New: Vileda Professional Cleanroom Products

Vileda Professional Cleanroom Mops support most critical applications. Each Vileda mop head, frame, or bucket connects over 30 years of development for controlled environments and healthcare. Find stainless steel mop sets and handles, or ask about quantity discounts on Vileda mop refills, pads, and accessories. Join St. Johns and other leading healthcare organizations for enhanced sanitization within controlled environments, cleanrooms and healthcare facilities.

New: Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners

Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners – Where to Buy Online? Elma introduced its ultrasonic cleaners to the world over a half century ago. Today, its systems stand among the world’s best. Ultrasonic cleaners excel for rapid, intensive cleaning of sensitive parts. Sub-sonic vibrations break down grime, deposits, and contaminants without extreme chemicals or hand scrubbing. Protective coatings, … Read moreNew: Elma Ultrasonic Cleaners

Cleanroom HEPA Vacuum Use and Applications 

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Cleanroom HEPA Vacuum Components and Applications Simply put, every square inch of a cleanroom should be absolutely pristine. Ceiling panels, lighting units, HEPA filtration units, sprinkler heads, walls, glass surfaces, process equipment, piping systems, floors, and manufacturing equipment should all be decontaminated regularly. Even the ambient air must be monitored and maintained at proper levels. … Read moreCleanroom HEPA Vacuum Use and Applications 

Cleanroom Mop Procedure – How to Mop a Cleanroom with a Multi-Bucket System

Learn how to properly mop a cleanroom for ISO class or cGMP cleanliness levels. Compare designs and materials of multi-bucket cleanroom mop systems.

The Guide to Woven and Non-Woven Cleanroom Wipes – Usage, Protocol, and ISO Class Applications

What’s the difference between a woven and non-woven cleanroom wipe? What’s the right wipe for ISO class 3 or ISO class 8 compliance?

Why Is 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) a Better Disinfectant than 99% Isopropanol, and What Is IPA Used For?

How does one solution kill viruses like HIV and Polio on contact, and the other not at all?

Download the 5S Organization Guide Used By NASA, Boeing, & HP.

How Did the 5S Organization System Become Standard at NASA, Boeing, and Hewlett-Packard?


Managers, shift leaders, and employees often hold differing opinions on how products, materials, tools, and merchandise “should be” organized on the warehouse or production floor. Workspaces without a standardized system for organization yield more mistakes, non-essential actions, and dismal workflow. Finding a solution requires restructuring organization around visualized data, which overhauls the human brain’s ability to categorize, identify, and organize data efficiently. Visual imagery transmits messages up to 400% faster and commits concepts to long-term memory with better recall than text data.

The 5S system facilitates a visually driven work environment which eliminates questions, cuts down material handling costs, and ensures what is supposed to happen, does happen. This 5S system handbook provides a detailed, step-by-step guide for one of the most effective and commonly adopted organizational methodologies for commercial workspaces. These tips help you achieve a workspace with minimal waste, fewer human errors, and fewer headaches.

Sort – Don’t Get Zealous
Don’t remove anything without the local work group’s approval. Zealous 5S’ers can undermine support by barging ahead insensitively. It’s better to compromise on some things than to jeopardize the 5S mission. However, be persuasive when appropriate, when something is clearly a source of waste or is used infrequently. Remove and replace old or damaged safety signage instead of adding it to the closet.

Shine – Define Clean
Define “clean” – you may face conflicting definitions for clean within your work area. Find a definition that everyone supports. Be sure to identify appropriate cleaning supplies for your work area. Some cleaning solutions may harm equipment while other cleaning instruments may harm metals, photocells, or tooling.

Set in Order – Involve Everyone
Involve the entire team (immediate work area and others) in thinking through changes. Be sensitive to the concerns and reservations of stakeholders; they know the area best. Sketch ideas on a flip chart or paper to build understanding and evaluate them. Evaluate the space at hand, and think realistically about whether the current storage bins, cabinets, and lockers provide sufficient space without overload.

Standardize – Quality Labels, Effective Color
Highly visible and easy to understand: floor signs and aisle tape help identify hazards and provide visual cues for capturing attention, comprehension, and retention. Standardize floor and area tape colors with this guide. Handwritten signage is difficult to read on high shelves and fades over time. High-quality labelers with durable adhesives will ensure exact, consistent, and lasting labels for long-term success.

Sustain – Commit & Collaborate
Network with others engaged in the same activity. Collaborate to establish common approaches for creating documentation, visual aids, etc. Tap your company’s graphics staff or people with strong computer skills to help with visual aids. Provide them with a rough sketch or an example from a technical manual or catalog.

Download the 5S Organization Handbook 

Read moreDownload the 5S Organization Guide Used By NASA, Boeing, & HP.

The Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

Hazards of Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) As we’ve discussed in a previous post, there are many advantages of using isopropyl alcohol in the manufacturing process because of its low cost, but what we didn’t cover is some of the risks and dangers of isopropyl alcohol. Today we’ll cover some of those issues so that you can take full advantage … Read moreThe Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

The Seven Deadly Sins of Cleanroom Wiping (and How to Avoid Them!)

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1. Ignoring the Need to Wipe on a Regular Basis To assure quality is maintained in all cleanroom and restricted areas, housekeeping maintenance must be performed daily. Improper cleaning leads to contamination and ultimately loss in end user product quality. Contamination can be broadly categorized into two categories, films and particulates, both of which can cause … Read moreThe Seven Deadly Sins of Cleanroom Wiping (and How to Avoid Them!)

Basics of Isolator Cleaning

Isolators are increasingly installed in pharmaceutical production laboratories due to the increased handling of hazardous drug ingredients as well as the need for smaller batches and more flexible production environments. Isolators can potentially lower the installation and maintenance costs compared to large-scale cleanroom environments. While manufacturing facilities have established SOPs for isolators, this article focuses on the importance … Read moreBasics of Isolator Cleaning

TechSpray Renew: Eco-Friendly Cleaners That Work!

Introducing TechSpray Renew™ branded cleaners, innovative solutions that combine the best of current “green” technologies to make the most powerful green cleaners on the market. TechSpray has applied over 30 years experience in solvent cleaning to formulate products that meet regulatory standards with major ecological advantages, but no performance trade-offs. TechSpray Renew™ products are designed … Read moreTechSpray Renew: Eco-Friendly Cleaners That Work!

IPA as a Universal Cleaner: Advantages & Disadvantages

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) has become a standard in the Electronics Industry for cleaning printed circuit boards (PCBs) as it offers two main advantages: 1. It’s cheap 2. It removes ionic contamination (as long as it’s flushed from the surface) For Information About the Use of IPA as a Dissifectant, Read Here For years IPA has … Read moreIPA as a Universal Cleaner: Advantages & Disadvantages