are added features. The company says the Full-Flow 8100 system is also its platform for development of 300-mm

Desiccators

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Boekel Scientific`s desiccators, fabricated from stainless steel and glass, provide an airtight and dry environment for storing reagents, drying biological specimens, cooling crucibles or for storing electronic components and devices in a clean, inert dry environment. The Statnip eliminates ESD without the need for ionizers or antistatic sprays. A vapor-deposited film of tin oxide makes the inside glass surface impervious to static buildup. Expanded shelf assemblies slide on conductive runners g

Getting a Grip on Gloves

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
The two articles on cleanroom gloves ("Cleanroo0m Gloves Grasp Market Attention," May 1996, p. 12; and "Classifying Contaminants in Cleanroom Gloves," May 1996, p. 20) were excellent and informative. There are several points, however, which I would like to clarify.

Does Air Filtration Offer Solutions for Home Applications?

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Occasionally, stepping back from leading-edge contamination control situations to see how technological advances in our field show up in everyday life can be interesting. We hear that very expensive scientific ventures like the space program contribute many advances to

Rotation of Disinfectants to Combat Microbial Resistance

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Regulatory and advisory groups have recommended disinfectant rotation be practiced as part of a comprehensive sanitation program. Here`s why.

Keeping on Track with Cleanroom Floors, Walls and Ceilings

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Seamless "microbiological" flooring that is antistatic or static-dissipative and "total systems solutions"-- cleanrooms that are ready to be "plugged in"-- are in demand by major segments of the industry.

Cleanroom Wipers: State-of-the-Art Evaluation Techniques

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
What makes the difference in wiper products is the amount of surface contamination they leave behind after use. Particles and fibers, nonvolatile residue, metals and metal ions, anions and ESD propensity must be properly evaluated and quantified using techniques such as Soxhlet extraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), capillary ion electro phoresis (CIE), surface resistivity testing, charge decay testing and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis.

Creating a Life-Cycle Cleanroom Maintenance Plan

Tue, 10 Oct 1996
Afew years ago, the cheap price of my seat for the Heathrow to Washington flight was made possible [in part] because the aircraft required only two engines. I cross the Atlantic several times each year--in earlier days, on propeller-

Safety protocols for renovations in controlled environment

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Rapid change and technological advancement in the high-tech industry demand flexible, responsive and safe facilities. In addition to new cleanrooms, second, third and fourth generation facilities require upgrades to enable companies to meet production demands. Shutting down a facility for construction is not feasible, and construction must be planned in a way to avoid interfering with ongoing operations.

JPL plans cleanrooms for Mars and solar system exploration

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
At Caltech`s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in situ instruments lab, interplanetary satellites and instruments will be built and tested in cleanrooms for real-time testing of planetary atmospheres.

Juice incident may spur action by government for cleanrooms in food processing

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
It was a sobering moment for Greg Steltenpohl. As the 42-year-old chairman of Odwalla Inc., Steltenpohl wowed Wall Street with his mission to promote social and environmental endeavors as part of his company`s manufacturing goal of producing consumer beverages. Odwalla had been touted as the Ben & Jerry`s of the juice industry. Revenues and public interest was up, and the Half Moon Bay, CA-based company was riding the high wave.

FDA to require cleanrooms for all nasal solutions in new rule

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Washington -- The Food and Drug Administration said by early next year it would require manufacturers of all prescription and over-the-counter inhalation solutions to make their products in a cleanroom "to ensure the safety and effectiveness of these solutions." The action was taken in a Sept. 23 proposed rule issued in the Federal Register.

New photoresist removal system touts low particulate and environmental safety

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Fremont, CA --Test results from a new photoresist removal system developed by Legacy Systems indicate low particulate on wafers, low water cosumption, low ionic contamination and en vi ronmental safety.

Cleanroom workers use virtual reality training to reduce contamination

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Mesa, AZ -- A "virtual fab" computer-based training course is now available for interactive training of semiconductor fab personnel in cleanroom protocols and wafer fab technology.

SEMI seeks more globalization

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Tokyo -- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) is pumping up its international cooperative efforts by establishing advisory groups worldwide comprised of semiconductor and flat panel display suppliers. This newest SEMI group will tackle issues concerning all suppliers of products and services to the worldwide semiconductor and flat panel display industry.

Caution urged for people-less fabs

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
300 mm technology is changing the industry. While it`s not necessarily causing an Industrial Revolution in semiconductor wafer manufacturing, it`s a historical event. But it brings with it a set of challenges to be borne by everyone in the industry.

ReaderFeedback

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
I am writing to respond to the points raised in the Reader Feedback section (CleanRooms, October 1997, p. 6) by Nancy Hartman of Biotest Diagnostics and Art Vellutato Jr. of Veltek Associates.

Autoclaving bags

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
K6500 Nylon 6 from KNF Corp. is a package of six lay-flat tubing and bottom-sealed bags designed for dry heat autoclaving. The crystalline melting point temperature is 493 degrees F and is high enough to withstand most dry heat autoclave environments. The bags are resistant to abrasion and punctures, have great gas and chemical barrier and are transparent, which makes it easy to identify product. They come in widths ranging from 2 inches to 20 inches. Samples are available upon request.

New Wafer Cleaning Technology Uses Frozen Gas Crystals

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
Minneapolis, MN--A new technology for removing particulate and etch residue contamination on semiconductor wafers uses frozen argon/nitrogen gas crystals to clean 0.35-micron applications. FSI International, Inc. introduced the Aries Cryogenic Aerosol Cleaning System this month. Says Dan Syverson, technical marketing manager at FSI International: "The semiconductor manufacturing industry needs practical process equipment that reduces or eliminates chemical usage. The Aries tool meets this need a

Fraunhofer pioneers ultrasound detectors

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
Ann Arbor, MI - A highly sensitive ultrasound method of detection of unwanted particles or tiny gas bubbles forming in pipelines in medical, pharmaceutical, environmental and manufacturing processes has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering in St. Ingbert, Germany. Often filters cannot prevent these unwanted particles or bubbles from forming. The new technique reliably detects bubbles larger than 10 µm or solid particles larger than around 100 µm, minimizi

CRP/VWR Form Strategic Alliance

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
Clean Room Products, Inc. (CRP) of Ronkonkoma, NY has granted VWR Scientific Products Corp.(West Chester, PA), exclusive marketing rights to its line of Ultraclean Film (TM) products. CRP manufactures custom storage bags from the film in Class 10 cleanrooms for use in electronic, pharmaceutical, biotech and other highly contamination-sensitive applications. According to CRP President, Paul Gerber, "the deal gives us access to VWR`s phenomenal global network as well as an additional 125 salespeop

WHATS NEW IN CLEANROOMS...

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
Ciba Corning, manufacturer of the ACS180, an automated immune diagnostic system, has recently expanded its Walpole, MA facility from 125,000 ft2 to 395,000 ft2 to accommodate new manufacturing and R&D buildings including a 10,000 ft2 cleanroom area. The addition also features a storage system that can accommodate hundreds of specialty items used by the company to manufacture stainless steel hardware used in the medical industry. Lista International Corp., a local manufacturer of modular storage

Beyond the Classroom: Cleanroom Training

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
You don`t have to send your personnel to a classroom to train them to work in a clean-room or controlled environment. There are other options.

A Dirty Job: The Challenge of CMP

Mon, 7 Jul 1996
Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) is fast becoming the established technology for planarizing metal and interlayer dielectrics of multilevel sub-0.5 ?m devices, with projections of six layers of metal by the year 2000. An inherently OdirtyO process, wafer fabs are racing to contain it, automate it, and integrate it into Class 1 cleanrooms.

ISO/TC209 Sets Global Cleanroom Standards

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
The push for global cleanroom standards is a rush for numbers. The world wants a common denominator by which to judge the quality of clean specialized environments.

Japan - Tackling the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Multi-discipline cooperation will be key to the successful development of 300mm clean manufacturing environments and processes.

VWR launches alliance with G&K Services

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
San Jose, CA-- The cleanroom and controlled environment market, estimated to exceed $2 billion globally, continues to expand at a rapid rate, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. A "comer" in that exploding market is VWR Critical Environment Solutions, a division of VWR Scientific Products Corp. (West Chester, PA), with sales of over $1 billion annually. The company recently took a further step in consolidating its leading position as a supplier of products and services to manufacturing

New Particle Removal System Patent Allowed

Thu, 8 Aug 1996
Mountain View, CA--On June 26, YieldUP International Corporation announced the U.S. Patent Office has allowed a patent for its CleanPOINT particle removal system, a water filtration method based on the principle of electrostatic attraction. Using electrostatically charged filters, the point-of-use water cleaning technology removes microscopic particles down to less than 0.1 µm. YieldUP, founded in 1993, develops, manufactures and markets wafer cleaning, rinsing and drying equipment for the s

Courts set standards for food-industry contamination control

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Even a single contamination event in the food industry will potentially impact far more people and pose a far greater and widespread health hazard than ever before.

Educating the design and construction industry in support of cleanroom construction

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Xyberspec, a mid-size company manufacturing microcontrollers used for "audiophile" grade stereo components, is planning to build and operate a research & development and pilot line facility. The "Board of Directors" loosely

Renovation of cleanrooms presents challenges

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Design and construction teams facilitate renovations of existing space to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of owners.

Compact processing equipment sees rise in wet-process arena

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
The drive for increased integrated circuit functionality and performace places growing demand on the processes and the equipment involved.

Peel-off and washable mats compared, contrasted

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Peel-off mat manufacturers respond to a previously published article on washable, polymeric flooring, while tests show comparative particle removal capabilities of the two types of mats.

CCRC and Alltex form alliance

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Bristol, CT -- Continuing a recent trend throughout the contamination control industry, Connecticut Clean Room Corp. (CCRC) and Alltex Critical Garment Services (Manchester, NH) have announced a joint venture to service the New England cleanroom market. The alliance will allow the two companies to remain as separate entities while offering each other`s services to new and existing clients. The CCRC/Alltex alliance is yet another ripple in the continuing wave of strategic alliances and mergers de

Class 10 cleanroom is key to safe and sterile bone transplants

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Donated tissue -- bone, tendons, ligaments and cartilage -- is processed in a Class 10 cleanroom for use in surgical procedures.

Exploring the science of particle counting

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
"This article will highlight, analyze and explain the controversy that particle counting finds itself in when compared to other accepted scientific analytical measurements and diagnostic tools."

Welding techniques for delivering UHP gases to process tools

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
To produce a quality weld, three parameters should be controlled -- impurity levels in the stainless steel, total welding time and welding gas quality.

Decontaminating the cleanroom requires good science

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Proper cleanroom maintenance is good science. Whether you are operating just one small Class 10,000 cleanroom facility or a billion dollar-plus state-of-the-art submicron semiconductor manufacturing fab, cleanroom maintenance can no longer be considered just another janitorial service.

What it takes to reach ISO 9000

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
The process of achieving certification to ISO 9000 -- the International Organization for Standardization`s (ISO) total quality management system -- can be long, tedious and costly. But many companies who have `taken the plunge` have reaped some surprising internal benefits -- increased efficiency of their existing systems, a better across-the-board understanding of processes, and a real surge in worker commitment and morale. By actually going through the process of certification (or registration

Products for 300 mm manufacturing cropping up

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
San Francisco, CA -- With the advent of 300 mm technology, semiconductor product suppliers are not sitting still. Semiconductor manufacturers are beginning to see a new series of products and joint ventures to help them make the transition to the 12-inch wafer.

CleanRooms Asia 97 makes Singapore debut

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Singapore--The first CleanRooms Asia `97 Conference and Exhibition takes place July 28-31, 1997, at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. It will run simultaneously with DataStor Asia `97.

FlexHead cleanroom sprinkler systems a Daw standard

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
FlexHead Industries Inc.`s FlexValue cleanroom sprinkler system is now a standard element in cleanroom facilities constructed by Daw Technologies, as a result of a deal made between the companies. Daw provides cleanroom manufacturing facilities to the microelectronics and precision manufacturing industries, while FlexHead (Boxboro, MA) offers fire protection systems to cleanroom manufacturing facilities. -- SES

Ashland Chemical teams with R&D firm to grow technology/products

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Ashland Chemical Co.`s Electronic Chemicals Division is engaged in an exclusive agreement with Concept Sciences Inc., a new research company started by Dr. I.E. "Chip" Ward and Dr. Frank Michelotti, co-founders of ACT, Inc., and acquired by Ashland in 1994. Under the agreement, Concept Sciences will conduct technology and product development for Ashland in the area of semiconductors, flat panel display and liquid crystal display and assembly. -- SES

New Crysteco plant to improve cleanroom operations

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Crysteco Inc.`s (Wilmington, OH) purchase of Fabico Inc.`s Allen, TX, epitaxial facility will add capacity and improve cleanroom operations as part of a $9-million re-engineering to prepare the facility for the installation and operation of new LPE 2061 epitaxial reactors. The facility currently produces 100 mm, 125 mm and 150 mm diameter epitaxial products using Gemini reactors. The first LPE reactor will be up and running by August 1. The facility is expected to produce more than one million w

Ion Systems to expand Singapore operations

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Ion Systems (Berkeley, CA) is more than doubling the size of its Singapore operations and relocating its regional office to a larger facility. The 103-sq.m. facility will include a repair and service center for local ionizer service and calibration. Ion Systems` customers in Southeast Asia include major disk drive companies such as IBM and Seagate, and TECH, a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturing joint venture with Texas Instruments, the Singapore Economic Development Board, Canon, and He

Safety Scan technology works with NASA outreach program to assist in Aquacorder development

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/07/2005 -- Safety Scan Technology, Inc. (SSTI) a portfolio company of HydroFlo, Inc. (OTC BB: HYRF) today announced the assistance of NASA-funded Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) to help streamline their revolutionary technology, the Aquacorder.

Produce Safety and Security International, Inc. announces exclusive distribution agreement for Spherequat(R)

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
PRESCOTT, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/07/2005 -- Produce Safety and Security International, Inc. (OTC: PDSC) is pleased to announce that the company has been selected as the exclusive distributor for the EPA registered Spherequat series of quaternary cleaning products.

Copper resistivity fixable for 45 nm node, but long-term issues remain, SEMATECH and Novellus workshop reveals

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
AUSTIN, TX and SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/06/2005 -- Copper resistivity will remain a challenge for the semiconductor industry, but chip designers are likely to use hierarchical design workarounds to modify the metal for linewidths at the 45 nm technology node, according to participants at an industry workshop sponsored by SEMATECH and Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVLS).

TEL begins volume orders of immersion process coater/developer CLEAN TRACK(TM) LITHIUS(TM) i+

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 2005--Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) announced today that they will start accepting volume orders for their immersion process coater/developer CLEAN TRACK LITHIUS i+ in January 2006.

Genentech anticipates full-capacity manufacturing

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--/Pharmaceutical Technology/--Biotech giant Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) last week detailed its aggressive production plan and provided updates of its key manufacturing activities that reportedly will boost its capacity to run at nearly 100% for the next several years.

IEST accepted for membership on ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL--July 7, 2005--The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has been accepted as a voting member of the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee 229 Nanotechnologies.

Successful large scale biotech project nearly complete

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Human Genome Sciences awarded their Large Scale Manufacturing Facility process piping contract to Kinetics in February, 2004. The project is located within the Belward Research Center in Rockville, Maryland and will greatly increase Human Genome Sciences' capacity for production of protein and antibody drugs discovered through genomics-based research.

Millipore to acquire NovAseptic AB; Broaden offering to biotech and pharmaceutical companies

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
Billerica, Mass -- July 7, 2005 -- Millipore Corporation (NYSE:MIL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire NovAseptic AB. The all cash transaction will result in Millipore acquiring all of the shares of NovAseptic AB for approximately SEK 720 million ($91 million at current exchange rates).

Labeling for Gamunex now includes assurances of removal of pathogenic prions during manufacture

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005--Product labeling for Gamunex(R) (Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), 10% Caprylate/Chromatography Purified) now contains data demonstrating the capacity of several unique steps in the manufacturing process to remove pathogenic prions, such as those associated with the development of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD).

IEST joins ISO committee for nanotechnology standards

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL--July 7, 2005--The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has been accepted as a voting member of the ANSI-accredited US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to Technical Committee 229, newly formed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to address the nanotechnology disciplines. In this role, IEST will represent the environmental sciences at the cutting edge of global standards development for the emerging technologies.

2005 ITRS meeting assesses the IC industry's rapid advance into nanotech

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/07/2005 -- The advanced chip industry is moving rapidly into nanotechnology, a trend that will be presented by global experts at next week's 2005 ITRS Public Conference of the draft 2005 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).

**USDA Consumer Alert** Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing recommendations in advance of Hurricane Dennis, which is expected to impact Gulf Coast States as early as this weekend. USDA is hopeful that this information will help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages or flooding as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

Advanced Energy to debut Aera(R) PI-980(TM) series pressure-insensitive MFC for advanced processes at SEMICON West 2005

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEISE) today announced that it will debut its Aera(R) PI-980(TM) series pressure-insensitive mass flow controller (MFC) during SEMICON West 2005.

Rite Track announces first European orders with Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL)

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
WEST CHESTER, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005--Rite Track, a leading provider of track systems for the semiconductor, MEMS and thin film head industries, today announced the receipt of their first European order for remanufactured TEL CLEAN TRACK MARK series.

Boston University to be site of bioterror lab

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
SEPT. 30--BOSTON, Mass.--Federal health officials announced that Boston University Medical Center has won a hard-fought national competition to build and run a high-security bioterror defense laboratory in the heart of the South End, a project with the promise of generating $1.6 billion in research grants, according to sources knowledgeable about the selection.

GE unveils Humilab

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
SEPT. 30--WILMINGTON, Mass.--GE General Eastern Instruments, Inc. a business unit of GE Industrial Systems and the General Electric Company has announced the availability of the Humilab product line, a NIST traceable humidity generator and chamber ideal for calibrating a wide variety of humidity sensors, transmitters and instruments.

EU cracking down on foodborne pathogens

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 1--BRUSSELS, Belgium--European Commissioner David Byrne welcomed the Agriculture Council's decision this week on new rules to cut the incidence of foodborne diseases in the European Union.

New IEST officers for 2003-2004

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 2--ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill--The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has a new panel of elected officers for 2003-2004.

Unemployment steady, new jobs first in eight months

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 3--WASHINGTON--The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent in September as businesses added to payrolls for the first time in eight months, suggesting that the weak job market could be stabilizing.

Sunningdale sets up shop in Malaysia

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 3--SINGAPORE- Sunningdale Precision Industries Ltd said it is setting up a manufacturing plant with ISO Class 4 cleanroom facilities at the premises of subsidiary SDP Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Isensix deploys wireless environmental monitoring for blood, pharmaceuticals

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 6--SAN DIEGO, Calif--Isensix, Inc., a provider of wireless monitoring systems for medical facilities, clinical laboratories and blood banks, has announced an initial deployment of its technology to nationwide locations.

Meat processor opts for ozone

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 7--MURRAY HILL, N.J.--Fresh Mark of Ohio has selected BOC's ozone technology as a centerpiece for the pathogen reduction program at its Canton, Ohio meat processing plant.

IBM seeks appeal to dimiss cleanroom suits

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 8--SANTA CLARA, Calif.--IBM Corp say it will ask an appeals court to dismiss the cases of two former employees who say they contracted cancer at a disk drive plant.

The cleanest house in town

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 9--SIMI VALLEY, Calif.--AK Steel has announced the completion of the nation's first antimicrobial home.

IBM says its not solely responsible for contamination

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 10--ENDICOTT, NY-- Residents here met with lawyers to discuss the latest developments in their lawsuit against IBM Corp., and lawyers representing residents in their case against the computer giant say they have proof the village's toxic plume is more extensive than the company has claimed.

Big chip makers join IMEC research platform

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 13--LEUVEN, Belgium-- IMEC, one of Europe's largest independent micro- and nanoelectronics research centers, today announced that five of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers - Infineon, Intel, Philips, Samsung Electronics and STMicroelectronics -- have boosted their collaboration with IMEC by joining IMEC's sub-45nm research platform.

Mykrolis to acquire Aeronex

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 14--BILLERICA, Mass.--Mykrolis Corp., a supplier of components and subsystems to the semiconductor industry, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of privately held Aeronex, a manufacturer of gas purification products.

Millipore expands qualification program

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 15--BILLERICA, Mass.--Millipore Corp. has expanded its Qualification Program to include its next generation Elix and RiOs water purification systems, and S.D.S. storage and distribution system and accessories.

ULVAC picks Asyst automation system

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 17--FREMONT, Calif.--Asyst Technologies, Inc. a provider of integrated automation systems for semiconductor manufacturing, says ULVAC Technologies, Inc. has selected its Plus Portal XT integrated equipment front-end system, GWconX300 connectivity software and integration services for a second generation 300 mm ENVIRO Advanced Resist and Residue Removal tool.

REPORT: SARS not an airborne virus

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 20--MANILA--There is no evidence to suggest that SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is an airborne virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report.

EMC completes Legato stock purchase

Tue, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 21--NEW YORK--Data storage company EMC Corp. said it has completed its nearly $1.37 billion stock purchase of software company Legato Systems Inc. as part of its effort to diversify revenue.

Botulism outbreak traced back to Texas salvage store

Tue, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 21--An article published in the December 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases reports that a 2001 outbreak of foodborne botulism in Texas, involving 16 cases, was traced back to storing conditions at a salvage store.

Disposable, brick-like filters

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 22--ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.--International Air Filtration has developed patented disposable bonded "brick" gas filters, which are constructed of a bonded media combining activated carbon and proprietary oxidizers.

ELFA to sell Purafil technology

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 23--DORAVILLE, GA--Purafil, Inc., a manufacturer of gas-phase air filtration systems, has partnered with ELFA spol s.r.o. to provide systems and services that remove gaseous contaminants from cleanroom, commercial, industrial, archival/preservation, and water/wastewater facilities in the Czech Republic.

Varian filling orders in Asia Pacific

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 24--GLOUCESTER, Mass.--Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc., a supplier of ion implantation systems, says seven customers located in China, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan have placed orders for the recently-released single wafer VIISta 80HP high current ion implanter to support their advanced device development and manufacturing needs.

Anonymous donor fuels Georgia's nanotech engine

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 27--ATLANTA, GA-- Gov. Sonny Perdue has announced the creation of advanced facilities for nanotechnology during a recent speech at the Georgia Technology Celebration, sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia.

REPORT: Fab construction in three quarters of 2003 higher than all of 2002

Tue, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 28--SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--The most recent edition of The Quarterly Spot Report on Semiconductor Fab Projects, released by Strategic Marketing Associates (SMA), shows that the improving economy and growth in chip sales are boosting wafer fab construction activity.

IC Insights forecast top chip suppliers 2003

Tue, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 28--SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--IC Insights today released its forecast for the 2003 ranking of worldwide top 10 semiconductor suppliers.

Injection molder cranking away

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 29--LAS CRUCES, N.M.--By the end of November, Multi-Plastics of New Mexico Inc. will have moved from the 22,000-square-foot plant it is now in, to a 77,000-square-foot building that it just bought. And if all goes according to plan, the company will soon be employing 25 people, an increase from the 14 it started the year with.

Tough test tubes

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
OCT. 30--PORTLAND, Ore.--Startup bioscience company Microstein LLC has introduced a new microcentrifuge tube design called the "microstein. "

Tronic opens facility in France

Mon, 11 Nov 2003
OCT. 31--CROLLES, France--TRONIC'S Microsystems, a developer of custom Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for high-end applications, has opened a production facility in this moutain town near Grenoble.

Salmonella out break affects all 50 states

Tue, 6 Jun 2002
June 18, 2002--Dallas--TX--In what is believed to be the first of its kind, an outbreak of salmonellosis affected people from all 50 states. The contamination was traced to a food service employee at the Dallas-based Wyndham Anatole hotel.

Festo opens new design center

Tue, 6 Jun 2002
June 4, 2000--Livermore, CA--Festo Corporation has opened a new Integrated Solution Manufacturing facility. The 20,000 square-foot facility houses an ISO Class 6 and 7 cleanroom.

Recovery seen on the horizon, Asia Pacific leading the way

Thu, 6 Jun 2002
June 6, 2002--Redwood City, CA--Coming on the heels of the worst downturn in the history of semiconductors, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has released its mid-year forecast. The good news is that the SIA predicts sales of semiconductors to increase by 3.1 percent in 2002.

Genmark Expands Plant, Adds a Sixth Facility

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
June 10, 2002--Sunnyvale, CA--In an effort to expand its production capabilities, factory automation supplier Genmark Automation, Inc. has added a 53,000 square foot building to its campus in Milpitas, California. Of which, 20,000 square feet is dedicated cleanroom space.

Book to bill continues to climb

Wed, 6 Jun 2002
June 19, 2002--San Jose, CA--North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.26 for the month of May, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). A book-to-bill of 1.26 means that $126 worth of new orders was received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

CleanRooms to host annual show in Asia, launch CleanRooms China

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
For the fifth consecutive year in June, CleanRooms Europe took place in Frankfurt, Germany to officially kick off the summer events that are being hosted by The CleanRooms Group.

FDA shuts down Air Liquide operation

Tue, 6 Jun 2002
June 25, 2002--COATESVILLE, PA--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shut down certain operations of Air Liquide America Corp.'s medical gas facility here for failing to assure that its industrial-grade trailers, which are used to store and haul medical gases, were clean, purged and completely free of contaminants prior to being filled.

Six injured in explosion at Pfizer plant

Tue, 6 Jun 2002
June 27--GROTON, CT-- Six people were injured, two seriously, in an explosion at the Pfizer Corp. manufacturing complex, a company spokeswoman says.

Air Energy acquires MSS Clean Technology

Thu, 6 Jun 2002
June 27, 2002 -- Montgomeryville, PA -- Air Energy Systems (AES), a provider of turnkey design/build cleanrooms, has acquired the assets of wall and ceiling manufacturer MSS Clean Technology Inc. including its wholly-owned subsidiary, MSS Lasco Inc. (LSI Cleanrooms).

WaferTech suit goes to trial

Wed, 3 Mar 2002
March 27, 2002--Vancouver, WA--In a trial that is expected to last six weeks, jury selection has started for the case involving WaferTech and Natkin/Scott.

Taiwan government eases ban on companies wishing to do business in China

Fri, 3 Mar 2002
March 29, 2002 --Taiwan -- In a late night speech, Taiwan's Premier Yu Shyi-kun said Taiwan companies that want to do business in China will be "allowed to produce less-advanced computer chips in China if they move on to make more sophisticated products in Taiwan," according to Taiwan AP.

Worldwide chip sales for February $10B, says SIA

Fri, 3 Mar 2002
March 29, 2002 -- San Jose, CA -- Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $10.01 billion in February, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA.)

Axcelis opens $31M technology center

Wed, 3 Mar 2002
March 5, 2002 ─ Beverly, MA ─ Semiconductor equipment manufacturer Axcelis Technologies, Inc. has opened a 140,000-square foot advanced technology center. The center houses approximately 1,200 sq. ft. of ISO Class 4, 1,000 sq. ft. of ISO Class 6, and 3,000 sq. ft. of ISO Class 7 cleanroom space.

Bacteria build-up in bronchoscope blamed for multiple illnesses, two deaths

Thu, 3 Mar 2002
March 7, 2002 - Tokyo-based Olympus Optical Co., reported that poor cleansing techniques of its equipment was likely to blame for the spreading of bacteria at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Reporter's notebook: CleanRooms East 2002

Tue, 3 Mar 2002
March 12, 2002--BALTIMORE, MD--CleanRooms East 2002 kicked off yesterday with a host of conference programs that had many signing up just minutes before the sessions began.

Intel finishes Fab 11X

Fri, 3 Mar 2002
March 15, 2002 - Rio Rancho, NM - Intel Corp. has completed its $2 billion expansion to Fab 11X. The fab will produce 300 mm wafers and will employ 0.13 micron design rules.

EM4 Photonics Opens New Manufacturing Facility

Tue, 3 Mar 2002
March 19, 2002 -- Burlington, MA -- EM4 Photonics, Inc. opened its new facility, located in Burlington, MA. The company's new 15,500 square foot manufacturing facility is an ISO Class 7 cleanroom.

Conexant and The Carlyle Group enter agreement to establish wafer fab

Tue, 3 Mar 2002
March 19, 2002 - Newport Beach, CA & Washington, DC -- Conexant Systems, Inc. and The Carlyle Group have signed a definitive agreement to establish an ISO-9000 certified wafer fab, which will have 100,000 square feet of ISO Class 3 cleanroom space.

Hodess completes new facility

Wed, 3 Mar 2002
March 20, 2002 -- Hudson, NH -- Hodess Building Company (HBC) has just completed a design/build project valued at $5,000,000 for Bandwidth Semiconductor. The facility houses approximately 10,000 square feet of designated ISO Class 5 through Class 7 cleanroom space.

SMIC places follow-on order with M+W Zander

Thu, 3 Mar 2002
March 21, 2002 -- Shanghai, China -- M+W Zander, a Jenoptik subsidiary, has received a follow-on order from China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) to engineer and construct a cleanroom.

Ion Acquires Cornerstone Coatings

Mon, 3 Mar 2002
March 25, 2002 -- Berkeley, CA --Electrostatic discharge (ESD) supplier and service provider, Ion Systems, Inc. has purchased Texas--based Cornerstone Coatings.

Quanta receives orders from Sharp, looks to expand capacity

Thu, 3 Mar 2002
March 28, 2002--Taipei--Quanta Display Inc. received an order to assemble rear-end TFT-LCD (thin film transistor-liquid crystal display) modules from Japan--based Sharp.

Health officials say blood supply is safe

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 3--ATLANTA--Public health officials are assuring Americans that the blood supply was safe despite concerns that an organ donor who received a transfusion may have transmitted West Nile virus to four transplant recipients.

Unisteel to acquire 51 percent of Sonic Clean

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 3--SINGAPORE--Unisteel Technology has entered into an agreement with shareholders of Sonic Clean Pte Ltd. to acquire a 51 percent stake in Sonic Clean for about $802,000 (1.4 million Singapore).

Cleanpak acquires assets of Servicor Inc.

Wed, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 4--CLACKAMAS, OR--Cleanpak International Inc. (CPI) has acquired the assets of Servicor Inc., (San Carlos, CA), an early innovator and pioneer of the modular clean envelope concept.

BIOTECH:Biopure gets grant for blood substitute

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 5--CAMBRIDGE, MA--Biopure Corp. received a shot in the proverbial arm today when it was granted $908,900 from the Army to conduct a clinical trial to determine if its Hemopure blood substitute can help trauma patients, such as soldiers on a battlefield.

Clean Systems opens facility in Italy

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 5--KIRYAT GAT, Israel-- Clean Systems Technology Group Ltd., a New York corporation that produces and installs ultra-high purity systems, announced today that it has expanded by opening a facility in Italy.

FDA appoints new head of field operations

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT 5--ROCKVILLE, MD--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Deputy Commissioner Dr. Lester M. Crawford has appointed John M. Taylor as the agency's senior associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

FDA consolidates drugs review duties

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 6--ROCKVILLE, MD--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is consolidating responsibilities for reviewing new pharmaceutical products into its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which shared the duties with the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

Submircon wafer plant a reality

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 6--THAILAND--Submicron Technology's long-delayed wafer fabrication plant is finally set to become a reality, making Thailand the first country in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to produce wafers using .09-micron microelectronic technology.

IEST publishes new recommended practice on minienvironments

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 6--ROLLING MEADOWS, IL--The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), has published a new contamination control recommended practice (RP)--IEST-RP-CC028.1, Minienvironments.

Scios to Present at 20th Annual JPMorgan H&Q Healthcare Conference

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 2, 2002 -- SUNNYVALE, CA -- Richard B. Brewer, president and CEO of Scios Inc. will present at the 20th Annual JPMorgan H&Q Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, California on Monday, January 7.

ASAP solution kills anthrax spore

Tue, 1 Jan 2002
January 30, 2002--ALPINE, UT-- American Biotech Labs recently announced that its ASAP Solution kills the anthrax spore. In independent tests, the ASAP Solution killed more than 99% of the anthrax spores in six hours at body temperature. A 93% kill was accomplished in only four hours at both room and body temperatures.

President of major food company resigns over meat-labeling scandal

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 30, 2002--TOKYO--The president of a major Japanese food company has resigned over a widening scandal involving the mislabeling of beef as a way to profit from the country's mad-cow scare.

Worldwide Sales of Semiconductors Edge Upward

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 2, 2002 -- San Jose, CA -- For the second month in a row, worldwide sales of semiconductor rose, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Sales in November reached $10.60 billion, an increase of 1.6 percent over October's figure of $10.44 billion.

2002 for the semiconductor industry should be a "transitional year"

Tue, 1 Jan 2002
January 8, 2002 -- San Jose, CA -- If someone were to write about the overall semiconductor market for 2001, it would go something like this... The industry experienced the worst decline in its history during 2001, according to a new report issued by Gartner Dataquest.

Motorola continues to tighten purse strings

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
January 10, 2002 -- HONG KONG -- Technology giant Motorola Inc. announced today that will cut 1,200 to 1,300 chip manufacturing jobs in Austin, Texas, and Sendai, Japan, as part of a cost-cutting move to consolidate production at its other plants.

Intel has no plans to leave Malaysia

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
January 11, 2002 -- PENANG -- Chip manufacturer Intel Corp. told a local Malaysian paper that it had no intention of closing up its shop in Penang and relocating into China.

Daw Technologies Establishes Operations in Mexico

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 2, 2002 -- GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Daw Technologies, Inc. has established of a new subsidiary business unit, Daw Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Ohio Firm Recalls Ham Products For Possible Contamination With Non-Food Foreign Material

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 2, 2002 -- WASHINGTON -- Ohio Packing Company, a Columbus, Ohio, establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 15,000 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with non-food foreign material, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Kentucky Firm Recalls Ham Products For Possible Contamination With Non-Food Foreign Material

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 2, 2002 -- WASHINGTON -- Cumberland Gap Provisions Co., a Middlesboro, Ky., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 251,000 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with non-food foreign material, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

New Antimicrobial Coating Said to be Effective Against More Than 20 Microbes

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
January 4, 2002 -- NEW YORK, NY -- A New York City company says testing has shown its antimicrobial surface coating to be effective against more than 20 microbes that are responsible for asthma, allergies, staph infection, influenza, polio, hepatitis, cholera and Legionnaire's disease.

USDA approves use of lactoferrin on fresh beef

Mon, 1 Jan 2002
January 14, 2002 -- KANSAS CITY, MO -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the use of activated lactoferrin on fresh beef, providing processors with another food safety technology that protects consumers from harmful bacteria.

Foot-and-mouth disease deemed over

Tue, 1 Jan 2002
January 15, 2002 -- LONDON -- It's been more than 10 months since the first devastating outbreak, and British officials say that its foot-and-mouth disease days are over.

STERIS and Medical Solutions sign joint agreement

Thu, 1 Jan 2002
JANUARY 16, 2002 - France, Italy and Ohio -- Medical Solutions and STERIS Corporation. have signed a joint sales and marketing agreement.

IHI and Tokki invest in LCD tool market

Thu, 1 Jan 2002
January 17, 2002 -- Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries and Tokki Corp. are investing in new capacity to make niche LCD tools.

NH Techno Glass shuts down Japan LCD glass plant

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
January 18, 2002 -- NH Techno Glass has shut down its five LCD glass furnaces in Yokkaichi following two incidents of an accidental release of arsenious acid.

Intel's expansion plans on hold

Mon, 1 Jan 2002
January, 21, 2002 -- Leixlip, Ireland -- In an effort to renegotiate construction costs, chip manufacturer, Intel Corp. says it may hold off on further expansion plans to its plant located in Ireland, according to The Irish Times.

Book-to-Bill slowly on the rise, companies remain cautious

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
January 23, 2002 -- San Jose, CA -- North American manufacturers of semiconductor equipment logged bookings of $652 million for the month of December, with a book-to-bill ratio of 0.78, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI.)

