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June 10, 2021

What is IPv6?

IPv6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers. First developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in the 1990s, IPv6 became a full standard in 2017. However, its spread and usage in the world has not been as fast as anticipated. In 2012, IPv6 was permanently enabled by Internet Service Providers, networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies.

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June 03, 2021

What’s the difference between NIST and ISO?

It is commonly assumed that organizations need to choose between NIST and ISO. Neither is better than the other and can both be used simultaneously.

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May 18, 2021

Does Your Hospital Space Need a Room Pressure Monitor?

Maintaining and monitoring room pressurization in hospitals is essential for meeting regulatory standards and ensuring the safety of a space. Incorrect room pressurization jeopardizes the health of both patients and staff.

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May 11, 2021

What's the difference between an air scrubber and a negative air machine?

Air scrubber and negative air machine are two terms commonly used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two, as they are designed for different applications.

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May 05, 2021

Environmental Monitoring Best Practices for Data Trending

Analyzing trends in data is an important aspect of environmental monitoring for facilities.

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April 06, 2021

21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

Cleanrooms for medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing are highly regulated spaces and there are numerous standards that need to be considered. When it comes to how data is handled in regulated cleanroom environments, the United States FDA issued 21 CFR Part 11 guidance that should be followed closely.

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March 25, 2021

Air Quality and Ventilation Guidelines for Response to COVID-19 and Other Airborne Infections

Through the ever-evolving pandemic, there have been many regulations and guidelines given for how to make spaces safe when handling COVID-19. In general, the guidance for health care focuses on developing plans for both temporary AIIRs and individual spaces that are negatively pressurized. When creating these spaces, it is important to have a design where the air is exhausted directly outside where it can be diluted or that it passes through a HEPA filter that removes at least 99.97% of harmful particles before it is recirculated.

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March 09, 2021

Are they effective? Ionization, Plasma Sterilization, and UV Bulbs

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an emergence of new technologies advertised for helping remove the pathogen from the air. However, these methods have major flaws that present significant implementation challenges or make them ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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March 04, 2021

Benefits of Increased Air Circulation and Purification in Long-Term Care Facilities

In cases where a long-term care facility may not be able to set up negative pressure isolation, but they are still looking to improve the air quality and safety of that isolation space and surrounding areas, the Setra AIIR Watch can used to purify and recirculate the air. Regardless of the application, the air that passes through the Setra AIIR Watch is being sterilized to 99.99% effectiveness with the UV-C light and HEPA filtration inside. The key to this effective sterilization is the particles that are trapped by the HEPA filter inside the unit have UV-C bulbs entrained on them to neutralize viruses and bacteria on first pass through the Setra AIIR Watch. Instead of getting exhausted out to create negative pressure, the sterilized air can be recirculated to increase air changes per hour and purify the air in the space

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March 02, 2021

Why Continuous Particle Counting is Important in Cleanrooms

Environmental monitoring, especially particle counting, in cleanrooms is used to show that said cleanroom operates within its set parameters before and during manufacturing processes. The safety and quality of products can be affected if too many particles enter the manufacturing space or process. However, this monitoring is commonly still a manual process in many cleanrooms instead of routine or continuous particle counting. Cleanrooms are highly regulated environments that require the utmost attention to air quality and cleanliness.

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