Dec 7, 2021

Case Study: Compatibility Of Lighthouse Particle Counters With Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide

Executive Summary The purpose of this case study was to evaluate the durability of Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions’ ApexZ3 and ApexR5p in a cleanroom where live microorganisms are processed and then decontaminated with Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP). When exposed to VHP, the equipment needed to be able to deliver accurate readings while maintaining its integrity. VHP cycles started on April 6 and ended on June 17. The equipment was checked on April 5 upon...

Nov 29, 2021

Choosing & Installing An Environmental Monitoring System

Your Environmental Monitoring System stands between you and system failure, product recalls, contamination, and potential lawsuits. Sounds intense? We think so, too. But as the world’s clean air experts, we know it can be done right so at the end of the day you save time, money, and stress. Today, we’ve outlined the steps you can take to ensure you’re properly choosing and installing an Environmental Monitoirng System. What Is An EMS? An...

Nov 22, 2021

How Do Manufacturers Get The Perfect Car Paint Job

Imagine you've been rear-ended. There's a little dent in your fender, but the paint has been damaged. When you go to get it fixed, what will matter more to you? The exact specifications of the process used to repair the dent or the guarantee that the paint will match your car's paint job? Probably the paint! Most car owners do care about their car's paint. It's upsetting when it gets chipped because it disrupts the car's appearance, decreases...

Nov 19, 2021

How It’s Made: Gluten-Free Bread

  Ah, yes, a holiday favorite: bread. Whether you love the soft, warm rolls straight out of the oven or the stuffing with the perfect amount of crisp to it, we all have a soft spot for bread. But if you have Celiacs or gluten sensitivity, bread can be a sad subject. Not to fear, though, there are gluten alternatives! And how gluten-free bread is made is quite interesting - and includes cleanrooms. Cleanrooms are used throughout the food production industry. As...

Nov 10, 2021

Viable Sampling Vs. Nonviable Sampling

Does it matter what kind of particle exists in your cleanroom? Yes, it does! Two types of contamination include viable and nonviable particles. Depending on which is present in your cleanroom, you will be able to determine where your cleanroom contamination control strategy is suffering and how to build a cleaner cleanroom. To determine the difference and present in your cleanroom, you need to employ viable and nonviable sampling. What Is Viable Sampling? A viable...

Nov 3, 2021

3 Ways NASA Uses Cleanrooms

  When we think of cleanrooms, we usually think of manufacturing, technology, food processing, research, etc. But have you considered how those processes are used by NASA for space exploration? That’s right! NASA uses cleanrooms - and quite often, too! Not only is their equipment highly tuned, so it needs to be manufactured in a clean room, but they have an obligation to keep space clean and study a lot of different space materials. So how exactly does...

Oct 26, 2021

How It’s Made: Bottled Apple Cider

Ah, yes, bottled apple cider. A delicious fall favorite for many, especially in the United Kingdom! Cider has been produced in the UK for several hundred years and, while the process has changed, it’s still essentially the same. So what does apple cider have to do with cleanrooms and particle counting? Well, clean rooms play an important role in food processing and manufacturing! We want to know that what we eat and drink is produced in clean spaces that prevent...

Oct 14, 2021

Your Complete Guide To Face Masks

In many industries, face masks have played a significant role for many years! Surgeons wear them in surgeries. Scientists wear them in cleanrooms. Construction workers wear them on the job. And many more! But which face mask is best for which job? Some offer filtration from very small particles (viruses and bacteria), while others only offer protection from large droplets. Depending on your purpose for wearing a mask, one option will work better than others. Each one...

Oct 8, 2021

Microplastics In Water

What is something that is truly indestructible? Comic book fans will say a vibranium-metal alloy, while others might say that diamonds are about as close as we’ll get in reality. But something is being manufactured on our planet today that is genuinely indestructible.   Plastic.   That’s right: the plastic we are making today is here to stay. Not necessarily in its exact form, but plastic does not break down.   According to...

Oct 5, 2021

3 Things To Look For In Your Particle Counter to Mitigate Risk.

Your particle counter is a foundational part of your cleanroom contamination control strategy, as it stands between you and contamination notification. But your particle counter has a wide array of electronics that should be monitored to ensure the reported data is accurate. There are a few things you can look for in your particle counter to ensure your data is accurate and reliable.   What Does Your Particle Counter's Laser Do? Your particle counter's...

