Diagnosing Zinc Needle Contamination

Problems Diagnosing Zinc Needles in High-Tech Environments

The issue of Zinc Needles (or Zinc Whiskers) has been plaguing data centers worldwide for almost 50 years, causing catastrophic downtime in high-tech environments. For the past decade, disaster recovery companies have been stepping forward to remediate this contamination from high-tech computer centers; thus the term Zinc Remediation was born – and there are many companies around the world who have paid large amounts of money to have this service performed. The problem is that many of these remediation companies are not properly testing the problem; and this may be costing their clients tens of thousands of dollars or more of unnecessary expense due to misdiagnosis.

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About Jason Roth

Jason Roth is a nationally-recognized expert in the contamination control and critical environment consulting industry. Since 1988, he has provided consulting services and support to thousands of leading corporations in the US and overseas.

He is a member of the IEST (Institute of Environmental Science Technology), is SSTA (Southwest Safety Training Alliance) Certified, is a Certified Trainer by the Environmental Institute in Lead Abatement, is NCI (National Comfort Institute) Certified for air testing/balancing/certification, was a key speaker at Technology Day in Detroit, has presented at the Uptime Institute (for Data Center enhancements), is a regular at the Cleanrooms West Conference, is a cleanrooms protocol trainer and developer, and has published numerous well-known white-papers in the industry.