Lots on tap at CleanRooms West 97

Lots on tap at CleanRooms West `97

By Kelly Sewell

Santa Clara, CA — Several new conference programs, an expanded exhibit floor, and a rousing keynote speaker are among the exciting highlights at CleanRooms West `97! From October 20-22, the Santa Clara Convention Center will be transformed into America`s largest contamination control event of the year.

Although attendance numbers weren`t available at press time, show organizers anticipate a significant increase in attendees this year, following the trend that`s been established over the last three shows, which have experienced attendance growth in excess of 77 percent.

The event starts with a kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, October 21 featuring a keynote speech by Bill Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships. “Bill Walsh stands alone among his peers for his accomplishments on the field and his character off the field,” says Andrea I. Rollins, CleanRooms West `97 show manager. “We believe his competitive spirit and his ideas for success and winning in challenging situations will rouse attendees, who will take back valuable lessons toeach of their contamination control situations.”

One-hundred percent of last year`s exhibitors return for this year`s show, and an expanded show floor allows for a 19 percent

increase in show exhibits.

The conference program, which is broken into three tracks — contamination control, design and construction, and operations — offers several new sessions and speakers. Among them are three new contamination control tutorials on biological contamination: Strategies in Their Investigation and Control; Particle Removal Mechanisms; and Methods for Supplying Air in a Cleanroom. The new design and construction tutorials include: What We Need to do Now — A Paradigm in Capacity Enhancement; Electrical and Mechanical System Redundancy in Semiconductor Manufacturing Facilities; Specifying Cleanroom Design Parameters; and Building Code Issues and Their Impact on Microelectronics Facility Design. New tutorials in the operations track include: Ultrapure Water Production — A Primer on Technologies and System Design; Vibration and Noise Control in Cleanrooms; and Particle Counting for Critical Manufacturing Environments. All tutorials are half-day sessions, which take place October 20.

An abundance of new workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, and seminars round out the program on October 21 and 22. The newest additions to the contamination control segment include: Sampling and Enumeration of Microbial Contaminants; Airborne Molecular Contamination Control in the Cleanroom; Contamination Control of Environmental and Production Surfaces; and Molecular Contamination is Making Your Cleanroom Dirty. In the design and construction area, new additions include: High Purity Facility Distribution Systems; Cleanroom Programming and Planning; Ultrapure Gas and Gas Delivery Systems (introductory session); and Cleanroom Design for the Biotech/Biopharmaceutical Industry. New operations sessions include: Basic Sanitizing Requirements for Cleanrooms; Cleanroom Testing Basics; Development of Cleanroom Analyzers for Measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds; Utilizing Statistical Process Control for Cleanroom Monitoring; Cleanroom Garment Process and Controls; Cleanroom Statistical Process Control to Monitor Cleanroom Performance; and Improvements in ULSI Defect Density Reduction. CR


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