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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...
The Guide to Creating A GMP Training Program
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs - sometimes referred to as Current Good Manufacturing Practices or CGMPs) are federal regulations set by the FDA to cover how pharmaceuticals and food products are manufactured. They are guidelines taken for granted by many consumers - they assume what they put in their body will have been safely produced - but as manufacturers, it’s critical you maintain and monitor these standards. You must also be able to show how you are...READ MORE
What Are Handheld Particle Counters?
Handheld particle counters are just what it sounds like: particle counters that you can hold in your hand. They are typically use to spot check a cleanroom or to test air temperature and humidity. Handheld particle counters are a versatile, ergonomic tool that deserves its place in the modern cleanroom, along with indoor air quality applications. . For many companies and industries, they serve a valuable purpose, as they also monitor air temperature and humidity. But the...READ MORE
How Do Light Scattering Airborne Particle Counters Work?
Light scattering is a technology that revolutionized the airborne particle counter industry, because it is able to quickly, efficiently, and accurately determine the size and number of particles that pass through an airborne particle counter in real time. Today, it is used in the airborne particle counters that set industry standards, because it is the most accurate and efficient technology on the market. But before we get into exactly what light scattering is, we need...READ MORE
10 Ways To Improve Your Cleanroom’s Gowning Protocols
What is a foundational piece of your cleanroom contamination control strategy? Your gowning protocol. Humans, by far, produce the most particles in a cleanroom and your gowning protocol can limit that number. While we have a number of ways to improve your gowning protocol across the board, it is important to recognize that different ISO classifications require different gowning protocols and procedures. When reviewing your protocols, make sure to know your...READ MORE
Foundations of a Cleanroom Contamination Control Strategy
Your cleanroom contamination control strategy is the frontline between you and contaminated products, which can lead to yield loss, slowed production, and possible reputation damage. So when was the last time you really dove into your cleanroom contamination strategy? We highly recommend reviewing your strategy yearly to make sure you are still meeting industry best standards and your employees are making the most of the strategy. And there are a few foundations you can...READ MORE
Which Is Right For You: Handheld Particle Counter vs Remote Particle Counter vs Portable Particle Counter
Are you considering a new particle counter for your cleanroom? There are a number of options that might be right for you. Before reading through the pros and cons of each particle counter, we recommend you create a list of what you are looking for in your particle counter. On this list, we recommend you note the practical things you need in a particle counter - outside of its ability to measure particle count and size (but we’ll get to that). Handheld Particle...READ MORE
4 Industries That Use An Ultrapure Water System
Did you know that water might be clean enough to drink but not clean enough to use in your food? When it comes to water used in a cleanroom and manufacturing setting, it’s critical that the water is free of all contaminants and particles to maintain consumer safety. But what industries exactly need an ultrapure water system? 1.Technology & Semiconductors Semiconductors are well known in the cleanroom industry, as they are constantly getting smaller...READ MORE
What is Cleanroom Paper anyway?
a closer look
What Is Cleanroom Paper? [Case Study] Do you use print-outs in your cleanroom? What kind of paper do you use? Could we be doing better than current industry standards? We think so. This is why we’ve started to investigate “cleanroom paper” and how this paper can impact the number of particles in a cleanroom while...
What Is An Ultrapure Water System?
Water is an extremely powerful force. We see it carve its way through land to form amazing geographical features like the Grand Canyon. So what can water do in your system? Ultrapure water systems clean water - keeping it particle free - so it can be used to clean and etch in manufacturing, especially in the semiconductor industry. Industries that use ultrapure water use a lot of it. For instance, to process a single wafer, over 1,000 gallons of water is needed. So...READ MORE
8 Ways To Prevent Contamination In Pharmaceuticals
Contamination in pharmaceuticals can quickly turn into a nightmare with yield loss, recalls, bad press, and harmed consumers. Thus, it’s critical to stop contamination from ever being an issue during production in your cleanroom. Here at Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions - the world’s clean air experts - we’re pros at keeping cleanrooms extra clean. It’s our business and passion to prevent yield loss and set industry standards in cleanliness. How...READ MORE
Cleanroom Classifications Explained
A cleanroom classification basically tells you how clean a cleanroom is. While we typically consider cleanrooms to use HEPA filters and multiple layers of protection, cleanrooms can really be any room where precautions are taken to ensure that the product stays clean from contaminants. But if that’s the case, then what makes one cleanroom stand above the other? That’s where cleanroom classifications come into play. Who Sets Cleanroom...READ MORE
Improve Your Cleanroom Workflow With Barcodes
We’re always looking for ways to improve cleanroom workflow through whatever is necessary. While completely changing the set-up of the cleanroom might not be possible, there are simple, cost-effective measures you can take to improve your cleanroom workflow - like using barcodes. Think about how often you see barcodes in society. They’re used in just about every warehouse and store in the world - and there’s a reason for that. They save...READ MORE
9 Things To Look For In Your Particle Counter
So you are wondering what to look for in a particle counter that will get you to the perfect contamination control strategy. We get it! The particle counter you decide on will become an integral part of your strategy. Whether your strategy involves increasing yield, complying with your industry standards, or reducing risk overall. Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions is here to help you along the way. We have been involved with creating and perfecting contamination control...READ MORE
10 Important Ways You Can Streamline Your Cleanroom Workflow
How Can You Streamline Your Cleanroom Workflow? Your cleanroom workflow sets the tone for your production and ultimately impacts your yield. Making the effort to streamline your cleanroom workflow might take some time in the process but will ultimately save you time, money, and increase your productivity. So what are some steps you can take to streamline your workflow? Integrate Technology Into Your Cleanroom We love the new technology coming out in the...READ MORE
How Do Particles Impact Pharmaceuticals?
As clean air experts, we talk a lot about making sure that the air in a cleanroom stays as clean as possible. We do this to meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) in pharmaceuticals and keep our products on the shelves and helping people. When we bring contaminants into a cleanroom, we risk harm to the product and, in turn, harm to the consumer. This also comes with painful backlash for the company. So how exactly do particles impact...READ MORE
10 Facts About Indoor Air Quality You Might Not Know
In the COVID-19 era, indoor air quality has become a hot button topic. There are a lot of interesting facts about indoor air quality that you might not know, but one of the most surprising facts is that your indoor air quality was impacting you long before COVID. As the world’s clean air experts, we specialize in keeping the air in cleanrooms extra clean. But we also care about the air you’re breathing in your home and workspace. So here are 10 facts about...READ MORE
What Are Particles?
Particles are all the physical little pieces of stuff floating around in the air. Sometimes they can be visible to the naked eye (like a large floating piece of dust or pollen), but, most of the time, when we’re talking about particles, we’re talking about the ones that are too small to see. But we’ll get to sizing in just a minute. In the era of COVID-19, the general public has been paying a lot more attention to the cleanliness of their air....READ MORE