BOC Edwards Acquires Hydromatix

Thu, 1 Jan 2002
January 24, 2002 -- WILMINGTON, MA - In an effort to increase its market share of application-specific liquid abatement solutions, BOC Edwards has acquired Hydromatix, Inc.

New Products for January 2

Wed, 1 Jan 2002
Air handling system, gas purifier retrofit, regulators, tubing, and work surfaces.

Technical Sessions a Big Draw at CleanRooms East 2002

Thu, 1 Jan 2002
Baltimore, MD -- Since the attacks on September 11th and the subsequent anthrax threats, many cleanroom operators in the semiconductor, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are looking at ways to protect the technology and medications being manufactured within their facilities.

cGMP inspections to increase

Wed, 2 Feb 2002
February 6, 2002--The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the number of drug-related current good manufacturing practice (cGMPs) inspections will rise by more than 50 percent in fiscal year 2003, according to an agency official.

Food industry to have show of hands

Fri, 2 Feb 2002
ATLANTA--February 15, 2002--The people responsible for the safety of much of the country's food supply will put their hygiene skills to the test when they compete in The Clean Hands Challenge, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

S. Korea biotech plan worries counterintelligence officials

Wed, 2 Feb 2002
McLean, VA--February 20, 2002--When South Korea announced last year that it would open a biotech incubator in San Diego, few in this part of southern California seemed concerned.

Food bacteria here to stay

Thu, 2 Feb 2002
CHICAGO, IL -- February, 21 2002--Bacteria that causes food poisonings is not going away, despite the efforts of the food industry to eliminate them, according to a report from the Institute of Food Technologists.

Partnership yields AIDS vaccine facilities

Mon, 2 Feb 2002
Seoul, South Korea--February 25, 2002--VaxGen, Inc. (Brisbane, CA) and a group of South Korean investors have joined forces to build a $120 million facility in Incheon, South Korea, to manufacture VaxGen's AIDS vaccine.

CyOptics opens $10 million fab

Wed, 2 Feb 2002
February 6, 2002--WALTHAM, MA--CyOptics Inc., a developer of indium phosphide-based active optical components has opened a $10 million wafer fabrication facility to produce high performance modulators, lasers and detectors packaged both as stand-alone devices and as hybrid super components.

Wafer-fab plant opens its doors to jobless

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 23--SINGAPORE--Former store supervisor Poh Too Ding, 39, had never stepped into a cleanroom at a wafer fab, but he still found the idea of working inside one for hours at a time "discomforting."

Microchip, Fujitsu seal the deal

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 26--GRESHAM, OR--Fujitsu Microelectronics turned the keys to its Gresham computer chip factory over to its new owner recently, just less than six weeks after announcing it would sell the plant to Microchip Technology for $183.5 million.

A single-broker deal

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 26--PENNSVILLE, NJ--Representing both buyer and seller, Binswanger/CBB recently negotiated the sale of a 182,761-square-foot building on 57 acres from Wheaton USA Inc. to Red Toad Investments, LLC.

Intel to open Malaysia service center

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 27--KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Intel Corp. announced will open an operations service center in Malaysia, one of the first outside the United States for the world's leading maker of computer chips

Job scene improves, but workers are demanding

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 28--SINGAPORE--ABOUT 7,500 jobs will open up in the manufacturing sector in the next six months, about double the number for the whole of last year.

A digestible deal?

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 28--ELKHART, IN--Plop, plop. Fizz, fizz. Some kind of a deal this is.

MetroPhotonics completes indium phosphide fab

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 29--OTTOWA, Canada--MetroPhotonics Inc., a developer of photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has completed of a indium phosphide fabrication facility, a fab that complements existing design and development to produce monolithically integrated optical components.

Motorola signs deal with Celevic

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 30--ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL--Motorola, Inc. has signed an agreement with Celevic Systems to promote and distribute Motorola's manufacturing software products across Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China

Possible contamination sparks Wyeth infant formula recall

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 4--ATLANTA, GA--Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced today that Wyeth Nutrition is voluntarily recalling 1.5 million cans of powdered infant formula because of possible contamination with a type of bacteria that can cause illness.

Registration booths busy at CleanRooms West 2002

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 4--SAN JOSE, CA-- The slumping economy is no match for the will of the contamination control industry.

CleanRooms West 2002 features new infection control technology

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 5--SAN JOSE, CA--They say they do it, but there really was no way to tell, until now.

Daw sells minienvironment unit

Thu, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 7--SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH--Daw Technologies Inc., a cleanroom component designer, manufacturer and installer, has sold all of the assets of its Intelligent Enclosures business unit, which specializes in the design of ultra-clean minienvironments, to a group consisting of former managers of that business unit.

Alpha Pro Tech reports record nine months

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 8--NOGALES, Ariz--Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of disposable protective apparel for the medical, dental, industrial, cleanroom and food service markets, says its quarterly net income for the quarter ending September 30 of $362,000 is 258 percent increase over the $101,000 for the quarter ended September 2001.

Molecular Staging gets grant to develop microbial DNA amplification

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV.11-- NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Molecular Staging Inc. (MSI) has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant award from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop methods for microbial DNA amplification using their proprietary Multiple Displacement Amplification (MDA) technology.

Liberty stocking Airguard products

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 11--EAST BERLIN, Conn.--Liberty Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of cleanroom equipment, is now providing HEPA and ULPA air filtration products made by Airguard (Louisville, Kentucky).

Skylark recalls 111,000 pounds of ground beef

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 12--OMAHA, Neb.--Skylark Meats Inc. has recalled more than 111,000 pounds of ground beef after a 3-pound package tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

ASAP to get clearance for use in hospitals

Wed, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 13--ALPINE, UTAH-- Clifton Mining Co. has announced that American Biotech Labs, a company Clifton owns approximately 30 percent of, has finished the approval process with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA, and expects to get full hospital approval for its disinfectant, ASAP Solution, in the next few weeks.

KRONOS, Navy to develop air management system

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 14--BELMONT, Mass.-- Kronos Air Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kronos Advanced Technologies, Inc., and the United States Navy have entered in to a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract to develop an advanced distributive air management system based on the patented Kronos technology.

SCS expands its sheet metal operation for life sciences

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 15--INDIANAPOLIS--Sterilization Cassette Systems, Inc. (SCS) announced that it has expanded its metal manufacturing capabilities to include in-house sheet metal fabrication. This expansion will dramatically reduce turnaround times for its more than 50 OEM customers in orthopedic, vascular surgery, radiology, urology, OB/GYN and other medical specialties.

Biotech blunder worries food industry, consumer groups

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 18--WASHINGTON, DC--A biotechnology company under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has food industry and environmental groups concerned that the biotech industry cannot be trusted to prevent the food supply from becoming contaminated with plant-made pharmaceuticals.

USDA beefs up meat processing rules

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 18--WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an administrative directive outlining additional steps to be taken by USDA inspectors to ensure that establishments producing ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are taking the necessary steps to prevent listeria monocytogenes contamination.

FDA says Urgent Care injectable products not sterile

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 19--SPARTANBURG, SC--A nationwide alert instituted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that all injectable drugs prepared by Urgent Care Pharmacy lack assurance of sterility.

FDA reviews must keep up with life science advances

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 19--WHITE OAK, MD--In his first address as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mark McClellan told gatherers at a groundbreaking for new agency facility here that changing the regulatory review process is a key factor in keeping up with medical technology advances.

Cleanroom supplier shuts down

Thu, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 20--BRIARCLIFF, NY--Sales erosion has forced Hong Kong Batteries Ltd. (Hkbil), a distributor of cleanroom supplies and tools, to ceased operations.

Diversification key for growth in disinfection, sterilization markets

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 7--SAN JOSE, CA--The rapid growth and usage of such endoscopes such as neuroendoscopes, colonoscopes and bronchoscopes is expected to expand the disinfection and sterilization markets.

AMD signs joint venture with China Basic Education Software Co.

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 8--SHANGHAI, China--AMD today announced it has signed a research and development joint venture agreement with China Basic Education Software Company, Ltd. (CBE), forming the new entity, Beijing CBE-AMD Information Technology Company, Ltd.

Judge says Pall patents infringed upon, CUNO to appeal

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 8--MERIDEN, CT.--CUNO Inc., a manufacturer of liquid and gas filtration components, announced today that it plans to appeal a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court granting Pall Corp. a partial summary judgment in the patent infringement action relating to Pall ULTIPLEAT filter configuration and products.

inTEST acquires Intelogic Technologies

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 8--CHERRY HILL, NJ-- inTEST Corp., a developer semiconductor test, equipment, has acquired Intelogic Technologies GmbH, a Rosenheim, Germany-based maker of productivity-monitoring equipment for the chip industry.

De-dusting?

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 9--LANCASTER, PA--Chrysler Corp. made the Duster, but Pelletron Corp., a developer of contamination control technology, has unveiled the Deduster.

Abbott Labs cuts 2,000 jobs despite healthy Q3 earnings

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 9--NORTH CHICAGO, IL-- Abbott Laboratories Inc. announced today that it plans to cut 2,000 jobs, or 3 percent of its worldwide work force, despite a reported 14 percent profit increase for the third quarter due to strong pharmaceutical sales.

Inactine offers alternative to gamma irradiation

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 10--WATERTOWN, MA --V.I. Technologies, Inc. (Vitex), a biotechnology company specializing in pathogen removal in blood, is touting a pre-clinical study that says its Inactine PEN110 treatment has the potential to replace gamma-irradiation, the most common treatment for transfusion-associated graft-versus-host-disease (TAGVHD).

Vidaro to use Gore-Tex for cleanroom garments

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 11--ELKTON, MD--W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the manufacturer of Gore-Tex fabric used in technical garments and rugged outdoor protective wear, has licensed its Gore-Tex Cleanroom Garment Fabric to Vidaro Corp., a cleanroom garment maker.

Wampler initiates largest meat recall in history

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 14--PHILADELPHIA, PA--At press time, possible listeria contamination had forced Wampler Foods to begin recalling more than 27 million pounds of meat, the largest recall to date in the history of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency reports.

Kionix gets kudos from Kodak

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 15--ITHACA, NY--Kionix, Inc., a developer of micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, has been selected by Eastman Kodak Co. to provide micro-machining services, namely the etching of ultra-fine patterns into silicon wafers, for the film maker's own MEMS development efforts.

Two more plants for China chipmaker

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 15--SHANGHAI-- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. says its second and third chip plants here have begun operations, a year after its first plant went into production.

Consumer groups: Lax regulations caused outbreak

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 15--WASHINGTON--A listeria outbreak and a recall of 27 million pounds of poultry meats could have been prevented if the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) required companies to test for the bacteria, consumer groups told The Associated Press.

Air Liquide completes ISO Class 3 analytical lab

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 16--AUSTIN, TX--Air Liquide America L.P. and its electronics business unit have completed a multi-million dollar ultra clean analytical laboratory for the semiconductor industry.

Air Force orders $8.5 million worth of mini military environments

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 17--ST. LOUIS, MO--Engineered Support Systems Inc. has received an order for $8.5 million from the U.S. Air Force for production of its field deployable environmental control units (FDECU).

Unisteel acquires 51 percent of Sonic Clean

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 17-SINGAPORE--Unisteel Technology says it has entered into an agreement with shareholders of Sonic Clean Pte Ltd to acquire a 51percent stake in Sonic Clean for a total consideration of approximately $784,000 ($1.4 million Singapore dollars)

Tainted meat finds way into federal lunch program

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 18--WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should have warned schools to check their freezers and refrigerators immediately after a company recalled meat linked to a listeria outbreak, consumer groups and advocates say.

Hospital tracks virus

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 22--PITTSBURGH, PA--Allegheny General Hospital officials have confirmed that an investigation aimed at determining the source of an increased incidence of pseudomonas aeruginosa among a small group of patients being treated in its critical care areas.

Applied Materials gets $45 million order from Tower

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 22--SANTA CLARA, CA--Applied Materials Inc. has received more than $45 million in orders for chip-making equipment from Tower Semiconductor Ltd., an independent wafer-foundry in Migdal Haemek, Israel.

Alpha Pro continues common stock repurchase

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 23--NOGALES, AZ--Alpha Pro Tech Ltd., a manufacturer of disposable and limited-use protective apparel for the cleanroom, medical, food and other markets, has repurchased $500,000 worth of shares in its own common stock.

Intel unveils $2 billion plant expansion

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 23--SAN JOSE, CA--Despite the high-tech slump, semiconductor giant Intel Corp. has opened a $2 billion expansion of its chip-making plant in New Mexico to meet demand when the economy rebounds.

FDA clears Pall's bacterial detection system

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 24--EAST HILLS, NY--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted cleanrance to Pall Corp. to market a system that detects bacterial contamination in platelets.

Air Energy Systems expands MSS plant

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 25--MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA-- Air Energy Systems has expanded the recently acquired MSS Clean Technology manufacturing facility in Atlanta, GA.

FDA gives limited approval for implantable chips

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 25--PALM BEAM, FL--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now allowing the use of implantable ID chips in humans, despite an FDA investigator's recent public reservations about the devices.

Dell to manufacture EMC product

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 28--HOPKINTON, MA--first time, Dell Computer Corp. will manufacture an EMC Corp. data storage product under a significant expansion of the companies' collaboration announced Monday.

Consumer contamination control

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 29--BELMONT, MA--Kronos Air Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kronos Advanced Technologies, Inc. and HoMedics USA, Inc. has entered into a multiyear, multi-million-dollar agreement that will bring proprietary technology to the consumer.

ASE ready for flip chip production

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 30--SANTA CLARA, CA--Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. says its 300 mm wafer flip chip bumping line is ready for production.

FDA: Shoddy tissue bank can supply on limited basis

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 6--ROCKVILLE, MD--The nation's largest supplier of living human tissue for implantation will be allowed to supply specimens in emergencies while a recall of potentially tainted tissue continues, federal regulators said Friday.

Chipmaker eyes Shanghai

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
Sept. 9--TAIPEI, Taiwan--Computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said Monday it has requested permission from the Taiwanese government to build a plant in Shanghai.

Viztec ramps LCD production with new cleanroom

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 9--CLEVELAND, OH--Viztec Inc. has completed a 2,500-square-foot cleanroom facility that will help accelerate the commercialization of unbreakable liquid crystal displays (LCDs) using its Plastic Pixel nanotechnology.

Opto-Alignment unveils new packaging option

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 10--ROCHESTER, NY-- Opto-Alignment Technology Inc. has unveiled a new packaging option for its popular optical cleaning wipes.

Ionics open resin regeneration facility

Wed, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 11--TAOYUAN, Taiwan-- Ionics Inc., a manufacturer of membranes, equipment and services for the purification, disinfection, concentration and analysis of water, wastewater and ultrapure water, has expanded by opening a resin regeneration facility here.

West Nile now transmitted through blood

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 12--ATLANTA, GA-- With confirmation that West Nile virus can be spread through organ transplants, federal health officials have found new evidence that it may be transmitted through blood transfusions as well.

Novartis making friends in Boston-area's Biotech sector

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 13--CAMBRIDGE, MA-- With the opening of its new worldwide research headquarters here just months away, Swiss drug maker Novartis Pharma AG has flown in a team of its top executives last week with a mission to form working relationships the region's biotech community.

Consumers pinching chipmakers

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 16--SAN JOSE, CA--Despite chip makers' spending on TV, radio and print ads that feature the latest benchmark tests, space aliens and even dancing cleanroom workers in bunnysuits, consumers are paying little attention to processors in their searches for perfect PC.

FDA, FSIS issue Listeria health alert

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 17--ROCKVILLE, MD--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) are advising the public of a recent increase in cases of Listeria monocytogenes in Pennsylvania and monitoring for possible increases in other states.

Ionics acquires EnChem technology

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 20--WATERTOWN, MA-- Ionics, Inc. has acquired the business and assets, including patents and know-how, of Microbar Inc.'s EnChem wastewater treatment process.

INCAM collaborates with Asyst, Brooks-PRI and RECIF

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 23--GRENOBLE, France--INCAM Solutions, a developer of microenvironment technology, will collaborate with Asyst Technologies, Brooks-PRI Automation and RECIF to standardize their wafer sorter tools on INCAM's FOUP for One.

Medical Repair Labs gets ISO 9001:2001 certification

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 24--HICKSVILLE, NY--Medical Repair Laboratories Inc., a controlled environment testing and certification company, has achieved ISO 9001:2001 status.

DEVELOPING: Chartered for sale?

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing will be merged or sold, the Far Eastern Economic Review is reporting.

A sweet spot for Novartis

Wed, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 25--CAMBRIDGE, MA--Novartis AG has signed a rather sweet lease when it rented 500,000 square feet of renovated office and laboratory space in the old Necco wafer candy factory here on Massachusetts Avenue, according to the Swiss biotech heavyweight.

Bush advisor McClellan nominated to head FDA

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 26--ROCKVILLE, MD--President Bush has nominated Mark McClellan to be the new FDA commissioner, a post that has been vacant for nearly two years because of a political standoff over who should fill the slot.

Milliken & Co. to build ISO Class 2 research and technology center

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 26--SPARTANBURG, S.C.-- Milliken & Co., a worldwide supplier of textiles and chemicals, is building an ISO Class 2 Research and Technology Center for final processing of cleanroom and automotive wipers as well as for the development of new products for the semiconductor, life sciences, electronic, food, automotive and other industries.

IBM discovers new nanotube technology

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 30--WHITE PLAINS, NY--Researchers at IBM Corp. have discovered a way to make carbon nanotubes that could be incorporated into processors to make them faster.

FDA forks over $350,000 in food-safety grants

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 30--ROCKVILLE, MD--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given grants to 10 innovative programs designed to enhance food safety and address risks of foodborne disease in such diverse settings as animal feed plants, juice/cider operations, grocery stores and schools.

FOR SALE: Motorola's Mesa plant

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 3--MESA, AZ--Motorola will cease chip making at its Mesa complex by the end of this year, and the company will close its doors completely during the second quarter of 2003, The Tribune newspaper reports.

Swagelok acquires biopharmaceutical valve maker

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 1--SOLON, OH--Swagelok Co., a developer of fluid system component technologies, has acquired the assets of Garitech Systems Inc., a Houston, TX-based manufacturer of stainless steel weir-style diaphragm valves for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

Biopure's blood substitute under FDA review

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
OCT 2--CAMBRIDGE, MA--Biopure Corp. says its biologic license application for its blood substitute, Hemopure, has been accepted for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

REPORT: Increase employee productivity, reduce rework, increasing profit

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 3--CHAPEL HILL, NC--Top-performing pharmaceutical labs focus on quality control initiatives to reduce manufacturing costs and minimize production time, but firms that do not utilize specific quality control procedures suffer production costs and risk violations of federal laws, potentially resulting in a fine and stock value loss.

EMC to lay off 1,350 workers

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 4--HOPKINTON, MA--Citing a "brutal" lack of demand for technology products, data storage giant EMC Corp. reports that its third-quarter financial results missed expectations and it plans to lay off 7 percent of its work force, or 1,350 people.

LightPath liquidates

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 4--ALBUQUERQUE, NM--For sale: Industrial ovens, optical work benches, various automated manufacturing equipment and about 7,000 square feet of cleanroom space. Best offer.

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric establish chip operation

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 7--TOKYO--Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. have reached an agreement to establish a new semiconductor company, Renesas Technology Corp., which will focus on large scale integration (LSI).

Budget shortfall could ice ASU's computer program

Tue, 2 Feb 2002
TEMPE, AZ--February 26, 2002--Students at Arizona State University's East campus may not get the chance to make wafers in a 15,000 square-foot classroom if legislators continue to swing the budget ax to make up for a $1 billion shortfall.

Cintas Expands into San Diego

Fri, 2 Feb 2002
February 1, 2002 -- San Diego, CA -- Cleanroom consumables manufacturer, Cintas Cleanroom Resources (a division of Cintas Corp.) has expanded its cleanroom garment services division to San Diego, CA.

Albany Molecular Research expands facility

Mon, 2 Feb 2002
February 11, 2002 -- Albany, NY -- In an effort to keep up with demand for bulk pharmaceutical ingredients, Albany Molecular Research Inc. is investing more than $1 million into the construction of two new laboratories.

AMAT reports net sales of $1B

Wed, 2 Feb 2002
February 13, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA -- Applied Materials reported sales of $1 billion for its first quarter, ending January 27, with new orders edging up to $1.12 billion, an increase of $20 million over the fourth quarter. First quarter sales were down 21 percent form the fourth quarter, and 58 percent lower than the same period a year ago. Net income totaled $15 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.

Agilent opens facility in Shanghai

Fri, 4 Apr 2002
April 5, 2002 -- Shanghai, China -- With the opening of its newest facility in Shanghai, Agilent Technologies, Inc. hopes to aid China in becoming an international leader in research and development (R&D) facilities.

Motorola LS hopes for positive results of liver cancer micorarray study

Wed, 4 Apr 2002
April 10, 2002 -- NORTHBROOK, IL and NEW YORK, NY -- Motorola Life Sciences (a business unit of Motorola, Inc.) and researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine achieved promising initial results from their joint project, which uses Motorola's CodeLink bioarray platform for gene expression analysis.

Pall opens LS facility

Tue, 4 Apr 2002
April 16, 2002--Hauppauge, NY--Filter manufacturer Pall Corporation today opened a new life science filter manufacturing facility in Hauppauge, NY.

FDA warns of possible food-borne pathogen found in powdered infant formulas

Wed, 4 Apr 2002
April 17, 2002--The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning to health care professionals about the risk of subjecting newborn infants to Enterobacter sakazakii (E.sakazakii) infections.

Nova BioGenetics receives approval for antimicrobial hand gel

Wed, 4 Apr 2002
April 24, 2002--Atlanta, GA--Nova BioGenetics recently received approval from the Chinese Government's Department of Health for use of its antimicrobial hand gel in hospitals.

Taiwan fabs up and running after quake

Mon, 4 Apr 2002
April 1, 2002 -- HSINCHU, Taiwan -- An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan over the weekend. However, the quake registered 4 where many of the foundries are located in Hsinchu.

Dataquest predicts sales of PDAs to increase

Thu, 4 Apr 2002
April 4, 2002 --San Jose, CA--Market researcher, Dataquest, says it expects sales of hand-held computers to reach 15.5 million in 2002, an increase of 18 percent over last year's 13 million devices shipped.

Hodess to renovate cleanroom for Axcelis

Fri, 4 Apr 2002
April 5, 2002 -- North Attleboro, MA -- Hodess Building Company (HBC) has started a cleanroom renovation project for Axcelis Technologies.

Communicant receives $325M in private funding

Mon, 4 Apr 2002
April 8, 2002 --Frankfurt, Germany-- Pure-play foundry Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG (Communicant) received $325M of private funding to start construction of its foundry.

M+W Zander wins Siemens contract

Thu, 4 Apr 2002
April 11, 2002 -- Jena, Germany -- Jenoptik subsidiary, M+W Zander landed an order to engineer and construct a new center for Siemens in Singapore.

Sharp drop in sales of fab equipment, blamed on overcapacity

Mon, 4 Apr 2002
April 15, 2002--SAN JOSE, CA--A 30 percent drop in worldwide sales of fab equipment for 2001 is being blamed on excess inventories and overcapacity, according to market researcher Dataquest Inc. Sales in 2001 totaled $23.3 billion a sharp decrease compared to the $33.1 billion in sales logged in 2000.

Judge dismisses suit against WaferTech

Wed, 4 Apr 2002
April 17, 2002--Vancouver, WA--A multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against WaferTech by subcontractor, Natkin/Scott was dismissed.

BOC Edwards Kachina opens facility in France

Thu, 4 Apr 2002
April 18, 2002--Crawley, UK--Parts cleaning and component management services provider, BOC Edwards Kachina opened its first facility in Europe. BOC Edwards Kachina is a division of BOC Edwards.

Book-to-Bill climbs to 1.04 for March

Tue, 4 Apr 2002
April 23, 2002--San Jose, CA--For the first time in sixteen months, the book-to-bill ratio climbed above 1.0 to 1.04, this means $104 worth of new orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month of March.

Intel to restart construction of Lexlip facility

Fri, 4 Apr 2002
April 26, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA-- Intel Corporation plans to resume construction of Fab 24 in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. The cost to construct the state-of-the-art facility is estimated at $2 billion. Once completed, the fab will produce 300 mm wafers using 90 nanometer design rules.

BOC Edwards acquires Semco Corp.

Tue, 4 Apr 2002
April 30, 2002--Wilmington, MA--BOC Edwards announced its acquiring CA- based, Semco Corporation. Once the transaction is complete, Semco will be merged into BOC Edwards' Chemical Management business.

Health officials investigating mad cow disease in FL

Fri, 4 Apr 2002
April 19, 2002--Washington, DC--Health officials are jointly investigating a new variant of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health said the victim, a 22-year old British woman, probably contracted the disease overseas, according to Reuters.

Pall Corporation acquires USFilter's Filtration and Separations Group

Thu, 4 Apr 2002
April 25, 2002--East Hills, NY--In a deal valued at $360 million, Pall Corporation has acquired Filtration and Separations Group (FSG) from USFilter Corporation.

Battelle completes cleanroom renovation

Fri, 4 Apr 2002
April 12, 2002--Columbus, OH--Battelle has added a state-of-the-art cleanroom to its headquarters in Columbus, OH.

Watson Laboratories inks FDA consent decree

Mon, 5 May 2002
May 6, 2002--Corona, CA--Three years ago, pharmaceutical manufacturer Watson Laboratories, was issued a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the company's quality systems and cGMP compliance, including deficiencies in its training, documentation and laboratory controls.

Novartis establishes new research institute

Wed, 5 May 2002
May 8, 2002--Basel, Switzerland--Following in the footsteps of Merck & Co., Wyeth and Pfizer, pharmaceutical manufacturer and researcher Novartis AG is opening a new research facility in Cambridge, MA.

Schering-Plough to pay $500M to US goverment

Fri, 5 May 2002
May 17, 2002--Kenilworth, NJ--Schering-Plough Corporation says it has inked a consent decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its ongoing issues with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), at its facilities in New Jersey and Puerto Rico.

SEZ America launches 300 mm lab

Wed, 5 May 2002
May 1, 2002--Phoenix, AZ--Semiconductor equipment maker, the SEZ Group opened its first 300 mm applications lab in the US. Approximately half of the 3,000 s.f. applications lab is designated ISO Class 4 cleanroom space.

Chip sales reach $10.75B in March, overall industry outlook brighter

Thu, 5 May 2002
May 2, 2002--San Jose, CA--Worldwide sales of semiconductors jumped to $10.75 billion for the month of March, which marks a whopping 7.2 percent increase above the $10.03 billion in sales logged during February. The hike is considered the highest monthly sequential increase since April 1986, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA.)

Novellus opens new facility in Oregon

Mon, 5 May 2002
May 13, 2002--Tualatin, OR--Semiconductor equipment-maker Novellus Systems opened its newest facility in Oregon. The 382,000-square-foot facility, dubbed the "Copper Campus" was designed to incorporate ISO Class 6 cleanroom space for system assembly, ISO Class 5 cleanroom space for system testing of Novellus' deposition equipment, and an ISO Class 4 applications lab.

Conexant and The Carlyle Group name new fab, Jazz Semiconductor

Wed, 5 May 2002
May 22, 2002--Newport Beach, CA & Washington, DC--Conexant Systems, Inc. and The Carlyle Group have named their new ISO-9000 certified wafer fab, Jazz Semiconductor. The new facility will have 100,000 square feet of ISO Class 3 cleanroom space.

LG.Philips Begins Volume Production at new TFT-LCD Factory

Fri, 5 May 2002
May 24, 2002 -- SEOUL-- In what's being dubbed the first of its kind, LG.Philips LCD Co. announced that it has started volume production of TFT-LCDs at its new P4 facility. P4 is said to be the world's first fifth-generation (above 1 meter per side of substrate glass) thin-film-transistor (TFT)-LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) fabrication plant, according to a company release.

Drought effecting Northern Taiwan

Fri, 5 May 2002
May 28, 2002 -- Hsinchu, Taiwan-- In recent weeks, there have been numerous reports about the drought conditions in Taiwan and how it may affect chip makers this summer, fact is the hardest hit region is north of Taipei, according to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC).

AEI opens new cleanroom; Cintas completes acquisition

Wed, 5 May 2002
May 15, 2002--Fort Collins, CO--Following its acquisitions of Aera Japan Ltd. and EMCO Flow Systems, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (AEI) is opening three new ISO Class 6 cleanrooms in Taiwan, China and Singapore.

Thailand to increase control on food imports

Thu, 5 May 2002
May 16, 2002--Bangkok, Thailand--Over the next month, Thailand's Commerce Ministry said it would enforce stricter rules on imported food and agricultural items. The country's goal is to decrease the amount of contaminants and additives being imported into the region.

Contaminated meat may be on grocery store shelves

Thu, 5 May 2002
May 23, 2002--Washington, DC--A bacteria-testing method used to ensure tainted meat is not sent to grocery stores nationwide may have failed, according to a report by the Public Citizen and the Government Accountability Project.

Study finds a way to kill bacteria on sandwich meat

Wed, 6 Jun 2002
June 12, 2002--West Lafayette, IN--Would you like your bologna boiled? A new study suggests sandwich meat that is dipped in heated water kills harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes, according to HealthScoutNews.

Compliance woes haunt Abbott Labs

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
OCT. 31--CHICAGO, IL--Abbott Laboratories continues to have trouble complying with federal regulatory drug manufacturing standards.

Dialog acquires CMOS imaging business from Sarnoff Corp.

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
JULY 1---Kirchheim/Teck-Nabern, Germany--Dialog Semiconductor has acquired the CMOS imaging business and associated complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) patent portfolio from New Jersey-based Sarnoff Corp., the research and development firm formerly known as RCA Laboratories.

Genetics, drug firms team up to battle resistant bacteria

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 1 --deCODE genetics (Reykjavik, Iceland) has formed an alliance with Elitra Pharmaceuticals Inc. (San Diego, CA) to develop new antibiotics that combat drug-resistant bacteria.

Infection expert to direct CDC

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 2--WASHINGTON -- A scientist on the front lines of the anthrax investigation has been selected to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials said Tuesday.

FANUC unveils cleanroom robot

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 8 ---ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan---FANUC Robotics has introduced the M-6iB Cleanroom robot, the latest in a line of controlled environment products the company has offered since 1984.

Pall signs distribution agreement with VWR

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 8--East Hills, NY - Pall Corp. and VWR International (Westchester, PA) have entered into an agreement that aims at increasing sales to laboratory end-user markets.

Hitachi to keep plants amid recovering demand

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
July 10--Tokyo, Japan-- Recovering semiconductor demand has allowed Hitachi Ltd. to keep a chip production line and an assembly and inspection subsidiary that were both slated to close.

Motorola Malaysia invests $65.9 million on plant expansion

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
July 10--Kuala Lumpur - Motorola Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. will invest some $65.9 million to expand the capacity of its semiconductor plant and on the transfer of technology, creating 500 new jobs.

Instant virus with Internet blueprints, mail-order materials

Thu, 7 Jul 2002
July 11--WASHINGTON--Experts can now download a genetic blueprint from the Internet and use mail-order materials to assemble a deadly virus, says a group of researchers who made a synthetic polio virus in the lab to demonstrate the threat.

Cree awarded millions in government contracts

Fri, 7 Jul 2002
July 12--DURHAM, N.C--Chipmaker Cree, Inc. has been awarded more than $26 million in government contracts from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) for silicon carbide (SiC) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) process development.

Pfizer acquires Pharmacia for $60 billion in stock

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 15--New York City--Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has agreed to acquire Pharmacia Corp. for $60 billion in stock, reportedly making it one of the most dominant drug makers in the world.

Integration provides sensor measurement, tool data management

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 16--FORT COLLINS, CO--Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a provider of components and sub-systems solutions for semiconductor, data storage and flat panel display processes, has integrated its Symphony EPM (equipment productivity manager)

Semitool, Ashland take team approach to wet chemical processing

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 16--DUBLIN, Ohio -- Ashland Specialty Chemical Co., a division of Ashland Inc., and Semitool, Inc. have agreed to work jointly on innovation and process improvement in wet chemical processing for semiconductor manufacturing.

Electropure gets patent for rapid contamination detection technology

Thu, 7 Jul 2002
July 18--Laguna Hills, CA-- Electropure, Inc., a maker of fluid treatment and monitoring equipment, has announced that its subsidiary, Micro Imaging Technology, was granted a U.S. Patent for a laser-based technology that detects and identifies potentially harmful and sometimes deadly microbes in real-time.

$403 million chip R&D center planned for U-Albany

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 22--Albany, NY--Gov. George Pataki unveiled plans for a $403 million semiconductor industry research and development center at the University at Albany, creating 250 jobs and spurring hope for thousands more.

Student who kept anthrax in refrigerator charged

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 23--NEW HAVEN, CT. -- The U.S. attorney's office has filed a federal charge against a University of Connecticut student accused of keeping anthrax in a refrigerator at a school research lab, but Tomas Foral, 26, will not be prosecuted if he completes a "pretrial diversion program," U.S. Attorney John A. Danaher III said in a news release.

Dynamic introduces conveyor for ISO Class 3 environments

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 23--MUSKEGON, MI-- Dynamic Conveyor Corp. has introduced a light-duty conveyor system that is ISO Class-3 approved.

Fowl chip

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
July 24--NEWARK, Del.--The chip industry may be going to the birds. Literally.

Ionics acquires EnChem technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
July 24--Watertown, MA-- Ionics, Inc., a manufacturer of separations technology, has acquired the business and assets, including patents and know-how, of the EnChem wastewater treatment process of Sunnyvale, CA-based Microbar Inc., a chemical management systems maker.

Wyoming health director to head US Food Safety and Inspection Service

Thu, 7 Jul 2002
July 25--WASHINGTON--Garry L. McKee, director of the Wyoming Department of Health since 1999, has been named as administrator of the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Mitsubishi, Applied Materials collaborate on wafer-cleaning chemistry

Fri, 7 Jul 2002
July 26--Tokyo--Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) are jointly-developing AM1 chemistry for Applied Materials' new single-wafer Oasis Clean system.

SEMI symposium spotlights advances in materials technology

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 29--San Jose, CA--The latest development in semiconductors materials and the outlook for the materials market will be the focus of the third annual SEMI Microelectronic Materials Strategy Symposium in September.

Mykrolis building Shanghai facility

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 30--BILLERICA, MA--Mykrolis Corp., a manufacturer of liquid and gas delivery systems, components and consumables for the semiconductor market, has begun construction on a product service facility in Zhang Jiang Technical Park in Pudong, Shanghai.

Pacific Scientific Instruments to acquire Anatel

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
JULY 31--GRANTS PASS, OR--Pacific Scientific Instruments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corp. and manufacturer of particle counters and systems for air, liquid, and vacuum applications, is reportedly in the early phases of acquiring Anatel Corp. (Loveland, CO), a designer and manufacturer of analytical instrumentation.

Former Brown student wanted for theft of herpes virus

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 1--PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A Chinese national who earned a doctoral degree from Brown University is wanted for allegedly stealing the herpes virus, antibodies, antibody clones and files from a laboratory.

Spain closes border to sick cruise ship

Mon, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 3--GIBRALTAR -- Spain closed its border with Gibraltar today, ahead of the arrival of a cruise ship at the tiny British colony.

IC sales up 6.5% in September, 17.5% jump in Q3

Mon, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 3--SAN JOSE, Calif.--The IC recovery continues to pick up steam. Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $14.4 billion in September, up 6.5 percent from $13.6 billion in August, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Pall technology weeds out deadly prions in blood

Tue, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 4--EAST HILLS, N.Y, --Infectious prions can now be removed from blood prior to a transfusion according to a new study presented today at the American Association of Blood Banks annual meeting.

Intel claims breakthrough in chip technology

Wed, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 5--SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced it has identified new materials to replace those that have been used to manufacture chips for more than 30 years.

