ASME Standards

December 6, 2021

Since 1880, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has developed codes and standards for mechanical devices. Compliance with these standards is voluntary, but they are used by manufacturers, service providers and governments in over 100 countries to ensure safety and establish best practices. ASME was originally founded as a response to a rash of…

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Mobile Cleanrooms – Key to Semiconductor Manufacturing Construction

November 30, 2021

The pandemic and its resulting impact on the global supply chain has had a number of knock-on effects that will continue to be felt in the years to come. Perhaps the most noticeable is the shortage of microchips which are found in every bit of technology from toys to mobile devices to automobiles and beyond….

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What is Clean-In-Place (CIP)?

November 9, 2021

It is not a stretch to say that the hygiene and cleanliness of a food or pharmaceutical manufacturing system is as critical as the ingredients being processed within it. Minor lapses in sanitary best practices can have broad reaching effects upon the consumer as well as the brand. For this reason, many modern food and…

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Transportation Tank Cleaning and Passivation

September 29, 2021

Beverage and other liquid food manufacturers are very focused on taking steps to ensure both the purity and flavor of their product during its production. However, that need for vigilance does not end once the liquid gets loaded onto a bulk liquid tanker truck or trailer.  The same risk factors for contamination or chemical interaction…

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Preventing Oxygen Fires with ASTM G93 and CGA G-4.1

August 8, 2021

It may come as a surprise to some, but oxygen itself is not flammable. Rather, it is the presence of oxygen that allows fuels to burn if there is also enough heat. This combination of oxygen, fuel and heat makes up the well-known “combustion triangle” that illustrates the three factors that must be present for…

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Comparing 2B Surface Finish With and Without Electropolishing

July 16, 2021

As we’ve written many times before in this blog, stainless steel is far more than just “corrosion resistant metal.” While it is true that its material strength and resistance to corrosion have made it versatile and the material of choice for many applications, it is also because it can be adapted to fit specific conditions….

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Mobile Cleanrooms vs. Modular Cleanrooms

July 1, 2021

Both manufacturers and researchers can find themselves in need of a temporary cleanroom for operations. The reasons can vary as much as the product or research involved, whether it’s to support a new clinical study, as an intermediate solution during planned cleanroom maintenance or as an interim stand-in while a new cleanroom is being constructed….

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Myth – Rouge is a Protective Layer

June 15, 2021

A recurring myth in some industries is that “rouge is a protective layer” that enhances, rather than degrades, stainless steel’s durability. This mistaken belief is primarily based on certain types of rouge being considered “stable” and remaining affixed to the surface – being perceived as acting similar to a coat of paint. “Stable” rouge is…

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Posted by Daryl Roll Category: Blog
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Visual Examinations for Corrosion and Damage

April 26, 2021

A key action that is taken to prevent corrosion or damage in stainless steel systems is also the most basic – a physical, visual examination. Depending on the component, its location as well as Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations, the examination can be done with unaided  eyes and a light source, or it can…

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Electropolishing and Derouging to Ensure a Smooth Operation

March 2, 2021

The importance of the cleanliness of a system’s stainless steel surfaces is paramount, but it may come as a surprise to most that the smoothness of those surfaces is just as important. It only takes a few moments of thought to realize that a smooth surface is directly related to the cleanliness of the system….

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