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  1. Cleanroom & Laboratory Feature Comparison: Sinks, Hand Washers, Hand Dryers

    Cleanroom & Laboratory Feature Comparison: Sinks, Hand Washers, Hand Dryers

    As humans are the primary source of contamination in cleanroom and lab environments, cleanroom-compliant hand washers, sinks and hand dryers play a critical role in reducing bioburden and viable particle counts within sterile spaces.

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  2. Compare Cleanroom Storage Shelving, Cabinets, and Features

    DesignFormatMaterialAtmospheric ControlNumber of DoorsNumber of DoorsDepthHeighSpecial Features

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  3. Cleanroom Workstation and Laboratory Table Surfaces, Configurations, and Material Comparison

    Special FeaturesSpecial FeaturesSpecial FeaturesCleanroom Class RatingPlate FormatWavelength RangeSpecial FeaturesWash Volume

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  4. How Do I Choose the Right Casters for Cleanroom Carts or Chairs?

    How Do I Choose the Right Casters for Cleanroom Carts or Chairs?

    If you've ever inspected the feet and casters of typical office equipment, most are inhabited by a fine layer of dust, organic matter, and detritus. In most environments, objects that come in contact with the floor are expected to be dirty. In cleanrooms, maintaining ultra clean flooring is a key battleground in preventing the continual spread of contamination from one workstation or work area to another.

    The appropriate choice of cleanroom chairs, carts, ladders and other free-standing equipment will ultimately affect the lifespan, ease of cleaning, and overall aesthetic of a cleanroom floor. Casters and leveling feet are particularly important for cleanroom floors with sensitive antibacterial or ESD surface coatings.

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  5. Cleanroom Chair and ESD Seating Specifications, Seat Filtration, and Chemical Resistance

    Cleanroom Chair and ESD Seating Specifications, Seat Filtration, and Chemical Resistance

    Whether outfitting a chair for a specific task or facility-wide outfitting, Terra Universal carries a wide selection of seating options catered for static-sensitive and cleanroom environments.

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  6. Operator Nausea from Work Surface Vibration

    The Side Effects of Visual Disturbance

    Terra Universals Vibration-free PlatformSitting still can feel like a rocking ocean when staring through an unstable microscope — persistent viewing of blurry, shaky objects at high magnification causes nausea, headaches and fatigue. But the symptoms of motion sickness go beyond an upset stomach. 

    Headaches can cause visual disturbance. If it isn’t hard enough trying to view an unsteady slide, add minor loss of vision, ocular pain and photosensitivity to the equation and find out just how efficiently the observation goes—studying contents under a microscope requires the ability to see, after all.

    Nausea from motion sickness can cause sweating and vomiting, which ha

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  7. Cleanroom Maintenance: One Step at a Time

    Cleanroom Maintenance: One Step at a Time

    Cleanrooms are used to perform clean processes, so it’s counterintuitive to think of maintenance and repair activities inside a controlled environment. Yet, they are very necessary and performed quite often. Protocol for crews working inside a cleanroom is different than the typical office space: personnel must gown and adhere to strict clean processes, just like lab technicians. The equipment crews bring into the cleanroom must also be compatible with the required ISO rating. Slow, careful movements and meticulous control over dust and other contaminants are critical to prevent complete shut-down and time-consuming recertification of the room.

    Five-step cleanroom stairs with work platform and safety rails.

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  8. BioSafe® Cleanroom Ladders are Steel Workhorses

    BioSafe® Cleanroom Ladders are Steel Workhorses

    Seems like a cleanroom is no place for a ladder: a dirty, dusty, paint-smeared structure used by the contractor who does the termite repair on your house. But in fact, cleanrooms are perfectly-suited to ladders, if they are Terra’s BioSafe brand. Cleanroom and lab ladders are used to access out-of-reach filters, lighting, or equipment. For example, taking particle measurements and airflow readings below the filter face in preparation for an ISO inspection may require a ladder. And what about changing light bulbs and making small repairs? Terra’s shelf platform can be attached to ladders, providing a convenient surface for tools and small instruments.

    Terra Universal Biosafe Folding ladderBioSafe folding cleanroom ladders have a number of unique features that make them ideal for a

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  9. Meet Your Cleanliness Goals with Air Showers

    Meet Your Cleanliness Goals with Air Showers

    Cleanroom entrances present a significant potential for contaminant infiltration, so they must be managed with this in mind.  Air showers are one way to minimize piggy-backing contaminants. They are enclosed chambers that use strong bursts of air to dislodge particulates from people or transport carts entering or exiting the room. Room entrances, and pass-throughs that incorporate an air shower, serve as a safeguard between critical and non-critical areas. Personnel are the greatest source of contamination in a cleanroom, so most of the methods of contamination reduction, including air showers, were developed to accommodate humans. Air showers range in size and construction, depending on the application, and are utilized by a diverse range of industries. So, how do air showers work?  Find out below!

     

    Air shower design and operation

    Modular air shower chambers and tunnels use high-velocity stream

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  10. How are UV Rays Beneficial to Aseptic Environments?

    How are UV Rays Beneficial to Aseptic Environments?

    The sun naturally “cleanses” the earth’s surface with ultraviolet energy. Due to conditions like sun burns and skin cancer, we are most familiar with UVA and UVB rays, but there is actually a third classification of ultraviolet energy called UVC. These rays contain the highest energy, making them the most dangerous type of ultraviolet light. Fortunately, Earth’s atmosphere acts as a protective layer and UVC energy does not penetrate our ozone layer. These harmful rays, however, are industrially produced as a beneficial source of UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation). Keep reading to find out why.

     

    How does UVGI work?

    UVGI is a technique that utilizes short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms. Since UVC energy is not naturally present within our planet’s atmosphere, earth-bound microorganisms, such as germs or viruses, have not evolved to naturally defend th

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