Novx will phase out workstation, monitor series

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 6--SAN JOSE, Calif.--Novx Corp., a supplier of ESC/ESD-related monitoring instruments and process environment monitoring control solutions has advised its representatives, distributors and customers that it will discontinue manufacturing of the Series 300 and Series 53xx Workstation/Process Equipment Monitors by January 1, 2004.

Micronic Laser gets another from Asian customer

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 10--TABY, Sweden--Micronic Laser Systems, a manufacturer of laser pattern generation equipment to the display and semiconductor industries, has received another order from an Asian customer for an LRS series pattern generation tool for advanced TFT-LCD photomasks.

IC unveils top 10 list of suppliers

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 11--SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--IC Insights has released its forecast for the 2003 ranking of worldwide top 10 semiconductor wireless IC suppliers.

Shipley-Rodel conglomerate gets new name

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 12--MARLBORO, Mass.--Shipley Co. and Rodel will become Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, effective February 1, 2004.

Biosensor gets funding for war on terror

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 13--PORTLAND, Ore.--A handheld device that can detect bio- and chemical agents in the event of a terrorist attack has received the thumbs-up from the National Science Foundation.

McGill opens $9 million nano facility

Tue, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 17--MONTREAL--McGill University, has announced the opening of the $9-million Tools for Nanoscience Facility, based in the Rutherford Physics and Wong Engineering buildings.

Aerotech rents in Ridley

Tue, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 18--RIDLEY, Penn.--Aerotech Filtration Inc., a cleanroom equipment and filtration supplier, has leased 24,990 square feet of industrial space within the Holmes Corporate Center.

IMEC continues to expand

Tue, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 19--Belgium's IMEC, an independent microelectronics and microsystems research center, is continuing its expansion into nanoelectronics, thanks to a $55 million, government-backed bank loan.

Nanomaterial devices will be made using existig chips technology

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 20--NORWALK, Conn.--According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Company, Inc. (www.bccresearch.com), nanomaterial-based devices using RGB-286 will make it to market first and can be fabricated using current chip manufacturing processes and integrated with CMOS technology.

M+W Zander gets AMD contract

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 21--DRESDEN, Germany--M+W Zander, a subsidiary of the Jenoptik technology group, has received a contract to engineer a new semiconductor fab in here for U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices

Oak Technical enters into joint venture in China

Mon, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 24--SHIJIAZHAUN, CHINA--Oak Technicalo Inc. (Stow, Ohio) has entered into a joint venture agreement with Hongray located in this Hebie province town three hours southwest of Beijing.

One tough fab

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 1--ALBANY, N.Y.--The University at Albany's latest building project, the NanoFab 300N is likely the most robust for miles around, says Tom Yurkewecz, UAlbany's director of programs, who is responsible for overseeing its construction.

FDA eyes water over contaminated onions

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 1--ROCKVILLE, Md.--The Center for Science in the Public Interest says the rising number of produce-related illnesses, including a hepatitis A outbreak last month at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant, suggests problems with the Food and Drug Administration's ability to regulate growers.

Camfil Farr unveils 30/30 program

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 2--RIVERDALE, N.J.--Air filter manufacturer Camfil Farr has introduced a "30/30" program.

Chip equipment makers expect 38% growth in 2004

Wed, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 3--CHIBA, Japan--Leading manufacturers of semiconductor equipment expect sales to increase this year to $21.4 billion, more than eight percent above the $19.8 billion in sales posted in 2002 according to the year-end edition of the Capital Equipment Consensus Forecast, released by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (San Jose, Calif.)

Atrix unveils vacuums for ISO Class 7 and better

Fri, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 4--BURNSVILLE, Minn.-- Atrix International has introduced vacuums for ISO Class 7 and better cleanrooms that are either HEPA or ULPA as well as ESD safe and EMI/RFI filtered.

Veltek moves into new facility

Fri, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 5--MALVERN, Penn.--Veltek Associates, Inc. has completed its move from Phoenixville to its new manufacturing facility in this city, located approximately 30 miles west of Philadelphia.

Coating fends off microbial growth and biofilms

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 8--ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill.--Specialty Coatings Company, Inc. has developed a series of high tech coatings that impart antimicrobial properties to control the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on surfaces in food, beverage, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing environments.

Nilfisk launches new web site

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 9--MALVERN, Penn.--Industrial vacuum cleaner manufacturer Nilfisk-Advance America has launched its new Web site:

Judge declines mistrial in IBM cleanroom case

Fri, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 11--SANTA CLARA, Calif.--An attorney for IBM asked for a mistrial in the toxics trial after a juror indicated she had seen a ``Sixty Minutes II' television report featuring allegations that the computer company knowingly poisoned workers in its cleanrooms.

Tissue processor employs gamma-sterilization technology

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 15--KENNESAW, Ga.--CryoLife, Inc., a human tissue processing and bio-surgical device company, announced today that it has licensed a patented technology from Clearant, Inc. designed to inactivate microorganisms, including pathogens, from tissue obtained from human donors.

Expert says IBM cleanrooms lacked fresh air

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 16--SAN JOSE, Calif-- Attorneys for IBM Corp. are trying to block testimony about chemical exposure levels in cleanrooms models simulating the company's former disk drive manufacturing plant here.

Hand-sanitizer effective in killing Influenza

Wed, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 17--LAS VEGAS--Skinvisible, Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiary Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, Inc. says its patented antimicrobial hand sanitizer demonstrated a greater than 99% kill in laboratory studies against the Influenza A virus.

UVC wand eradicates mold, bacteria and other surface contaminants

Wed, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 17--CERRITOS, Calif.--Steril-Aire, Inc. has introduced a hand-held "SterilWand" that uses the company's multi-patented UVC technology for decontamination of surfaces infested with mold, bacteria or viruses.

IEST technical info used in SARS research

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 18--ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--The Journal of the IEST, published for nearly 50 years by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), included topical technical information in its recently published 2003 edition, which was used in ongoing research on the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic

Transfer agreement speeds up cleanroom construction

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
DEC. 22--TAIWAN--Color filter maker Allied Material Technology Corporation (AMTC) has signed a polarizer technology transfer agreement with South Korea-based LG Chemical, according to company chairman Charles Yu.

TSMC Fab 12 gets risk management and ISO certifications

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 1--HSIN-CHU, TAIWAN--Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 300 mm Fab 12 has been certified in risk, environmental and safety management by completing the AAA Damage Prevention and Fire Safety, the ISO 14001 and the OHSAS 18001 certification protocols

Millipore acquires chromatography media company

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 1--BEDFORD, MA--Life sciences technology giant Millipore Corp. announced today that it has acquired the assets of CPG Inc. (Lincoln Park, NJ), a supplier to Millipore for several years, providing base materials for its Prosep, a high capacity chromatographic media.

Disinfectant kills spectrum of contamination

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 2--SAN JOSE, CA--EnviroSystems, Inc., a manufacturer of people-safe, environmentally friendly infection control products, has introduced a nontoxic disinfectant cleaner for use in commercial markets that include healthcare, hospitality, travel, food processing and military applications.

Ultra Clean opens Oregon facility

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG 2--MENLO PARK, CA--Ultra Clean Technology, a maker of integrated, ultra pure gas and liquid delivery systems for the chip industry, has opened a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, which includes a 4,300- square-foot cleanroom, in Tualatin, OR.

Jenoptik acquires business units from top competitor

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG 2--JENA, GERMANY--In an effort to strengthen its Clean Systems business division, The Jenoptik Group subsidiary, M+W Zander, has acquired segments of the technical facility systems unit of one of its top competitors, The Krantz TKT Group, a division of Babcock Borsig AG (Oberhausen).

Brooks-PRI gets the nod from Macronix

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
Aug. 5--CHELMSFORD, MA--Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc., a maker semiconductor manufacturing automation, has been selected by chipmaker Macronix International Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based nonvolatile memory maker, to outfit a 200 mm production line and a 300 mm test line in its Fab 3 facility.

ITW to relocate ALMA facility

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 5--ATLANTA, GA--ITW Fluid Products Businesses will be relocating the ALMA facility in Palm Springs, CA to an existing ITW facility here effective December 31, says Rich Dodge, vice president and general manager of the Fluid Products businesses

Growing elderly population in spurs demand for disposable gloves

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
Aug. 6--SAN JOSE, CA--As the number of aging Baby Boomers requiring surgeries and other healthcare services increases in the United States, there will be a corresponding rise in demand for disposable gloves.

CleanRooms China a success

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 6--SHANGHAI--Exploding chip and microelectronic markets has seemingly fueled the success of the first CleanRooms China conference and exhibition, which wrapped up the summer show season for The CleanRooms Group.

Ga. Department of Agriculture finds contaminated bay leaves

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 7--ATLANTA--Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced that Georgia Department of Agriculture food scientists have found some contamination in a brand of fresh bay leaves pulled from a store sample.

BOC helium prices balloon

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 8--WILMINGTON, MA--BOC Edwards, a supplier of helium to semiconductor manufacturers, announced that it will increase cylinder helium prices by 15 percent, effective September 1.

Balazs, Air Liquide introduce on-line service

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 9--HOUSTON, TX--Minor or catastrophic excursions in the fab occur more often than one likes to admit -- hundreds occur annually. A single, contaminating event can result in multi-million dollar losses and extended downtime.

Biotech a job gold mine

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 12--CAMBRIDGE, MA -- HELP WANTED: Growing global biotechnology company looking to fill 150 job openings, starting immediately.

Moore's Law prevails, Intel to deploy 90-nanometer platform

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 13--SANTA CLARA, CA--Intel Corp. has announced that it will take the next exponential leap to a 90-nanometer platform to build microchips that are smaller, faster, cheaper and more energy efficient.

FDA halts sales from GA tissue bank

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 14--WASHINGTON-- A Georgia tissue bank linked to a death and serious infections has been ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop selling cadaver tissue, charging that CryoLife Inc. cannot guarantee the grafts are free of fungus or bacteria.

Sensor Products introduces Topaq, Xsensor

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 15--EAST HANOVER, NJ--Sensor Products Inc. introduces the Topaq Advanced Imaging System, which is used in conjunction with Fuji Prescale/Pressurex stress indicating films.

Fry steps down as PDA president, Maitra named European director

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 16--BETHESDA, MD -- PDA Chair Floyd Benjamin today announced with regret that, after 11 years, Edmund M. Fry, president of the international association for pharmaceutical science and technology, will embark upon a new career this September

A multimillion-dollar order from Grace

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 16--FREMONT, CA-- Asyst Technologies Inc., a provider of integrated automation solutions that aim to maximize productivity in semiconductor manufacturing, has received a multimillion-dollar order from Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (GSMC;Shanghai, China).

Clean Rooms West offers new celing grid

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 19--TUSTIN, CA-- Clean Rooms West is offering a new cleanroom ceiling grid, which the company says allows for faster and cleaner installations.

Praxair commissions silane transfill facility in Taiwan

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 19- DANBURY, CT-- Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials Co., Ltd., Praxair's joint venture with China Petrochemical Development Co. (Taiwan), has commissioned the first silane (SiH4) transfill facility in Taiwan.

Kroger to offer clean produce

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 20-- HOUSTON, TX -- In a decision that may revolutionize how we eat, the Houston-based Suntex Group, Ltd., announced that The Kroger Co. has agreed to offer Suntex Clean fully sanitized, ready-to-eat fresh produce in all 125 Houston-area Kroger stores.

BREAKING NEWS: FDA initiative will revamp cGMPs

Wed, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 21--ROCKVILLE, MD--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it will launch a significant new initiative to enhance the regulation of pharmaceutical manufacturing and product quality and hone in on a 21st century focus.

CLARCOR acquires Total Filter

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 22--ROCKFORD, Ill., -- CLARCOR Inc. has acquired Total Filter Technology Inc. (Chelmsford, MA), a manufacturer of melt blown and string wound filter cartridges and liquid filter bags.

Praxair forms chip unit

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 22-DANBURY, CT--Despite the current downturn in the semiconductor industry, Praxair Inc. has made a leap of faith by forming a new business unit dedicated to serving the industry.

Ultra-clean construction starts for Mars-bound Beagle 2 lander

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 23--MILTON KEYNES, England--The UK's Beagle 2 spacecraft, which is scheduled to fly to Mars next year, is beginning to take shape in a new $2 million ultra-clean Asceptic Assembly Facility at the Open University

Lockheed Martin breaks ground on coatings facility

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 23--MARIETTA, GA--Lockheed Martin has begun the first phase of a new $ 44 million coatings facility here for the F-22 Raptor fighter program.

Medical Industry Conference Calendar Directory for 2000 Available

Thu, 1 Jan 2000
Medical Industry Conference Calendar Directory for 2000 Available

Ion Optics' reflectIR Infrared Light Sources

Thu, 1 Jan 2000
Ion Optics' reflectIR Infrared Light Sources

VPI Announces Lifetime Warranty for ESD Control Flooring

Wed, 1 Jan 2000
VPI Announces Lifetime Warranty for ESD Control Flooring

Rosemount Analytical Adds pH and Dissolved OxygenSensors

Fri, 1 Jan 2000
Rosemount Analytical Adds pH and Dissolved Oxygen Sensors

Labconco Offers Brochure for Line of Cleanroom Carts and Benches

Thu, 1 Jan 2000
Labconco Offers Brochure for Line of Cleanroom Carts and Benches

Maxxim Medical Manufacturers Medical Examination Glove as a Latex-alternative.

Fri, 1 Jan 2000
Maxxim Medical Manufacturers Medical Examination Glove as a Latex-alternative.

Adams Healthcare Offers Free Guide to Sterile Alcohol Requirements

Wed, 1 Jan 2000
Adams Healthcare Offers Free Guide to Sterile Alcohol Requirements

Wells Lamont Acquires Protective Clothing Divisions From JOMAC

Fri, 1 Jan 2000
Wells Lamont Acquires Protective Clothing Divisions From JOMAC

Flowserve Restructuring to the Tune of $27 Million

Thu, 1 Jan 2000
Flowserve Restructuring to the Tune of $27 Million

CleanRoom Tape & Label Residue Removal

Tue, 2 Feb 2000
Working with cleanroom tape and labels often includes removing what they've left behind. For many, the process of adhesive removal can create more problems than the products themselves solve.

FDA Presents a List of 510(k) Cleared Sterilants and High Level Disinfectants

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
The FDA has released a list of sterilants and high level disinfectants that have cleared a 510(k) for reusable medical and dental devices. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) classifies these products as medical devices themselves, and requires manufacturers to meet specifications for safety and quality.

Controlling Contamination & Costs Through Software Validation

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
Meeting FDA requirements for validating software automated operations not only will improve the quality and safety of a manufacturing process, but the validation process itself will help manage and improve contamination control strategies, say validation specialists.

Intel Continues Buying Blitz

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
Intel has announced an investment plan that will add a total of 253,000 sq.ft. of cleanroom space for wafer manufacturing. Last week, company officials said Intel will spend $2 billion to construct a new fab with a 133,000 sq.ft. cleanroom in Chandler, AZ. On Tuesday, the chip giant announced its intent to purchase a Rockwell International facility, which has 120,000 sq.ft. of cleanroom space. The deal and that site's renovation amount to a $1.5 billion dollar investment.

Ultra Dynamics Offers Ultraviolet Light Systems for Disinfection

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
A new guide describing the ultraviolet light systems available from Ultra Dynamics can be obtained from the company.

National Semiconductor Markets a Digital Temperature Sensor

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
National Semiconductor is marketing a digital temperature sensor that company officials say offers improved accuracy over a wider temperature range. For use in heating ventilating, air conditioning, and the other systems of the LM76CHM-5 temperature sensor has an accuracy of ±1°C, a thermal window comparator, and an I2C(R)- or SMBus-compatible serial bus interface.

Invesys Sell Vokes Filtration to McLeod Russel

Thu, 2 Feb 2000
Invesys Sell Vokes Filtration to McLeod Russel

PDA 2000 -- Call for Papers -- Mar. 15, 2000 Deadline

Fri, 2 Feb 2000
PDA 2000--Call for Papers--Mar. 15, 2000 Deadline

Working with Gas & Chemical Suppliers

Thu, 3 Mar 2000
Semiconductor, biotech, and pharmaceutical product manufacturers are working more closely with gas and chemical suppliers to ensure materials are delivered uncontaminated. In addition, this teamwork is now extending to the internal maintenance of the gas and chemicals purity as the result of the ever-growing complexity of new technology.

CleanRooms East 2000

Tue, 3 Mar 2000
Conference:March 27-29, 2000
Exhibits:March 28-29, 2000
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore MD

Biopool acquires Xtrana

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
Biopool International, a supplier of human diagnostic tests based in Ventura, CA, has completed the acquisition of Xtrana Inc. (Denver), a developer of nucleic acid-based technologies. Before the final acquisition stages ...

Del Monte to test electronic pasteurization technology

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
Del Monte Foods Co. (San Francisco) has agreed to test Titan Corp.'s SureBeam electronic pasteurization technology on select foods in an effort to enhance freshness, quality and shelf life. Del Monte intends to test this procedure on various foods packaged in glass and plastic. "Using Titan's Surebeam technology will allow us to ...

MedSource moves to new facility

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
MedSource Technologies, Inc., a supplier of precision metal and plastic components, subassemblies and completed products to medical device and equipment manufacturers, has moved from Moultonboro, NH, to a new facility in nearby Laconia.

DuPont contracts Servicor for cleanroom

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
Servicor Inc. is making finishing touches on a $1.2 million dollar cleanroom for DuPont (Wilmington, DE). The cleanroom will be used to develop advanced superconductivity technology. According to Servicor, DuPont is striving to accelerate conductive factors in components for the Department of Defense. The cleanroom is comprised of 15 areas.

Pushing Moore's Law with minienvironments

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
PORTLAND, OR—Minienvironments are touted as the contamination control technology for 300-mm wafer manufacturing. But will minienvironments be able to keep up with future chip technology advances as forecasted in Moore's Law, which denotes circuit density doubling each year and thereby the potential power of computer chips?

Tuesday: More patents, please

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
PORTLAND, OR--Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day, but Tuesday is patent day. And if one were to visit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and do a search for

Executive Forum opens door to the future

Mon, 8 Aug 2000
PORTLAND, OR—Cleanroom executives will have a rare opportunity to look into a crystal ball at CleanRooms West 2000 (Portland, OR) and learn about markets that will need contamination control technology in the future.
CleanRooms Group assembled a team of high-level executives from emerging markets to share insight on their industries, as it pertains to implementing contamination control technology.

Web Exclusive: Tower Semicondutor to build 200mm fab

Fri, 8 Aug 2000
MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel-- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. has selected M+W Zander AG (Stuttgart, Germany), Baran Ltd. (Israel), and its co-owned Israeli-based subsidiary Meissner-Baran, to construct Tower's 200mm wafer fabrication plant, Fab 2, here as a turnkey project. The $200 million project will be ...

Web Exclusive: Pentagon to acquire Chemetal

Fri, 8 Aug 2000
Pentagon Technologies, Inc. plans to acquire Chemetal, Inc. (Hayward, CA), a provider of semiconductor and microelectronics fabrication equipment, parts, cleaning and reconditioning services. This acquisition falls in line with Pentagon's ...

Web Exclusive: Food illness Web sites launched

Fri, 8 Aug 2000
Marler Clark, the Seattle, WA-based law firm known nationwide for its successful representation of persons injured in food-borne illness outbreaks, has launched its informational foodborne illness web sites. The sites are designed to provide quick and useful information for concerned consumers, and are available as a resource for the media as well.

Atmel Corporation Sets Its Sights on Expansion

Thu, 9 Sep 2000
NORTH TYNESIDE, ENGLAND -- September 21, 2000 -- Officials from semiconductor giant Atmel on Monday announced plans to acquire the mothballed Siemens plant in North Tyneside, England.

RTP Unveils New Compounds to Aid Cleanroom Apps

Thu, 9 Sep 2000
WINONA, MINNESOTA -- September 21, 2000 -- RTP Company has introduced a new range of engineering and technical compounds based on nano-filler technology which will enhance the performance of cleanroom applications, wafer processing and disk-drive components, among others.

Taiwan: Coming Leader in 300mm Transition?

Thu, 9 Sep 2000
TAIWAN -- September 21, 2000 -- An upbeat SEMI Taiwan conference opened with dancing dragons and a welcome address by President Chen Shui Bian, who boldly predicted that, by 2002, his country would become the world's leading investor in chip processing equipment.

Daw Lands Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Sun, 9 Sep 2000
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - September 26, 200 - Daw Technologies Europe, LTD. landed a $2 million contract with an unnamed semiconductor manufacturer for the design and installation of a 7,000 square foot class ISO Class 4 (Class 10) cleanroom facility.

Anam Sees Growth at Korean Fab

Tue, 9 Sep 2000
Buchon, Korea -- September 26, 2000 -- Anam Semiconductor, Inc. is expanding its cleanroom facility at its Buchon semiconductor fab plant.

Agilent to Add New Fiber-Optic Facilty in UK

Tue, 9 Sep 2000
IPSWICH, England -- September 27, 2000 --The facility containing one of Europe's largest cleanrooms is about to get a little bit bigger. Agilent Technologies is adding a $20 million, 80,000 square foot fiber optic research and development facility to its Ipswich location. The existing 178,000 square foot optoelectronic facility boasts 44,00 square feet of manufacturing space and one of the largest cleanrooms in Europe.

Techcon Systems, BFGoodrich Deal Helps Create Dispensing Systems That Control ESD

Tue, 9 Sep 2000
GARDEN GROVE, CA - As a result of a new partnership with BFGoodrich Static Control Polymers (Brecksville, OH), Techcon Systems has been able to create a non-carbon loaded fluid dispensing system that controls ESD, a system which should benefit several cleanroom industries.

Demand for Irradiated Meat Remains Low

Tue, 9 Sep 2000
WASHINGTON -- September 22, 2000 -- It's no longer of a question of where the beef is. Now consumers want to know where it's been, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Consortium Targets Debugging of Advanced Device Designs

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
San Jose, California--Sept. 28, 2000--International SEMATECH, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, has chosen Knights Technology, a division of Electroglas, Inc., to commercially develop an advanced software tool for locating the physical origins of faults in integrated random-logic circuits.

BASF Opens German Cleanroom

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany - Oct. 3, 2000 - BASF has opened a new $1 million cleanroom at its Ludwigshafen location, which serves as the company's main site and headquarters of the BASF Group.

Premier Measurement Research Facility to Open in MD

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
GAITHERSBURG, MD -- September 29,2000 -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology is moving forward with its plan to open the Advanced Measurement Laboratory, which is being billed as one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world. The AML is expected to open in 2004.

Ashland acquires MicroClean

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
DUBLIN, OH--The Electronic Chemicals Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Co., a division of Ashland Inc. has acquired the assets of MicroClean, Inc., a provider of equipment parts cleaning, refurbishment and management services to the semiconductor manufacturing industry, with facilities located in Tempe, Ariz., and Austin, Texas.

Steris wins patent lawsuit

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
Mentor, OH--Steris Corp. has announced that it has settled the patent infringement lawsuit filed against Microflow Limited and Astec Microflow Limited (collectively,

Chip shipments surge

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
SAN JOSE, CA--The semiconductor industry is indeed a lean and mean machine, and news of healthy business is indicative of that. For instance, in August, Daw Technologies Inc. (Salt Lake City) landed $750,000 in semiconductor cleanroom contracts on top of millions of dollars in business it has already done this year.

Empyrean provides hand-sanitizer for county fair

Fri, 9 Sep 2000
With the recent E. coli outbreak in Northeast Ohio, Empyrean Bioscience provided the Lorain County Fair Board with an ample supply of Preventx(R) hand sanitizer and first-aid antiseptic for the August event. The alcohol-free product is said to be 99.9% effective in killing E. coli and other bacteria on contact, was available to this year's visitors ...

Lucent expansion foster cleanrooms

Mon, 9 Sep 2000
AVON, CT -- Lucent Technologies Inc. has already added some 75,000 square feet of additional optical fiber manufacturing space to its Somerset, NJ, facility.

Double acquisition for Fairchild Semiconductor

Mon, 9 Sep 2000
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International has announced plans to acquire two businesses that will bolster its analog arm.

General's China facility now ISO 14001 certified

Mon, 9 Sep 2000
MELVILLE, NY -- General Semiconductor, Inc., a manufacturer of discrete semiconductors, has announced that its facility in Tianjin, China has been granted ISO14001 certification.

Singapore Fab Up and Running

Thu, 10 Oct 2000
Singapore -- September 26, 2000 -- Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. is up and running now that the Singapore-based wafer fabrication facility has produced its first silicon.

CleanRooms West 2000 Draws Huge Crowd

Mon, 10 Oct 2000
PORTLAND, Oregon -- October 3, 2000 -- More than 2000 cleanroom industry professionals gathered at the Oregon Convention Center for CleanRooms West 2000, which ran from Oct. 2-4.

Canon Optical Products Operation to Grow

Wed, 10 Oct 2000
SAN JOSE, CA - Oct. 3, 2000 - Canon USA's Semiconductor Equipment Division is undertaking a $100 million expansion of the Canon Optical Products Operations manufacturing complex in Utsunomiya, Japan. Part of the project includes a 50 percent increase in cleanroom space.

California Plastics Company Expands Cleanrooms, Opens New Facility

Wed, 10 Oct 2000
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Oct. 3, 2000 - Fueled by the fruits of a strong market, Saint-Gobail Performance Plastics Corporation recently opened the doors to its expanded, 182,000 square foot facility.

Feuding fabs

Mon, 10 Oct 2000
It would seem that the last downturn left some semiconductor and device manufacturers with litigious chips on their shoulders.

Take, for example, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices. The rivals are still licking their wounds from the last price battle.

Tyco purchases Mallinckrodt

Mon, 10 Oct 2000
Pembroke, Bermuda, Oct. 17 -- Tyco International Ltd., a multifaceted manufacturing and service company, has acquired Mallinckrodt Inc., a St. Louis, MO-based manufacturer and distributor of specialty medical products designed to sustain breathing, diagnose disease and relieve pain.

Agilent Fab Line Leads to Cleanroom Expansion

Sun, 10 Oct 2000
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Oct. 22 -- Looking to begin production of CDMA, GSM and 3G mobile handsets at its Fort Collins, Colorado facility, Agilent Technologies is gearing up for a cleanroom expansion.

Electronics Customer Support Center A Boon to Hitachi Semiconductor Group

Tue, 10 Oct 2000
KUDANATSU, Japan -- Oct. 24 -- Fueled by a favorable debut of its 300mm etch systems, Hitachi America, Ltd. is planning to construct a 100,000 sq. foot electronics customer support center to boost worldwide customer service.

China Plans Pharm Crackdown

Wed, 10 Oct 2000
CHINA -- Oct. 25 -- Chinese health officials are planning to increase enforcement of the international good manufacturing practice (GMP) system next year, a move that could leave many of the country's pharmaceutical manufacturers in the cold.

Lawmakers grapple with flood of bogus prescription drugs

Thu, 10 Oct 2000
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Oct. 26. 2000 -- U.S. lawmakers and federal officials are scrambling to tighten controls on imported bulk drugs after learning that an alarmingly large number of potentially dangerous counterfeits are making their way across U.S. borders.

Ultra Clean Technology Opens Texas Plant

Fri, 10 Oct 2000
MENLO PARK, Ca. -- Oct. 27, 2000 -- Ultra Clean Technology has opened a new manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas which will house a 3,2000 square foot cleanroom.

Intel Delays Colorado Fab Opening

Fri, 10 Oct 2000
Colorado Springs, CO. -- Oct. 27, 2000 -- Intel recently announced it has postponed the opening of a new 500,000 square foot 8-inch CMOS manufacturing plant due to a lack of skilled construction workers in the area.

Honeywell, Air Purification Technologies Unite to Tackle IAQ issues

Mon, 10 Oct 2000
MINNEAPOLIS -- Oct. 30, 2000 -- Honeywell's Commercial Air Products and California-based Air Purification Technologies, LLC has formed a strategic alliance to focus on indoor air quality issues in environments such as cleanrooms, hospitals and laboratories.

IBM To Build Chip Packaging Facility In China

Tue, 10 Oct 2000
SHANGHAI, China -- Oct. 31, 2000 -- IBM recently announced plans to build a $300 million organic chip packaging manufacturing facility in Shanghai. The investment is part IBM's recently announced $5 billion worldwide investment plan.

Diodes Makes Move to Acquire FabTech

Tue, 10 Oct 2000
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA. -- Oct. 31, 2000 -- Diodes Incorporated, a leading manufacturer and supplier of discrete semiconductors to the automotive, computing, electronics and communications industries, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Missouri-based FabTech Inc.

It's Hall of Fame time!

Mon, 6 Jun 2000
Continue a tradition of excellence by making a nomination to the 2000 CleanRooms Hall of Fame.

CleanRooms - Contamination Control Technology

Wed, 9 Sep 1999
Since 1987, contamination control professionals from many markets have looked to the pages of CleanRooms magazine for complete and high-caliber information on clean manufacturing.

DuPont Photomasks Adds CleanRoom in Europe

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 5, 2001 -- ROUND ROCK, TX -- DuPont Photomasks has added a 7,000 square foot cleanroom to its Corbeil-Essonnes, France facility.

ASML Opens Technology Training Center in Japan

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 5, 2001 -- TOKYO -- ASML recently announced the creation of a new Asian training center based in Kawasaki, Japan. The facility will provide a variety of training courses in advanced lithography, wafer track and thermal processing technology, with a particular focus on 300mm equipment.

Sierra Scientific Retains Consumable Contract

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 10, 2001 -- PHOENIX, AZ -- Sumitomo Sitix of Phoenix announced has chosen to renew its contract with locally owned and operated Sierra Scientific for another 3-5 years.

Semiconductor Equipment and Process Leaders Forge International Alliance To Accelerate Commercialization Advanced Packaging Solutions

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- A global group of semiconductor equipment and process suppliers recently formed the Advanced Packaging and Interconnect Alliance (APiA) , a collaborative effort focused exclusively on the commercial development of comprehensive, risk-free interconnect packaging solutions for chipmakers worldwide.

Asyst Receives Orders for New Reticle Management System

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 12, 2001 -- FREMONT, CA -- Asyst Technologies, Inc., a provider of comprehensive solutions for semiconductor fab and equipment automation, has received orders totaling more than $3 million for its Reticle Management System (RMS) from DuPont Photomasks, Etec Systems, Toshiba Machine and two other North American chipmakers.

Brooks Acquires Zygo's Automation Systems Group

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 14, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation has acquired the Automation Systems Group of Zygo Corporation, which manufactures reticle automation systems including reticle sorters, reticle macro inspection systems, and reticle handling solutions for the semiconductor industry.

Elantec Announces Strategic Wafer Foundry Agreement

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 14, 2001 -- MILPITAS, CA -- Elantec Semiconductor, Inc. has entered into a strategic wafer foundry agreement with Philips Semiconductors. The agreement establishes Philips Semiconductors' Albuquerque, New Mexico site as Elantec's primary bipolar foundry for its future bipolar wafer process requirements.

Taiwan Waits on China Fab Investment Vote

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 18, 2001 -- TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- Semiconductor makers in Taiwan could be allowed to build wafer fabs in China, but they will have to wait until at least the beginning of January to find out.

IBA Facility Begins Sanitizing US Mail

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 3, 2001 -- CHICAGO, IL -- As mail processing centers around the country gear up for a busy holiday season, Ion Beam Applications' (IBA) said its Bridgeport electron beam and X-ray facility in new Jersey sanitized ten trailers of USPS mail in its first week of operation.

CleanRoom Design: Is KPS a New Approach or Just a Turn Back to the Basics?

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
Proper planning leads to form and function melding together for the ideal cleanroom project.

SPD Inc. to Produce and Deliver SPD Film and SPD Glass Next Month

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 4, 2001 -- INCHON, Korea -- SPD Inc. said that in addition to delivering suspended particle device (SPD) light-control film, it expects to begin producing SPD glass incorporating this film in January.

New Steripac Facility Opens

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 5, 2001 -- TORONTO -- Steripac, a healthcare facility in Canada providing reusable sterile linen surgical packs to Ontario hospitals for specific operating room procedures, is now fully operational.

Emergency Filtration Products Announces Additional 2H Technology Patent

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 5, 2001 -- LAS VEGAS, NV -- Emergency Filtration Products announced the granting of another patent on its 2H filtration technology.

XENON Anthrax Tests With University and Bio-Industry Partners Prove Successful

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 5, 2001 -- WOBURN, MA -- Independent tests confirm that the Xenon SteriPulse system effectively destroys in a one second exposure, millions of spores of selected Anthrax surrogates.

Portland Wafer Maker Under Fire in Cleanroom Uniform Lawsuit

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 6, 2001 -- PORTLAND, OR -- More than two dozen employees at the Wacker Siltronic plant are suing the wafer maker for allegedly failing to pay the workers for time spent changing in and out of cleanroom garments.

MSS, LSI Relocate to New Facility

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 10, 2001 -- BUFORD, GA -- MSS Clean Technology and LSI Cleanrooms have completed a new 40,000 square foot facility in Buford Georgia, which will serve as the companies' U.S. headquarters.

Daw Business Operations Continue Amid European Accounting Investigation

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 10, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Daw Technologies, Inc. said that its business continues notwithstanding its present efforts to reconcile several general ledger accounts relating to its European operations and to complete and file with the Securities and Exchange Commission its quarterly report for the three-month period ended September 30.

New PI Facility Complete

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 10, 2001 -- PALM-BACH, Germany -- NanoAutomation/MicroPositioning company PI (Physik Instrumente), Germany has built a new 140,000 square foot factory to meet an increased demand for its ultra-precision products in industries such as bio-technology, fiber optics, semiconductors, data storage and aerospace engineering.

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 10, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Niman Ranch, Inc., an Oakland, Calif. firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,900 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

European Parliament Approves Food Safety Authority

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- STRASBOURG, Germany -- The European Parliament this week approved the creation of the European Food Safety Authority, an independent organization that will work to ensure food safety in Europe, despite having no rule-making powers.

FDA Gets Funding for Contamination Control

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Keeping the food supply safe and pharmaceuticals sterile and effective are underlying goals in the record $1.4 billion budget the House recently provided for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

First Germ Killer, Disinfectant and Antimicrobial to be Approved By the EPA for Household Use

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- ATLANTA, GA -- The EPA under FIFRA recently approved BioShield Technologies' new germ killer, disinfectant and antimicrobial against Salmonella cholerasuis, Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria, fungus and algae.

Federal Standard 209 Shelved, ISO Reigns

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 12, 2001 -- Federal Standard 209, a benchmark the contamination control industry lived and died by for more than 40 years, has been officially cancelled, paving the way for worldwide harmonization promised by new cleanroom protocols from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Donaldson Company, Inc. Introduces Mailroom Filtration Bench

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 12, 2001 -- MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Donaldson Company, Inc, a manufacturer of industrial filtration systems, has custom-engineered filtration technology that can reduce contaminant coming from the exterior of unopened mail. Donaldson's High Efficiency Downdraft Bench is designed to enhance the air quality of mailrooms during the mail sorting and handling process.

Illinois Store Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 12 -- WASHINGTON -- Jewel-Osco, operating as Jewel Store #333, a retail store at 333 E. Euclid, Mount Prospect, Ill., is voluntarily recalling approximately 280 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection.

USDA Can't Close Plants for Violating Salmonella Standard, Court Says

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 13, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Agriculture Department can no longer close meat-processing plants that do not comply with salmonella food safety standard following a recent federal appeals-court.

More Than 10,000 Pounds of Ham Recalled In Listeria Scare

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
More than 10,000 pounds of ham sent to Kentucky and Tennessee is being recalled because officials fear it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

New Websites Auctioning BioPharm and Medical Device Manufacturing Products

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
New auction sites seek to offer contamination control products at a cost savings. The latest to leverage this new purchasing model are two companies who sell to the pharmaceutical and hospital industries.

