Company Description

Contec, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of contamination control products for critical environments worldwide. Contec products are used in various industries across the globe–biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical device, microelectronics, optics, semiconductor, data storage, automotive OEM, and aerospace.
Our extensive product line for cleanrooms includes nonwoven, woven, and knitted wipers, presaturated wipers, mopping systems, wall washing systems, sponges and swabs. Many of our wipers and spin mop bucket are available validated sterile for use in aseptic environments. Laundered wipers and mops are processed in our ISO Class 4 cleanroom laundry facility. Our ISO 9001:2000 registration ensures customers of the consistent quality of our products–from development to delivery. We are committed to exceeding customer requirements and expectations.

Custom Manufacturing

Our flexible manufacturing environment allows us to easily customize products to your specific requirements. Products can vary by fabric selection, wiper size, wiper shape, solvent choice, and saturation levels. Many packaging configurations are also available. All cleaning and spill control products were initially developed for a specific customer’s needs. If you have a unique cleaning challenge, let us know. We specialize in custom manufacturing and create cleaning and spill control products to meet your needs.

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Polynit Heatseal Wipers

Contec’s Polynit Heatseal Wipers are constructed from textured 100% polyester knit. Laser-cutting bonds the fibers at the edges of the wiper, creating a very clean, nonabrasive edge, which allows 100% utilization of the wiper surface. The wipers are laundered and packaged in an ISO Class 4 cleanroom. They have a good sorbency with solvents and are abrasion and chemical resistant. Ideal for general purpose cleaning. Available in bulk or stacked packaging, and in custom sizes. Available validated sterile.

EasySat[TM] Bucketless Floor Mop

The EasySat[TM] Bucketless Floor Mop is an effective and quick solution to your cleaning challenges. Designed specifically for the cleanroom, this innovative new mop is easy to use–the built-in solution tank completely eliminates the need for a bucket and wringer! The EasySat is fully autoclavable.

The EasySat features a mop head constructed from the same material as our microfiber mop head: durable polyester fabric is laser cut and laminated to clean ester foam without the use of glues or adhesives, providing excellent abrasion resistance. Angled mop head cleans hard-to-reach areas and can be attached and removed within seconds.

The EasySat is simple to use–no complex moving parts. Simply pour your solvent or solution into the translucent tank, squeeze trigger mechanism, and clean up to 5,000 square feet. Convenient trigger mechanism flow control releases cleaning solution on demand or continuously. Sixteen jets ensure that the solution is evenly dispensed across the entire mop head. Large opening makes the 52-ounce solution tank easy to fill, while the snug–fitting lid minimizes exposure to chemicals. EasySat is lightweight, weighing only 7 pounds with a full tank of solution.

PROSAT[R] Presaturated Cleanroom Wipers

Contec’s PROSAT Presaturated Wipers feature saturated polypropylene, polyester, or polyester/cellulose nonwoven wipers in flat resealable pouches individually lot-numbered for traceability. These specially designed pouches preserve cleanliness and solvent saturation levels. The PROSAT product line features six different presaturated wipers, including PS-911 wipers, which are 9″ X 11″ polypropylene, saturated with 70% IPA/30% DI water. Six sterile presaturated wipers are also available. PROSAT Sterile wipers are designed for the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. PROSAT wipers are an effective, efficient and convenient method of cleaning process tools and other equipment.

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Edgeless[R] & New Enhanced Ribbed Edgeless[R] Mops

Contec’s patent-pending Enhanced Ribbed Edgeless Mop features unique ribbed, twisted strands made from a continuous tube of 100% polyester fabric, providing 60 percent more sorbency than traditional tube mops. A textured headband provides extra abrasion resistance for those tough cleaning tasks.

Laundered and packaged in Contec’s ISO Class 4 cleanroom, the Edgeless and Enhanced Ribbed Edgeless mops are designed for general lab and process area cleaning. Ideal for ISO Class 3 cleanrooms and less critical environments. Compatible with a wide range of solvents and chemicals. Both mops are available validated sterile per AAMI/ISO Guidelines to a [10.sup.-6] SAL. Also compatible with ETO and autoclave sterilization methods.

