The Honolulu Fire Department released Monday the investigation report into the cause and origin of a laboratory explosion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The explosion occurred on March 16 in a Hawaii Natural Energy Institute biofuels research laboratory in the Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building.
A visiting researcher, identified in the report as Thea Ekins-Coward, was injured. The report confirms she lost an arm in the explosion.
Read the full report here.
According to the fire investigator, the explosion occurred in a portable […]
Critical Systems Inc, an industry leader providing gas delivery and abatement equipment, orbital welding equipment leasing, rentals and service for high tech industries, announced today that it would be expanding its offering of components, equipment spare parts and soon “specialty gases and chemicals” to the virtual marketplace via a Virtual Storefront. The company, which prides itself service and on the value it offers customers, sees its Virtual Storefront as a way to embrace technology providing products, information and service around […]
Critical Systems, Inc., finalized the completion of their new, “state of the art” UHP Fabrication Center in Boise, Idaho. The expansion quintuples fabrication space and features ALL new “work cells” designed to improve productivity in the new Center by 50% giving CSI a 10X capacity over the 2011 expansion. CSI’s new Center will rival any orbital welding fabrication facility in the world, putting the company in position to capture large scale business in 2017 and beyond.
The facilities expansion effort coupled […]
CVD Vapor and Liquid Delivery Systems
The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process refers to a category of manufacturing procedures commonly used in the semiconductor and solar industries. The procedures concern the deposit of a solid material, from a gaseous phase, onto a substrate or wafer.
One of the key components of the CVD process entails a gas delivery system, which supplies precursors to the reactor chamber. When the gases come into contact with the heated substrate, the gases decompose (react) and form […]
The new M217 Orbital Welding Power Supply is Arc Machine’s replacement for the M207 which has been the ‘de facto’ industry standard machine for orbital tube welding for more than 20 years now. Will the M217 live up to the reputation of its predecessor? CSI’s John Throngard takes a closer look from a design, functionality, and operational perspective […]
R. J. Pearson, M. D. Eisaman, J. W. G. Turner, P. P. Edwards, Z. Jiang,
V. L. Kuznetsov, K. A. Littau, L. di Marco, and S. R. G. Taylor
Abstract—Fossil fuels are renewable only over
geological time scales. The oxidation, via combustion,
of considerable amounts of carbonaceous fuels since
the dawn of the industrial revolution has led to a rapid
accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere leading to an
anthropogenic influence on the Earth’s climate. We
highlight here that a versatile energy carrier can be
produced by re-cycling CO2 […]
Over the last two years, a record number of new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed in homes and businesses across the U.S. Sliding prices for solar modules and an accelerated pace of the acceptance of solar panels for electric generation have generated demand, especially for distributed solar systems.
The price per watt for solar panels has fallen about 70 percent since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association […]
The $2.2 billion Ivanpah power station, jointly-owned by NRG Energy, Inc.,
BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Google, produced it first output of electricity on
September 24, 2013. Employing concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, the
power plant uses 153, 500 giant mirrors to focus sunlight giant mirrors to reflect and
concentrate into three 45-story towers. The sun rays are converted into heat or thermal energy that boils water. This powers a turbine or heat engine to generate electricity.
Although optional, one of the primary advantages of CSP over PV […]
We have seen a quiet shift from the traditional hand TIG welding to the use of orbital welding machines in pharmaceutical and food/ beverage industries. Although orbital welding has been around for over 50 years, some process piping contractors are only recently showing clients that orbital welding is not just for the semiconductor industry. We have been renting tube prep equipment and orbital welding machines to quality process piping contractors who want their pharmaceutical or food/beverage customers to see the […]
Citing the need for the federal government to “ lead by example” to combat global warning and make the transition to a clean-energy economy, President Barack Obama released a memorandum that directs the U.S. federal government to pursue the objective of obtaining 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The dispatch also provided detailed steps all federal agencies must take to improve energy efficiency reduce energy waste and enhance building performance,
The directive is a follow up to the […]
Since 1998, Critical Systems, Inc. (CSI) has been providing Gas Cabinet, Valve Manifold Boxes & Gas Abatement Systems (Gas Cabinets and Gas Scrubbers, etc.), and Orbital Welding Rental, Lease, Repair and Training Services related to process tool facilitation for Semiconductor, Biotech, Pharmaceutical and related industries. Company headquarters are in Boise, ID, with additional locations in Burnsville, MN, and Shrewsbury, PA, Austin, TX and Draper, UT.
MAIN OPERATIONS CENTER
7000 West Victory Rd. Boise, Idaho 83709
Phone: (877) 572-5515 / Fax: (208) 898-0288 / Email Us »
GAS SCRUBBER RECONDITIONING CENTER
2090 County Road 42, Suite 106 Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: (877) 572-5515 / Email Us »
ORBITAL WELDING SERVICES DIVISION
24 Northbrook Lane, Suite 2 Shrewsbury, PA 17361
Phone: (877) 572-5515 / Email Us »
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