Instantaneous Microbial Detection for Pharmaceutical Water Monitoring

Oct. 14, 2014

Azbil BioVigilant, inventors of Instantaneous Microbial Detection™, announced the introduction of its new IMD-W™ rapid microbial detection system for real-time water monitoring of pharmaceutical water sources.

The system targets applications where the instrument can be used immediately to manage and mitigate risks, increase process understanding, save energy through better use of heat sanitization cycles, and drive labor efficiencies.

Using laser-induced fluorescence, the IMD-W system simultaneously measures particle size and determines whether a particle is biologic or inert. This optical design does not require staining or reagents, and incorporates three light scatter signals with advanced software algorithms to detect biologic particles and discriminate non-biologic “interferent” materials which could otherwise be counted as biologics by other systems. The system may be used on-line for continuous monitoring, or at-line, for point-of-use samples and in laboratory settings. Other features include a touch panel for easy-to-use operation, a set of standard reports for data export and analysis, and a flexible communications interface for networking and integration with common industrial control systems.

The IMD-W system augments BioVigilant’s current product offerings focused on rapid microbial monitoring for air in pharmaceutical manufacturing areas and other controlled environments.