Health-Services-LargePneumonia has become the sixth leading cause of death in the US as the bacteria that causes the disease have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Advice for preventing pneumonia is provided.

The death of Jim Henson in May 1990 was shocking news. Everywhere, people felt deeply sad about the loss of the man who had created the Muppets and given Kermit the Frog his cheerful voice.

Henson died from a raging infection of a particularly deadly strain of pneumonia. His sudden death focused attention on a disease that today is seldom thought of as fatal. Pneumonia was the country’s leading cause of death until the mid-1930s. In the late ’30s, the introduction of antibiotics helped bring the disease under control. Recently, however things have changed.

A Concern Again

Today, pneumonia–ranked together with influenza–is the country’s sixth leading cause of death. Pneumonia has once again become a major health concern for a number of reasons. Some bacteria that cause pneumonia have become resistant to antibiotics. Also, people infected with pneumonia may be unaware they have the disease. They may think that what ails them is simply the flu and go untreated until they develop serious complications.

When pneumonia strikes, the air sacs in the lungs fill with pus and other liquids. This blocks the supply of oxygen to the blood. Starved of oxygen, cells can’t work properly, and this affects other parts of the body, including the heart, brain, and kidneys.

Pneumonia affects the lungs in different ways. Lobar pneumonia infects a major section–or lobe–of one lung. In what is called double pneumonia, the infection spreads to both lungs. Another kind is known as bronchial pneumonia, which affects small patches around the bronchial tubes of both lungs.

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Bacterial and Viral

Just as the disease affects the lungs in different ways, pneumonia also has different causes. Bacterial pneumonia is caused by bacteria that even healthy people may carry without becoming ill. If the body’s defenses are weakened, however, these bacteria can multiply and invade the lungs. Particularly at risk are people whose natural disease resistance has been weakened by illness, old age, malnutrition, recent major surgery, or who have impaired immune systems.

Approximately half of all pneumonias are caused not by bacteria but by viruses. Usually viral pneumonia is not as serious and lasts a shorter time than the bacterial variety. But health experts are quick to caution that viral pneumonia can have the same symptoms as the flu: fever, a cough, headache, muscle pain, and weakness. Viral pneumonia can cause extreme shortness of breath. Also, it is not unusual for a person whose defenses are weakened by viral pneumonia to develop bacterial pneumonia at the same time.

Another kind of pneumonia is caused by mycoplasmas, which are tiny agents that have characteristics of both bacteria and viruses. Mycoplasmal pneumonia, which occurs most often in children and young adults, is a milder form of the disease.

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Early Diagnosis Is Key

Because pneumonia is such a serious disease, early diagnosis is key to recovery. Doctors usually listen to the chest through a stethoscope for crackling and rattly sounds called rales that may indicate fluid in the lungs. A chest X-ray may be taken to help confirm the diagnosis of pneumonia. Blood tests and cultures of sputum (saliva mixed with mucus or pus) can determine the type of pneumonia.

Bacterial pneumonia and mycoplasmal pneumonia are treated with antibiotics along with other medications that can relieve symptoms such as headache or fever. Antibiotics usually act fast to help relieve symptoms. Even though patients may feel much better within 24 to 48 hours, this can be one of the most critical times for the disease. It’s extremely important to continue to take antibiotics for as long as the doctor recommends, because pneumonia bacteria can still be present and, if all the medication has not been taken as prescribed, the infection can come back even stronger and more dangerous than before.

Resistant to Antibiotics?

Much attention has been drawn to the concern that many drugs have become less effective in treating pneumonia because some disease-causing bacteria have become resistant to different kinds and combinations of antibiotics. The reasons for this are complicated. Some experts say antibiotics have been over-prescribed in recent years. Others point to consumption of products from animals that have been fed antibiotics. Researchers have documented examples of bacteria that have adapted to various antibiotics and are now able to fight off the drugs, survive treatment, and become difficult to combat.

Cases of viral pneumonia usually are treated with medications that relieve its symptoms. Because antibiotics attack bacteria but not viruses, these drugs usually are not prescribed–unless the doctor does so to protect the patient against a possible secondary infection.