Zenestra Responds to Market Boom

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
OTTAWA, Canada -- Responding to a booming optical components market, Zenestra Photronics is building a 100,000 square foot headquarters and manufacturing facility that is expected to bring more than 500 jobs to Ottawa area.

First Phase of AOI Expansion Complete

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
SUGARLAND, Texas -- Applied Optoelectronics Inc, recently completed the first phase of its move into a new manufacturing facility and already has plans to begin construction on a second building which will contain more than 50,000 square feet of cleanroom space.

August Technology Expands HQ

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
BLOOMINGTON, MN. -- Nov. 1, 2000 -- August Technology Corporation, a supplier of automated visual defect inspection equipment to the semiconductor industry, has expanded its headquarters by 50 percent, including the creation of three new cleanrooms.

SIA Calls for Major Semiconductor Growth

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
SAN JOSE, CA -- Nov. 2, 2000 -- The global semiconductor market should reach $205 billion this year and near $320 billion in the nest three years, according the Semiconductor Industry Association's (SIA) annual semiconductor forecast which was released on Wednesday.

Scottish Microelectronics Centre Opens Doors

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Nov. 2, 2000 -- Edinburgh University has opened an $11.8 million facility designed to accommodate fledgling microelectronic companies.

Korean Power Outage Could Benefit Cleanroom Manufacturers, Chip Makers

Fri, 11 Nov 2000
KOREA -- Nov. 3, 2000 -- A major power outage that hit Korea earlier this week and halted the production lines of chipmakers may be a blessing in disguise to both chipmakers and cleanroom equipment producers.

CleanRooms Call for Papers for CleanRooms Europe 2001 and CleanRooms Asia 2001

Fri, 11 Nov 2000
The CleanRooms Conference Program educates and trains contamination control professionals from all industries using clean manufacturing facilities. The CleanRooms conference brings together experienced contamination control experts to teach seminars tailored for attendees who want to solve their contamination control problems effectively and efficiently.

LightLogic Opens New Plant

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
NEWARK, CA -- Nov. 6, 2000 -- LightLogic, Inc. has opened a new 30,000 sq. foot facility housing a manufacturing plant, research and developlment space, and the company's corporate headquarters.

Despatch Adds New Cleanroom

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nov. 6 2000 -- Despatch Industries has added a new ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) vertical flow cleanroom to its Minnesota manufacturing facilities.

Fairchild Creates New Fab Line

Tue, 11 Nov 2000
PUCHON, South Korea -- Nov. 7, 2000 -- Fairchild Semiconductor International this week opened a new wafer fab in South Korea to manufacture power semiconductors.

Unisteel Technology, Takumi Kogyo Enter Joint Venture

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
SINGAPORE -- Nov. 8, 2000 -- Unisteel Technology and Takumi Kogyo will form a joint venture to offer cleanroom aqueous cleaning, electro-polishing and other services for the hard-disk drive, medical, and dental industries.

European Commission Calls for Creation of Food Authority

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
BRUSSELS -- Nov. 8, 2000 -- Following several major food scares that have marred the EU's reputation, the European Commission is looking to strengthen its food safety regulations.

AMD to Expand Dresden Site

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
DRESDEN, Germany -- Nov. 9, 2000 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is expanding production capability at its Dresden-based AMD Saxony Manufacturing GmBh site by creating a new cleanroom.

DAP Opens Compound Semiconductor Materials Center

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
LEHIGH VALLEY, PA -- Nov. 9, 2000 -- Daido Air Products Electronics, Inc., (DAP) a joint venture between Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and Air Water, Inc. has opened a new compound semiconductor materials transfill/analytical center in Tsukuba, Japan.

UK Economy To Get a Boost From Atmel

Fri, 11 Nov 2000
TYNESIDE, England -- Nov. 10, 2000 -- England's Northeast countryside will likely get an economic shot in the arm when chip-making giant Atmel Corporation begins production in its new Tyneside plant early next year.

Hi-tech Business Development Center Opens in Ireland

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
LETTERKENNY, Ireland -- Nov. 13, 2000 -- The Institute of Technology in Letterkenny today celebrated the official opening of its new business development center, which was designed to strengthen the bond between the college and high-tech industry.

Convac Technologies Grows

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
CHENGDU. China -- Nov. 15, 2000 -- Convac Technologies Ltd.has opened a new manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China in response to increased demand forhigh quality, upgradeable replication systems. Included in the facility is a 3,300 square foot cleanroom.

Construction Begins on New Nam Tai Facility

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Nov. 15, 2000 -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc., broke ground earlier this month at the site of a new 138,000 square foot manufacturing facility that will house, among other things, a state of the art cleanroom.

New HQ, CEO for Radiant Photonics

Thu, 11 Nov 2000
Austin, TX -- Nov. 16, 2000 --Fiber-optics component manufacturer Radiant Photonics this week opened its new corporate headquarters, complete with pilot manufacturing facilities and a cleanroom, in Texas.

Applied Enters New Era

Fri, 11 Nov 2000
Santa Clara -- Nov. 17, 2000 -- Applied Materials ended its fourth quarter with an all-time record $2.92 billion, in what company officials are heralding as the beginning of a new era.

Taiwan Semiconductor Begins Production of 300 mm Customer Product Wafers

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
HSIN-CHU, Taiwan -- Nov. 20, 2000 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, one of the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundries, has begun producing its first 300 mm customer product wafers.

Metron Acquires Cleanroom Garment Supplier

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
SINGAPORE -- Nov. 20, 2000 -- Semiconductor support solutions giant Metron Technology has strengthened its Asian presence by acquiring Intec Technology, a Singapore-based supplier of cleanroom garments.

Singapore Life Science Industry Gets $25M Boost

Tue, 11 Nov 2000
SINGAPORE -- Nov. 21, 2000 -- Singapore's growing life sciences industry is about to receive a multi-million dollar boost from the Economic Development Board.

Pentagon to Open New Semiconductor Cleaning Facility

Wed, 11 Nov 2000
FREMONT, CA -- Nov. 22, 2000 -- Pentagon Technologies is planning to open its fifth semiconductor parts cleaning and reconditioning facility in Portland, Ore.

New Anti-microbial Spray to be Tested

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
WICHITA, Kansas -- Nov. 27, 2000 -- Excel Corporation, a major supplier of beef and pork, plans to begin in-house testing of a new anti-microbial spray developed by Ecolab Inc.

Elipda Plans 300 mm Fab, Cleanroom

Tue, 11 Nov 2000
TOKYO -- Nov. 28, 2000 -- Elipda Memory Inc. plans to construct a 300 mm wafer fab, complete with an approximately 190,000 square foot cleanroom, near NEC Hiroshima, Ltd. Construction is expected to begin in January.

M+W Selected to Build Fab 12 Cleanroom

Mon, 11 Nov 2000
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Nov. 27, 2000 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has selected M+W Zander to design and construct a 237,000 square foot cleanroom facility for TSMC's new 300 mm wafer production in Hsin-Chu.

Cleanrooms Market Study Completed

Mon, 4 Apr 2000
NASHUA, NH -- Frost & Sullivan, in conjunction with CleanRooms magazine, has completed a series of eight studies looking at U.S. cleanrooms markets. The Cleanrooms Custom Subscription, available through CleanRooms magazine, allows manufacturers, suppliers and other industry-related companies to identify growth opportunities and put the markets in perspective.

CleanRooms Group Call For Papers

Mon, 4 Apr 2000
The CleanRooms Conference Program educates and trains contamination control professionals from all industries using clean manufacturing facilities. The CleanRooms conference brings together experienced contamination control experts to teach seminars tailored for attendees who want to solve their contamination control problems effectively and efficiently.

Global Semi Industry Says "Thanks for the Memories"

Mon, 4 Apr 2000
Bolstered by the rising demand in DRAM chips, worldwide semiconductor revenues reached a record level of US$168.6 billion in 1999, a 22 percent increase from 1998's total of $138.7 billion.

Semiconductor Industry's Record 1999 Sales Figures May Boost Cleanroom Construction

Wed, 1 Jan 2000
Is building a new cleanroom economically feasible this year? Cleanroom manufacturers hope it is. They hope to join chip manufacturers who are popping open another round of New Year's champagne after the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced the industry's highest ever global sales figure: $14.2 billion for the year-to-date in November.

Steris Adds Gamma Irradiator to Chicago Facility

Wed, 1 Jan 2000
Steris now offers comprehensive sterilization in the Chicago area. The company is now offering a second gamma irradiator to process lower cost products in addition to the company's current irradiation and electronic beam systems. The new irradiator is also part of Steris's Chicago-area expansion of its sterilization facilities for the food, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries.

Intel to Use $5 Billion in Capital Spending To Buy and Build

Fri, 1 Jan 2000
Intel's $24.4 billion in revenues for 1999 gives the company room to buy new equipment for its cleanrooms and new economic opportunities for building additional fabs, says a company spokesman.

January Issue -- Sample Qualification Validation Forms

Mon, 1 Jan 2000
January Issue -- Sample Qualification Validation Forms

Alpha Pro Tech Reports Increase in Mask Demand

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 7, 2001 -- NOGALES, AZ -- Alpha Pro Tech, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of disposable protective apparel for the medical, dental, industrial safety, clean room and food service markets, says that demand for its N-95 Particulate Respirator face mask, which is NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approved, has required the company to add additional shifts. The company is also anticipating building additional equipment.

Gros-Ite Features Wide Range of High-Frequency, Motorized Spindles

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 7, 2001 -- FARMINGTON, CT -- Gros-Ite Precision Engineered Spindles, a division of EDAC Technologies is producing a range of high-frequency (HF), motorized spindles.

Classica Group Announces Results of Tests to Kill Bacteria and Spores in Mail

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 8, 2001 -- LAKEWOOD, NJ -- The Classica Group, Inc. Classica Microwave Technologies, Inc. (CMT) subsidiary announced today the results of the tests conducted on October 25th, in its New Jersey laboratory facility to demonstrate that its technology will kill certain bacteria in mail.

Indiana Retail Store Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. Coli O157:H7

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2001?Super Kmart, a retail store at 6200 E. Lloyd Expressway, Evansville, Ind., is voluntarily recalling approximately 320 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Kionix Completes MEMS Facility

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 12, 2001 -- ITHACA, NY -- MEMS-based product manufacturer Kionix has completed a new self-contained fabrication facility that includes 40,000 square feet of cleanroom and office space.

Study Concludes Portable HEPA Filters Curb Indoor Fungi

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 12, 2001 -- ATLANTA, GA -- Exposure to airborne indoor fungi in residential environments can be reduced through use of portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and regular maintenance of filter material and carpets, according to researchers at the IAQ 2001 conference.

Pennsylvania Establishment Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 12, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Korte & Co., Inc., an Easton, Pa., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,600 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Process, Lufran Merge

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 13, 2001 -- MENTOR, OH -- Process Technology has acquired Streetsboro, Ohio-based Lufran Inc.

Axcelis Technologies Awards Bayside Automation With Contract Manufacturing Project

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 13, 2001 -- CANONSBURG, PA -- Bayside Automation, a supplier of automated assembly systems and manufacturing product/process consulting services, signed a three-year contract with Axcelis Technologies, a supplier of high technology products to the semiconductor industry.

Rumsey Engineers Opens Phoenix Office

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 14, 2001 -- Oakland, CA -- Rumsey Engineers, Inc., a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) design engineering firm has opened its first satellite office in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cintas Says Q2, FY Sales and Earnings Likely Down

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 14, 2001 -- CINCINNATI, OH -- Cintas Corporation officials say they expect earnings for Q2 and the fiscal year may be lower than previously anticipated.

Alpha Pro Tech Reports Third Quarter Results

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 14, 2001 -- NOGALES, AZ -- Alpha Pro Tech, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of disposable protective apparel for the medical, dental, industrial safety, cleanroom and food service markets, announced 6.9 percent lower sales for the three months ended September 30.

China to Increase Food Safety Monitoring

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 15, 2001 -- BEJING -- In an effort to prevent a growing number of food-related contamination cases, the Chinese government has established a monitoring network.

PEMSTAR Partners With Cirrex, Builds Cleanroom

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 19, 2001 -- ROCHESTER, MN -- PEMSTAR, an engineering, manufacturing and fulfillment service provider to original equipment manufacturers, is installing a new 10,000 square foot cleanroom after partnering with Cirrex Corp. to manufacture Cirrex's OCHIP (Optical Communication Hybrid Integration Platform).

Qusion Technologies Raising $15 Million Series C Financing

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 30, 2001 -- PRINCETON, NJ -- Qusion Technologies, Inc. a designer, manufacturer and marketer of fully integrated all optical and electro optical devices for the telecommunications industry has commenced raising $15 million 'C' round of financing.

New Products for November 2

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
Production/filling machine, air cleaner, defect detector, thermal conductivity analyzer, and piezoelectric motor.

New Products for November 27

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
Pressure gauge, media cassettes, vacuum unit, anti-fatigue mat, and CO2 monitor.

New Products for November 30

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
Glovebox, apparel catalog, buyer's guide, and ball valve.

ProBioGen Signs Research and License Agreement With Merck

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- WEST POINT, PA -- ProBioGen AG has entered into an exclusive Research and License agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. to explore the development of cell substrates with potential application in the production of biologicals.

Empyrean Bioscience Says Preventx Tests Successful

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 11, 2001 -- CLEVELAND, OH -- Empyrean Bioscience, Inc. announced completion of initial in vitro testing of its Preventx Hand Sanitizer & First-Aid Antiseptic Lotion for its effectiveness against Bacillus anthracis, the organism that causes Anthrax. The laboratory data received indicates that the product is effective against both the vegetative and spore forms of B. anthracis.

BIO Names Chicago Host City for BIO 2006

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
December 12, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has selected Chicago, Illinois, as the site of the BIO 2006 International Biotechnology Convention & Exhibition. This annual event has grown more than seven-fold since BIO was created in 1993.

Serologicals Completion Acquisition of the Intergen Company

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 13, 2001 -- ATLANTA, GA -- Serologicals Corporation has completed its previously announced acquisition of the Intergen Company, a privately owned supplier of biological products and technologies to the life sciences industry.

Human Genome Sciences Completes Real Estate Financings

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 14, 2001 -- ROCKVILLE, MD -- Human Genome Sciences, Inc. completed of two permanent financings for its new research center, its first large scale manufacturing plant and an R&D/corporate campus.

Entegris Opens Japanese Center for Excellence

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 4, 2001 -- CHASKA, MN -- Entegris Inc. has opened its Center for Excellence for fluid handling of component assembly, quality control and testing in Japan. The center features a 450 feet ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) cleanroom.

International SEMATECH Takes Delivery of SEZ Spin-Processor for 300 mm R&D

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 4, 2001 -- VILLACH, Austria -- International SEMATECH (ISMT) will take delivery of the 1300 SEZ Spin-Process tool for its 300 mm silicon wafer research and development, according to the SEZ Group. Based on previous success using SEZ tools for other frontside and backside applications, ISMT plans to use this tool to develop process modules for double-sided pre-oxidation and pre-gate cleanings.

ATMI Signs Agreement for SDS Gas Source Manufacturing in Japan With Takachiho and Matheson Tri-Gas

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 4, 2001 -- DANBURY, CT -- ATMI, Matheson Tri-Gas, Takachiho Trading Company and Takachiho Chemical Industrial Company have signed an agreement granting Takachiho license to manufacture the SDS Gas Source for the Japanese market.

Illinois Establishment Recalls Beef Products For Possible Listeria Contamination

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 14, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Perfect Pasta, Inc., an Addison, Ill., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 700 pounds of fresh, cooked roast beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

EU Fails to Vote on Food Agency Base

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
December 17, 2001 -- BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders failed to decide on a base of operations for the forthcoming European Food Safety Authority.

Cintas Reports Record Second Quarter 2002 Sales and Profits

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 18, 2001 -- CINCINNATI, OH -- Cintas Corporation reported that total revenue for its fiscal second quarter ended November 30, increased 3 percent to $557 million from $539 million a year ago. Net income of $58 million for the second quarter also increased 3 percent from $56.5 million reported in last year's second quarter. Earnings per share advanced to 34 cents per share (diluted) from 33 cents.

New 300mm-compatible Semiconductor Lithography Tool Line Available from Canon

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 18, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc., announced that its semiconductor production equipment group has started accepting orders for its newest 300 mm-compatible lithography tool set -- the FPA-5000AS3 ArF scanner, FPA-5000ES4 KrF scanner and FPA-5500iX i-line stepper.

Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. Receives $1.4 Million Funding for e. Coli Vaccine

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 18, 2001 -- BELLEVILLE, ON -- Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. will receive funding from Healthy Futures for Ontario Agriculture, valued at approximately $1.4 million, from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to assess the beneficial effects of the company's E.coli O157:H7 cattle vaccine on the environment.

Amgen to Acquire Immunex for $16 Billion in Stock and Net Cash

Tue, 12 Dec 2001
December 18, 2001 -- THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- Amgen and Immunex Corporation have signed a definitive agreement providing for Amgen to acquire Immunex, biotechnology's inflammation leader, for $16 billion in stock and net cash.

Lam Cuts Workers, Settles Litigation with Varian

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 20, 2001 -- Lam Research, a supplier of wafer fab equipment and services, said it is cutting about 400 jobs, or 12 percent of its workforce.

Fedders Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2002 Results

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 20, 2001 -- LIBERTY CORNER, NJ -- Fedders Corporation, a global manufacturer of air treatment products, including air conditioners, air cleaners, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, and thermal technology products, reported sales of $38.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002 ended November 30 compared to $41.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2001.

Environmental Tectonics Introduces Sterilizing/Drying Process for Pharm Industry

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 20, 2001 -- SOUTHAMPTON, PA -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation Sterilization Division has launched its One-Step sterilization and drying process (U.S. patent pending), which the company hopes will reduce production time, as well as cut product losses and related costs for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

PMC-Sierra and TSMC Collaborate to Develop New System-on-Chip Products

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 20, 2001 -- BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra, a provider of broadband semiconductors, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced a collaboration to develop system-on-chip (SoC) products using advanced 0.13-micron technologies.

Chartered, SMIC Pen Deal

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 21, 2001 -- SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing is buying into Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

North Carolina Establishment Recalls Sausage Patties For Possible Listeria Contamination

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 21, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Larry?s Sausage Co., a Fayetteville, N.C., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,300 pounds of frozen sausage patties that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Corning puts "For Sale" sign on facility in Nashua, NH

Thu, 12 Dec 2001
December 26, 2001 -- Nashua, NH -- Corning Lasertron is selling its 335,165 square feet building located in Southern New Hampshire.

New Products for December 14

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
Glovebox, apparel catalog, buyer's guide, and ball valve.

Nanyang Technological Proposes Life Sciences College

Mon, 12 Dec 2000
SINGAPORE -- The Nanyang Technological University will invest nearly $500 million to start a college in hopes of producing the researchers it needs to meet the country's life sciences ambitions.

Schering-Plough to Add Four Pharm Facilities in Singapore

Wed, 12 Dec 2000
SINGAPORE -- Pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough Ltd. plans to invest $450 million to build four new facilities in Singapore, providing another boost to the Republic's blossoming life sciences industry.

PRI Automation, Shinsung Engineering Form Alliance

Tue, 12 Dec 2000
BILLERICA, MA -- Semiconductor factory automation giant PRI Automation and Shinsung Engineering Co., a manufacturer of semiconductor cleanroom equipment, have signed a strategic alliance agreement which will allow both companies to expand manufacturing capabilities

IC Industry Slowdown Projected

Mon, 12 Dec 2000
SCOTSDALE, AZ -- Despite seeing a 35 percent growth this year, the integrated circuit industry could be on the verge of another slowdown says Arizona market research company IC Insights.

Intel Delays Fab 24, Dedicates Facility to 300 mm Technology

Thu, 12 Dec 2000
SANTA CLARA, CA. -- Intel Corp.'s new wafer fab currently under construction in Leixlip, Ireland has been delayed by a year and will now be dedicated to the production of 300 mm wafer processing, company officials announced this week.

Intel to invest $1 billion in Hudson facility in 2001

Wed, 12 Dec 2000
HUDSON, MA -- With a total investment of $1 billion, Intel is planning to expand its operations at Fab 17, which is located in Hudson, MA. At that facility, the chipmaker hopes to finish a fourth module/cleanroom and purchase equipment with the money.

Orders soften as sales decline, says SEAJ, SEMI

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
As sales of equipment from Japanese suppliers sank, orders rose slightly for the month of October, according to the latest report from the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ).

Tokyo Electron, Nikon Pen Deal to Share Cleanrooms

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
TOKYO -- Tokyo Electron Limited, a supplier of semiconductor and LCD production equipment, and Nikon Corporation, a leading optical and precision manufacturer, have entered into an agreement to share cleanrooms for coater developers and exposure tools.

SSL Plans Cleanroom Conversion

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
CHESHIRE, England -- SSL International recently purchased a plant near its recently expanded glove facility in Kulim, Malaysia that it plans to convert into a cleanroom and sterile packaging facility.

Praxair to Provide Gases for SMIC

Tue, 12 Dec 2000
Danbury, CT -- Praxair China has signed a 15-year contract to provide industrial gasses to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in Shanghai's Zhang Jiang Hi-Tech Park.

Montreal R&D Facility Purchased by StockerYale

Mon, 12 Dec 2000
StockerYale Inc., a developer and manufacturer of optical networking components and specialized illumination products, has purchased a 60,000 square foot research and development facility in Montreal that will house expanded cleanroom facilities.

Walkerton Water Plant Manager Focus of E. Coli Probe

Thu, 12 Dec 2000
WALKERTON, Ontario -- The water plant manager of an Ontario town stricken by an outbreak of E. coli that killed seven people, publicly apologized this week, telling an inquiry he didn't have the experience to deal with the situation.

New Qusion Technologies Facility to Feature ISO Class 5, 6 Cleanrooms

Tue, 12 Dec 2000
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Newly-formed telecom component manufacturer Qusion Technologies has broken ground on new manufacturing facility that will include a 4,000 square foot ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) cleanroom.

E. coli Scare Leads to Beef Recall

Wed, 12 Dec 2000
GREEN BAY, WI -- More than 1 million pounds of ground beef that was sent to stores in 15 states has been recalled by American Foods Group following an outbreak of E. Coli in Minnesota.

Listeriosis Prompts Turkey Recall

Fri, 12 Dec 2000
WACO, TX -- Nearly 17 million pounds of ready-to-eat turkey products were voluntarily recalled by Cargill Turkey Products this week because of possible Listeria contamination.

European Food Authority Gets Green Light

Tue, 12 Dec 2000
BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders earlier this month agreed in principle on a proposal to create a food safety agency. That means appropriate legislation could be forthcoming by the end of the year.

New Products for October 29

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
HEPA fan filter unit, sponge wipers, bulkgas purifier, mini-pleat HEPA filter, and silicone hose.

Nucryst to Pursue Pharm Applications for Nanotechnology

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 1, 2001 -- WAKEFIELD, MA -- Nucryst Pharmaceuticals Corp., formerly Westaim Biomedical Corp., said today that it is pursuing pharmaceutical opportunities for its patented silver nanocrystalline technology.

Intelligent Micro Patterning Sells SF-100 to Life Sciences, Inc.

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 1, 2001 -- ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Intelligent Micro Patterning, LLC, recently sold an SF-100 maskless photolithography system to Life Sciences, Inc.

Mass. Biotech Firm Gets New Home

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 2, 2001 -- CONCORD, MA -- The new home for Bedford, Mass. biotech firm Boston Probes has been finished and features a state -of-the-art cleanroom and laboratory space, as well as expended office space.

STEDIM and Pall Agree to Support the Biopharmaceutical Industry

Mon, 11 Nov 2001

GE Industrial Systems Finalizes Spirent plc's Sensing Solutions Group Acquisition

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 12, 2001 -- PLAINVILLE, CT -- GE Industrial Systems, a division of the General Electric Company recently completed the acquisition of the Sensing Solutions group of Spirent plc, the international network technology company based in the United Kingdom. The new entity will remain known as Sensing Solutions.

Millipore Gets Sterile Transfer Technology for New System

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 13, 2001 -- BEDFORD, MA -- Millipore Corporation has acquired technology from Livingston, NJ-based IC Technology that allows for the sterile transfer of materials in cleanrooms and barrier isolators.

Study: More Biotech Products Being Approved, But Taking Longer to Develop

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 13, 2001 -- BOSTON, MA -- While the number of new biopharmaceutical products has steadily increased during the past two decades, the time required to develop them is lengthening, according to a study recently completed by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development.

Jacobs Opens New Asian HQ

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 20, 2001 -- PASADENA, CA -- Jacobs Engineering has completed its new facility in Singapore that will serve as the company's regional headquarters.

UCLA Courses to Provide Biotech Professionals with Up-to-date Information

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 26, 2001 -- LOS ANGELES, CA -- In an effort to support the biotechnology industry's robust expansion, UCLA Extension is offering four short courses in biotechnology applications in Winter 2002.

Disease Sciences Completes Acquisition of HealthSpan Sciences, Inc.

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 27, 2001 -- BOCA RATON, FL -- Disease Sciences, Inc. has closed on its majority interest in HealthSpan Sciences, Inc., a privately held San Diego California-based drug development company, for four million shares of restricted common stock.

Spectrum-SPBR-Secures UV Technology Sterilization Device

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 27, 2001 -- HAUPPAUGE, NY -- Spectrum Homeland Security Solutions, Inc. (SHSS) has signed an exclusive distribution, marketing and global internet rights agreement with Spectronics Corporation, for the DEGERM-INATOR.

Neich Medical Opens Production Facility, Cleanroom

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 28, 2001 -- SHENZEN, China -- Neich Medical Co. has opened its new state-of-the-art production facility that features nearly 32,300 square feet of cleanroom space.

Carmeda to Move to Larger R&D And Production Facility

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 29, 2001 -- SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Carmeda, which supplies the Carmeda BioActive Surface technology for medical devices is relocating to a larger, upgraded production facility near Stockholm.

Biopure Gets Additional Financing for S.C. Manufacturing Facility

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 30, 2001 -- CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Biopure Corporation recently signed an amended letter of intent with Sumter Realty Group, LLC that increases the real estate developer's financing commitment for Biopure's proposed pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C.

Esoterix Allergy and Asthma Moves to Brentwood

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 30, 2001 -- BRENTWOOD, TN -- Esoterix Inc. is relocating Esoterix Allergy and Asthma from Gainesville, Fla., to Brentwood, Tenn.

Gel-Pack Moves to Larger HQ

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 1, 2001 -- HAYWARD, CA -- After more than 20 years in its Sunnyvale, California location, semiconductor industry product supplier Gel-Pack has moved into a larger facility in Hayward.

IBM's New York 300mm Wafer Fab on Target

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 5, 2001 -- ARMONK, NY -- IBM says its East Fishkill, New York facility is on track to open towards the end of 2003.

Report: Japanese Consortium Planning for Next-Generation Chips

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 6, 2001 -- TOKYO -- A group of 11 companies is reportedly planning to spend more than $231 million to build three state-of-the-art research and development facilities that will be used to produce next-generation semiconductors.

Carl Zeiss Transfers Distribution of Microelectronics Products to Metron Technology in Southeast Asia

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 7, 2001 -- BURLINGAME, CA -- Metron has been chosen as the exclusive distributor for microelectronics products from Carl Zeiss Microelectronic Systems GmbH, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies AG, in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. This decision follows the successful transition of sales and service support of Carl Zeiss' microelectronics division products to Metron Technology in the U.S. and in most of Europe.

Semiconductor Upturn Almost Here, Says SIA

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 8, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- The ailing semiconductor industry will be revived in the coming months, says the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in its annual forecast released this week.

Implant Center and Ion Implant Services Join Forces

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 8, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Implant Center, Inc. (IC) and Ion Implant Services, Inc. (IIS), two providers of ion implantation service to the semiconductor business, recently joined forces and adopted a new name for the combined operation, INNOViON Corporation.

Intel's Barrett Named New SIA Chairman

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 8, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- The Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) elected Dr. Craig Barrett, president and CEO of Intel Corporation, as the SIA board chairman and Gregory Williams, president and CEO of Intersil Communications, as the SIA vice chairman for 2002.

National Semiconductor, EPA Reach Agreement

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 14, 2001 -- SOUTH PORTLAND, ME -- National Semiconductor has reached a $220,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over 1999 safety violations at its Maine facility, according to published reports.

SCT Reveals New Technology for CaF2 Growth and Purification

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 16, 2001 -- GILBERT, AZ -- Single Crystal Technologies has introduced new technology that it says will dramatically increase output yields of crystals such as Calcium Fluoride (CaF2), which are crucial to making next-generation chips.

Ashland Beefs Up Ability to Evaluate Stripper Performance

Mon, 11 Nov 2001
November 26, 2001 -- DUBLIN, OH -- Ashland Specialty Chemical Company's Electronic Chemicals Division has added a Hitachi Focused Ion Beam (FIB) System that the company says will allow it to better assess stripper performance and better serve customers in the production process.

UMC Produces Wafers for Xilinx

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 27, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Programmable logic solutions provider Xilinx has produced its Virtex-II chips on 300mm wafers made at UMC's Fab12A in Taiwan.

MeltroniX Introduces First Standard MCM Product

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 28, 2001 -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- MeltroniX, Inc. introduced it's first standard microelectronics product. The multichip module (MCM) is a part of a family of stepping motor drivers based on a proprietary design and MeltroniX's SMT assembly capabilities.

KLA-Tencor Wafer Inspection Technology Speeds Ramp of 300 mm Production

Wed, 11 Nov 2001
November 28, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- KLA-Tencor Corp. recently announced that Texas Instruments (TI) has placed a follow-on order for KLA-Tencor's 2350 ultraviolet (UV) inspection system. This order is a result of the critical role the 2350 system is playing in the rapid ramp of TI's first 300 mm production line, located in Dallas, Texas.

IBM Cuts 1,200

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
November 29, 2001 -- NEW YORK -- As demand for semiconductors continuing to drag, IBM on Wednesday said it plans to cut 1,000 microelectronics and 180 data storage-related jobs.

Fujitsu Closing Oregon Facility

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
GRESHAM, OR -- November 30, 2001 -- Fujistu Limited said it is closing it Gresham semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fujitsu Microelectronics, by the end of January as the company continues to feel the market slump.

Alabama Firm Recalls Luncheon Meat For Possible Listeria Contamination

Fri, 11 Nov 2001
November 1, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- R.L. Zeigler, Co., Inc., a Selma, Ala., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 189,000 pounds of luncheon meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

Ashland's New Semiconductor Process Equipment Cleaning Facility Up and Running

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 2, 2001 -- DUBLIN, OH -- Ashland Chemical Company's Electronic Chemicals Division has finished work on a new 40,000 square foot semiconductor tool servicing facility in Carrollton, Texas.

FabTime Completes Cycle Time Management System Installation at AMD's Fab 25

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 9, 2001 -- MENLO PARK, CA -- FabTime Inc. recently announced that it had completed the installation of its FabTime cycle time management system at AMD's Fab 25 in Austin, TX. Fab 25 has more than 100,000 square feet of cleanroom space, and was designed to support several generations of process technology. AMD selected FabTime's software to aid in cycle time improvement efforts at Fab 25.

SMIC Begins Making 8-Inch Silicon Wafer Chips

Wed, 10 Oct 2001
October 10, 2001 -- SEOUL -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., a joint venture between Taiwan and China, is producing a prototype eight-inch silicon wafer with a minimum circuit width of 0.25 microns.

Metron Technology Announces Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2002

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- BURLINGAME, CA -- Metron Technology. a provider of outsourced marketing, sales, service and support solutions to the semiconductor industry, recently said revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2002, ending August, were $74 million, compared to the $119 million reported in the same quarter of 2001. Revenues of $121 million were reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001.

Extraction Launches Newest Hybrid Filtration System for Optics and Resist Protection

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 200 1-- FRANKLIN, MA -- Extraction Systems recently introduced the Extraction 1000, its latest filter system for optics and resist protection in high NA 248nm and 193nm exposure tools. The launch of the Extraction 1000 extends availability of Extraction's next-generation hybrid chemical filtration technology to virtually all major advanced deep UV lithography systems.

AAKT Boosts Korean Plant Capacity

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 16, 2001 -- DUBLIN, OH -- Ashland -ACT Korea Ltd. recently increased the manufacturing capacity for its advanced photoresist strippers by 35 percent at its Pyongtaek, Korea plant, which serves markets in Korea and Asia.

FuGasity Opens NH Plant, Cleanroom

Wed, 10 Oct 2001
October 17, 2001 -- AMHERST, NH -- Flow control solution company FuGasity has opened a new 13,000 square foot operations facility that includes an ISO Class 5 (Class 100) cleanroom.

New Intel Plant Opens

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 18, 2001 -- SANTA CLARA, CA -- Intel Corp. recently opened Fab 22, a new dedicated high-volume 0.13 micron manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona that features 133,000 square feet of cleanroom space.

Brooks, PRI to Merge

Wed, 10 Oct 2001
October 24, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation will acquire PRI Automation under deal valued at $700 million.

Entegris Acquires TUMI

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 26, 2001 -- CHASKA, MN -- Entegris recently acquired San Jose-based TUMI, a supplier of precision cleaning equipment for the semiconductor and data storage industries.

Cymer Announces Reduction in Work Force

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 30, 2001 -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- Cymer, Inc., a supplier of excimer light sources used in semiconductor manufacturing, announced an approximate 11 percent reduction in its worldwide work force as part of the cost-reduction program announced during the company's third quarter conference call on October 23.

Ohio Firm Recalls Ham For Underprocessing

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 2, 20001 -- WASHINGTON -- Freshmark, Inc., doing business as Sugardale Foods, a Canton, Ohio firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 13,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham because the products may be underprocessed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced.

Louisiana Plant Recalls Chicken For Underprocessing

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2001?ConAgra Poultry Company, a Farmerville, La., plant, is voluntarily recalling approximately 18,000 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken because the product may have been underprocessed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service recent;y announced.

Karl Suss France Completes Expansion

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 4, 2001 -- MUNICH, Germany -- Suss MicroTec subsidiary Karl Suss France has completed the expansion of its flip chip bonder manufacturing facility in France that now houses more than 7,500 square feet of cleanroom space.

Brooks Automation Acquires General Precision Inc.

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 9, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation has acquired semiconductor industry high-end environmental solutions provider General Precision Inc.

CleanRooms West 2001 Comes to a Close

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- CleanRooms West 2001 wrapped up this week at the San Jose Convention McEnery Convention Center. More than 200 exhibitors were on hand for the annual show. Contamination control professionals from all over the world attended the three day event, which offered tutorials, conference sessions and networking opportunities

Majestic to Acquire AIP

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Majestic Companies Ltd. plans to acquire the assets and technology of Advanced Intellectural Properties, including a contamination control-related project.

View Systems Teams Up With New Distributor

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- ENGLEWOOD, CO -- View Systems, Inc. recently announced the appointment of the RYTECH-Group, a Commercial Facilities Services company, as a major distributor of its products.

Florida Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Global Distributors, a Miami, Fla., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 400 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

New York Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 11, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- J.H. Dodman Co. Inc., a Buffalo, N.Y., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 265 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service..

Berkshire to Open New N.C. Facility

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 12, 2001 -- WHITSETT, NC -- Berkshire Corporation plans to open a new manufacturing facility at the Rock Creek Industrial Park later this fall.

Illinois Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible Listeria Contamination

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 12, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -? Bob?s Better Beef, Inc., a South Elgin, Ill., establishment, also doing business as Bari Food Products, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,000 pounds of cooked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

QC Optics Announces Notice of Warrant Expiration Date

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 12, 2001 -- WILMINGTON, MA -- QC Optics, Inc. recently announced that in accordance with their terms, its redeemable warrants will expire and not be exercisable after the close of business on October 23, 2001.