Sep 24, 2021

How to Validate Your Cleanroom? ( Webinar available )

HVAC Performance Qualification Basics
HVAC Performance Qualification Roadmap, Application Guidance, and Tips as per ISO 14644-3:2019; Cleanroom Test Methods and Cleanroom Classification as per ISO 14644-1:2015.   Cleanroom HVAC performance qualification, known as “cleanroom validation,” is the most critical set of tests to ensure that the cleanroom is...

Sep 13, 2021

How Do Wildfires Affect Air Quality?

During the 2020 fire season, more than 106 large wildfires occurred in the states of Oregon and California. The fires were battled by tens of thousands of wildland firefighters, but still burned more than 6.7 million acres. While thousands of people lost their homes, almost every resident of the state was able to see the impacts of the wildfires on the air: their smoke. So how exactly do wildfires affect air quality?   What Is Considered “Good” Air...

Sep 10, 2021

Southern Oregon Air Quality: Introducing Rogue Valley Breathe Easy

    Southern Oregon Air Quality: Introducing Rogue Valley Breathe Easy Here in Southern Oregon, air quality is a common topic of conversation. During the summer, we are plagued by smoke from wildfires. Since smoke is able to travel so far, it doesn’t matter if the fire is in Northern California, Western Oregon, or somewhere else in the nation. The Rogue Valley’s inversion layer traps the smoke in and we all breathe it...

Sep 1, 2021

Using Clean Room Technology To Fight COVID-19

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has drastically impacted the world around us. Throughout August 2021, the illness has overrun hospitals. To combat the spread of COVID-19 amongst hospital staff and patients, hospitals have been paying extra attention to their contamination control procedures. Aside from HEPA filters, hospitals have been using a piece of cleanroom technology to contain the illness in the hospital to protect the staff.   So what’s the...

Aug 27, 2021

Introducing The Knowledge Center

The Best Way To Learn About Contamination Control! We are very excited to announce our new Knowledge Center: the tool to make you the smartest person in the room! Over the last 40 years, we’ve become known as the clean room monitoring experts of the world. So we’ve decided to put our heads together and publish as much information as possible to equip you with the knowledge you need to make the best possible decisions for your cleanroom and business. What Will...

Aug 20, 2021

What is not allowed in a cleanroom?

Cleanrooms are just that: clean. Therefore, there are strict requirements around what is allowed in a cleanroom and what is not. While exact guidelines might change in different cleanrooms, the following are considered general guidelines and best practices about what should not be allowed in a cleanroom.   Street Clothes Your street clothes carry billions of particles on them from your home, your car, the Starbucks you stopped at this morning, the woman who...

Aug 13, 2021

Portable Cleanrooms and You

Looking for an affordable alternative to a permanent cleanroom? Portable cleanrooms (also called modular cleanrooms) are usually constructed with a rigid frame such as steel and have panels made from plastic, vinyl or clear flat materials. They offer many of the benefits of a permanent cleanroom, but with the added versatility of being movable and more affordable. Portable cleanrooms can also be expanded when needed. Portable cleanrooms might not be the perfect...

Aug 6, 2021

How Do You Measure Air Particles?

Air particles are measured by forcing air through a cavity in a particle counter which uses a laser to measure and count the particles. This is done through a process called light scattering.    Parts Of A Particle Counter   Inside a particle counter, you will find a laser sensor block. This is where the particles are sized and counted using a process called light scattering. The laser sensor block is made up of: ● Sensor...

Jul 30, 2021

What Are Fine Particles?

Fine particles are a form of particulate matter (pm) that have diameters below 2.5 micrometers in size. They can be solids or liquids and are formed both indoors and outdoors through chemical reactions. In human interactions, they can be harmful to health or just a nuisance.   What Is The Difference Between Fine & Coarse Particles? The main difference between fine and coarse particles is size. Coarse particles (sometimes referred to as PM10-2.5) have a...

Jul 23, 2021

Data Integrity in Environmental Monitoring

Features to look for in your particle monitor to ensure compliance of your cleanroom
Environmental monitoring lies at the heart of regulatory compliance for cleanrooms used in pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, and healthcare facilities. Facility managers need to understand what components are needed for a monitoring program, but they must also ensure the data they produce is complete, consistent, and...