Like so many other diseases, prevention is the best way to avoid infection. Good health habits can go a long way to help you avoid this serious disease.

Getting enough rest and eating nutritious foods are a major line of defense. If you do have a cold, sore throat, or flu, pay attention to your body. You’re the best judge of if what might otherwise be just an annoying discomfort is developing into something more serious.

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RELATED ARTICLE: Be Aware of the Symptoms

You should see a physician if you have a fever, cough, chest pain, nausea, or chills that persist for more than a few days. Pneumonia does not always produce all these symptoms, however. Some pneumonias produce a thick sputum that is rust-colored or yellow-greenish; others produce only a small amount of mucus.

Bacterial pneumonia can strike year-round, but viral and mycoplasmal pneumonia most likely occur during the fall and winter.

mopUpgraded packaging and sharp displays play a role in increasing sales of mops and brooms, but retailers stress that the bottom line in the category is price, price, price.

Tidy display racks that help consumers differentiate between the products and their uses are welcome tools in the marketing of these house-hold necessities, but consumers remain extremely price sensitive in these purchases, discounters and supermarket chain retailers told HOUSEWARES.

“Quality and price point. That is what sells brooms and mops,” said George Cox, GMM and buyer for Harvey’s Stores, a variety chain of 20 stores headquartered in Valparaiso, IN. He added that while packaging has become more attractive, he hasn’t noted any direct effect on sales.

In fact, the stores do not do much in advertising or promotions of mops and brooms either. Cox characterized the business as steady, day-in day-out trade that does not respond noticeably to selling techniques that can make a difference in other types of categories.

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Price Seekers

Tom Bridges, buyer for the Woolworth’s chain, agreed that consumers are very price concsious in these purchases. He said he has not noticed any dramatic changes in packaging or shippers. The stores have been staying with their display rack approach and their strategy of advertising top sellers and promoting the lower-priced items.

“These are the ones that usually do the best promotionally,” he explained. To attract those bottomline consumers, the stores occasionally group items together at one price point. “We usually try to put some items together at one price point, like the ‘two for $5’ type of thing,” Bridges said. Grouped together often are the individual items vendors have offered at special prices, he added.

According to Jerry Clark, buyer for the 57-outlet Dillon Stores in Hutchinson, KS, consumers simply do not respond to mops and brooms promotionally. “I’m not really sure why that is, but we promote only minimally, and advertise only when manufacturers offer a special,” Clark noted. Sales have been good and have been steady, he reported. As for package upgrading, Clark is another who hasn’t noted anything dramatic enough to have had an effect on sales.

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Synthetics Sell

It is the same story for the Schultz Sav-I Stores supermarkets, said GMM Dale Van Ess. Price is everything. “Pricing has been steady and we will be adding an item or two to our mix,” he added. Again, there is no major thrust in advertising or promotion. In Sav-O Stores, synthetics sell better than natural fibers “as far as unit sales go,” according to Van Ess. But the choice of fibers still seems highly individualized as far as preference goes.

Clark said that in the Dillon stores, which carry one corn broom, it sells about the same as a comparable synthetic broom. According to Bridges of Woolworth’s, “Natural fibers do well, but our best-selling broom is a cheaper one with a mixed synthetic/natural makeup.” And consumers who shop Harvey’s Stores have a preference for natural fibers, said Cox.

One chain that does see an advantage to promoting mops and brooms is Gold Circle, said Buyer Len Dibble. “We do a lot. In fact, we like to promote them at least twice a month. Multiples seem to work quite well and we have found that they can increase unit sales significantly.”

Dibble said the category is up for Gold Circle and few strategy changes will be coming. While carrying three programs, sales were up slightly in one line that had a packaging change. Of the other two programs, one had a change but was new to Gold Circle, and the other did not make packaging changes.

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Specialty cleaning products are a hot-ticket these days. From aromatic cleansers to environmentally-friendly air fresheners to high-quality microfiber cleaning tools, today’s consumer is ready for a clean sweep.
Cleaning products provide specialty retailers with a niche that is definitely a step above what the mass-channel stores offer in this category. Even if some of the products you carry are stocked on your competitors’ shelves, chances are there’s no one there to explain the difference in cost and quality. So here’s your” opportunity.
Begin by constantly demonstrating how great these cleaning products work in your store. Your employees should be constantly cleaning the premises and while doing so, using the products you stock when they’re wiping down displays or cleaning windows. Beyond that first step, we’ve got some more fun ideas from contests to promotions for a clean house.