Rexam Offers Expanded Capabilities in Ceramic Green Tape Manufacturing

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 16, 2001 -- CHARLOTTE, NC -- Rexam Electronic Films has expanded its green ceramic tape manufacturing to include thicknesses of less than 3 micron. Rexam has routinely manufactured green ceramic tapes from 3 micron to 15 mil in full production. Now, tapes from 1 to 3 micron are being produced on pilot scale.

IntelCore Breaks Ground on New Facility

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 19, 2001 -- BOSTON -- Intelcore Technologies, a provider of innovative specialty optical fiber and fiber-based solutions for the photonics industry, recently broke ground on its new multi million-dollar fiber development and production facility in Grafton, Massachusetts.

Wilshire Technologies Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2001 Results

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 19, 2001 -- CARLSBAD, CA -- Wilshire Technologies, Inc. reported sales of $25,000 and a net loss of $1,732,000, or $0.13 per share for the third quarter.

Facility, FDA Face Off Over Manufacturing Privileges of Anthrax Vaccine

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
October 22, 2001 -- LANSING, MI -- To date, there isn't one facility that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture the anthrax vaccine. That's because three years ago, the only facility approved to manufacture was shut down by the FDA for shoddy good manufacturing processes (GMPs.)

Report: Postal Service Contemplating Irradiation of Mail

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 23, 2001 -- Health and government officials are reportedly looking into irradiating U.S. mail to kill anthrax bacteria.

Majestic Finalizes Acquisition of AIP Technology

Wed, 10 Oct 2001
October 24, 2001 -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Majestic Companies, Ltd. has completed the purchase of the assets and intellectual property rights of San Diego-based Advanced Intellectual Properties, LLC (AIP).

Qusion Opens NJ Fabrication Plant

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 30, 2001 -- NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Telecom component manufacturer Qusion Technologies has opened a new facility that includes 3,000 square feet of ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) and 400 square feet of ISO Class 5 (class 100) photolithographic cleanroom space.

New Products for Oct. 4

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
Pipe and fittings, CO2 & temperature monitor, mop, and media cassette.

New Products for Oct. 16

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
Fume arm, silicone hose, hand rinse, biological safety cabinet, and alarm.

Fedders to Increase China Investments

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 2001 -- LIBERTY CORNER, NJ -- Fedders Corporation, a global manufacturer of air treatment products, including air conditioners, air cleaners, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, and thermal technology products is planning a major expansion of activities and an increase in its investments in China.

SST Makes Moves Into Chinese Market

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 21, 2001 -- BEJING -- Silicon Storage Technology Inc is set to invest more than $1.6 billion in Shanghai Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. and also has plans to create a Chinese subsidiary.

Grant Helps KSU Teach Cleanroom Procedures

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 23, 2001 -- KENT, OH -- Kent State University will offer a program that will give people insight into the world of cleanrooms, teaching everything from gowning up in a bunny suit to learning how to work under strict validation guidelines.

Cleanrooms.com Now Offers Interactive Forum

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
Cleanrooms.com has teamed up with International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS) to offer Cleanrooms.com users a direct link to the world's expansive online contamination control forum.

Antimicrobial Home Under Construction

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 30, 2001 -- SANTA SUSANA KNOLLS, CA -- An Ohio steel company is taking antimicrobial technology out of the cleanroom and putting into a dream home.

Hong Kong Food Safety Improving

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 2, 2001 -- HONG KONG -- Food safety in Hong Kong continued to improve in 2000, according to the latest results from microbiological and chemical testing.

Cintas Ranks High in Fortune Survey

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 6, 2001 -- CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Garment and cleanrooms service provider Cintas Corporation has been ranked as the top outsourcing services company by Fortune Magazine in its America's Most Admired Companies survey.

MagStar Technologies Acquires Quickdraw Conveyor Systems

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 7, 2001 -- HOPKINS, MN -- MagStar Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Quickdraw Conveyor Systems in Burnsville, Minn. MagStar Technologies has acquired all assets and product lines of the company and will relocate the business into its Hopkins facility.

DuPont Holographics Opens New Facility

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 7, 2001 -- LOGAN, Utah -- DuPont Holographics has officially opened its new hologram design and manufacturing plant, which includes a 12,000 square foot cleanroom.

AIFOtec Goes Global

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 2001 -- MUNICH, Germany -- AIFOtec, an independent supplier of leading edge fiber-optic components, based in Martinsried near Munich, introduced itself and its products at the international Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) in Anaheim, California.

New Venture From Lucent Technologies to Offer High-Bandwidth Optoelectronic Devices

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 2001 -- ANAHEIM, CA -- Lucent Technologies' new venture, AraLight, Inc., will design and manufacture high-bandwidth, ultra-dense optoelectronic modules for use by manufacturers of Internet infrastructure equipment.

CODEON Launches Production of High-Speed Optical Modulators for Fiber Optic Networks

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 2001 -- ANAHEIM, CA -- CODEON Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art optical components for the fiber optic telecommunications industry, has begun shipping its high-speed, lithium-niobate optical modulators.

CleanRooms East Opens In Boston

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 12, 2001 -- BOSTON, MA --CleanRooms East 2001 is officially underway, with a record crowd on hand for this year's show.

MedAmicus Files for FDA Clearance on Safety Needle

Wed, 4 Apr 2001
April 11, 2001 -- MINNEAPOLIS -- MedAmicus, Inc has filed a 510K application with the Food and Drug Administration to gain clearance to market its center-line retractable Guidewire Introducer Safety Needle, a product licensed from and co-developed with Med-Design Corporation.

Russia Faces Pharmaceutical Piracy

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
April 26, 2001 -- MOSCOW -- Health officials say the number of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Russia has increased tenfold over the last year, resulting in an severe risk to public health.

SkyePharma Building New Facility

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 27, 2001 -- SWITZERLAND -- SkyePharma is working on a new cleanroom and production building that will also include laboratory space.

Pharmaceutical Companies Doing Well

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 27, 2001 -- Despite slowdown in several other industries which rely on contamination control, the pharmaceutical market appears to be thriving.

Applied Materials Texas Plant Reportedly Largest to Get ISO Certification

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
Austin, TX -- April 2, 2001 -- Applied Materials. Inc's Austin facility has been awarded the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9002 certification for quality assurance, reportedly making it the largest semiconductor equipment manufacturing operation to receive certification.

Intel Completes Chip Using Advanced 0.13 Micron, Technology

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 3, 2001 -- HILLSBORO, OR -- Intel Corp. has produced its first silicon chips from its 0.13 micron technology, 300 mm wafer fab. The facility boasts a 135,000 square foot cleanroom, which is larger than many production facilities in the industry.

PRI Automation, Varian Semiconductor Cut Jobs

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 3, 2001 -- Two Massachusetts semiconductor companies - PRI Automation and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.- cut nearly 500 jobs last week amid a downturn in the industry.

STMicroelectronics Opens New Moroccan Plant

Wed, 4 Apr 2001
April 4, 2001 -- BOUSKOURA, Morocco -- STMicroelectronics on Tuesday opened a new assembly and test plant near Casablanca that includes approximately 345,000 square feet of cleanroom space and 43,000 square feet of warehouse facilities.

Chip Companies Continue to Cut Jobs

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
April 5, 2001 -- Chip-related companies around the country are continuing to cut jobs as they search for ways to recover from a downturn in the market.

Austin Area Semiconductor Executive Council Launches Eye-Opening Initiative

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
April 9, 2001 -- AUSTIN, TX -- A new initiative aimed at creating more opportunities for those looking to get into the high tech field has been launched by the Austin Area Semiconductor Executive Council.

Ashland To Open New Semiconductor Process Equipment Cleaning Facility in Texas

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 10 -- DUBLIN, OH -- The Electronic Chemicals Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc. plans to open a 40,000-square-foot facility in Carrollton, Texas, to support the regional microelectronics industry's needs for cleaning, preventive maintenance and rebuilding of processing equipment components.

National Semiconductor Fined by EPA

Wed, 4 Apr 2001
April 11, 2001 - SOUTH PORTLAND, ME -- National Semiconductor Corporation has been fined more than $320,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stemming from a 1999 inspection of it's Maine plant.

Sony Hits Zero Emissions Mark At Six Chip Plants

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
April 12, 2001 -- TOKYO -- Sony Corp. has achieved zero emissions for waste from six of its chip making plants.

More Chip Companies to Cut Jobs

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 13, 2001 -- More companies are resorting to job cuts, citing a downturn in the semiconductor market.

Advanced Energy and Symphony Systems Unveil Suite of Chip Tools

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 17, 2001 -- FORT COLLINS, Co -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. and Symphony Systems have a new suite of applications designed to dramatically improve the performance of equipment used to manufacture chips -- the EPM Equipment Productivity Manager.

TSMC Completes 300mm, 0.13-micron All Copper Process Pilot

Wed, 4 Apr 2001
April 18, 2001 -- HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has completed a 300 mm pilot for 0.13-micron, all copper process of a 4 megabyte SRAM test vehicle.

TSMC Delays Wafer Projects

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
April 23, 2001 -- Taipei -- A decline in demand for wafers has forced Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to postpone the completion of two 12-inch wafer plants that had been planned for southern Taiwan.

Major Microelectronics Investment for Sistema

Wed, 4 Apr 2001
April 25, 2001 -- MOSCOW -- AFK Sistema officials this week said the company plans to spend $500 million for the creation of a cleanroom in Zelenograd that will focus on microelectronics.

Singapore University Gets $11M to Research Nanotechnology

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 10, 2001 -- SINGAPORE -- The National University of Singapore's engineering facility has received an $11 million boost to explore nanotechnology that will result in the creation of a state-of-the-art cleanroom facility.

Genemedix Buys Shanghai Dongxin Biotechnology

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
SHANGHAI -- British bio-generic pharmaceutical company Genemedix has completed the purchase of China' s Shanghai Dongxin Biotechnology Co. for approximately $17.5 million.

Medrad to Produce Syringes In China

Fri, 1 Jan 2001
INDIANOLA, PA -- Looking to better serve the Asia-Pacific region, Medrad Inc. has penned an agreement to begin manufacturing disposable syringes in China.

Mattson, STEAG and CFM Merger Completed

Fri, 1 Jan 2001
FREMONT, CA -- Mattson Technology, STEAG Semiconductor and CFM Technologies have successfully completed a merger to form a company that now employs more than 1,800 people.

Mitsubishi to Erect New Semiconductor Facility

Wed, 1 Jan 2001
TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will build a new semiconductor facility that will feature advanced technology compatible with 12-inch wafers. The company has later plans to introduce cleanroom facilities.

Photronics Opens New Manufacturing Facility, Cleanroom

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
PHOENIX, AZ -- Photronics, Inc., a leading supplier of photomasks, recently started manufacturing operations at its new Phoenix facility, which includes 11,000 square feet of ISO Class 3 (Class 1) cleanroom space.

Sensors Unlimited Inc. Expands Cleanroom

Thu, 1 Jan 2001
PRINCETON, NJ -- Sensors Unlimited, Inc., a supplier of photodiode arrays used in optical performance monitors, has tripled the size of its Princeton, NJ cleanroom facility.

JDS Uniphase Opens News Manufacturing Facility, Cleanroom

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
SAN JOSE, CA -- JDS Uniphase Corp. has opened a 320,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Shenzen, China that includes 150,000 square feet of ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) cleanroom space.

Report: Intel Looking Into Colorado Spring Expansion

Fri, 1 Jan 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Just months after Intel Corp. announced it would delay the opening of its Colorado Spring site, the company is mulling whether to expand the facility.

From the Cleanroom to the Living Room

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
ROANOKE, VA -- Taking a cue from the contamination control industry, a Roanoke-based company is hoping to make the home a cleaner place with a new sticky doormat.

EMCORE Expands Cleanroom, Plant

Wed, 1 Jan 2001
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- As part of its recent Sandia Technology Park facility expansion, EMCORE Corporation has tripled the size of its cleanroom facilities.

Servitex Cleanroom Services Acquired By Steiner Corp.

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
PORTLAND, OR -- American Cleanroom Garment's parent company Steiner Corporation recently purchased Servitex Cleanroom Services, which provides cleanroom garments, laundry services and cleanroom supplies to microelectronics and pharmaceutical industries.

Entegris Forms R&D Company

Wed, 1 Jan 2001
CHASKA, MN -- Entegris, Inc. has formed OregonLabs, a specialized research and development company that will initially focus its research efforts on the semiconductor industry.

M & W Zander Opens New UK HQ

Thu, 1 Jan 2001
NORH TYNESIDE, England -- M & W Zander recently opened its new UK head office in the Royal Quays complex in North Tyneside.

Report: IBM Settles Suit; Industry Under a Microscope

Thu, 1 Jan 2001
LOS ANGELES -- IBM Corp. has settled a lawsuit with two former employees who claimed that exposure to toxic fumes at one of the company's New York plants in the 1980s caused birth defects in their son, according to published reports.

New York Launches Hi-Tech Initiative

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
NEW YORK, NY -- Gov. George Pataki recently kicked off a $1 billion high-tech initiative to fund advanced university research and development and economic outreach.

Cleanroom Facilities Help Bring Bookham Technology to MD

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
COLUMBIA, MD -- Bookham Technology, which provides integrated optical circuits and modules to telecommunications and network system providers, will open the doors of its American headquarters and newest manufacturing facility - a former Honeywell International building - later this week.

IBA Facility Gets OK for Gamma Irradiation Food Treatment

Thu, 1 Jan 2001
MEMPHIS, TN -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved the use of gamma irradiation to treat meat and poultry products at IBA's Schamburg, Ill. food treatment facility.

E. coli Inhibitor Tests Successful

Fri, 1 Jan 2001
MAYWOOD, NJ -- Recent independent tests of Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation's proprietary antibacterial agent NXC 4720 were successful in eliminating E. coli 0157:H7 in a laboratory model of a livestock gut, according to the New Jersey-based company.

British Watchdog Group Warns About Irradiated Food

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
LONDON -- A British consumer watchdog group is warning shoppers to be on the lookout for irradiated food products on the shelves of grocery stores.

Report: Medical Plastics Market To Grow

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
A number of recent studies say the US medical plastics market is expected to grow 5 to 7 percent over the next several years.

Xanthon Plans Expansion

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
RALEIGH, NC -- Genomics technology company Xanthon Inc. is planning to construct a new, 80,000 square foot facility that will house. Among other things, ISO Class 5 (Class 100) and ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) cleanrooms.

Scotland Awaits New Biotech Facility

Wed, 2 Feb 2001
ROSLIN, SCOTLAND -- A biotechnology plant at Howkley Moss will house a new $61 million (GBP 42 million) manufacturing facility that will produce treatments of cystic fibrosis and other lung disorders.

UMC's 300mm Project Gets Support From Singapore's EDB

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
TAIWAN -- The investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board - EDB Investments Pte. Ltd. (EBDI) - has been added as a 15 percent shareholder to the United Microelectronics Corp. advanced 300mm fab project in Singapore's Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park.

Communicant Launches; Plans $1.5B Facility

Fri, 2 Feb 2001
FRANKFURT, Germany-- Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG, an integrated circuits foundry serving the wireless, broadband and high-performance markets, was recently launched, and plans are underway for a $1.5 billion facility.

Los Alamos Scientists Clean Up Chipmaking Process

Mon, 2 Feb 2001
LOS ALAMOS, NM -- An otherwise clean industry - chip making - could soon get a little cleaner thanks to scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory who have developed a new technology that eliminates the use of hazardous corrosives and the production of wastewater.

Chartered Plans for New 300 mm Facility

Fri, 2 Feb 2001
SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing recently announced plans for a new 300 mm facility that will house more than 170,000 square feet of cleanroom space in Singapore.

Synetics Growth Prompts Move

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
FEB. 20, 2001 - PORTLAND, ORE -- After more than doubling its workforce during the past year, Synetics Solutions Inc. has moved into a new 170,000 square foot headquarters campus. The move will triple the amount of space for Synetics.

STMicroelectronics Begins Catania Fab Construction

Wed, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 21, 2001 -- CATANIA, Italy -- STMicroelectronics has begun building a state-of-the-art semiconductor plant that officials say will employ more than 5,500 people when completed.

1st Silicon Opens Sarawak Wafer Fab

Fri, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 23, 2001 -- SARAWAK, Malaysia -- Sarawak has received its first 200 mm wafer fab following the opening of a $1.7 billion facility at the Sama Jaya Free Zone.

Hitachi, IMEC to Develop Gate Stack Processes for 70nm Devices and Smaller

Mon, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 26, 2001 -- TOKYO -- Looking to overcome a major roadblock of the ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors) Hitachi and IMEC plan to develop manufacturable gate-stack processes needed for (sub)-70nm devices.

Program Looks to Introduce Students to Semiconductor Industry

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 27, 2001 -- PORTLAND, OR -- Hoping to enhance Oregon's pool of potential high-tech workers, SEMI is planning its first Pacific Northwest educational campaign in which 25 area high school students will embark on a program that will teach them the basics of semiconductors and cleanrooms protocol, among others.

Chip Demand Prompts Atmel Growth

Wed, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 28, 2001 -- GLASGOW, SCOTLAND -- Fueled by a growing demand for silicon chips, U.S. giant Atmel is planning to hire more workers at its East Kilbride facility.

QuikPak Opens Expanded Manufacturing Facility

Fri, 2 Feb 2001
SUNNYVALE, CA -- GEL-PAK recently moved its QuikPak division into a new state-of-the-art facility in San Diego that boasts, among other things, improved cleanroom space and environmental controls.

Entegris Plans Acquisition of Nisso Engineering Line

Mon, 2 Feb 2001
CHASKA, MN -- Entegris, Inc. has signed a letter of intent with semiconductor equipment manufacturer Nisso Engineering Co. (NSE) to acquire the NSE fluid handling product line.

Another Delay for Intel's CO Plant

Thu, 2 Feb 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- With the possibility of faster chip technology on the horizon Intel plans to delay finishing part of its Colorado Springs plant, according to published reports.

Cleanrooms.com Needs Your Help

Fri, 2 Feb 2001
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Plaintiffs in IBM Lawsuit Appear on Today Show

Thu, 2 Feb 2001
Meet Zachary Ruffing, the 15-year-old kid with Hallermann-Streiff syndrome who is suing IBM Corp. because of his birth defects. He, and his parents appeared on NBC's Today show to talk about the case and the settlement a judge is expected to sign off on out of court.

Agere to Cut 4,000 More Jobs

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 2, 2001 -- ALLENTOWN, PA -- Agere Semiconductor late last week announced that it will cut 4,000 more jobs as it continues to struggle with a market downturn.

PRI to Implement Demand Flow Manufacturing Process

Wed, 7 Jul 2001
July 11, 2001 -- PRI Automation is planning to implement Demand Flow Technology in its systems integration cleanroom, a move officials hope will lead to lower costs and shorter manufacturing times.

Canadian College Begins Second Phase of Training Program

Thu, 7 Jul 2001
July 12, 2001 -- TORONTO -- Looking to train students for high-tech careers, George Brown College has begun the second phase of its Centre for Advanced Microelectronics program.

Fourth Pentagon Facility Nearly Finished

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 20, 2001 -- FREEMONT, CA -- Construction on Pentagon Technologies Inc.'s newest semiconductor parts cleaning and reconditioning facility, located in Portland, Ore., is nearly complete.

UMCi Ready for Construction of 300mm Fab

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 23, 2001 -- SINGAPORE -- UMCi Pte. Ltd. is moving ahead with plans to construct a 300mm fab project in Singapore that will feature more than 430,000 square feet of cleanroom space.

Philips Cuts Semiconductor Jobs

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 24. 2001 -- AMSTERDAM -- Faced with lower-than expected second quarter results thanks in part to an industry downturn, Royal Philips Electronics plans to cut as many as 4,000 semiconductor jobs.

Air Liquide to Acquire Balazs Analytical Laboratory

Wed, 7 Jul 2001
July 25, 2001 -- DALLAS, TX -- Air Liquide America plans to create a new business unit by combining its analytical laboratory services with Balazs Analytical Laboratory. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month.

Brooks to Acquire GPI

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 31, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation Inc. is planning to acquire Valencia, California-based General Precision Inc., a supplier of minienvironments to OEMs.

CleanRooms Asia 2001 to Focus on Microelectronics and Life Sciences Contamination Control

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
SINGAPORE -- For the first time at CleanRooms Asia (July 25-27), representatives from IDC will offer advice on how to construct a life sciences cleanroom, while BELFOR-Relectronic will discuss minimizing downtime after a cleanroom disaster.

Siemens' Reorganizes Philippine Building Technology Business

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 3, 2001 -- MANILLA -- Siemens has merged its Philippine building technology businesses into a single entity that will house four divisions, including security systems, fire safety, building automation and HVAC products.

Intense Buys Former DuPont Facility in Scotland

Thu, 7 Jul 2001
July 5, 2001 -- HAMILTON, Scotland -- Intense Photonics, an offshoot of the University of Glasgow, has bought DuPont Photomask's Hamilton facility that feature nearly 4,000 square feet of cleanroom space.

AMD Search Heating Up

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 6, 2001 -- AUSTIN, TX -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is said to be eyeing six possible sites in Austin on which it may build a multi-billion chip manufacturing plant.

Super Tool Looks to Double Crane Production

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 10, 2001 -- TOKYO -- Super Tool Co. plans to spend nearly $798,000, or 100 million yen, to expand assembly facilities at Osaka Prefecture plant as it looks to increase production of its cleanroom cranes, according to published reports.

Rumsey Engineers Receives Regional ASHRAE Technology Award

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 11, 2001 -- OAKLAND, CA -- Rumsey Engineers, designers of energy-efficient HVAC systems, has received the Regional Technology Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.

Entegris Looks to Acquire Critical Clean Solutions

Wed, 7 Jul 2001
July 18, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Entegris Inc. is planning to buy Critical Clean Solutions, a Gilfroy, Ca.-based company that specializes in sub-micron cleaning and reuse services for high-tech industries such as semiconductor and disk drive.

M+W Zander Acquires Knight Advanced Technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2001
July 18, 2001 -- Cleanroom design and construction company M+W Zander has acquired Knight Advanced Technology, a Chicago-based consulting, design, and engineering services company that focuses on electronics companies and scientific and research institutions.

Record Year for Cintas

Thu, 7 Jul 2001
July 26, 2001 -- CINCINNATI, OH -- Despite a sluggish economy, Cintas Corporation saw its revenue and earnings go up for the 32nd consecutive year.

Entegris To Acquire Atcor Corporation

Thu, 7 Jul 2001
July 26, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Entegris, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all shares of Atcor Corporation for an undisclosed cash payment. Atcor Corporation is the supplier of precision cleaning systems and cleaning services providing a variety of cleaning/drying technologies to the world's largest semiconductor and hard disk drive manufacturers.

Kronos to Get Help From Eagle Rock Group

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 30, 2001 -- TSET, Inc. - which owns Kronos Air Technologies - plans to work with financial and management advisory service provider the Eagle Rock Group.

Dow Develops New CE Glove

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 30, 2001 -- MIDLAND, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company has developed new critical environment glove made with the company's INTACTA performance polymer.

Iowa Firm Recalls Ham

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 6, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Jim S. Market & Locker, Inc., a Harlan, Iowa, firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 70 pounds of cooked smoked ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Sausage Recalled By Penn. Company

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 6, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Ken Weaver Meats, Inc., a Wellsville, Pa., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,000 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with drug residues, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Sierra Meat Co. Recalls 2,400 Lbs. of Beef

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 6, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, DC --Sierra Meat Co., a Reno, Nev., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,400 pounds of fresh ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Bratwurst Recalled

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 6, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- Stampede Packing Co., a Kalispell, Mont., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 100 pounds of ready-to-eat bratwurst that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

New Princeton Lightwave Facility Operational

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 9, 2001 -- CRANBURY, NJ -- Princeton Lightwave Inc., has started manufacturing optical components at its new advanced components facility at its headquarters.

Ford Invests Another $490M in Dagenham Plant

Fri, 7 Jul 2001
July 13, 2001 -- ESSEX, England -- Vehicle manufacturer Ford is ready to invest more than $490 million ($350 million pounds) to build a new state-of-the-art engine plant at its Dagenham site.

Toppoly Optoelectronics Planning New Plant, Cleanrooms

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 16, 2001 TAIWAIN -- Toppoly Optoelectronics Inc., is building a new manufacturing plant that will include 452,000 square feet of ISO Class 4-ISO Class 7 (Class10-10,000) cleanroom space.

Sara Lee Recalls More Than 16,000 Lbs of Beef in Salmonella Scare

Thu, 7 Jul 2001
July 19, 2001 -- CINCINNATI -- Sara Lee Foods has recalled 13,600 pounds of pre-sliced luncheon meats because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Rick Grout on Cleanroom Design Practices

Wed, 7 Jul 2001
Rick Grout, Mechanical Department Coordinator, Asia with IDC, will be discussing life science and microelectronics cleanroom design practices at CleanRooms Asia 2001. CleanRooms.com recently caught up with Rick to find out what attendees of his session can expect.

Genzyme, Novazyme to Merge

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 10, 2001 -- CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Pharmaceutical giant Genzyme Corp. will acquire Oklahoma City biotech company Novazyme for about $225 million in stock.

Millipore Expanding Life Sciences Facility

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 22, 2001 -- BEDFORD, MA -- Bioscience giant Millipore Corporation is working on a 45,000 square foot expansion of its Life Sciences Division facility in Danvers, Mass.

Report: Biotech Firm Tanox Eyes Hsinchu Park

Thu, 8 Aug 2001
August 23, 2001 -- TAIPEI -- Biotech firm Tanox will reportedly raise nearly $406 million to set up shop at the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park

Amberwave Systems Fab Finished

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 8, 2001 -- SALEM, NH -- Amberwave Systems recently completed its new fabrication facility, which features 6,000 square feet of cleanroom space.

Photronics to Expand Connecticut Plant

Thu, 8 Aug 2001
August 9, 2001 -- BROOKFIELD, CT -- Photronics, Inc. is planning to expand it's manufacturing facility with a 13,000 square foot addition that includes 6,000 square feet of new ISO Class 3 (Class 1) cleanroom space. Currently, the facility houses about 9,000 square feet of ISO Class 4 (Class 10) to ISO Class 5 (Class 100) cleanroom space.

Report: Irradiated Food Illegally Sold in UK

Tue, 5 May 2001
April 8, 2001 -- LONDON -- A British watchdog group this week said irradiated food is illegally being sold there.

Meat Processor to Incorporate Electronic Pasteurization

Tue, 5 May 2001
April 8, 2001 -- WICHITA, KS -- A Kansas-based meat processor is hoping to make meat safer via electronic pasteurization.

Heraeus Eyes Singapore for Plant, Cleanroom

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 16, 2001 -- Heraeus, a German technology company that deals with precious metals, quartz glass, medical technology and specialty lighting, is reportedly considering establishing a billon-dollar plant in Singapore.

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef

Mon, 5 May 2001
May 21, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Enmpak Foods last week voluntarily recalled 254,000 pounds of ground beef that may have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

CancerVax Opens New Facilty, Cleanrooms

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 1, 2001 -- CARLSBAD, CA -- Biotech development company CancerVax Corporation has completed construction of its new biologics manufacturing facility located outside of Los Angeles.

Genzyme Expanding Operations

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 8, 2001 -- CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Biotech developer Genzyme Corp. plans to construct a 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Framingham, Mass., along with several other projects as part of a substantial expansion project.

Carrington Establishes R&D Unit

Thu, 6 Jun 2001
June 14, 2001 -- IRVING, TX -- Carrington Laboratories has established a new development unit that will focus on high-end products from medical devices to nutraceuticals. The team will act either independently or as an extension of client's research and development teams.

Abgenix Building Clinical Production Facility

Mon, 6 Jun 2001
June 18, 2001 -- FREMONT, CA -- Abgenix. Inc. is setting up a new approximately 100,000 square foot biotech facility in an existing building in Fremont, California. The new location will feature more than 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Medi-Hut Co. Expansion on Track

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 22, 2001 -- LAKEWOOD, NJ -- Medi-Hut Co. is moving its Korean production of its 1cc Elite Safey Syringe from its US plant to Korea while the company revamps its cleanroom and Good Manufacturing Practices in New Jersey.

Makeup Remover Recalled Because of Contamination

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 22, 2001 --WASHINGTON, DC -- The FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or use Pierre Fabre Physicians Formula Eye Makeup Remover Lotion because it may be contaminated with Pseudomonas fluorescens and/or Pseudomonas putida, bacteria that can cause severe, sight-threatening infections of the cornea. The manufacturer, Physicians Formula Cosmetics of Azusa, California, a subsidiary of Pierre Fabre, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 16,300 bottles of the product.

BioSpecifics Completes Revamp of Manufacturing Facility

Mon, 6 Jun 2001
June 25, 2001 -- LYNEBROOK, NY -- BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. recently put the finishing touches on its advanced biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which includes a modularized cleanroom section that houses 18 different rooms.

TSMC, Philips Semiconductors Joint Fab Open

Mon, 6 Jun 2001
June 4, 2001 -- HSIN-CHU, Taiwan -- Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Company recently opened the doors of its $1.2 billion wafer production fab.

SISA and SEMI North America Merge

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
June 5, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) will merge the programs, operations and staff of the Semiconductor Industry Suppliers Association (SISA) into SEMI North America, a regional division of the global industry association.

PRI Increases Cleanroom Manufacturing Size

Wed, 6 Jun 2001
June 6, 2001 -- BILLERICA, MA -- Semiconductor services provider PRI Automation has increased its Systems Integrated Clean Room (SICR) manufacturing facility to 5,400 square feet, up 50 percent from its previous size.

DuPont Photomasks, Micron Technology Agree to Collaboration

Mon, 6 Jun 2001
June 11, 2001 -- ROUND ROCK, TX -- DuPont Photomasks and Micron Technology plant to form a joint venture that will result in the creation of a new photomask cleanroom facility.

NSC, AIC to Partner

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
June 26, 2001 -- MALAYSIA -- AIC Corp. and U.S.-based National Scientific Corp plan to develop and manufacture advanced power protection semiconductor devices.

New FlexICs Fab Opens

Thu, 6 Jun 2001
June 28, 2001 -- MILPITAS, CA -- FlexICs, Inc. has opened its pilot fabrication plant for producing semiconductors on plastic. The 18,000 square foot facility features an ISO Class 5 (Class 100) cleanroom.

Powerchip to Boost Capacity

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 29, 2001 -- TAIPEI -- Powerchip Semiconductor is reportedly ready to hike its initial monthly production capacity of its 12-inch wafer plant to 15,000, up from 10.000 wafers.

Texwipe to be Acquired by Illinois Tool Works

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.-The rumor mill in now officially closed: The Texwipe Co. and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) announced in late May that ITW would purchase Texwipe for an undisclosed sum.

Daw Technologies Approves Reverse Stock Split To Preserve Nasdaq Listing

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 8, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY -- Daw Technologies, Inc. approved a four-to-one reverse stock split by a vote of 97.5 percent in favor and 2.1 percent against.

Genesis Spacecraft at KSC for Late July Launch

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 8, 2001 -- NASA's Genesis spacecraft, to be launched aboard a Boeing Delta II vehicle on July 30, has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility from Denver, Colo., aboard an Air Force C-17 aircraft. The spacecraft was transported to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) in KSC's industrial area and installed into the cleanroom, where it will be processed for launch.

Air Filtration System a Safe Bet For Illinois Casino

Wed, 6 Jun 2001
June 20, 2001 -- ELGIN, IL -- Owners of the Grand Victoria Casino are hoping their new cleanroom-inspired air filtration will be a lock for their patrons.

Sarawak Training Center Gets New Cleanroom

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 22, 2001 -- KUCHING, Malaysia -- Officials at the Sarawk Skills Development Center say they will open a new cleanroom equipped facility at the Sama Jaya free industrial zone.

ITW to Buy ALMA, Inc.

Wed, 6 Jun 2001
CLEANROOMS EUROPE -- At the fourth annual CleanRooms Europe, cleanroom products manufacturer, ALMA, Inc. (Palm Springs, CA) announced that as of July 2, 2001, they would become a division of Illinois Tool Works (Glenview, IL). Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Brooks to Acquire Progressive Technologies

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 29, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation is planning to acquire Tewksbury, Mass.-based Progressive Technologies, Inc. Under the deal, PTI will become a business unit within Brooks' Factory Interface Division.

Delphi Helping to Build Wayne State University Cleanroom

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
June 5, 2001 -- DETROIT -- Delphi Automotive Systems plans to donate an advanced microelectronics laboratory to Wayne State University. The company is also donating fabrication equipment that will be part of a cleanroom in the school's Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems Laboratory.

MAC Expands, Adds Cleanroom

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
June 6, 2001 -- NEW BEDFORD, MA -- Morgan Advanced Ceramics is installing an ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) cleanroom as part of a manufacturing and engineering operations expansion at its headquarters.

Micro Photonix Completes Cleanroom

Thu, 6 Jun 2001
June 7, 2001 -- PHOENIX, AZ -- Micro Photonix Integration Corp. has completed construction on a 4, 000 square foot cleanroom to assist the company develop nxt-generation communication networks.

European Parliament OKs Plan for Food Authority

Wed, 6 Jun 2001
June 13, 2001 -- STRASBOURG -- The European Parliament this week gave its approval to the creation of a European Food Authority.

Praxair's New Korean Plant Operational

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 15, 2001 -- DANBURY, CT -- A new ultra-high purity nitrogen plant and back-up liquid nitrogen storage tank constructed by Praxair Inc., is up and running in Giheung, Korea. The facility also features a Class 100 cleanroom.

Jenoptik Forms Alliance with Trumpf Group

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
June 19, 2001 -- DITZINGEN, Germany -- Jenoptik AG is investing $9.4 million in a new cleanroom facilty at its Jena, Germany site as it looks to strengthen its position in the high-performance diode laser market. In addition, the company has teamed with industrial laser makers Trumpf Group.

Suzanne Hofford on Sterile Cleanroom Products

Tue, 6 Jun 2001
Suzanne Hofford, a cleanroom business manager for Contec, will be addressing sterile cleanroom products at CleanRooms Europe. CleanRooms.com recently spoke with Suzanne's co-worker Ken O'Connor, who helped put the presentation together, to find out a little more about what will be discussed.

MedAmicus Safety Needle Gets FDA Marketing Clearance

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 10, 2001 -- MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- MedAmicus, Inc. has received 510K clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market its center-line retractable Guidewire Introducer Safety Needle, a product licensed from and co-developed with Med-Design Corporation. The company is also finishing an expansion of its cleanroom.

WellSpring Gets New Pharmaceutical Facility in Canada

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 17, 2001 -- NEPTUNE, NJ -- WellSpring Pharmaceutical Corp. plans to expand its operations after acquiring a 101,000 square foot pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Ontario from Basingstoke, England-based Shire Pharmaceuticals Group.

Micron Delays Lehi Chip Production

Thu, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 22, 2001 -- BOISE, ID -- Micron Technology has delayed chip production at its Lehi, Utech plan indefinitely.

Exploring Airborne Molecular Contamination Control at CleanRooms East

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
Feb. 27, 2001 -- BOSTON, MA -- In recent years, the issue of controlling airborne molecular contaminants (AMC) has become more important as wafer geometries expand and line width intervals tighten. The number of ways to apply chemical filtration for the control of AMC have grown, just as the methods employed to measure AMC and evaluate filter system performance have increased..

Ford Relocates Dagenham Cleanroom

Wed, 2 Feb 2001
DAGENHAM, England -- Ford has decided to move the location of its proposed diesel engine cleanroom, although it will still be located on the Dagenham Estate.

SpaceDev Completes Assembly Facility, Cleanroom

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
POWAY, CA -- The world's first publicly traded commercial space exploration and development company, SpaceDev, has constructed its new Satellite Assembly and Test (SAT) facility complete with 1,800 square feet of cleanroom space.

Command Transition Complete

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 2, 2001 -- ORMOND BEACH, FL -- Command Medical Products recently completed transition plans following its acquisition of Micro Med, Inc. - the contract manufacturing division of Disetronic Medical Systems in October.

