Contamination Control/NANO Conference Sessions

Conference sessions are comprised of technical papers, panels, and case studies on the latest issues that the industry is experiencing. Get the most up-to-date information from leading industry experts in your fields.

Sessions are subject to change and will be updated as presentations are finalized and added to the program line-up.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Environmental Monitoring
Chair: Ziva Abraham, Microrite, Inc.
Environmental monitoring is a key aspect of any cleanroom or controlled environment contamination control program. Particles (non-viable and viable), temperature, and humidity are some of the conditions that are controlled and measured in an environmental monitoring program. This session will address how these and others are controlled and measured, how risk assessments determine sampling sites and sampling frequencies, as well as possible novel approaches to monitoring.

  • Contamination Control - Bringing Materials into the Cleanroom -- Aaron Mertens, STERIS Life Sciences
  • Risk-based Environmental Monitoring: Why and How -- Ziva Abraham, Microrite, Inc.

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Advances in Cleanroom Equipment
Chair: Richard Remiarz, TSI
The equipment used to operate, monitor, and control a cleanroom is constantly improving to keep up with industry needs. This session will cover a number of topics including energy conservation for cleanrooms, automatic controls, and methods of measuring airborne nano-particles.
  • Measurement of Airborne Nanoscale Particles Using Condensation Particle Counters -- Richard Remiarz, TSI
  • Update on Fan Filter Units (FFU) Features and Functions -- Howard Abramowitz, Aircare Automation, Inc.
  • Energy Usage with Fan Filter Units -- Les Goldsmith, Envirco

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Regulatory Viewpoints Panel Discussion
Chair: Rick Meyer, Superior Laboratory Services, Inc.
This panel discussion will review the different regulatory groups impacting your cleanroom operations, and relevant compliance and reporting. This session may be subjective and involve interpretation of regulatory viewpoints based on the experts’ in-field experience.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Risk is Not a Four Letter Word (Deep Dive Session)
Chair: Anne Marie Dixon, Cleanroom Management Associates, Inc.
This session provides attendees with a valuable, mini-workshop that will discuss the application of the various risk assessment methods for cleanrooms and controlled environments.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Nanotechnology Session I - Planning and Operational Considerations
Chair: Ahmad Soueid, HDR Architecture, Inc.
Co-Chair: John Weaver, Purdue University

Gain insight from constructive case studies involving facilities and design.

  • Balancing Multiple Environmental Criteria for Sensitive Spaces: An Architect’s Perspective (and Nanotechnology Case Study) -- Ken Filar, HDR, Inc.
  • Planning Features in Support of the Operations of a Technical Building -- John Weaver, Consultant
  • 24/7 Operation of An Academic User Nanofabrication Facility -- Sandrine Martin, Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, University of Michigan
  • Using BIM to design Low EMF/EMI facilities - New solutions for robust, stable environments -- James Tidwell, Field Management Services

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Nanotechology Session II - Technical Considerations
Chair: Ahmad Soueid, HDR Architecture, Inc.
Co-Chair: Hal Amick, Colin Gordon Associates
Manufacturing at the nanoscale is increasing which has required development of new standards and new ways to do business using nanotechnology. This session will include presentations on important issues such as production, safety and sustainability.

  • Consideration of Statistical Descriptors When Marrying Criteria to their Interpretation and Application -- Byron Davis, Vibrasure
  • Reaching new lows (in amplitude) … striving to be quieter -- Hal Amick, Colin Gordon & Associates
  • Considering Infrasound in Lab Planning and Design -- Michael Gendreau, Colin Gordon & Associates
  • Achieving Practical & Cost-Effective Low EMI/RFI Research Environments -- Christina Vitale and Drew McCrady, Vitatech Electromagnetics

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Cleanroom Best Practices
Chair: Jan Eudy, Jan Eudy Consulting
This session will provide an overview of important "best practices" in aerospace, semiconductor, and nanotechnology, and cleaning of the cleanroom for these applications.

  • Best Practices for Contamination Control in Cleanrooms -- Taguhi Arakelian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Contamination Control in Cleanrooms -- Jay Postlewaite, ITW Texwipe
  • Gowning : More than a Protocol - A Contamination Control Strategy -- Roger Diener, Consultant
  • Training: A Key to Successful Cleanroom Operations -- John Weaver, Consultant

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Emerging Markets
Chair: Peter Maguire, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Inc.
The use of cleanroom technology and protocols is expanding into new industries as well as existing ones. This session will cover new markets that are utilizing cleanroom technology. It will go into detail on how the technology is being applied and what the benefits are for these industries. Attendees will come away with knowledge of these new markets and specifically how these markets will and or are benefiting from using cleanroom technology.

  • Cannabis and the Use of Cleanroom Technology and Protocols -- Peter Maguire, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Inc.
  • Advancements in healthcare: Are operating rooms clean enough to do surgery in? How do you know? -- Ronald Fagerstrom, Precision Air Products Company
  • FDA Controls for New Cleanrooms: E-Juice (E-Cigarette Liquids) -- Jason Roth, Sterile Environment Technologies

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Trends in Cleanroom Consumables
Chair: Greg Heiland, Valutek
This session will discuss the growing risk of non-compliant material in your facility, the ever decreasing pool of internal contamination control experts, and where the market will end up.

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Cleanroom Cleaning
Chair: Roger Diener, Consultant
Routine, dedicated cleaning is a key aspect in maintaining the desired cleanliness specifications for cleanrooms and controlled environments. Cleaning programs vary widely, depending on the type of contamination to be controlled for the products produced. This session will cover techniques, procedures and other useful information that may aid a cleanroom manager in maintaining the cleanliness of cleanrooms and other controlled environments.

  • Cleaning and Disinfection Best Practices - Product Rotation and Residue Removal -- Aaron Mertens, STERIS Life Sciences
  • Cleaning a Continuously Operational Cleanroom -- Roger Diener, Consultant
  • Advanced Wiping Techniques for Critical Surfaces -- Victor Chia, Balazs NanoAnalysis-Air Liquide