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These three Clean Sweep Display ideas will keep cleaning products at the top of your customers’ shopping lists:
* Create a Not Just for Spring Anymore Display. Design a cleaning display with spin mop reviews, brooms, buckets, and more, and rotate different seasonal items around it–pumpkins for Halloween, Christmas items for the holidays, hearts for Valentine’s Day (you might even use the slogan “Fall in love with a clean house.”). The display can stay up year-round–all you have to do is add in new products and change out the seasonal aspect.
* Create a Clean Sweep Package that pulls together several cleaning products into one grab-and-go selection. You may want to create themes, such as Sparkling Kitchens, Beautiful Baths, or even College Survival Kits. Gather together different cleaning elements, such as buckets, scrub brushes, twist and shout mop, and microfiber cloths into one take-home package and offer promotional pricing.
* Create signage that outlines the benefits of microfiber over regular cotton and have it available as a handout. Hang a poster-sized version in the cleaning section to educate not only your customers but also your employees.
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Following are two promotional ideas that are sure to generate sales of your high-quality cleaning products.
* The Newlywed Game
Create a cleaning contest for engaged couples or newlyweds in which you invite brides to bring in their grooms for a Clean Off Contest. Have the grooms use several different cleaning products as they compete while performing several “fun” household tasks, such as removing grime from a demo window using a window squeegee or trying to take scuffs off of a demo floor using a o cedar spin mop. The winning groom will win prizes for his bride. The participants will receive valuable coupons they may use in the store.
* Trade Up
Create a mop trade-in program that allows customers to trade in their old mops for new, improved microfiber ones. Offer discounts off the purchase of best spin mop using the trade-in, as well as some additional coupons for cleaning products throughout the store.

Dr Gio Caranci tests a high-tech stethoscope with no ‘twiddly bits’ but plenty of style and kudos.
The Littman Cardiology STC looks like any conventional Littman stethoscope until you get to the business end. From there on, it looks like it has been designed in a wind tunnel. It is streamlined and looks more like a high-tech computer mouse than a best stethoscope review. The diaphragm is no longer round but has evolved into a teardrop shape. But it still carries the familiar Littman logo.
The diaphragm has a plastic rim, which Littman refers to as a ‘patient-friendly non-cool rim’. But, ‘Brrr, that’s cold doctor!’ seems to be too ingrained into patients’ psyche for it to have had much of an impact on ending this reaction yet.

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As with all the pricier Littman stethoscopes, it has a two-in-one tube with a flexible adjustable spring. The ear tips are the usual high-quality soft-sealing variety that your ears quickly come to expect. Using cheaper stethoscopes can be a bit of a shock when you have become accustomed to these earpieces.
The fixed head has three rubber inserts that you use to grip. This is where the STC comes in: soft-touch chest piece. When you look at it, the first question is ‘Where has the bell gone?’ There is now only one element to the end of stethoscope for sales.
Adjusting the amount of pressure you put on the head determines whether it hears the high, low or combined frequency sounds. Firm pressure equates to the flat diaphragm of old, while the equivalent auscultation of the bell is achieved by minimal pressure on the head or allowing it to rest on the chest wall.
It takes a bit of getting used to and I did miss the chance to do some thinking by twisting the stethoscope’s head from diaphragm to bell. Those of you who enjoy this form of activity should be warned. Twisting the head on the STC is likely to result in it breaking.
So how does it compare to other stethoscopes? I’ve used a Littman Cardiology II SE for many years and always found it to be an excellent product. I decided to compare it with the STC. Not having to worry about the bell does not take much getting used to. The sound quality is excellent in both stethoscopes and I could not hear any obvious differences. Because the top ends were identical, there was nothing to choose between them here.
Ideal upgrade
So, is it really worth spending pounds 141 on this a piece of equipment? Well, as it is something that will get extensive daily use, buying a top-of-the-range stethoscope is excusable. I think it would make an ideal upgrade from a more basic stethoscope. It will not turn you into a cardiologist overnight, but it will make a lot of those chest sounds much clearer.
But this generates a new problem – what to do about all those extra sounds of which you suddenly become aware. This concern has obviously been spotted by Littman, and the company tries to address it by offering a free CD with 20 examples of cardiac and pulmonary auscultation sounds. Clearly not destined for the charts, but none the less considerate.
Something much cheaper will do the job, but probably not with so much kudos. They have not appeared on ER yet, but I’m sure it will only be a matter of time. It goes without saying that any of the Littman stethoscopes will be superbly made and built to last. This one comes with a six-year warranty on workmanship and against material defects – a clear expression of the confidence the manufacturers have in their product.
This fancy futuristic design from 3M Littmann Lightweight II Review is an attempt to modernise one of the oldest pieces of medical equipment around. The single head is a new idea and it works very well. The rest of the stethoscope is exactly what we have come to expect from such a well-established company.