GMP Institute Moves to Tampa

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March, 15 -- 2001 -- TAMPA, FL -- The GMP Institute has moved its operations from Cincinnati, Ohio to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

Foot-and-mouth disease sparks US reaction

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 16, 2001 -- With foot-and-mouth disease wreaking havoc overseas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has temporarily prohibited the importation of livestock, fresh meat and related products and ruminants from Europe.

LSI Solutions Wins Medical Design Award

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 29, 2001 -- ROCHESTER, NY -- Medical device research, design and manufacturing company LSI Solutions' new medical display system - Insideview - has won the Canon Medical Design Excellence Award for 2001.

AlloSource Opens New Facility to Expand Operations

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 30, 2001 -- CENTENNIAL, CO -- In a strategic move to meet the increasing demand for human allografts nationwide, AlloSource, one of the largest non-profit tissue bank cooperatives, has opened its new state-of-the-art facility.

STERIS Corporation to Play a Key Role in the Digital Hospital of the Future

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 30, 2001 -- MENTOR, OH -- STERIS Corporation has announced that it will be involved in a new and exciting venture with HealthSouth Corporation, Oracle Corporation and other forward-thinking partners, to build a precedent-setting all-digital automated hospital.

STMicoelectronics R2 Center Features 'Aggressive' Cleanroom

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March, 1, 2001 -- MILAN, Italy -- The R2 Technology Center - STMicroelectronics' latest advanced R&D plant - was formally inaugurated this week. It features what officials say is one of the most aggressive cleanrooms available.

TSMC To Build New 12-inch Wafer Plants

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 2, 2001 -- TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to construct four more 12-inch wafer plants over the next few years in order to meet a projected demand.

Semiconductor Sales Up In January

Mon, 3 Mar 2001
March 5, 2001 -- Worldwide sales of semiconductors came in at $16.87 billion in January 2001, an increase of 13.7 percent over $14.84 billion a year ago, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. On a sequential basis, January sales were 5.7 percent below the December 2000 level of $17.89 billion.

Tower Semiconductor Receives $46 Million Second Investment Installment

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 7, 2001 -- MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- Tower Semiconductor recently announced the receipt of the second aggregate equity investment installment of the$305 million investment committed to by Tower's equity partners.

Diodes Inc. Comments on First-Quarter Outlook

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
MArch 15, 2001 -- WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA -- Diodes Inc.said that net income for the first quarter of 2001 will be lower than previously expected due to continuing softness in demand, particularly in the computing and communications sectors.

Ashland Establishes Ashland Taiwan Co., Ltd

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 15, 2001 -- DUBLIN, OH -- Ashland Specialty Chemical Company announced the formation of Ashland Taiwan Co., Ltd. (ATCL). Simultaneously, it announced the opening of its first applications laboratory for technical support of its strippers and etch residue removers in Asia.

Intel puts Hudson project on ice, chip industry cools off

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 16, 2001 -- A week after laying off 5,000 people company wide, Intel Corp. has put its multimillion dollar expansion project for its Hudson, MA, facility on indefinite hold.

Sensors Unlimited Announces 10 Gb/s PIN Receiver

Mon, 3 Mar 2001
March 19, 2001 -- PRINCETON, N.J. -- Sensors Unlimited, Inc., a supplier of InGaAs technology that advances the performance of optical networks, has developed the SU-10PSR, a 10 Gb/s PIN receiver for advanced optical networks.

Ashland's Chemical Management Services Receive First Quality Certification in US

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 2001 -- DUBLIN, OH -- The Electronic Chemicals Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, a division of Ashland Inc., has been awarded QS 9000 certification of its chemical management services (CMS) operations at Motorola's MOS 11 and MOS 13 semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Austin, Texas.

TSMC Plans to Cut 2001 Spending

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 22, 2001 -- TAIWAN -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. is gearing up for another cutback in its capital expenditures, according to published reports.

Sharp Plans New Chip Plant

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 27, 2001 -- HIROSHIMA -- Sharp Corp. is reportedly set to introduce a new semiconductor chip plant in Mihara of Hiroshima Prefecture.

Spotlight on Biosafety Practices for Biotech and Pharm Industries at CleanRooms East

Fri, 3 Mar 2001
March 2, 2001 -- BOSTON, MA -- Laboratory workers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, especially those handling viruses, viral vectors, recombinant DNA, biological organisms, bacteria and fungi face a variety of potential health hazards.

EU Food Authority Could Be Operational by 2002

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 7, 2001 -- SWEDEN -- The proposed European Food Authority could be operational in less than a year, according to the Swedish EU Presidency.

PortaFab Acquires Henges Manufacturing Line

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 8, 2001 -- CHESTERFIELD, MO -- PortaFab Corp., a manufacturer of modular in-plant building systems and cleanroom wall systems, has acquired Henges Manufacturing product lines.

New Kymata Facility More Than Triples Production Capacity

Mon, 3 Mar 2001
March 12, 2001 -- LIVINGSTON, Scotland -- Kymata Ltd announced the opening of an additional 50,000-square-foot planar fabrication, packaging and test facility in Livingston, Scotland.

New Superconductor Created

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 15, 2001 -- U.S. scientists have created the first plastic that can conduct electricity without resistance, according to the published reports.

Fedders Acquires Polenz GmbH

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 15, 2001 -- LIBERTY CORNER, N.J -- Fedders Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of air treatment products, including air conditioners, air cleaners, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, and thermal technology products, announced that it has acquired Polenz GmbH, the premier air treatment products distributor in Germany, from Senior plc.

VWR Scientific Products to Distribute PureSoft Solutions' PureCleanse

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
March 15, 2001 -- PORTSMOUTH, NH -- PureSoft Solutions, a subsidiary of First Scientific, Inc., announced a distribution agreement with VWR Scientific Products, one of the world's largest distributors of laboratory and cleanroom products.

Daw Technologies Announces Q4 and Year End 2000 Results

Mon, 3 Mar 2001
March 19, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY -- Daw Technologies, Inc., which designs, engineers, manufactures and installs ultra-clean manufacturing environments, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2000.

Daw, Others Form Joint Cleanrooms Firm in China

Tue, 3 Mar 2001
March 20, 20001 -- SALT LAKE CITY -- Daw Technologies is moving ahead with plans to form a joint venture company that will focus on integrated cleanroom design, engineering, construction and manufacturing services in China.

Still slumping

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 13, 2001 -- In its mid-year report on the semiconductor industry, San Jose, CA-based Gartner Dataquest predicted semiconductor sales will be $168.1 billion for 2001, a 26 percent decline from the $226 billion logged in 2000.

General Semiconductor closes Ireland plant

Mon, 8 Aug 2001
August 20, 2001 -- MACROOM, Ireland -- Citing weak economic conditions and an unprecedented downturn in the electronics market, General Semiconductor Inc. announced that it is closing its manufacturing plant in Macroom, Ireland by the end of the year.

Report: Hynix Moving Ahead With Plant Upgrade

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 29, 2001 -- EUGENE, OR -- Less than a month after cutting 600 jobs from its Eugene plant, computer chip maker Hynix is reportedly ready to call back the workers and complete a $156 million renovation of the facility.

EKC Expanding

Thu, 8 Aug 2001
August 30, 2001 -- DANVILLE, CA -- Wafer cleaning supply manufacturer EKC Technology is expaning its Hayward, California manufacturing facility after having moved its corporate headquarters to a new location.

Alpha Pro Tech Sales Up

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 3, 2001 -- NOGALES, AZ -- Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. saw record quarterly sales of more than $6 million for the first three months ending June 30, up 17 percent from last year.

PennWell Acquires Silicon Valley Market Research Firm Strategies Unlimited

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 3, 2001 -- MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Technology oriented market research and management consulting firm Strategies Unlimited has been acquired by the PennWell Corporation.

ITW-Richmond Moving CA Operations to Texas

Mon, 8 Aug 2001
August 6, 2001 -- REDLANDS, CA -- Looking to escape the constraints of California's electricity shortage, ITW-Richmond Technology plans to move production equipment, cleanroom operations and engineering services from its Redlands plant to an ITW facility in Houston, TX.

Tyco slashes 11,300 jobs

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 14, 2001 -- Exeter, NH -- Tyco International Ltd., a manufacturer of electronics and process flow control systems, announced today that it has nearly completed plans to cut 11,300 jobs and close or consolidate nearly 300 facilities worldwide in order to streamline operations after a string of acquisitions.

SureBeam gets another patent

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 14, 2001 -- San Diego, CA -- SureBeam Corp, a manufacturer of first electronic food pasteurization systems -- announced today that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for a major technological advancement that allows a single electron beam machine to simultaneously process food products of various sizes and densities.

Malaria, schizophrenia drugs could hinder mad cow disease

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 15, 2001 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers believe the same drugs that are used to treat malaria and schizophrenia may also fight a human brain-wasting illness that is similar to mad cow disease.

ECD Growth Prompts Move

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 21, 2001 -- TROY, MI -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.Technology and materials developer is moving to a new facility that will house the company's new, state-of-the art ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) and ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) cleanroom space.

Met-Pro Corporation 2nd Quarter Sales Total $20.4 Million

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 21, 2001 -- HARLEYSVILLE, PA -- William L. Kacin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Met-Pro Corporation, recently announced that second quarter sales were $20.4 million compared to $20.3 million for the same period last year and 16 percent higher than the first quarter of this year. First half sales totaled $37.9 million compared to $40.5 million for the same period last year.

Flanders Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2001 Results

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 21, 2001 -- ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Flanders Corporation, recently announced its results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2001. The company reported net earnings for the second quarter from continuing operations of $546,000 or $0.02 per share, down 43 percent from $959,000, or $0.04 per share in the second quarter of 2000.

Daw Technologies, Inc. Announces 2001 Second Quarter Earnings

Thu, 8 Aug 2001
August 23, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Daw Technologies Inc., which designs, engineers and installs cleanroom environments, recently reported net earnings of approximately $101,000 on sales of approximately $13.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2001.

Cost-Cutting Measures Save Jobs at SCP

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 24, 2001 -- BOISE, ID -- Earlier this summer, cleanroom equipment supplier SCP Global technologies announced it planned to cut 250 jobs. Now the company says that number had been reduced to 155.

Structure Protects Airmen From Chemical Attack

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 28, 2001 -- MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, NJ -- Deployed airmen of the Air Mobility Command have a new weapon to use under the threat of chemical attack-- a collapsible cleanroom-like structure called a Transportable Collective Protection System (TCPS).

Antimicrobial Resistance a Problem Across the Board

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 31, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Mirroring similar concerns of other industries that utilize contamination control, apple growers are finding many antimicrobial compounds used to protect crops are becoming less effective.

Shima's San Jose Facility Now Includes Clearoom Services

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 1, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Shima American Corp. has expanded the scope of its San Jose technology facility to offer cleanroom services, including independent laboratory analysis with an Ion Chromatography laboratory.

Colorado Firm Recalls Ground Beef And Ground Pork For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Fri, 8 Aug 2001
August 3, 2001 -- WASHINGTON -- Meat Cleaver, a Denver, Colo., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,600 pounds of fresh ground beef and fresh ground pork that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

530,000 Lbs. Of Meat Recalled in E. Coli Scare

Mon, 8 Aug 2001
August 27, 2001 -- WASHINGTON, DC -- A Green Bay, Wisconsin firm is recalling 530,000 pounds of meat that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

New Products for Aug. 29

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
New Products for Aug. 29, 2001 -- Bench mat, tape, air flow modeler, trace gas detector, and vacuum inlet trap

Merck Opens New Pharm Plant in Singapore, Plans Another

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 13, 2001 --- SINGAPORE -- Merck Sharp & Dohme has opened a $400 million manufacturing plant in Tuas and plans to spend another $100 million to build a new pharmaceutical facility in Singapore.

Probitas Pharma Completes Acquisition of SeraCare, Inc.

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 25, 2001 -- LOS ANGELES, CA -- SeraCare, Inc. recently announced that Instituto Grifols, S.A., a subsidiary of Probitas Pharma, S.A., has completed its acquisition of SeraCare, Inc. for $116.5 million in cash plus the assumption of approximately $30.0 million in debt.

Probitas Pharma Completes Acquisition of SeraCare

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 28, 2001 -- LOS ANGELES, CA -- SeraCare, Inc. recently announced that Instituto Grifols, S.A., a subsidiary of Probitas Pharma, S.A., has completed its acquisition of SeraCare, Inc. for$116.5 million in cash plus the assumption of approximately $30.0 million in debt.

KLA-Tencor to Buy QC Optics

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 4, 2001 -- WILMINGTON, MA -- San Jose-based KLA-Tencor plans to buy defect detection system manufacturer QC Optics.

Intel Plans New 300 mm Wafer Fab Plant

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 6, 2001 -- HOUSTON, CO -- Despite the current high-tech downturn, Intel plans to break ground in October on a new one million square foot 300 mm wafer fab plant in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Extraction Wins Multiple Advanced Filtration Orders for 300mm Fabs

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 6, 2001 -- FRANKLIN, MA -- Extraction Systems recently announced the sale of multiple Extraction 3000 filter systems for 300mm semiconductor fabs in the U.S., Taiwan and Europe.

Brooks Automation Signs Agreement with ProMOS Technologies Inc.

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation, Inc. recently announced that it has received a multi-million dollar order from ProMOS Technologies Inc. for its SEARAMS product and installation services. ProMOS will deploy SEARAMS in both its 200mm and 300mm factories.

Applied Materials Cutting 2,000 Jobs

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 21, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Semiconductor equipment manufacturing giant Applied Materials said it plans to cut about 2,000, or 10 percent of its staff, as it struggles with a continued downturn in the industry.

TriQuint Expanding Texas Facility

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 25, 2001 -- RICHARDSON, TX -- TriQuint Semiconductor has reportedly begun work on a 124,000 square feet addition that will nearly triple production space and boost the number of workers employed by the company.

AMD Trims Workforce

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 27, 2001 -- SUNNYVALE, CA -- Looking to cut costs, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices said this week it plans to cut 2,300 jobs and close two plants in Austin, Texas.

New nLight Photonics Facility to Begin Production

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 28, 2001 -- SEATTLE, WA -- Optical component supplier nLight Photonics has opened a 57,000 square foot laser diode manufacturing facility that includes 22,000 square feet of ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) cleanroom space.

N.J. company launches meat recall

Thu, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 21--CAMDEN, NJ--A New Jersey company already under investigation for a listeriosis outbreak is expanding a nationwide recall of chicken and turkey meat to 4.2 million pounds, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Fairbank Farms recalls 319,763 of ground beef

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 25--ASHVILLE, N.Y.-- Fairbank Farms is voluntarily recalling approximately 319,763 pounds of ground beef products produced on November 5 and 6, at its facility due here to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

Asyst gets large FOUP order

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 25--FREMONT, CA--Asyst Technologies, Inc., a provider of semiconductor manufacturing productivity automation, has announced that a leading global silicon wafer manufacturer has placed a large production order for Asyst's G3 front-opening unified pod (FOUP) wafer carriers.

Medrad expands manufacturing to China

Wed, 11 Nov 2002
NOV. 27--INDIANOLA, PA--Medrad Inc.'s disposable syringes, which are used medical imaging procedures, have been assembled and shipped from Dong Guan, Guangdong, China, marking the first time Medrad syringes have been manufactured overseas.

New technology removes viruses and pathogens

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 3--NEW YORK--Gradipore Inc. has been granted US patent 6,464,851 for its core technology, Gradiflow, which removes contaminants from biological samples.

EFP begins testing nano-environmental mask

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 4- LAS VEGAS--Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) has begun testing its nanotechnology-enhanced 2H Technology filtration system to be incorporated into an environmental isolation mask.

Dycem gets ISO 9001:2000 certification

Thu, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 5--BRISTOL, ENGLAND--Dycem Technologies, a manufacturer of contamination control flooring, has received ISO 9001:2000 Quality Standard certification through the The British Standards Institution.

Hello printed plastic electronics, good-bye cleanroom?

Thu, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 5--BOSTON, Mass.--A potential alternative to silicon transistors, printed plastic electronics, could dramatically lower costs, usher in a new generation of products and eliminate the need for cleanrooms.

Merger to deliver complaints resolution system

Tue, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 9--SAN MATEO, Calif.-- Deloitte Consulting and Siebel Systems, Inc. have collaborated to form Braxton and Siebel Systems Inc., a merger that will design and produce a complaints management solution prototype for medical device companies.

Newport unveils $16.3 million optics facility

Tue, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 10--IRVINE, Calif.--Newport Corp. has opened of a 42,000-square-foot optics manufacturing facility to for the company's growing Newpport Precision Optics (NPO) Business.

Isonics receives $200,000 order

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 11--GOLDEN, Colo.--Isonics Corp., a developer of isotopically engineered semiconductor materials for life sciences and health care applications, has received an order for silicon-28 trichlorosilane from Silex Systems Limited.

IEST releases recommended practice on cleanroom residue

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 11-ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), has released the latest addition to its Contamination Control Recommended Practice (RP) publications: IEST-RP-CC016.2: The Rate of Deposition of Nonvolatile Residue in Cleanrooms.

Pall says Mustang speeds virus removal

Thu, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 12--NEW ORLEANS, La--New data demonstrating how Pall Corp.'s Mustang membrane chromatography technology speeds virus removal and improves safety of drug production were presented at the annual Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) meeting.

UPDATE: EFP filtration system gets favorable report

Fri, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 13--HENDERSON, NEV.--Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) has received favorable preliminary results from the testing of its nanotechnology-enhanced 2H Technology filtration system, which will be incorporated into an Environmental Isolation Mask.

Toshiba to build 300-mm plants

Mon, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 16--TOKYO, Japan--Toshiba Corp. today announced that it will construct advanced semiconductor production facilities employing 300-mm wafers.

FDA names new biologics director

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 17--ROCKVILLE, MD--Mark McClellan, commisioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), today has appointed Jesse Goodman to replace Kathryn Zoon, as director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

UPDATE: Zoon to leave FDA in January

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 18--ROCKVILLE, MD--Outgoing biologics director Kathryn Zoon will leave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January in the wake of the agency's decision to shift some regulatory oversight from the Center for Biologics Evaulation and Research (CBER) to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).

Clinton urges USDA to close lab

Fri, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 19--NEW YORK -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to shut down its Plum Island Animal Disease Laboratory after a power outage created a potential threat of contamination at the lab where scientists study contagious animal viruses such as foot-and-mouth disease.

G&K ranked #2 on all star stock top five

Fri, 12 Dec 2002
DEC. 20--MINNETONKA, MN--G&K Services, Inc., a cleanroom garment rental service that also provides cleaning supplies, was ranked second in a list of top five All Star stocks in the business services sector by Zacks.com, an investment research firm owned by Zacks Investment Research Inc. (Chicago, Ill.)

Alpha Pro Tech, Patterson Enter Distribution Agreement

Wed, 1 Jan 2001
NOGALES, AZ -- Disposable protective apparel maker Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd has entered into a new distribution alliance with Patterson Dental Company.

Innovators of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Receive 2001 SEMI Award

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 28, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Seven technologists were honored for their contributions to the advancement of semiconductor manufacturing technology at the 28th Annual SEMI Dinner and Award Ceremony sponsored by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

Kronos Products Demonstrate HEPA and Gas Destruction Capability Through Independent Laboratory Testing

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 6, 2001 -- LAKE OSWEGO, OR -- TSET, Inc. said it received better than expected results of independent laboratory testing of its Kronos technology.

Purdue University to Develop $100 Million High-Tech Park

Mon, 9 Sep 2001
September 10, 2001 -- WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Purdue University plans to create a $100 million park that officials say will lead the way in the exploration and development of nanotechnology and bioscience, as well as online commerce.

NanoOpto Planning New Facility

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 11, 2001 -- SOMERSET, NJ -- Optical communication parts-maker NanoOpto is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in Franklin Township, New Jersey.

Tuesday's tragedy

Wed, 9 Sep 2001
The CleanRooms Group sends its thoughts and heartfelt support to the victims and their families of Tuesday's tragic events.

Xenon, Penn State Look at Pulsed Light Sterilization

Wed, 9 Sep 2001
September 12, 2001 -- WOBURN, MA -- Xenon and the Pennsylvania State University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering recently partnered to study the food sterilization using pulsed light.

2C Computing Offers New Channel Opportunities in Cleanrooms, Other Untapped Markets

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
2C Computing has launched a partner program enabling resellers and systems integrators to tap new markets through its Cstation C1000, a device that increases security and reduces IT costs by centralizing PCs in an enterprise's data center without affecting users' computing experience or choice of peripherals.

Ion Gets ESD Certification

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 14, 2001 -- BERKELEY, CA -- Ion Systems' California manufacturing facility has received certification for the protection of electrical or electronic parts, assemblies and equipment from ESD.

European Food Authority Home Base Still a Question

Mon, 9 Sep 2001
September 17, 2001 -- While the creation of the European Food Authority is only months away, officials have yet to determine where the organization will be based.

Ion Partners With Marketech International

Mon, 9 Sep 2001
September 17, 2001 -- BERKELEY, CA -- Electrostatic management solutions-provider Ion Systems, Inc. recently announced that it has partnered with Marketech International Corporation, a provider of turnkey solutions for high-tech manufacturing facilities.

Owens Adds Cleanroom Space

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 -- FREMONT, CA -- Engineering design and manufacturing outsourcing company Owens Design has added 600 square feet of new cleanroom space to its California facilities.

Donaldson Company Unveils Integrated Air, Chemical and Noise Filtration Systems for Fuel Cell Applications

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 -- MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Global filtration solutions expert Donaldson Company, Inc. recently introduced its air-borne contaminant and noise filtration systems designed specifically for fuel cell applications.

Cintas Donates to Recovery Efforts

Wed, 9 Sep 2001
September 19, 2001 -- NEWARK, NJ -- Cleanroom services-provider Cintas is among the many businesses across the country that is donating services to help relief efforts at the World Trade Center.

Researchers Plan Trials for E. coli Vaccine

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 20, 2001 -- ALBERTA, CANADA -- Canadian health officials plan to begin trials next month on a vaccine they say would significantly reduce the risk of the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Cintas Corporation Announces Share Buyback

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 21, 2001 -- CINCINNATI, OH -- Cintas Corporation recently announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program during the effectiveness of emergency orders as issued on September 14, 2001, by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

CleanRooms West Moving Ahead as Scheduled

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
SAN JOSE, CA -- For the first time at CleanRooms West (October 8 - 10), representatives from IDC will discuss how to retrofit an existing cleanroom for 300 mm.

Atmel, Others Form Integrated Circuits R&D Center

Wed, 9 Sep 2001
September 26, 2001 -- HEILBRONN, Germany -- A new joint research and development group has been created at the University of Ulm by Atmel, Multilink Technology and United Monolithic.

New Products for Sep. 6

Thu, 9 Sep 2001
September 6, 2001 -- Air filter, ESD floor plan, door guide, hydrophobic cartridge filter, facility monitoring system, and ESD workstations.

New Products for Sep. 13

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
Wet chemistry heater, thermoplastic polyimide, anemometer, mini-chamber, and hand lotion.

New Products for Sep. 20

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
Cleaning kit, SMIF pod opener, resin and static level monitor

Nathaniel Terry: Fabrics for use in a Cleanroom Environment

Wed, 9 Sep 2001
Nathaniel Terry will be discussing cleanroom environment fabrics at CleanRooms West 2001 in San Jose, CA in October. CleanRooms.com recently caught up with Nathaniel to find out what attendees of his session can expect.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Acquires DuPont Pharma

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 5, 2001 -- PRINCETON, NJ -- Bristol-Myers Squibb has acquired Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont Pharmaceuticals.

Major Biomedical Center Being Developed in Sweden

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
October 15, 2001 -- STOCKHOLM -- A number of biotech and governmental entities are developing what they say will be a top-of-the-line biomedical park in Sweden.

Aventis Pasteur Begins Work on Vaccine Facility

Fri, 10 Oct 2001
October 19, 2001 -- TORONTO -- Pharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur has begun construction on a $19 million state-of-the-art facility that will be used to develop therapeutic vaccines for cancer.

VaxGen Obtains Land in South Korea for Manufacturing Facility

Wed, 10 Oct 2001
October 24, 2001 -- BRISBANE, CA -- VaxGen, Inc. and the city of Incheon, South Korea, recently announced the signing of an agreement that provides VaxGen land on which to construct a facility to manufacture the company's AIDS vaccine.

Cardinal Health Gets East Coast Boost

Thu, 10 Oct 2001
October 25, 2001 -- BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- With its recent acquisition of a North Carolina manufacturing facility, Cardinal Health said it plans to increase production of its biotech and pharmaceutical products.

SurModics Buys Former Seagate Research Facility

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
October 29, 2001 -- BLOOMINGTON, MN -- Medical device coatings-maker SurModics recently purchased a 135,000 square-foot research facility from Seagate Technology.

Human Genome Sciences Expands R&D, Manufacturing Presence in MD

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
October 29, 2001 -- HOUSTON, TX -- Human Genome Sciences, Inc. has begun a multimillion dollar project as part of an expansion program in Rockville, Maryland.

Cyclopss and PHARMACIA Sign Contract for Decontamination System

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 30, 2001 -- SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Cyclopss Corporation has entered into a system development contract with the New Jersey based pharmaceutical company PHARMACIA. The contract calls for Cyclopss to utilize a proprietary ozone technology to develop a new process for decontamination, disinfection and aseptic maintenance in the manufacturing and packaging of certain PHARMACIA'S products.

Elpida Delays Operations at New DRAM Plant

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
October 1, 2001 -- TOKYO -- Although it plans to continue building its new 300 mm wafer front-end manufacturing plant at the NEC Hiroshima site, Elpida Memory Inc. says it is delaying the installation of equipment for nearly a year.

Chip, Electronic Giants Team for Next Generation Technology

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
April 16, 2001 -- TSUKUBA -- A dozen chip and electronic companies have united to jointly develop next-generation semiconductor technologies.

Air Filtration Markets to Get a Boost, Study Says

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 17, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- The American commercial and industrial air filtration markets will get their second winds in the coming years, according to a new study which forecasts a significant jump in demand.

CleanRooms Europe to Focus on Cleanroom Design, Compliance Standards

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
FRANKFURT, Germany - For the first time at CleanRooms Europe (June 26-28), representatives from M + W Zander will discuss FDA compliant cleanroom ventilation and newcomers GB Pharmatechniq will look at the future cleanroom needs of the pharmaceutical, biological and genetic engineering markets.

DuPont Photomasks to Leave Grisham

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 20, 2001 -- GRESHAM, OR -- DuPont Photomasks is selling its Gresham-based holdings, including a multi-million factory the company never even used.

IBM, NY to Create Center of Excellence for Nanoelectronics

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 24, 2001 -- ALBANY, NY -- IBM plans to invest $100 million to help create a Center of Excellence for Nanotechnology, which would include state-of-the-art cleanroom and laboratory space at the State University of New York's Albany campus.

Uniroyal Technology Ships High Brightness Blue 2 Milliwatt LEDS

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
April 5, 2001 -- SARASOTA, FL -- Uniroyal Technology Corporation's Uniroyal Optoelectronics (UOE) division has begun distribution of two high brightness blue light emitting diode (LED) products.

Meat Irradiation Plan Nixed

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
APRIL 9, 2001 -- WASHINGTON DC -- The Bush Administration has backed away from a plan to irradiate ground meat purchased by the government for schools.

Firm Recalls 14.5M Pounds of Meat

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 13, 2001 -- CLINTON, OK -- More then 14.5 million pounds of meat and poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes has been recalled.

Strem Chemicals Continues Expansion

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 13, 2001 -- NEWBURYPORT, MA -- Strem Chemicals has tripled its current good manufacturing practices capacity with the completion of the second phase of it Newburyport facility expansion.

Euro Food Authority Stalls

Thu, 4 Apr 2001
April 19, 2001 -- It appears the proposed European Food Authority will not be operational in 2002 as previously hoped.

Infineon Technologies's Dresden Cleanroom Ready for Equipment

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 24, 2001 -- DRESDEN, Germany -- Infineon Technologies officials say the company's 300-mm production cleanroom for memory products, located in Dresden, is 'ready for equipment.'

Mad Cow Testing Time Reduced in Croatia

Mon, 4 Apr 2001
April 30, 2001 -- ZAGREB, Croatia -- Although it has so far been free of mad cow disease, Croatia has introduced tests which can detect the disease within hours.

Colorado Bioscience Park Attracts FeRx

Tue, 5 May 2001
May 1, 2001 -- SAN DIEGO, CA -- Fast rising Biotech firm FeRx Inc. has moved into the new 160-acre Colorado Bioscience Park in Aurora.

ISPE, EduNeering Developing Online Education for Life Science Industry

Wed, 5 May 2001
MAY 2, 2001 -- TAMPA, FL -- The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and EduNeering plan to co-develop an online compliance education program aimed at the healthcare technology industry.

Qiagen Picks M+W Zander to Build Biotech Facility

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 9, 2001 -- HILDEN, Germany -- Biotechnology company Qiagen GmbH plans to construct a new five-story building which will include production facilities for biological products and synthesis processes.

Canadian Biopharm Company Opens Cleanrooms, Fermentor

Fri, 5 May 2001
May 11, 2001 - MONTREAL -- DSM Biologics has opened a new 530-gallon fermentation unit that consists of two cleanrooms and a fermentor train at its Montreal site for the preparation of biopharmaceuticals based on cell cultures.

Pharmaceutical Acquisition Increases UBI-Asia's Presence

Mon, 5 May 2001
May 21, 2001 -- HSINCHU -- United Biomedical Inc.'s Asian Operation Center (UBI-Asia) has acquired Glaxo SmithKline's Hsinchu pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.

Medical Journal Blasts FDA

Mon, 5 May 2001
May 21, 2001 -- LONDON -- A top medical journal in England is taking on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, calling it a 'servant of the industry.'

Merck to Acquire Inpharmatics

Mon, 5 May 2001
May 21, 2001 -- WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ -- U.S.-based pharmaceutical Merck & Co. plans to acquire Rosetta Inpharmatics.

DURECT Completes Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant

Thu, 5 May 2001
May 24, 2001 -- CUPERTINO, CA -- Pharmaceutical maker DURECT Corporation has finished construction of a new 8,000 square foot facility that will be used to manufacture DUROS sufentanil.

Air Products Enters TMAH Photoresist Developer Market

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 2, 2001 -- LEHIGH VALLEY, PA -- Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has entered into the tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) photoresist developer market with the opening of a new blending and packaging facility in Tempe, Ariz.

Ultra Clean Technology Opens Austin Plant

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 2, 2001 -- MENLO PARK, CA -- Ultra Clean Technology, a supplier of gas and liquid delivery solutions for the semiconductor process equipment industry, recently held the grand opening of its manufacturing facility in the Austin area.

AMD K.O.'s ESD

Mon, 5 May 2001
MAY 7, 2001 -- AUSTIN, TX -- The new Canary ESD Service was successfully used to mitigate electrostatic discharge events at Advanced Micro Devices' FAB 25 facility.

Applied Opens Taiwain Cleanroom

Tue, 5 May 2001
May 8, 2001 -- HONG KONG -- Looking to increase its level of service to customers in Asia, Applied Materials has opened a new cleanroom manufacturing facility as part of its multi-phase manufacturing center in Tainan, Taiwan. The company also has plans to build a new Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore.

Bandwidth Moving to NH From Mass

Mon, 5 May 2001
May 14, 2001 -- HUDSON, NH -- Bandwidth Semiconductor LLC plans to move to a new home in New Hampshire as soon as it finishes retrofitting the facility with cleanrooms.

Intel Opens Doors to 300 mm Wafer Research Lab

Tue, 5 May 2001
May 15, 2001 -- HILLSBORO, OR -- Intel Corporation has opened what it says is the world's first 300 mm wafer research laboratory, dedicated to advanced silicon process technologies.

RF to Upgrade Cleanroom Under Agere Alliance

Thu, 5 May 2001
April 17, 2001 -- ALLENTOWN, PA -- Agere Systems and RF Micro Devices Inc have formed a strategic alliance to develop, design and manufacture chips for next generation cell phones and other communications products.

Radiant Buys Austin Cleanroom

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 9, 2001 -- AUSTIN, TX -- Radiant Photonics has acquired an ISO-certified semiconductor wafer fab in Austin. The facility houses ISO Class 5 (Class 100) and ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) cleanrooms.

New Lightchip HQ, Cleanroom Open

Thu, 5 May 2001
May 10, 2001 -- SALEM, NH -- Optical networking presence Lightchip Inc. this week opened its new corporate headquarters, which includes manufacturing and cleanroom space.

Supersymmetry to Become Rumsey Engineers, Inc.

Thu, 5 May 2001
May 10, 2001 -- OAKLAND, CA -- Supersymmetry, a San Francisco Bay Area-based heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) design engineering firm has changed its name to Rumsey Engineers, Inc.

eSAFETYWORLD Changing Name

Fri, 5 May 2001
May 18, 2001 -- BOHEMIA, NY -- Cleanroom service provider eSAFETYWORLD, Inc. is changing its name to ACCIXX, Inc.

Kronos Gets Navy Contract, Plans to Use Technology in Cleanroom Markets

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 23, 2001 -- LAKE OSWEGO, OR -- Kronos Air Technologies will develop a prototype air filtration and movement device for the US Navy using technology the company plans to employ in other markets, including pharmaceutical and electronics cleanrooms.

ITW to Acquire Texwipe

Wed, 5 May 2001
GLENVIEW, IL -- Contamination control specialty products maker The Texwipe Company will be acquired by Illinois Tool Works, Inc. under a new deal.

Entegris Joins Center for Microcontamination Control

Tue, 5 May 2001
May 29, 2001 -- CHASKA, MN -- Materials integrity management company Entegris Inc. has joined the Center for Microcontamination Control at the University of Arizona, a National Science Foundation university/industry consortia.

Protocol, Cleanroom Sciences Unite

Wed, 5 May 2001
May 30, 2001 -- BEAVERTON, OR -- Protocol Inc., and Cleanroom Sciences Inc., two contamination control industry veterans, plan to merge.

Advisory Forum Sought for Euro Food Authority

Tue, 5 May 2001
May 8, 2001 -- BRUSSELS -- Although the European Food Authority may not be operational as soon as originally planned, officials this week met to discuss the creation of a advisory forum for the proposed body.

Too obvious for words

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Usually, in this January column, I like to look ahead and talk about the outlook for the coming year.

Critical controls provide the cleanest garments

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
State-of-the-art laundering gets garments clean enough for strictest environments.

Garments

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Since human-generated contamination plays a large role in critical environments, special care must be taken to provide appropriate garments to minimize the human impact on the cleanroom.

New Products

Thu, 1 Jan 2009

Keeping hospital patients safe from construction contamination

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Construction subcontractors’ lack of awareness of their surroundings is perhaps one of the most frustrating issues, from a contamination control point of view, faced by health-care facility managers.

Health-care initiative to test innovations for reducing HAIs

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Patient mortality could be reduced by 17 percent and reliability of care could improve by nearly 13 percent if the not-for-profit hospitals participating in a nationwide collaborative attained the project’s quality goals, according to a recently released analysis.

CDC confirms cause of heparin-related reactions

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
In findings recently published on the New England Journal of Medicine web site, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the cause of serious adverse reactions reported in late 2007 were due to heparin contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS).

On the surface

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Medical device manufacturers can benefit from innovative surface analysis techniques to help them identify and quantify contaminants on devices, but only if they are willing and able to share information about what the device is made of, where it’s been, and what might be causing the contamination.

Design for airflow to achieve energy efficiency

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Know the impact of design specs and airflow patterns on your clean operations’ bottom line

Taking stock of cleaning process validation

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Productive cleaning validation relies upon knowing medical device requirements and clearly defining processes.

Guidelines for selecting a used cleanroom

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Used equipment may be the answer in difficult financial times.

No nanoworries?

