1. What the Cannabis Industry Should Know About Glass

    What the Cannabis Industry Should Know About Glass
    What the Cannabis Industry Should Know About Glass

    This article takes a critical look at the quality of glass used in the cannabis industry and, in particular, asks the question whether the optimum grades are being used for processing, storage, and delivery systems used for the wide array of liquid cannabis consumer products manufactured and consumed today. It compares the different types of glassware used for carrying out ultra-trace element analysis using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), together with exhaustive studies carried out by the pharmaceutical industry to better understand the corrosive nature of pharmaceutical liquids on glass storage bottles and vails. 

    The article concludes with with possible examples of using inferior quality glass for two specific application areas, one using dropper bottles with lead-based ink graduation marks and the other a study of legal and illicit vaping devices that found high levels of toxic metals in the THC

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  2. Lab Inventory Management Guide for Lab Managers

    Lab Inventory Management Guide for Lab Managers
    Lab Inventory Management Guide for Lab Managers

    As a lab manager, you are responsible for managing the inventory in your laboratory.

    This can be a challenging task, especially if you have a large inventory and a large number of items to manage. However, with the right approach and tools, you can effectively manage your lab inventory and ensure that your lab runs smoothly. In this guide, we will discuss some best practices for lab inventory management.

    - Create a stock list - Every successful operation starts with planning, and inventory management is no exception. The first step in managing your lab inventory is to create a stock list. This list should include all the items in your inventory, including reagents, chemicals, lab equipment, and consumables. Once you have a complete list, you can then start to manage your inventory more effectively.

    - Assign stock level - Once you have a stock list, the next step is to assign stock levels to each item. Stock levels indicate the minimum and

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  3. How To Clean Shears and Trimmers That Have Cannabis Residue

    How To Clean Shears and Trimmers That Have Cannabis Residue

    Q: We are looking to clean stainless steel shears and trimmers that have cannabis residue. We have heard great things about Alconox detergents. Will they work here?

    A: Yes, absolutely. Ensuring that between batches, equipment is robustly cleaned to avoid cross contamination is essential to ensure your product stays pure.

    The way it should be.

    We would recommend soaking, scrubbing or ultrasonic tanks for the blades of the shears and trimmers in warm to hot, 2-5% Detonox® Ultimate Precision Cleaner or Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner.

    Follow with thorough rinsing, with the first rinse being at or around the same temperature as the wash. In this way, we can avoid having the emulsions that form become thermally shocked and risk redepositing the oily, waxy residue.

    Note: Many customers have reported success using Alconox powder as a grit or paste (small amount of water added to powder). This makes for a great scrub for trimmers and other tool

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  4. Disposal of Alconox Inc. Detergents

    Disposal of Alconox Inc. Detergents

    Q: What is the proper way to dispose of your detergents? Are they drain safe?

    A: Detergent disposal in a proper manner is an integral part of a robust cleaning program regardless of scale or industry.

    Alconox Inc. detergents are biodegradable and without added softeners, brighteners, dyes or fragrances. This ensures a free-rinsing, residue-free cleaning process. Our detergents between pH 2 and pH 12.5 are all classified as non corrosive based on 40 CFR 261.22. (As a matter of comparison, common household toilet cleaners can be as low as ph 1 and oven cleaner can be as high as ph 13-14.) Overall, the Alconox Inc. detergent portfolio is safe to go to drain.

    As a global distributor of detergents, covering many thousands of municipalities, we certainly recommend reviewing local regulations which may or may not be more stringent for the detergent disposal. Review of our SDS and technical bulletins can assist your Environmental Health & Safety Manager,

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  5. Linear Guides for Cleanrooms

    Linear Guides for Cleanrooms

    Cleanrooms play an essential role in contamination-sensitive applications such as semiconductor fabrication, pharmaceuticals, optics, medical devices/life sciences, and many more. Cleanrooms control the number of particulates in the air (such as dust, microbes, and aerosols) to avoid compromising cleanroom processes and products made there. Standards for these enclosures are tight, especially for motion systems used in them. But following a few basic techniques lets designers use linear motion devices while maintaining an appropriately clean environment. Cleanrooms are classed according to the number of particles of a specific size per unit volume of space. To control the size of particulates in a cleanroom, designers filter and minimize the introduction of new particulates from personnel, materials, and equipment. Controlling particulate generation can be a challenge, particularly when the cleanroom encloses machinery. Micro-lithography, for example, uses slots of robots and other motion

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  6. Cleanroom Requirements and Classifications

    Cleanroom Requirements and Classifications
    This infographic was created by Technical Safety Services, a cleanroom testing company
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  7. Water Spots on Medical Devices After Washer Cleaning

    Water Spots on Medical Devices After Washer Cleaning

    Q. We are washing stainless medical devices in a washer and are getting water spots. We are using Solujet and Citrajet. What’s causing this problem? A. Water spots typically occur because of two main reasons: the orientation of the parts in the washer is trapping dirty wash water and/or detergent dosing is insufficient. If any items being washed have a shape that can retain dirty wash water, it can sometimes get carried into the next rinse cycle and spread all over all the items being washed. An example of a such a shape would be “U” shapes or cups. Then the parts gets dried and the residue from the dirty wash water leaves water spots. To solve this, load the items in a way to tilt them so they drain completely and do not carry dirty wash water from the wash cycle to the rinse cycle. If this is not an issue, then consider detergent dosing. If you are washing with hard tap water (high in calcium, magnesium and iron), and you are under-dosing the detergent, then there may not b

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  8. Residue Testing with pH Strips

    Residue Testing with pH Strips

    Q. Can I use pH paper to confirm cleaning and rinsing of labware to comply with lab accreditation requirements?

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  9. Cleaning Denatured Proteins

    Cleaning Denatured Proteins

    Q. We are looking to clean denatured proteins from our medical device along with baked-on desiccated blood that is not removed completely. Manual scraping removes the residual but is not acceptable. Need a cleaner that will dissolve all bio-matter. Cleaning process is to prepare device for autoclave sterilization.

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  10. This Week in Lab and Cleanroom Supplies

    This Week in Lab and Cleanroom Supplies

    General Lab and Cleanroom Supply is proud to feature outstanding manufactures and products in our weekly posts. This week's selections have something to love for anyone responsible for or interested in procurement or purchsing.

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