Phương thức phổ biến nhất, đầu tiên của tin nhắn thương mại liên quan đến việc bấm nhiều lần (multi-tap). Mỗi số trên điện thoại liên quan tới 3 hoặc 4 chữ. Ví dụ bấm phím số “3” sẽ hiển thị các chữ “D,” “E” và “F”. Khá dễ hiểu khi phải bấm nhiều lần nhưng rất không hiệu quả.

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Vào những năm 1990, đồng sáng lập Telgic, Cliff Kushler đã phát minh ra phương thức T9, ngắn gọn cho cả cụm “Text on 9 keys”. Thay vì bấm nhiều lần, công nghệ bấm chữ được dự báo trước đã hiển thị các chữ từ một phím bấm duy nhất. Khi T9 trở nên phổ biến hơn với các từ và cụm từ thường được những người nhắn tin sử dụng, các từ và cụm từ trở thành người đưa tin theo trật tự tần suất.

Vào năm 2011, Kushler đã sáng tạo ra Swype, một tính năng nhắn tin cho các màn hình cảm biến, cho phép người sử dụng di ngón tay để kết nối các chấm giữa các chữ cái trong một từ. Bàn phím đầy đủ trên ĐTDĐ lần đầu tiên được giới thiệu vào năm 1997 với Nokia 9000i Communicator, đã trở nên phổ biến vào những năm 1990 và đầu những năm 2000.

Phần lớn các model chấp nhận bàn phím QWERTY, một sự bố trí dần quen thuộc trên các máy tính. Simon của IBM lần đầu tiên giới thiệu màn hình cảm biến vào năm 1992 – cũng được xem như là smartphone đầu tiên dù thuật ngữ này đã chưa được gọi tên. Chiếc điện thoại đã có lịch sử 15 năm. Những chiếc smartphone đã thay đổi và vào năm 2007 Apple giới thiệu iPhone, đáng chú ý về giao diện cảm biến và bàn phím ảo. Bàn phím ảo có khả năng sửa chữa và hiệu chỉnh đánh vần tự động, công nghệ văn bản thông minh và khả năng đoán các từ mới. Các phím lớn hơn và bàn phím được điều chỉnh theo độ rộng của điện thoại dựa trên nền hay hướng thẳng đứng.

Hiện nay, các bàn phím ảo đã trở thành một tính năng chuẩn cho các smartphone. Năm 2007 cũng đánh dấu là năm đầu tiên người Mỹ gửi và nhận nhiều tin nhắn/tháng nhiều hơn cuộc gọi thoại. Các trang xã hội chấp nhận định dạng chữ ngắn có thể phần nào hỗ trợ khái niệm tin nhắn ngắn – chúng ta đã biết cách viết ngắn gọn và rõ chữ hơn.

Truyền thông xã hội, chat, thư điện tử, Skype và dịch vụ sms brand name các hình thức liên lạc khác đang mở rộng các lựa chọn ngoài cách chỉ nhắn tin. Nhưng phần lớn các lựa chọn này cần dữ liệu. Tin nhắn vẫn là một cách truyền thông trên ĐTDĐ phổ cập nhất.