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
I used to be concerned that inadequate precautions and safety systems were in place for the research, development, and manufacture of nanoscale products.

Barrier isolators/laminar flow benches/workstations

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
Minienvironments and isolation equipment play an important role in reducing contamination through exposure to airborne particles and human contact.

New Products

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
Compiled by Carrie Meadows

New techniques detect danger for the smallest consumers

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
The 2008 death of six infants in China due to melamine poisoning spurred international outrage and increasing concern about shortcomings in global food-safety monitoring strategies.

Second life for semi equipment

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
A growing number of companies are seeking buyers for surplus semiconductor wafer-processing gear.

Interphex 2009

Sun, 2 Feb 2009

Saving green by being green

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
Today’s chip fabricators seek a balance between cost- and energy-conscious solutions.

Packaging ultrapure chemicals in plastic

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
Maintaining the high purity of chemicals during filling and packaging reduces the risk of contamination in semiconductor processes.

Getting the bugs out

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
What will the next generation of media for cleanrooms bring?

Evaluating the activity of disinfectants against fungi

Sun, 2 Feb 2009
Choose an antimicrobial chemistry that addresses mold isolates specific to your cleanroom operations.

letter to the editor

Sun, 3 Mar 2009

Flooring and Mats

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
Maintaining clean critical environments starts from the ground up with these flooring and work-area mat products.

New Products

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
Compiled by Carrie Meadows

Salmonella goes nuts

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
One visit to Peanut Corp. of America’s (PCA) facilities would have raised red flags for any food manufacturer who is even modestly aware of food safety.

A green center debuts and everyone’s invited

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
This isn’t the best of times for chipmakers, and even the biggest names are feeling the effects.

Throwing it all away

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
Pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers are embracing disposable one-use systems for aseptic filling and capping to cut costs and improve efficiencies, all while meeting strict FDA requirements.

Testing from drug substance to final product

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
From purified bulk drug substance to sterile finished product, routine sampling and testing throughout the process ensures a quality end result.

Automated image analysis quantifies particulate contamination

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
Image analysis methods are compared for detecting particulates.

Compliance begins with outlining laboratory controls

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
A quality-systems-based approach to drug manufacturing ensures compliance with cGMPs.

CleanRooms Europe 2009

Sun, 3 Mar 2009
Conference preview and exhibitor showcase.

Changes

Tue, 1 Jan 2008
During this election season, we’ve all heard a lot of talk about “change.”

IEST marches on to nanotech beat

Tue, 1 Jan 2008
IEST sets goals for new nanotechnology Recommended Practice Working Group activities.

IBM defense: cleanrooms had adequate ventilation, no chemical over-exposure

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
William R. Acorn, a Tucson, Ariz.-based HVAC expert, testified in the ongoing cleanroom cancer trial that IBM Corp.'s disk drive plant in San Jose was adequately ventilated, contradicting prior testimony from a plaintiff witness who said the entire facility was negatively pressurized, causing controlled environments to be starved of fresh air.

Training trouble sparks call to action

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Editor's note: This article is the first in a two-part series on how customized computer-based courses, called QuickLearns, have revolutionized the way knowledge is transferred at manufacturing plants.

PMS acquires Molecular Analytics

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
As micro- and molecular-contamination continue to be growing concerns in the semiconductor and microelectronics industries, technologies that combat such threats to processes are gaining greater market acceptance, yielding solid growth—and, most recently a collaboration to the tune of an acquisition.

Isolation scheme may counter bioterrorists

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Steve Wood, chief of emergency preparedness for San Diego County in southern California, is doing what he can to be ready for a bioterrorist attack—or, a plane load of unlucky passengers.

Particles

Mon, 3 Mar 2004

More bread sought for nation's food security strategy

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking an increase of $65 million for fiscal year 2005 to boost its food security activities—part of a new interdepartmental program for the defense of the nation's food supply.

FedEx aims to keep parenterals truckin'

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
FedEx Corp., a global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply chain management services, is now offering parenteral drug manufacturers a way to ship temperature-sensitive products.

Semiconductor industry ready to take 193-nanometer plunge

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Less than a month into 2004, semiconductor industry representatives have decided that the end of the decade should be all wet.

Merck sells VWR for $1.68 billion

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
In a move designed to allow greater focus on its core businesses of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, Merck KgaAa has sold its cleanroom and contamination-control product distribution business, VWR International, for $1.68 billion to a private equity firm.

Semiconductor manufacturers weigh 'dense pack' retrofitting

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Microchips are getting smaller and circuits more efficient at an amazingly rapid rate.

Jensen Corp.: A fitting acquisition for Swagelok

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
When Jensen Fittings Corp. was sold to Swagelok Co. in January 2001, the purchase of the sanitary fitting and component maker may have been regarded in one of two ways—just another deal in the merger-acquisition trend or a transaction that allowed an autonomous life sciences-based firm to go global and a fluid components manufacturer to diversify even further.

Political science at its worst

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Recently, 60 of the nation's leading scientists, 20 of whom are Nobel Laureates, charged that the Bush Administration manipulated and censored science by "suppressing, distorting and manipulating the work done by scientists at federal agencies."

Inventor's Corner

Mon, 3 Mar 2004

Decommissioning: Five critical steps to minimize risk and cost

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
When I walked into the SEMI Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) European Standards Meeting at a recent SEMICON Europa, I already knew there was considerable global interest in the safe decommissioning and decontamination of cleanroom manufacturing facilities.

How will new USP regulations impact the pharmacy?

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
That United States Pharmacopeia (USP) regulatory storm you heard brewing for the past five years has finally broken in the form of a number of new regulations and guidelines becoming effective this year.

FDA proposes new guidance for reporting drug impurities

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
The Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) has announced a new draft, Guidance for Industry: ANDAs-Impurities in Drug Substances, that provides revised recommendations on what chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) information to include regarding the reporting, identification, and qualification of impurities in drug substances produce by chemical synthesis.

IEST seeking recommendations for improving ISO cleanroom standard

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.-Cleanroom users and administrators attending ESTECH 2005-the 51st annual meeting and exposition of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology

Limits loom for low-k semiconductor materials

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
New contamination control processes on the horizon?

Semi tester makes move to Class 10,000 environment

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Semi tester makes move to Class 10,000 environment The move from Sunnyvale to San Jose has also meant a new name for InTEST's TestDesign division: InTEST Silicon Valley Corp. Corporate headquarters are in Cherry Hill, N.J.

President nominates acting commissioner to head FDA

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md.-Lester M. Crawford, DVM, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) since March 2004, has been nominated by President Bush to serve as the agency's next commissioner.

Contract-testing lab expands facility and services

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
SALEM, N.H.-Boston Analytical, Inc., an independent, cGMP-compliant, contract-testing lab in Salem, N.H. (www.bostonanalytical.com), has built a new 2,500-square-foot facility designated specifically for microbiological testing.

Software system seeks to help pharma manufacturers meet cGMPs

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
SAN JOSE, Calif.-A software platform for pharmaceutical manufacturers promises to support FDA 21st Century cGMPs by letting companies span one or multiple manufacturing sites, tightly integrate quality management procedures with manufacturing operations and IT, and reduce the cost of FDA compliance.


Hands-free technology addresses critical temperature measurements

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
FREMONT, Calif.-Two recently introduced, hands-free process optimization tools for semiconductor fabrication measure real-time, in situ temperature in solder reflow applications.

Company retrofits manufacturing facility for proprietary antimicrobial development

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
EL CAJON, Calif.-PURE Bioscience (www.pure-bioscience.com) has begun conversion of part of its manufacturing space here to a dedicated, FDA-compliant, cGMP facility for production of pharmaceutical-grade silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC).

Setting the Standard: Evolution of an IEST Recommended Practice

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) is responsible for the origination, publishing, and revision of approximately 35 Recommended Practices (RPs) in topics of interest and value to the contamination control industry.

Your Market Analysis: Expanded role for life sciences cleanrooms

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Cleanroom technology developed for traditional applications such as aseptic filling in pharmaceutical plants is increasingly being applied to distinctly 21st Century problems.

Life Sciences: Personnel training

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
The single most critical element of the cleanroom, or any controlled environment, is the human element.

From the Editor: The future is now

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
A lot can happen in ten years. Certainly 2005 seemed a long way off when I wrote the editorial for the December 1994 special forecast issue of CleanRooms.

Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and nonviable particle counting

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Pharmaceutical manufacturing environments have traditionally seen particle counting as a necessary evil to demonstrate compliance with a cleanroom standard.

The 'quietest' lab: Achieving vibration control and balanced design at NIST

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Engineers, lab planners and scientists developed unique lab layouts with groundbreaking temperature and vibration controls

IBM cleanroom cancer, birth defect challenges are far from over

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
The score is tied up; IBM Corp. has two and so do the plaintiffs, but the ongoing cleanroom cancer and birth-defect blame game is far from over, with more than 200 cases around country that have yet to be heard by a judge and jury.

A $4,000 fix for a million-dollar problem

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
Cliff Purington, head of training at Rockwell Collins, estimates that CD-based training modules have cut training times down to a third of what it took in the traditional mentoring model, and have eliminated the need for experts to take time off the job for training.

Carnegie Mellon's nano-facility a solid option for the fabless

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
Bridge Semiconductors is one of many tech start-ups that has chosen to go fabless, thanks to Carnegie Mellon University's Nanofabrication Facility.

Modular solutions get a new life

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
When Clestra Cleanroom SA ceased North American operations in December 2002, is was bad news for the French company's customers who were left without a supplier of modular cleanroom walls and ceilings.

Particles

Thu, 4 Apr 2004

Cleanpak expands to China by acquiring cleanroom manufacturing company

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
Cleanpak International Inc., a cleanroom and air-handling equipment supplier, has expanded to China by acquiring Nanjing Purification Factory (NPF), a cleanroom manufacturing and construction company owned by Nanjing Electrical Machinery and Industrial Group (NEMIG).

Nikon building worldwide training center in California

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
In what may be a sign of better times ahead, Nikon Precision Inc. (Belmont, Calif.) has announced it will build a worldwide training center aimed at meeting demand from English-speaking countries.

Gruesome irony

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
Intel Corp. is on it. So is Advanced Micro Devices Inc. National Semiconductor Corp., too. And it is no surprise that IBM Corp., the chipmaker up to its circuits in cancer and birth defect lawsuits, has spent some time on the Superfund list—a cellblock for the nation's worst offenders of environmental health and safety.

Inventor's Corner

Thu, 4 Apr 2004

Preventing cleanroom contamination from fire

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
One of the most important aspects of operating a cleanroom environment is the effort taken to maintain its integrity.

IBM, others fail to understand vapor migration

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
As founder and CEO of Clean Room Engineering, I spent over 30 years designing and installing hundreds of cleanrooms.

Incorporating cleanroom practices in a management program

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
The cleanroom industry turns to three main sources for standards and best practices in cleanroom management: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST).

Fan filter units

Thu, 1 Jan 2004
Fan filter units—FFUs—are typically placed in ceiling grids (but some can be installed on walls) to create precision airflow in a cleanroom or minienvironment.

New Products

Thu, 1 Jan 2004

Philips, E Ink launch world into paperless era with pliable LCD

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
Purveyors of paper may potentially be perturbed once Philips Electronics starts mass-producing a slim, book-sized panel that will let consumers download newspapers, magazines and other print media.

Experts: Spin coat design put workers at risk

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
While the spin coater has been described as makeshift ingenuity, two plaintiff witnesses in the cleanroom cancer case against IBM Corp. and one semiconductor equipment design engineer say a phonograph-like contraption did everything to preserve the integrity of the disk drives, but nothing to protect the workers from exposure to harmful chemicals.

IBM begins cancer suit defense, yields points

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
The plaintiffs in the cleanroom cancer suit against IBM Corp. have rested their case, and at press time, Big Blue was ready to present a defense that will challenge testimony from former company nurse, Audrey Misako Crouch, who said it was an unwritten policy among the computer giant's medical staff to never utter chemicals as the cause of worker ailments.

University takes cue from Aladdin for 'magical' wafer levitation

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
When it came to finding a new way to handle meticulously patterned wafers without ever touching the somewhat sterile substrates, the Technical University of Munich found inspiration in Aladdin's magic carpet and developed a method of levitating them on a posh pillow of ultrasonic vibration.

Eye on Asia

Sun, 2 Feb 2004

Good bacteria a blow to foodborne pathogen's gut

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) chief scientific research agency have found several promising intestinal bacteria that could protect live chickens from salmonella, campylobacter and other pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses in people who eat poultry.

Mad cow disease corralling continues in northwest

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
North America continues to grapple with a food safety problem that turned Europe upside-down nearly three years ago: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a.k.a. mad cow disease.

Cleaning system ensures one swell FOUP

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
Like many involved with contamination control, Bob Groves, project leader at International Sematech, worries about what he can't see because he knows what you can't see can kill your product.

Homing in on life science cleanroom issues

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
Day two and three of the CleanRooms East/PDA SciTech Summit next month will feature a cornucopia of conference sessions that will cover everything from decommissioning controlled environments to determining wiper efficiency and particle removal to an open forum on isolators and gloveboxes.

Re-discover energy efficiency...now

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
What happened to that refreshing fuel-efficient zeitgeist that put Honda Civics, Volkswagen Rabbits and Toyota Tercels into millions of American driveways following the fuel crisis of the mid-1970s?

Inventor's Corner

Sun, 2 Feb 2004

New Products

Sat, 5 May 2004

ESD abatement

Sat, 5 May 2004
No matter where you sit, stand or walk, or what you wear in a critical cleanroom environment, eliminating electrostatic discharge is a crucial consideration. To eliminate shocking results, check out this sampling of recent ESD abatement products.

Clean manufacturing keys 'chilling' advance in neurosurgery practice

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Medical device innovator Seacoast Technologies Inc. (www.seacoasttechnologies.com) has announced the first human application of its ChillerStrip product used to create localized profound hypothermia during brain aneurysm surgery.

China's cleanrooms advance

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Horace Greeley's famous dictum about going west might be reversed today, at least as far as cleanrooms are concerned.

Pall to appeal initial injunction on filter patent

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Pall Corp. (www.pall.com) is appealing a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, which issued an order in favor of Mykrolis Corp. (Billerica, Mass.; www.mykrolis.com) on its motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Pall Corp. from manufacturing and selling its PhotoKleen EZD-2 Filter Assembly products.

In search of food-borne pathogens via filtration

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
A collaborative work between separations technology vendor Whatman, Inc. (www.whatman.com) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www.fda.gov) seeks to devise a faster and more accurate method of detecting food-borne pathogens by using size-exclusion filtration in combination with Whatman's proprietary FTA filter technology.

Particles

Tue, 6 Jun 2004

Intel upgrading 200-mm Arizona fab to 300-mm by using clean construction

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Intel Corporation (www.intel.com) has begun a $2 billion "clean construction" project to convert a 200-mm fabrication facility to a state-of-the-art 300-mm facility here.

Advances target health care pathogens

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
A strategic alliance between two infection prevention companies, and an EPA approval for a pioneering antimicrobial technology have quickened the pace to combat health care-related infections and pathogens.

Finally, everything is starting to look just 'fab' for industry

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
It's spring, and in the cleanroom industry, everything's coming up 'fab' after several years of being drab.

Extraction Systems looks to capitalize on market opportunity

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Extraction Systems Inc. (www.extractionsystemsinc.com), a provider of molecular contamination control and measurement products, recently doubled its manufacturing capacity at its headquarters here in anticipation of a market upswing and changes in the competitive landscape.

Getting reorganized

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Well, I'm officially on the job for a week. And, first of all, it's great to be back and to begin reconnecting with many of my old contamination control industry friends. There's also a lot to do and no time to waste.

Inventor's Corner

Tue, 6 Jun 2004

USP 797: Sterile compounding and room design

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Health care organizations that compound sterile formulations are getting a head start on compliance with the USP 797 guidelines, courtesy of the JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

Contamination Source Identification (CSI): Tools of discovery

Sun, 5 May 2005
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.

Prevailing science

Sun, 5 May 2005
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.

Efforts pull together European standards and regs

Sun, 5 May 2005
An overview of the European regulatory bodies affecting standardization and harmonization efforts in the EU.

CleanRooms Europe 2005

Sun, 5 May 2005
This year, the eighth annual CleanRooms Europe trade fair will once again take place in Stuttgart, Germany.

Cleanroom demand in the world food industry

Sun, 5 May 2005
Food processing is a small but steadily growing segment of the cleanroom industry.

A natural beverage filtering process

Sun, 5 May 2005
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 technology aims to meet FDA aseptic processing requirements

Sun, 5 May 2005
FOSTER CITY, CA-An established DNA sequence-based technology developed by Applied Biosystems Corp. (www.appliedbiosystems.com) is now being touted for helping pharmaceutical makers meet recent FDA aseptic processing requirements for the manufacture of sterile drug and biological products.

FDA leader urges team approach to pharma manufacturing processes

Sun, 5 May 2005
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 multiple industries

Sun, 5 May 2005
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.

FDA finalizes bioterrorism food safety rules

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Termed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson as “a milestone in U.S. food safety and security,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www.fda.gov) is now requiring that food producers and distributors establish and maintain records to further protect the human and animal food supply.

Space saving filter technology targets high-end LCD, semiconductor processes

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-LCD manufacturing plants in Asia are among the first to receive Pall Corp. Microelectronics Group’s (www.pall.com) new high-flow-rate filters, designed specifically for high-flow, high-purity bulk gas delivery systems used in next generation display and semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Particles

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Patent to protect purification processes

Products Spotlight

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Value-Tek has introduced a single-use disposable faceveil designed for filtration and comfort.

New Products

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Photovac offers a number of professional-grade handheld and portable instruments for the detection and measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for a variety of applications.

Enforcement, education seen as keys to preventing biolab contamination

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
City of Boston and Boston University officials are determined to improve monitoring of research taking place at the university’s biosafety labs, in the wake of a contamination incident last spring that infected three researchers.

Diminishing defects in EUV lithography boost hopes for small manufacturing

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
ALBANY, N.Y.- Sematech North has produced extreme ultraviolet (EUV) mask blanks with as few as one 80-nanometer (nm) or larger defect per mask. The 0.005 defect per square centimeter achievement was accomplished through rigorous contamination control and defect reduction

CleanZone: Nanotechnology leaders reveal design, development opportunities

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
BOSTON, Mass.-Contamination control design issues for advanced research facilities, plus opportunities for cooperative nanotechnology development, will be the themes of two featured presentations at the CleanRooms Contamination Control Technology (CCT) Conference & Exhibition, Wednesday, March 23, at The World Trade Center in Boston.

New ISO standard defines design criteria for separative devices

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.-In hopes of defining how separative devices differ from a cleanroom, ISO 14644-7, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments-Part 7: Separative devices (clean air hoods, gloveboxes, isolators, and minienvironments), specifies the minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, testing, and approval of separative devices for use across a variety of industries.

Particles

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
FREMONT, Calif.-Mattson Technology (www.mattson.com), a supplier of semiconductor wafer processing equipment, will collaborate with Asyst Technologies (www.asyst.com), combining Asyst's Spartan Portal-an automated atmospheric equipment front-end module (EFEM)-with Mattson's advanced manufacturing equipment.

From the Editor: Sound and safe science

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Most of the time when we talk about contamination control and cleanrooms, we largely focus on issues of product protection, product yield, and bottom line production costs.

Purification of trace amount of metal impurity from ultrapure water using membrane purifier/filter

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
The metal removal performance of two IE membranes are evaluated and compared under practical conditions

Pure steam and water for injection in the pharmaceutical industry

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
The most common procedures for the production of water for injection and pure steam and their application in the pharmaceutical industry

Tissue engineering poses unique contamination control challenges

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Because of the vulnerability and short shelf life of harvested human tissue, isolation is one of the key strategies for ensuring its sterility

Contamination Control Technology (CCT) Conference & Exhibition 2005

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Multiple industries. All the expertise. One show.

Agency to monitor Chiron processes as flu vaccine manufacturing resumes

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
EMERYVILLE, CA-The United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has restored Chiron Corp.

Companies move in on Asian cleanroom boom

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-On the heels of a recent market study indicating that Asia is driving-and will continue to drive over the next several years-the cleanrooms hardware and garment market, filtration/purification developer Pall Corp. (www.pall.com) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Beijing, China, and has named Jon Weiner the first president of Pall Microelectronics Asia.

Critical lab diagnostics aided by new water filtration technology

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-A point-of-use water purification technology, designed specifically for research and diagnostic laboratories, is promising to deliver high-purity water through a series of separation and purification steps. Pall Corp.’s (www.pall.com) Cascada lab water system combines four polishing systems with customized configurations designed to meet a wide range of sensitive applications required for high-quality, ultrapure water in the lab.

CleanZone: FDA actions prompt heightened awareness of 510(k) compliance

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
ROCKVILLE, MD.-Recent warnings and guidance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www. fda.gov) are sending a strong message to medical device manufacturers about the importance of submitting FDA 510(k) premarket notification when introducing new products.

New pharma giant’s U.S. facility to focus on research and development

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
DEERFIELD, IL-The merger of two pillars of Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturing has resulted in a new corporation that ranks in the top 20 globally and a U.S. operations that will be headquartered here amidst the growing pharmaceutical industry in Illinois.

Report: New wafer-cleaning methods needed for increasingly smaller ICs

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
PALO ALTO, Calif.-Rapid advancements in the IC industry, says a report by industry research firm Frost & Sullivan (www.frost.com), are prompting increased demand for new or improved front-end semiconductor manufacturing technologies, such as wafer cleaning and thin-layer deposition.

Semiconductor measurements come clean

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
When measuring semiconductor features, recent industry developments illustrate that the linkage between metrology and contamination control is getting tighter as features shrink.

Mega merger creates new landscape for critical materials transport technology

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-On the heels of a recent market study indicating that Asia is driving-and will continue to drive over the next several years-the cleanrooms hardware and garment market, filtration/purification developer Pall Corp. (www.pall.com) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Beijing, China, and has named Jon Weiner the first president of Pall Microelectronics Asia.

Automated contamination monitoring: Faster is better

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
Contamination monitoring is the last element of the cleanroom's production process to become automated, but as manufacturers are pushed to the limits of their manual contamination-monitoring capabilities, demand for new technologies is growing.

Technical Feature I: Body-Box Test: Investigation of a test method

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
It is indisputable that cleanroom garments are still one of the most important components of contamination control in the cleanroom.

The tools we use

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
People concerned with contamination control certainly know a lot about such things as cleanrooms, barrier isolators, minienvironments, fume hoods and glove boxes.

Safe containment lab design follows clear protocols

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
A BSL-3 lab and Animal BSL-3 lab can be simple or sophisticated, depending upon their purpose.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

IEST updates and improves its Recommended Practice for testing ULPA filters

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies (IEST) has long been a leader in the area of cleanroom filter definitions and performance testing.

USP 797: Microcleaning and the controlled environment-Part 1

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

NEW PRODUCTS

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Each month CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest innovations in the contamination-control industry.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

Particles

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Advanced lithography techniques present new contamination challenges

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
AUSTIN, TX-With the second quarter of 2005 already underway, research consortium SEMATECH (www.sematech.org) is looking ahead to technical challenges facing the semiconductor industry in 2006. From lithography and various device components to metrology, manufacturing effectiveness, and environment, safety, and health (ES&H), the consortium sees significant contamination-control concerns-particularly with lithography and new materials.

Advanced contamination-control issues meet Sacramento’s biotech boom

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-What was once simply known as California’s state capital, where most employees worked for the government, Sacramento today is home to academic research and myriad public companies that increasingly implement cleanroom technology.

Gas filter technology aims to extinguish pharma fire risk

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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. (www.pall.com), which features specially designed PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) materials.

Infection inspection invention

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.— Medical IT company MedMined Inc. (www.medmined.com) has introduced the Nosocomial Infection Marker (NIM) to its Data Mining Surveillance technology.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif.-Artes Medical Inc. (www.artesmedical.com) 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 unveilings

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

Newly patented filtration technology enhances milk product purification

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
APEX, N.C. -A filtration technology developed by NCSRT Inc. (www.ncsrt.com) has received three U.S. patents for superior dairy separation and purification of milk, whey and colostrum.

Safe-handling label may move inside

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md.-At the request of the egg industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www.fda.gov) 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 cleaning proposed for advanced processes

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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(www.sematech.org).

GlaxoSmithKline: Manufacturing processes being addressed to correct drug defects

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md.-British pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK; Brentford, U.K.; www.gsk.com) 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; www.fda.gov, during which batches of defective medications were seized.

Your Market Analysis: Cleanroom filters — Requirements and markets

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Demands for removal of smaller and smaller particles continue in the cleanroom industry.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
1) Are the latest contamination-control practices and technology being applied to food safety?

Evaluating robotics for pharmaceutical packaging

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Engineers, designers, production managers and purchasing professionals should be informed of the processes used to manufacture the materials used in their respective applications.

Your Market Analysis: China is changing the world's cleanroom industry

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
The cleanroom industry has always been dynamic. The rate of change may now be accelerating thanks to activity in China.

Setting the Standard: Invest wisely, invest in yourself through volunteerism in the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
Time is a finite and precious commodity. Talent is a gift.

Particles

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
SEOUL, Korea-EV Group (Scharding, Austria; www.EVGroup.com), a manufacturer of MEMS, nano, and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, is joining with Jinsan Scientific (www.jinsanco.co.kr) to operate a Class 100 cleanroom at the Technology Innovation Center of Sung Kyun Kwan University.

Product Spotlight

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
Air quality is a key factor in most any cleanroom environment and when it comes to filtration equipment, the choices can be overwhelming.

NEW PRODUCTS

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
This track-and-skate system from Eagle MHC enables material managers to consolidate and optimize the storage of supplies, parts and other items where there is a need to store a high volume of goods in the most space-efficient way.

Airflow modeling in cleanroom design

Sun, 5 May 2005
Cleanrooms come in all shapes and sizes from special purpose minienvironments to large, expansive production facilities.

Exhibitors Showcase

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
TThis year's Contamination Control Technology (CCT) Conference & Exhibition promises to be a fantastic event. Here is a sampling of the companies, exhibits and demonstrations you can expect to see in Boston this March.

Cponference-At-A-Glance

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Schedule and Floor plan.

Product Spotlight

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Wipers are essential for cleaning critical surfaces in the cleanroom, and with today’s strict contamination control regulations, it’s important to know what products are available to meet your cleanroom needs.

New Products

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
New Products

Class 10,000 cleanroom provides more efficient, cleaner packaging suite

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
ATLANTA, Ga.-When Celliance Corporation, a Serologicals company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Very good ain't bad

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
In today's highly volatile world, nothing is a certainty, but all indications are that 2005 will be a very good year for the contamination control industry.

Nanotechnology: Small science not without big challenges

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Over the next decade, nanotechnology will revolutionize multiple industries - but first it will have to overcome a few obstacles with construction, handling, and sterility of nanomaterials

Ozonated water-Where the green choice is better

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Research has demonstrated that ozone can offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to existing cleaning processes and, in many instances, can outperform them.

Boston, Mass - FDA's ONDC director to keynote at CCT conference

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Moheb Nasr, Ph.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of New Drug Chemistry, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, will deliver the keynote address on March 22 at the CleanRooms 2005 Contamination Control Technology (CCT) Conference & Exhibition at the World Trade Center here.

Garment innovation shields cleanroom workers from fire

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Filament “NOMEX,” a patented material developed by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for use by NASA, is being incorporated into garments made by White Knight Engineered Products to satisfy recently tightened National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations concerning arc-flash risks within the cleanroom.

Toolset detects, measures molecular contamination

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Extraction (www.extraction.com) has unveiled technology designed to both detect and measure molecular contamination for 193-nm lithography processes.

Technology may be breath of fresh air for poultry processing

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
A food industry provider seeking to inhibit pathogens in poultry processing is adapting technology that's behind an anti-microbial oral hygiene product.

Cyberspace cleanrooms class

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology will offer an online class, "Cleanroom Technology and Operations," February 23 at 11 am CST.

Self-contained cleanroom protects insulin packaging process

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Celliance, the third operating division of Serologicals Corp. has been formed to focus on providing recombinant human insulin to biopharmaceutical manufacturers.

Semiconductor industry tackles nanotube contamination issues

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
Uniting those who use nanotechnology with those who create it, NanoForum 2004, held here in mid-November, may become an annual meeting focused on moving nanotechnology from an academic endeavor to a commercial reality.

Wearable computers keeping pace with changing cleanroom practices

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
FAIRFAX, Va.-With an origin in military applications, mobile wearable computers devoid of fans and moving parts are increasingly being incorporated into cleanroom garments.

Relevant information for manufacturing quality control: A singular solution to a multi-industry problem

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Take a tour of manufacturing in the world today and you will encounter widely varying levels of sophistication across a broad spectrum of industries.

The ABCs of disinfectant validation

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Despite ambiguities inherent in the regulatory inspection process, a few absolute expectations should be met

Moving Toward Automation

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
During last fall’s much-publicized case of flu vaccine contamination at Chiron Corp.’s Liverpool, U.K., manufacturing facility, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA CBER; www.fda.gov) issued a warning letter to the company that summarized numerous deviations from current good manufacturing practices (cGMP)-including several aseptic processing sterilization failures.


Particles

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-According to research conducted by In-Stat (www.in-stat.com), companies are increasingly developing lab-on-a-chip products despite increased competition and alternative technologies.

Product Spotlight

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Whatever the level and type of contamination control required by your facility, implementing and integrating the right sensors and monitors will be crucial to ensuring that it is operating at peak efficiency and maintaining adequate cleanliness levels. Here are a few of the newest sensor and critical environment monitoring products on the market.

New Products

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
A collection of the newest contamination-control products on the market.

IEST gains voice in nanotechnology

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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.

R&D outsourcing system targets medical device developers

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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.

Gas deliveries resume following Praxair fire

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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’

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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.

Particles

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Nanotechnology and us

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
There’s no question that a lot of research money is being invested in the development of new nanotechnology-based devices, medicines, machines and ultimately products.

IEST-STD-CC1246D: Product Cleanliness Levels and Contamination Control Program

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
IEST-STD-CC1246D was published in 2002 and is the latest revision of the standard that was first published in 1962 as MIL-STD-1246.

Dynamic niches in cleanroom activity

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
The cleanroom industry cannot claim to evolve as rapidly and completely as some of its customers; nevertheless, it is ever changing.

Powder coating: Good contamination control prevents defects from start to finish

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
With its durability, resistance to corrosion and high quality finish, powder coating has become a preferred finishing choice among both consumers and manufacturers, and good contamination-control techniques can ensure that a powder coating operation is producing the highest quality, defect-free finish possible.

Accurate assessment of water quality for improved process control

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
Water is indisputably a critical element of many high-technology manufacturing processes.

Assessing the suitability of material pairings for cleanroom applications

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The processes resulting in the emission of particles from production utilities are those of friction and vibration.

Exhaust duct material considerations for life-science manufacturing plants

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The ever-changing body of rules and regulations governing operations of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry has required flexibility and adjustment of production facilities in order to comply with current and even proposed mandates.

Cleanroom design/architecture

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Building or renovating cleanroom space requires careful consideration of many factors and requirements, including airflow, temperature, humidity, and personnel interaction to name a few. Preplanning is crucial to a successful cleanroom project, which is why consulting with experienced design experts may be a wise idea. To help get you started, this month we’ve compiled a selection of highly qualified architecture firms specializing in the design and construction of cleanroom space.

NEW PRODUCTS

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Pharming the field: PMPs raising interest, controversy

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
A growing interest in plant-made pharmaceuticals (PMPs), where crop plants become “factories” that manufacture therapeutic proteins extracted and used as the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in many medicines, is generating a new round of enthusiasm-and controversy.

New transistor technology could rearrange semiconductor cleanrooms

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
A recent announcement from SEMATECH (www.sematech.org) about what are known as mid-bandgap transistors may mean looming contamination-control challenges for semiconductor cleanrooms.

Cleanroom research focuses on next-gen wafer lithography

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
A 2,600-square-foot cleanroom, previously occupied by Infineon, is the new site of research and development of emerging wafer-lithography technologies being conducted by Fraunhofer Center for Nanoelectronic Technologies.

Wyeth opens mega biotech facility

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Wyeth’s (www.wyeth.com) new 1.2-million-square-foot campus in Dublin, Ireland, believed to be one of the world’s largest biotechnology production facilities, is poised to produce advanced pharmaceutical technologies ranging from arthritis treatments to an antibiotic to fight serious skin and intra-abdominal hospital-acquired infections.

FDA issues rules on purity of therapeutics, food supply

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
The Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) has proposed a rule for cGMPs of radioactive drug treatments, and has issued a final rule on safeguarding food packaging as a deterrent to bioterrorism.

IEST-RP-CC023.2: Microorganisms in Cleanrooms

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
The cleanroom has developed as an essential part of the process of manufacturing medical devices, electronics and pharmaceuticals.

It’s all about you

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
As an addicted viewer of the cable advertisement/news networks, I’m keenly aware of the growing infatuation these organizations have with themselves.

USP 797: Microcleaning and the controlled environment - Part 2

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Probably the most critical element of the controlled environment along with the actual practices observed while manufacturing and packaging the product, in this case CSPs, is the need for a routine cleaning and disinfecting of the environment and its components, equipment, etc.

Liquid filtration

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
In just about every clean manufacturing process, filtration is an integral part of ensuring that the process, and ultimately the final product, is free of contaminants. Whether it’s single or multistage, coarse or fine, small-scale or industrial filtration that’s required, there are a host of products and technologies to choose from. This month, we’ve compiled a selection of some of the newest filtration products now on the market.

NEW PRODUCTS

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Each month, CleanRooms bring you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Semi cleanrooms getting the lead out

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Semiconductor makers and tool suppliers, as well as cleanroom builders and operators, are beginning to understand the implications of what it will mean to “think green” in the near future.

Chiron manufacturing improvements please FDA but may delay vaccine

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Corrections to contamination-control issues that halted vaccine production last fall at Chiron Corp.’s Liverpool, U.K., facility are being met with general approval by the Food and Drug Administration, but it remains to be seen whether the manufacturer can fully satisfy regulatory requirements in time for the upcoming flu season.

University cleanroom gains chip-scale technology

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Office of Electronic Miniaturization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has partnered with Tessera Technologies to use the company’s MicroBGA chip-scale packaging (CSP) technology for developing regional enterprise and government projects requiring reliable, industry-proven semiconductor packaging capabilities.

New bio/pharmaceutical cleanroom designs require new door solutions

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
From the time of Swiss watchmakers, who used bell jars to prevent dust from falling on their timepieces, to the development of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for atomic energy production, manufacturers have worked to limit airborne contamination in their production environments.

Cleanroom furniture

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Comfort is important to contamination-control professionals confined to the cleanroom for extended periods. Equally important, however, is ensuring that cleanroom furniture conform to cleanliness requirements, so as not to jeopardize the integrity of the critical environment. Here is a selection of cleanroom furniture that does just that.

NEW PRODUCTS

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Looking forward to it

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
No, you’re not seeing things. There are indeed two issues of CleanRooms magazine bound together this month-your annual Master Source Guide and your regular December issue.

Nanotechnology: Maturation and the need for standards

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Nanotechnology was born as the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) as described by Roco et al.

Inventor’s corner

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

A reliable technology for the production of pyrogen-free water

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Up until a few years ago, sterile and apyrogenic water could only be produced by distillation. Due to rapid progress in membrane technology, and especially in the field of ultrafiltration (UF), an alternative is now available that is as reliable as distillation but offers the additional advantage of being much more economical.

Pushing PAT for profit: PAT initiative maneuvers for management attention

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Process analytical technology is intended to make pharmaceutical manufacturing more efficient, but are the right people aware of PAT’s benefits?

Company’s nanobacteria research leads to manufacturing, contamination-control initiatives

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Ongoing research by Nanobac Life Sciences (www.nanobaclifesciences.com) has led to the discovery of the structure and pathogenic characteristics of nanobacteria that it says can lead to coronary artery disease and other plaque-related diseases.

