Tag Archives: Industrial Manufacturing

‘Scientific Implausibility’ – Is the Monarchy Meddling in Manufacturing?

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Homeopathic Medicine Students of British history will no doubt recall the highs and lows of the Royal Family, that patrilineal dynasty that has ruled the island and the later ‘Empire’ seemingly forever. The institution of the Monarchy has long been the subject of debate and discussion with royalists clashing…well, royally…with abolitionists, who increasingly view the [Read More…]

Lab-Grown Leather: When Contamination Control Meets Chanel

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From way back in the Stone Age to our current Silicon Age, we have labeled periods of our development as a species by the materials we have come to master: stone, bronze, iron, and so on.(1) And, at each stage, our adoption of nature’s materials has also brought with it the development of other consumables [Read More…]

Is There a Blue Cleanroom Wipe?

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Q: Is there a blue cleanroom wipe?   A: Berkshire BluSorb® 750 is a 55% cellulose/45% polyester hydroentangled nonwoven blue cleanroom wipe. It is an excellent choice for a work surface mat as its blue color provides the background differentiation necessary for visual inspection applications. It has low extractable levels and particle counts. BluSorb® 750 is chemically compatible with [Read More…]

What is the Difference Between Stacked and Bulk Packaged Cleanroom Wipes?


Q: What is the difference between stacked and bulk packaged knitted cleanroom wipes? A: Stacked Each wipe is inspected and stacked one on top of the other. The end result is an even square pack that allows each wipe to be removed individually from the pack. Bulk Bulk packaged wipes are placed into a bag with a [Read More…]

What is the Cuff Color of the Bgl2.200br BCR® Polyester Half Finger Glove Liners?

Q: What is the cuff color of the BGL2.200BR BCR® Polyester Half Finger Glove Liners? A: The cuff color is white. Here are all our cuff colors.   BCR® Polyester Glove Liners SKU Cuff Color  BGL2.20R  White  BGL2.200BR  White  BGL2.20L  Blue  BGL3.20L  Blue  BGL3.20R  White   BCR® Single Knit Nylon Glove Liners SKU Cuff Color  BGL6.200SB  Red [Read More…]

Can You Autoclave Berkshire’s Cleanroom Swabs?


Q: Can you autoclave Berkshire’s cleanroom swabs? A: Yes, you can autoclave all our Lab-Tips® cleanroom swabs. We tested using Steam Heat at 126℃ for 30 minutes. The polypropylene handles did become brittle. As always, for sterility validation of the autoclaving you’ll need to validate your particular cycle to ensure the autoclave cycle renders the [Read More…]

What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Cell Swabs?


Cleanroom Swabs 101 – Closed Cell Vs. Open Cell Polyurethane Foam Sock Tip Swabs 1.  How are sock tip polyurethane foam swabs constructed? Sock tips are made by sandwiching the swab handle between multiple layers of thermoplastic head material. The head material is completely sealed and bonded to the handle with heat and pressure. No contaminating adhesives, silicone, amides, and [Read More…]

Q & A – Swab/Solvent Compatibility

Swab/Solvent Compatibility Chart

Q: Can I use a foam tipped swab with Toluene? Can I use a polyester tipped swab with methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)? What about xylene? A: Click here to download Berkshire’s handy Swab/Solvent Compatibility Chart. This one page guide will show you what swab head substrate is compatible with most common manufacturing solvents.   Download the chart

Glove Liners Q & A


GLOVE LINERS Q & A Question: What Is The Difference Between Polyester Glove Liners And Nylon Glove Liners? Answer: It has to do with the weight. While they are both thin, the polyester is a light weight and the nylon is a medium weight. So if you have a wet, heat or cold sensitive application, [Read More…]

I Can See Clearly Now – Microfiber Wipes Part 2


In Part I of “I Can See Clearly Now”, we described the physical construction of microdenier fibers incorporated in fabric used for cleaning eyeglasses. These same fibers can also be employed as the base material for cleanroom wipers. Note however, that microdenier cleanroom wipers are orders of magnitude cleaner than the microdenier fabric used for cleaning eyeglasses. [Read More…]