March 20, 2008 — /ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL/ — Several new seminar topics will be offered to contamination control professionals at ESTECH 2008, the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) 54th annual technical meeting and exposition. The meeting will take place May 4-7, 2008, at the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale (Northwest Suburban Chicago), IL. The goal of ESTECH 2008 is to provide a base of understanding that will allow participants to enhance their skills while at the same time allowing for exposure to real-world experience and expertise.
Cleaning and analysis topics ranging from a study of the effectiveness of surface vacuum cleaning on a large range of particle sizes to the possible dissolving of filters by liquid CO2 in an automated CO2 cleaning system will be discussed in the seminar “Surface Cleaning and Contamination Analysis.” Additional topics include wiper performance and plasma surface preparation for cleaning prior to a bonding process.
The Microbiology seminar will cover microbial monitoring methods for testing and qualifying controlled environments for medical product manufacturing. Recommendations for types, frequency, and levels of testing will be reviewed. In addition, the methods for microbial identification commonly employed will be discussed and compared with recommendations as to which methods are more appropriate in different situations.
Another new seminar offered to attendees this year is “Cleanroom Flame Resistant Garment Testing and Validation.” This seminar will discuss the development of flame resistant fiber and fabric for cleanroom FR garments and the manufacture and testing of cleanroom FR garments.
Successful design and operation of cleanrooms can sometimes be impaired or improved by simple, but overlooked, issues or concepts. The seminar “Cleanroom Design Secrets Revealed” will feature industry-leading speakers discussing basic to advanced techniques, case studies, and practical solutions being used in successful, high-performance cleanrooms. Their experience covers a number of industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech, aerospace, academic and research, nanotechnology, and semiconductor manufacturing. Attendees at all levels will gain exceptional exposure to practical concepts, techniques, and know-how from these cleanroom professionals.
A number of other contamination topics will be discussed by industry experts. Additional seminar topics include filters, electrostatic discharge, USP <797>, time dependent haze, and nanotechnology.