Fabs new and old save millions in contamination-control energy costs

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
To hear Paul Westbrook tell it, the fab being built by Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI; www.ti.com) in Richardson, Texas, reflects his own personal experience.

Filtertek opens medical device cleanroom

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Filter and technical molded-component manufacturer Filtertek (www.filtertek.com) has opened a new 1,700-square-foot medical manufacturing cleanroom at its Filtertek de Mexico facility in Juarez.

Mega cleanroom for new Intel fab

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Contamination-control challenges may reach unprecedented levels with Intel Corp.’s (www.intel.com) massive, one-million-square-foot 300 mm fab now under construction in Arizona. Included in the complex will be 184,000 square feet of cleanroom space-about the size of four football fields.

Pharmaceutical developer liquidates in wake of FDA inspections

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Able Laboratories Inc. (www.ablelabs.com), which in July had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in hopes of restructuring while it worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www.fda.gov) to settle regulatory issues that led to the recall of its products and suspension of all manufacturing operations, has decided instead to sell the business and its assets to one or more third-party purchasers.

Semi equipment manufacturer streamlines cleanroom production

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Higher cleanroom standards and more space for development of its LMS IPRO3 mask metrology technology have prompted Leica Microsystems (www.leica-microsystems.com) to replace its existing cleanroom with a nearly 2,000-square-foot facility that will be used for system assembly and integration as well as for customer acceptance tests.

New leadership for CDER, PDA

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Two leading contamination-control organizations-The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA)-have announced new leadership.

Particles

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Flat-panel display cleanroom markets and needs

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Flat-panel displays (FPDs) are a high-growth segment of the cleanroom industry, particularly in Asia.

Crawford steps down at FDA, Hussain reportedly moving on

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
After only a two-month stint as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov), Lester M. Crawford submitted his resignation on Sept. 23, reportedly via an internal e-mail to FDA staff.

Preparations underway for Boston conference

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
The CleanRooms Contamination Control Technology (CCT) Conference and Exhibition 2006 will take place March 15-16 in Boston.

Particles

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control

The flip side of nanotech contamination control

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Although it may not be immediately apparent to everyone, contamination control has certainly been in the news a lot recently.

IEST-RP-CC006.3: Testing Cleanrooms

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
The principal purpose of testing cleanrooms and clean zones is to determine operational performance.

Hurricane Katrina: A tragic case study in contamination prevention, control and remediation

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Recently an acquaintance of mine sent me a series of spectacular photographs of hurricane Katrina as it edged along its somewhat indiscriminate yet determined route, making landfall at several locations along the way.

The importance of gloves

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Cleanroom operators around the world will spend close to $1 billion for gloves this year.

Inventor’s Corner

Tue, 11 Nov 2005

Building the future into biopharmaceutical facility design

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Involve your manufacturing team in the planning process, sweat the details, and get smart about how your cleanroom functions

Material handling trends in semiconductor cleanrooms

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
Semiconductor manufacturing and cleanroom use have been tightly coupled since the earliest days; today, semiconductor cleanrooms continue to drive trends and technology.

As scientists make new prion discovery, antiprion technologies hit home and abroad

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
WASHINGTON, DC-National Institutes of Health (NIH; www.nih.gov) scientists have recently discovered that prion proteins become toxic when they latch on to the outside of cell membranes, and if a method can be found to break the fatty bond, effective treatments for such prion-induced diseases as human mad cow disease could be forthcoming.

Contamination-control conferences target Brazil, Puerto Rico markets

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
NASHUA, NH-Dr. Hans Schicht, internationally recognized contamination-control expert, will keynote two day-long CleanRooms conferences this fall for the Latin American and Caribbean markets. CleanRooms Brazil will be held November 14 in São Paulo, while CleanRooms Puerto Rico will take place November 17 in San Juan.

FDA ‘Good Tissue Practice’ rules now in effect

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md.-In hopes of assuring safe, contamination-free use of human cells and tissue in medical procedures, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; ww.fda.gov) has put into effect a series of new rules for “Good Tissue Practice” (GTP)-including the methods, facilities and controls used to manufacture such products as corneas, heart valves, musculoskeletal tissue, and cellular therapies.

Particles

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

SEMI West stresses emerging technologies

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
July 11 marks the opening day of the 35th annual SEMICON West conference and exhibition focusing on the technology trends, market drivers, and challenges affecting the semiconductor industry.

Test shows progress in war against SO2

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-Recent independent testing of filter technology developed by Donaldson Company Inc. (www.donaldson.com) offers optimism in the battle against sulfur-dioxide (SO2) contamination in semiconductor manufacturing.

Unfiltered: Challenging cleanroom criteria

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
As an end user, you may not always get what you ask for when you engage a team to design a cleanroom for your facility. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

From the Editor: Spread the word

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
The need for stricter contamination-control practices and procedures for the compounding of sterile pharmaceutical preparations has long been a topic of discussion in the pages of CleanRooms. But, as of January 1, 2004, good advice and recommendations have been transformed into the first official and enforceable sterile preparation compounding requirement in the U.S.-the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapter 797.

Your Market Analysis: How big is the cleanroom industry?

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
The cleanroom industry is difficult to define because in many respects it is an artificial creation around results and not specific products.

Setting the Standard: Proper personnel practices remain critical to cleanroom operations

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) is responsible for the origination, publishing and revision of approximately 35 Recommended Practices (RPs) on topics of interest and of value to the contamination-control industry. Several years ago, the need for an RP covering basic cleanroom operation and personnel practices was identified as one of these topics.

Life Sciences - USP 797: A work in progress

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
USP 797 was introduced in January 2004 as an enforceable regulation, and the document was a surprise to many involved in the compounding of sterile preparations. General chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations addresses the compounding of sterile products in any setting, including healthcare institutions, pharmacies, physician practices and other facilities in which sterile preparations are compounded.

Disposable cleanroom garment use and markets

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Cleanroom garments must protect product from the contamination caused by the wearer, but they must also be comfortable and cost-effective.

Spaces of innovation

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Cleanroom environments are being found in more diverse settings than ever before

Cleaning up after Katrina

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Just before the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed overhead, Daniel Gurneck faced a contamination-control nightmare.

Strong forecast for semi industry

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
In a live Web cast aired on November 16, 2005, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) President George Scalise indicated that the semiconductor industry has enjoyed a solid year to date, with revenues up 6.1 percent over last year, and will continue to prosper over the next year.

Microfabrica moves to larger production facility

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Increased customer demand has prompted Microfabrica (www.microfabrica.com), a leader in microdevice and microsystem fabrication, to move its factory and corporate headquarters from Burbank to a new facility in Van Nuys, Calif.

Biotech meets high-tech

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
After only 10 months, Cook Pharmica LLC, the newest Cook Group company (www.cookmedical.com), has completed construction on a $70 million facility to provide manufacturing services to the biotech industry.

Particles

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Display manufacturing: Particles on display

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
As display panels get bigger, thinner and more expensive, manufacturers look to the semiconductor industry for guidance on how to get particle contamination under control

Cleanroom weighing

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Choosing the right scale in the most critical applications

Contamination-control issues far-reaching with new lab-on-a-chip developments

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The potential for in-body and out-of-body applications for lab-on-a-chip technology is raising two entirely different kinds of contamination-control issues.

PDA teams with audit service provider

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The Parenteral Drug Association is partnering with third-party pharmaceutical supply chain operations auditor SynTegra LLC to streamline and manage the association’s virtual Audit Resource Center.

Collaborative systems could boost drug development cycle

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
A report recently released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, calls for new and increased collaboration among pharmaceutical companies, academia, and regulators to help overcome obstacles to developing innovative diagnostics and therapeutics.

Puerto Rico conference delivers essentials of bio/pharma cleanroom design and operation

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The essentials of designing, constructing, qualifying and operating a pharmaceutical cleanroom will be presented by internationally recognized contamination-control expert Dr. Hans Schicht at CleanRooms Puerto Rico, November 17, at the Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino.

Particles

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Defined by association

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
As an American citizen, I’m entitled to cast one vote each year at election time.

IEST-RP-CC028.1: Minienvironments

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
This Recommended Practice (RP) published by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) is considered essential for individuals in industries that might benefit from the use of localized, enhanced contamination control.

USP 797: A work in progress-Part 2

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Facilities requiring compliance with USP 797 can be placed into two broad categories: a cleanroom that supports higher air quality environments such as clean benches and biological safety cabinets; and barrier isolators, which are not required to be placed into a cleanroom.

Pharmaceutical cleanroom trends

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
The pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry is the second largest consumer of cleanroom space.

Food plant contamination: What you can’t see can kill you

Sat, 10 Oct 2005
Controlling bacteria is a top priority for food processors waging the war against foodborne illness. Devising an effective strategy-which will vary by product-is half the battle.

Taking the lab to the sample-PAT implemented with miniature modular technology

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
Pharmaceutical manufacturers have relied upon laboratory testing to resolve process, product, and quality issues for the last century.

Cleanroom laundry

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
Garments play an important role in maintaining the cleanliness of a cleanroom or critical environment. Whether your facility chooses to rent garments or send its own out for laundering, an efficient, certified garment-laundering program is essential for ensuring the integrity of cleanroom wearables.

NEW PRODUCTS

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Antimicrobial strategies in cleanroom environments

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
“Clean, clean, clean... Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect!” The mantra for microbial control in cleanroom environments may not be the only solution for controlling problem-causing microorganisms.

Hazards of molecular contamination grow over space and time

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
More than 40 years ago, in the early 1960s, the space program began to experience firsthand the effects of molecular contamination. Problems were apparent within the optics-rich vacuum environments well before the first spacecraft was launched.

Sterile cleanroom consumables management

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
When manufacturing in an aseptic environment, it is critical to ensure that the various cleanroom consumables, such as wipers, gloves, swabs, tubing, etc.

Wafer environment nanoparticle contamination control and defect reduction in front-end-of-line (FEOL) cleaning processes

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
The complexity of semiconductor device manufacturing processes is increasing as scaling of ICs continues with shrinking feature sizes. With this complexity, contamination control of nanosize particles is increasingly becoming more important during fabrication. The ITRS guidelines in Table 1 show the stringent purity requirements for liquid chemicals to be used in the manufacture of next-generation semiconductors.1

NEW PRODUCTS

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
Cleanrooms can be quite different from one application to the next, but one aspect they all share is the need for adequate hand protection. Within the realm of hand protection, however, products can vary widely-sterility, weight, length, resistance to contaminants, and the materials from which they are made can affect how you choose one hand-protection product over another for your critical environment.

New memory technologies impact semi cleanrooms

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
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.

Advanced Particle Counting Technology:

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
Concurrent need for speed, resolution, cost-effectiveness and other factors shape new products

Point-of-use ultrapure water for immersion lithography

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
Liquid immersion lithography (LIL) has catapulted to the forefront of all lithography discussions recently.

Critical issues in gas delivery for advanced semiconductor processing

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
The residual moisture within the gas panel can react with a halogen-based gas, leading to corrosion that can gradually affect the performance of critical components.

Stacking the odds: View into a vertical vivarium

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
A vertical vivarium at UCLA’s Neuroscience Research Center provides contamination control and interdisciplinary collaboration

Gloves

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
Cleanrooms can certainly differ from one application to the next, but one aspect they all share is the need for adequate hand protection. Glove products can vary widely in sterility, weight, length, resistance to contaminants, and the materials from which they're made, affecting how you choose one hand-protection product over another for your critical environment.

new products

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Practicing what I preach

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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.

Building a cleanroom-Start with ISO 14644-4

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
If you spend a significant portion of your career in cleanroom technology, you will have the opportunity to design, build or renovate a cleanroom.

IEST presents technical awards

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) acknowledged the technical accomplishments of its members and supporters at the annual awards recognition and annual membership meeting that took place during ESTECH 2006 in May.

Demand for food safety products on the rise

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
According to a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio), the demand for food safety products in the U.S. will increase 5.5 percent per year to over $2 billion in 2010.

Microbial monitoring system helps pinpoint contamination

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Conventional microbial collection and monitoring technologies don’t readily distinguish contamination from microbial contaminants present in a cleanroom air system from that introduced by other sources.

Supplier receives proposal for ozone food safety process

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Produce Safety & Security International, Inc. (PDSC), an ozone and chemical sanitation disinfectant process supplier to the food industry and medical/dental facilities, has received a proposal, from a soon-to-be-announced technology partner, for E. coli bacteria sanitization-level monitoring.

News snippets from the world of contamination control

Thu, 6 Jun 2006

The new bar in sterile compounding raises questions about how to achieve it

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Despite the somewhat daunting physical clean-space requirements in USP 797, a bigger worry for compounding pharmacies is educating staff in proper aseptic and containment techniques.

Test results indicate significant differences in particle capture and retention characteristics of wipers

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
How well does a wiper wipe? When it comes to cleaning or removing micron or submicron size contaminants from surfaces, that’s a tougher question to answer than one would imagine.

Cleanroom aseptic detailing

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
I’m willing to bet that I can identify one characteristic that every reader of this article has in common.

Must-haves vs. nice-to-haves: Selecting the right cleanroom construction materials

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
The question of modular versus conventional cleanroom construction is increasingly common in high-tech industries, and one that may have a different answer depending on each individual project.

Microbiological integrity: The name of the game in cosmetics and personal care

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
For many “conventional” cosmetics and personal care products, regulatory scrutiny varies. Companies operating in this sector are GMP-regulated, but many of their products are made, labeled and sold in a regulatory gray area that avoids the intense scrutiny warranted by drugs and medical devices.

Minimize cost, energy and maintenance with new lighting systems

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Although the lighting field has seen many technological improvements over the last decade, many challenges remain for design teams working to specify the best technology systems for environmentally controlled environments.

Verifying accurate environmental monitoring of viable particles

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
This article presents a testing methodology for environmental monitoring (EM) of viable particles in a cleanroom.

Cleaning products

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Cleaning products are a vital part of ensuring that a clean environment is sterile and contaminant-free.

New products

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

AMC increasingly affects process yield

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
The issue of particle control with the use of HEPA and ULPA filters has long been an essential part of the fabrication process for integrated device semiconductors as well as the disk drive and liquid crystal display industries.

Surface particle detector

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Contamination detection and quantification requirements have become increasingly important, particularly with the rapid evolution of high-tech industries.

Cleanroom air filter market

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Over the years, focus in the air filtration industry has shifted from just particulate capture to also include adsorption of gaseous contaminants.

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
In early May 2006, USP published the proposed changes to General Chapter <797>: Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparation.

Letters to the Editor

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
3M recently announced that it has acquired SCC Products Inc. and JJ Converting LLC.

Online shop provided by semiconductor process equipment manufacturer

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
EV Group recently announced availability of its new online shopping platform.

Particles

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Meriam Process Technologies has announced a new trade-in program available on its MFC and MFT HART communication products.

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
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.

Particles

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
News snippets from the world of contamination control

Hospitals need to do more than “make us better”

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Ionizers, remote sensors, monitoring, and material choices all contribute to control

Ionizer pin cleaning maintains performance

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Avoiding contaminant build-up is critical for controlling electrostatic charge

PAT, tougher standards push improved microbial air monitoring

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Increased attention to microbiological contamination forces a greater focus on air sampling technology

AC fan-driven cleanroom fan filter units benefit from TRIAC and network control

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
AC control options and networked solutions offer advantages and cost savings

Cost control for microelectronic, MEMS and nanotechnology facilities

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Understanding total costs early on is key to successful cost control

Doors and pass-throughs

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
The transfer of product or equipment from one area to another presents a prime opportunity for a contamination event to occur.

new products

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Nano is big at Purdue

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
The Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC) building at Purdue University was dedicated on October 8, 2005.

Furniture

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Comfort is important to contamination-control professionals confined to the cleanroom or lab for extended periods of time.

New products

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Technology Care LLC has developed a new cost-effective method for monitoring airborne particles in indoor environments.

Staying on point

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
The response to my editorial in the June issue, “Immediate action required for CSPs,” touched off much more of a response than I expected, but certainly not more than the issue deserves.

Letters to the editor

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
I just wanted to give you some feedback regarding your editorial on CSPs. It seems as though you have not done much research regarding the subject.

IEST-RP-CC021.2: Testing HEPA and ULPA Filter Media

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published an updated recommended practice (RP): IEST-RP-CC021.

Dual-type air purification system

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
In semiconductor fabrication manufacturing, minimization of particle contamination on semiconductor wafers is getting increasingly important as the integrated circuit (IC) devices on the wafers decrease in size.

Vacuum systems

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
From pumps to complete central vac systems, vacuum technology is an important element in cleanroom or clean-processing applications. This month’s spotlight features the latest vacuum accessories, tools and systems for your contamination-sensitive operations.

new products

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

They still don’t get it

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Last June, I wrote an editorial entitled “Why doesn’t the food industry get it?,” in which I made the case that expecting the entirely voluntary application of modern contamination control standards and practices to ensure a safe food supply was totally unrealistic and, in fact, dangerous and irresponsible.

IEST WG-CC036: Testing Fan Filter Units

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Working group aims to develop uniformity in FFU testing parameters and reporting data

Continued growth in 2007 for cleanroom products and services

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
The world market for cleanroom consum-ables in 2007 will be over $5 billion, while the amount spent on new rooms will be $3.

Defect analyzer

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
The latest contamination control innovations and inventions

Contamination control challenges extend beyond fabs to toolmakers

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
It was after production units started shipping that the contamination problems cropped up, says Kimberly Subrahmanyan, engineering director for the semiconductor link processing group at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

Sealing manufacturer opens new facility in Shanghai

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
The Trelleborg Group, developer of high-performance sealing and damping solutions, recently inaugurated its newly constructed manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.

Laminate manufacturer upgrades Singapore facility

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
Isola Group, SARL (Chandler, AZ; www.isola-group.), a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance base materials for the printed circuit board industry, recently announced extensive upgrades to its Singapore manufacturing facility.

East meets West

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
CleanRooms China and Product Display 2006 sees high attendance

Preparing for cleanroom certification and validation

Mon, 5 May 2006
Do you know everything that’s needed to get your cleanroom tested?

Guidelines for accurate cleanroom CFD modeling

Mon, 5 May 2006
All relevant physics and heat sources must be considered

Cleanroom storage systems

Mon, 5 May 2006
Indeed, there are hundreds and hundreds of storage system manufacturers. However, there are only a few whose products are compatible with the special needs inherent in a cleanroom environment.

New Products

Mon, 5 May 2006
Milliken has announced the release of its new wiper innovation, Anticon

Immediate action required for CSPs

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
There can be absolutely no excuse or justification for the lack of a federally mandated and strictly enforced code of federal regulations for the compounding of sterile preparations (CSPs) across this country.

Update on IEST WG-CC003 activities

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
A look at garment system considerations for cleanrooms and other controlled environments

Disposable fluid separation device and manifold assembly design with easy change-out feature

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Conventional fluid separation units with fittings are often installed in small spaces, making it difficult to change out the filter unit.

Diversity in size, application and geography typify new cleanroom construction market-Part 1

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Cleanrooms are utilized by semiconductor, pharmaceutical, flat panel display, aerospace, food and other manufacturers who need to protect products and/or workers from airborne contaminants.

Cleanroom device uses and markets

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Cleanroom devices are mostly thought of as modular laminar-flow systems, also called benches.

New line of controlled environment apparel launched

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
DuPont Personal Protection recently introduced its new line of apparel for controlled environments.

Contamination control and the next node

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Smaller than today’s 65-nanometer state-of-the-art manufacturing, the 45 nm semiconductor processing node looms just a few years ahead.

ISO releases new international standard

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) recently announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 14644-8, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments - Part 8: Classification of airborne molecular contamination.

President of Mexico visits new plastics plant

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
GW Plastics (Bethel, Vt.; www.GWPlastcs.com), a high-precision injection molding provider, recently hosted Mexico President Vincente Fox.

FDA nano task force to examine regulatory approaches

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
According to a recent announcement by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA will establish a new nanotechnology task force to examine the agency’s regulatory approaches with regard to nanomaterials used in FDA-regulated products.

particles

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
News snippets from the world of contamination control

Zero tolerance for ESD

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Ionizers, remote sensors, monitoring, and material choices all contribute to control

Ultrapure water production: The inside story

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
As both the quality and quantity requirements for contaminant-free water increase, the demands for innovative technologies and improved system designs are creating challenges and opportunities for the multitude of industries that require ultrapure water.

Fire-safe fabs

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
It’s been 10 years since Factory Mutual, or FM Global as they are now known, substantially revised and reissued their loss prevention guideline for semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facilities.

On the surface: Selecting the right cleanroom wiper

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Understanding the wiping application enables cleanroom professionals to select the optimum wiper for their task

Development of a fan filter unit test standard, laboratory validations, and applications across industries

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Standard testing of FFU performance provides useful data for better understanding and characterization of FFU products

Swabs and wipers

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Swabs and wipers are essential for cleaning critical surfaces in the cleanroom, and with today’s strict contamination control regulations, it’s important to know what products are available to meet your cleanliness requirements.

new products

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Each month, Clean Rooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Much still to be done

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
The contamination control industry has accomplished much over the last few decades, and there is much to take pride in.

An update on ISO Technical Committee 209

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
In 1993, ISO Technical Committee 209, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments, was formally established and had its first meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Acquisition and investment strategies in the cleanroom industry

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Over the four decades of its existence, the cleanroom industry has been good to some investors and a disaster for others.

Soaring R&D costs may lead to more industry consolidations

Sun, 5 May 2005
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

Sun, 5 May 2005
MURRAY HILL, N.J.-An ultraviolet-based technology developed by Intervent-a food safety business of BOC Group (www.boc.com)-has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (www.usda.gov) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as a solution for inactivating listeria organisms found in food processing steps.

Precision prototyping process picks up

Sun, 5 May 2005
CARLSBAD, Calif.-In a move to meet a growing need for upgraded lab facilities for its advanced R&D development, Palomar Technologies www.palomartechnologies.com) has moved to a 39,000-square-foot facility here that will serve as its international headquarters.

Particles

Sun, 5 May 2005
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 (www.iest.org).

NEW PRODUCTS

Sun, 5 May 2005
The EnviroTrans environmental monitoring kit is intended for environmental sterility monitoring within a pharmaceutical cleanroom.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

Sun, 5 May 2005
Disinfectant products are a vital part of ensuring that the controlled environment is sterile and contaminant-free.

IEST Recommended Practice will help remove confusion over AMC control

Sun, 5 May 2005
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

Sun, 5 May 2005
The requirements and scope of contamination-control solutions have changed significantly over time.

Biosafety lab cited for three ‘serious’ health violations

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
BOSTON, Mass.-Detailing three procedural violations it deems as "serious," the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; www.osha.gov) 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 system targets new semi processes

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
NEWPORT, Wales-Designed for 200-mm semiconductor processes, Trikon Technologies (www.trikon.com) 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 named Facility of the Year

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Innovative products weren't the only things unveiled at Interphex 2005 this past April.

"Flexible" approach to contamination control meets goals

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
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.

Looking forward to the holidays and beyond

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
It’s true we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, though it seems we’ve already moved on to Christmas season planning (at least the retail industry thinks we have).

In a moment of pique...

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Intending to commiserate with your frustration and encourage you to continue what I believe to be an important campaign to improve oversight of the CSP process, I wrote you a letter that failed to present both sides of this issue (CleanRooms, September 2006).

Revised, new, and future recommended practices

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Highlights from IEST’s contamination control division Standards and Practices Committee 3: Procedural

Cleanroom markets in the Americas

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Other than U.S., most countries will continue to be minor players

ESD and contamination control considerations are not mutually exclusive

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Resolving issues must begin with an understanding of the fundamentals of both contamination and ESD control

Modern materials present new contamination problems in semiconductor processes

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
In the good old days-say, five years ago-shrinking semiconductor features meant contamination challenges due to eliminating smaller particles.

particles

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
News snippets from the world of contanimation control

Lithium-ion production and R&D facility underway

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC (Inkster, MI; www.eaglepicher.com) a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries

2006-2007 scholarship program announced

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) recently announced three scholarships for full-time students in the educational programs of science or engineering.

Wafer transition program elaborated

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
With extensive industry feedback, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI; http://ismi.sematech.org) has detailed the initial scope of its 300 mm Prime (300 Prime) effort

Nationwide recall of store-brand acetaminophen caplets

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently alerted the public to a voluntary recall being conducted by Perrigo Company (Perrigo) of Allegan, Michigan, for 383 lots of acetaminophen 500 mg caplets manufactured and distributed under various store brands.

NAFA announces 2006 Clean Air Award recipients

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
The National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), the trade association for heating, ventilating and air conditioning air filter manufacturers and distributors around the world, has announced the recipients of the Clean Air Awards for 2006.

Positive development for mad cow disease detection

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
BSafE Innovations Inc. (BSafE), a joint venture company dedicated to veterinary applications of prion research, has announced preliminary findings from its most recent testing.

Keeping research clean

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Innovative cleanroom use helps cut time, money from product development cycles

New approaches to infection control in hospitals

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
For anyone who has ever been admitted to a hospital for an emergency, illness, or scheduled procedure, usually the last thing on their mind is exposure to another, potentially more devastating health problem-infection.

Cleanroom Furniture

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Comfort is important to contamination-control professionals confined to the cleanroom or lab for extended periods of time.

New Products

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination control industry.

Transparency is key to neighborhood acceptance of biosafety labs

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Despite the highly publicized antics, a poorly attended biolab protest may have done more to illustrate the growing acceptance of Biosafety Level 3 and 4 facilities-even in urban areas-than to rile up residents.

Going for the green

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Semiconductor wafer fabs tend to be one color, but now the industry wants another-green. At one of two back-to-back meetings held in mid-May in Austin, TX, members of the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) agreed to draft a green fab standard, one designed expressly for semiconductor manufacturing.

Microtest, Texcel link up for combo products

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Microtest Laboratories (Agawam, MA) and Texcel Medical (East Longmeadow, MA) recently announced their strategic alliance to provide pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech companies with outsourcing services for developing the latest combination products-medical devices with pharmaceutical or biologics components-a growing market that is expected to reach approximately $9.5 billion in 2009.

Hand hygiene compliance helps hospitals reduce infections

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Taking into consideration the statistics on hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), it’s no wonder that the health care industry is looking for simple and cost-effective ways to reduce the number of these infections.

IBM takes chip manufacturing ‘au naturel’

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
IBM recently announced the first application of a breakthrough self-assembling nanotechnology to conventional chip manufacturing, borrowing a process from nature to build the next-generation computer chips.

Evolving ISO standards serve the global cleanroom market

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
The publication in July 2007 of a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard, ISO 14644-6 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments-Part 6: Vocabulary, represented a milestone for ISO Technical Committee (TC) 209. With the new standard, TC 209 fulfilled its original goal to create a series of 10 standards to meet the needs of the global cleanroom industry in a new millennium.

Valves in cleanroom processes

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Valves for the food and beverage, cosmetics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries are classified in three levels of cleanliness: sanitary, aseptic, and ultra-high purity.

Misperceptions cloud the issue of sterile drug compounding

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Compounding pharmacies, particularly those compounding sterile products, are increasingly under the regulatory eye. Once governed by a hodgepodge of state regulations, the industry has seen USP Chapter <797>: Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations emerge from an amorphous effort to standardize practices to the de facto industry standard in just a few years.

Preventing human-generated particle contamination in cleanrooms

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
People play a major role in generating particles inside a cleanroom. It is important that each member of the cleanroom team understands how personal hygiene and habits affect the cleanroom’s cleanliness.

Is clean build alive and well?

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Clean Construction Protocol should be a critical consideration during high-tech facility design and construction.

Cleaning and disinfecting supplies

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Cleaning and disinfecting products are a vital part of ensuring that a clean environment is sterile and contaminant-free.

New Products

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination control industry.

Boy, that guy sure is hairy!

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
I guess it must be about 15 years ago now, when I was the editor of a military electronics publication, that I wrote an editorial opining on Japan’s highly ambitious and targeted competition with the U.S. semiconductor industry.

Pairing ISO standard series with new IEST Recommended Practices

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Following the article titled

Swab applications and market trends

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
There are three broad categories of wiping products: woven flat wipers, non-woven flat wipers, and swabs. The main advantage of swabs is the variety of shapes and materials in which they are available.

Does a ‘one-size-fits-all’ pharmacy compounding regulation really work?

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Accepting USP <797>as a robust quality and patient safety regulation is the first step to enforcing it.

SEMICON WEST 2007

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
SEMI, the global industry association serving the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, is hosting its 37th annual SEMICON West Conference and Exhibition from July 16-20.

Molecular contamination: The urge to purge

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
A combination of minienvironments, thorough particle and chemical filtration systems, close environmental monitoring, and purging around key lithography steps can give operators control over contamination and improvements in yields.

New glovebox designs meet expanding application demands

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
Gloveboxes are designed and engineered to provide an enclosed work space for operation under a controlled environment.

UPW contaminant effects and purification for immersion optical lithography

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
In response to consumer demand for smaller, faster, and more capable electronics, semiconductor process designers and chip fabricators have adopted optical lithography processes to increase chip capacity by decreasing circuit linewidths.

Are no nodes good news?

Tue, 5 May 2007
When Intel (Santa Clara, CA) recently announced volume manufacturing in the second half of 2007 of a 45 nm process, something was missing: mention of a technology node.

Particles

Tue, 5 May 2007
News snippets from the world of contamination control.

Hyaluron reconfigures cleanroom for formulation/fill operations

Tue, 5 May 2007
With the February announcement of a $1 million low-interest loan provided by MassDevelopment, Massachusetts’ finance and development authority, and Middlesex Savings Bank, pharmaceutical biotech contract manufacturer Hyaluron Contract Manufacturing, Inc. (HCM) is able to restructure the cleanroom and manufacturing space at its Burlington, MA-based headquarters as well as purchase backup systems for its electrical, HVAC, and mechanical infrastructure.

Air Liquide receives TI award

Tue, 5 May 2007
Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP was recently presented with the Texas Instruments (TI) 2006 Supplier Excellence Award in recognition of its bulk gas operations services for TI over the past calendar year.

Examining solar panel manufacturing requirements

Tue, 5 May 2007
As oil prices continue to climb and environmental concerns grow, the demand for and interest in solar power as an alternative to fossil fuel has increased dramatically.

Understanding particle counting technology

Tue, 5 May 2007
The original method for counting particles was to count them visually, through a microscope, a tedious, error-prone process that has mostly been replaced by optical particle counters.

Environmental applications of 21CFR Part 11 for pilot operations

Tue, 5 May 2007
By now we have all heard of, and most likely been affected by, the regulations of 21CFR Part 11. Now we’re at the point in the regulations evolution where we can draw on some practical experience and apply this to improve our facilities even further.

In-house vs. contract manufacturing

Tue, 5 May 2007
As a pharmaceutical start-up matures, it must face an unavoidable decision: whether to develop, test, and produce its new product in-house or to outsource it.

Contamination control consulting

Tue, 5 May 2007
Contamination control is a critical factor in research and manufacturing facilities.

Energy costs drive innovation

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Energy cost reduction continues to be a driving force behind most of the innovations in state-of-the-art cleanroom design and construction.

Use clean benches to control particulate contamination

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Clean benches are one type of mini clean environment and offer a convenient method of controlling particulate contamination within a controlled work area.

Real-world improvement in ionization system performance

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Ionization is a facilities requirement that is critical for the maintenance of production yield and output. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to monitor and control.

Steam delivery method improves oxide growth rate and uniformity

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Oxidation of silicon is a common and frequent step in the manufacture of integrated circuits (ICs).

Cleanroom Lighting

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Because there are no formal standards for lighting in cleanrooms, contractors and operators must have a thorough understanding of the different types of lighting, fixtures, and installation options available and consider which one will best suit the level of cleanliness required in their critical environments.

New Products

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination control industry.

Notieren sie sich diesen termin! (Save the date!)

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Regardless of the industry that you work in, if you have any responsibility at all for contamination control at your organization, and you can possibly be in Stuttgart, Germany from March 11-13 next year, you need to plan to attend the 2008 CleanRooms Europe Conference & Exhibition.

Implementing the ASTM standard for verification (commissioning and qualification)

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Standard’s key objective is to give industry-wide flexibility regarding implementation

Flooring Mats

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Half the battle in maintaining necessary cleanliness levels is reducing the amount of microorganisms and particulates that are tracked into the critical environment in the first place.

Compiled by Carrie Meadows

Mon, 10 Oct 2007

No satisfaction

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that some 100 known terrorists were passed through security checkpoints at three different major airports in March of this year.

IEST revises RP on outgassed organic compounds

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) is responsible for the origination, publishing, and revision of 36 recommended practices (RPs) on topics of interest and of value to the contamination control industry. Currently, IEST has 59 working groups (WGs) engaged in RP production. The contamination control (CC) division of IEST is involved with the detection, measurement, and control of all forms of contamination in cleanrooms and other controlled environments.

Surgical/diagnostics and ‘superbugs’ spur infection prevention and control market growth

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
Infection control concerns have recently caught the nation’s attention with media reports specifically related to the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) “superbug,” which led to the death of a Virginia teen in October.

IEST publishes two new contamination control RPs

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published two new Recommended Practices (RPs)-one provides guidance for maintaining a cleanroom at the level for which it was designed, and the other covers the design and testing of modular gas-phase adsorber cells in single pass or recirculating air-cleaning systems where high-efficiency removal of gaseous contaminants is required.

Purdue breaks ground on structural biology facility

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
On October 19, Purdue University broke ground on the new Wayne T. and Mary T.

Cleanroom manufacturing practices and voluntary compliance

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Rationale for non-compliance with voluntary environmental control standards requires understanding ‘best practice’ recommendations by industry experts

RFID finding application in cleanroom environments

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Two recent announcements serve to illustrate the point that radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is beginning to prove a useful and valuable technology in cleanroom applications and sensor-embedded pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment.

Agencies endorse UVC for air purification

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Ultraviolet-C (UVC) technology for air purification has recently been endorsed or specified by numerous federal, state, and local government agencies such as the Government Services Administration (GSA), CDC, EPA, and FEMA, as well as industry organizations including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illumination Engineering Society of North America.

WG CC042 seeks feedback to create liquid particle counting RP

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST) has begun assessing the need for a Recommended Practice (RP) on liquid particle counting (LPC).

New clean manufacturing and development facility uses pilot production line to test materials for electronics manufacturers

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Silecs recently unveiled its new world-class materials manufacturing and R&D facility in Espoo, Finland.

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Mon, 10 Oct 2007
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Clearing the Air

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
New filtration media, technologies, and airflow design strategies are helping users of critical environments improve filtration efficiency and control costs in the face of tightening air-quality tolerances.

Embedded antimicrobial agents protect cleanroom plastic surfaces

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Lower the risk of biocontamination without compromising material integrity.

Proper wiping materials critical to optimal surface sanitation

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Compatibility between wiper materials and chemical disinfectants affects stability and concentration

Contamination control packaging choice is no simple matter

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Selecting the right packaging solution for your product requires close collaboration with your package provider

New products

Tue, 5 May 2007
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination control industry.

Focus on compounding

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
This month’s issue of CleanRooms magazine will receive special bonus distribution at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Summer Meeting and Exhibition in San Francisco, June 24-27.

IEST: Not your grandfather’s technical society

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
The year 1989 was an earth-shaking one, both literally and figuratively. An earthquake struck the San Francisco area during the third game of baseball’s World Series between the Giants and the Oakland Athletics.

Pumps in cleanroom processes

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Performance issues, such as reliability and efficiency, are the main consideration for pumps used in cleanroom applications

Cleanroom cost-cutting frenzy: What does it mean for consumables?

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Cost-cutting is a reality within many companies that utilize cleanrooms. Whether it’s a result of pressure from above to please investors or increased competition, cleanroom engineers are more than ever called upon to decrease costs and increase efficiency.

New air purification technology targets hospital infection control