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Toxic, Flammable Chemicals, Gases Breed Trouble in Electronics Plants

Issue 10 and Volume 133.

Toxic, Flammable Chemicals, Gases Breed Trouble in Electronics Plants BY R. L. NAILEN Staff Correspondent What once filled a room now fits on the surface of a postage stamp. That sums up the progress of electronics since World War II. Computers are revolutionizing our civilization—including some fire service operations—because they can now be made so small that microcircuits and microprocessors are common terms in the industry. Though its products are small, the electronics industry is huge and growing fast. Annual growth rates from 15 to 30 percent are forecast through 1983. Total value of chemicals used in producing integrated circuits and related components is approaching half a billion dollars a year and is expected to double by 1985. The manufacture of such electronic components as semiconductors is no ordinary industrial operation. Typical processes are plasma enriched deposition, reactive ion beam etching, pulse electron annealing, and deep ultraviolet flash polymerization. These…

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