Particle Measuring Systems has been an active supporter of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) over the years. Recently, we sponsored a course on environmental monitoring that was held at the PDA Training & Research Institute at PDA’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD. The Institute’s courses cover a broad range of subject areas reflecting PDA’s core competencies — aseptic processing, biotechnology, environmental monitoring, filtration, microbiology, quality/regulatory affairs, and validation; as well as specialized areas such as cold chain, lyophilization, pre-filled syringes and visual inspection.
Archives for February 2016
Through continuous process and equipment advancements, semiconductor manufacturers are approaching 14 nm feature sizes and heading even smaller, while hard-disk drive fly heights are now less than 10 nm. This ever-reducing device feature size requires comparable cleanliness-level improvements in ultrapure water (UPW). UPW purity is especially important with its high use in direct contact with wafers as a final cleaning and rinsing agent in many production steps. Leveraging recent advances in laser optics and detector technology, UPW particle concentration ≥20 nm (≥9 nm for metallic particles) can be effectively monitored.
Dr. Gilberto Dalmaso, Global Aseptic Processes Development Manager at Particle Measuring Systems, will be presenting at the CLEAN ROOM 2016 conference in Milan. His speech, “Requirements and new solutions for air and surface monitoring in Grade A critical areas,” will focus on the new technologies to improve and optimize air and surfaces monitoring for biological contamination in cleanrooms.
Particle Measuring Systems just completed another successful MD&M show with strong results, meeting with current clients and reaching out to new businesses. Our show message was As experts in good manufacturing practice regulations (GMPs), microbiology and environmental monitoring, we help you assure sterility when and where you need it most. Supporting this statement, PMS brought a comprehensive range of microbial and particle products including the BioCapt Single Use Microbial Impactor and the MiniCapt Mobile Air Sampler. The Lasair III particle counter rounded out the contamination monitoring solutions. As a special attraction this year, PMS provided a sneak peek to the soon to be released SurCapt Microbial Surface Detection Kit (learn more next week).
Carrying on a global Semicon tradition, Particle Measuring Systems (PMS) had a notable booth presence at Semicon Korea in January. The overall theme of the booth was “Global experts in contamination monitoring solutions since 1972.” PMS had over 220 visitors from a large variety of semiconductor companies. Most of the booth visitors were from Korea, but there were also visitors from China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, America, and Europe.
Particle Measuring Systems Releases the SurCapt™ Microbial Surface Detection Kit.
February 15, 2016, Boulder, CO – The newly released SurCapt™ Microbial Surface Detection Kit from Particle Measuring Systems (PMS) is an all-inclusive, ready-to-use solution which simplifies and quickens the process of environmental surface testing for biological contamination. The kit uses GreenLight® Technology for the rapid detection of microbial activity on cleanroom surfaces and the design reduces the likelihood of sample cross-contamination and mishandling by the operator.
Mark Hallworth will be presenting in the Barrier Track at ISPE 2016 Aseptic Processing Technology Conference, held Feb. 29 – March 1 in Arlington, Virginia. Mark is the Pharmaceutical Sales Manager, North America, for Particle Measuring Systems, and has managed the design, installation and validation of more than 300 environmental monitoring system projects worldwide. He currently lectures for the PDA, ISPE and other international pharmaceutical societies on environmental monitoring and GMP compliance design and validation. Mark has authored many papers including Choosing the Most Suitable Non-Viable Sample Point Locations. For his presentation at ISPE, he will be discussing environmental monitoring challenges in isolator technologies.
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February 8, 2016, Boulder, CO – Dr. Claudio Denoya, Senior Scientist at Particle Measuring Systems (PMS), was recently appointed to the Modern Microbiology Methods Expert Panel of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) in an advisory role. The panel will make recommendations for a new USP Chapter to support changes in knowledge and technology in the microbiology industry.