Biotest Launches New RCS High Flow Touch Microbial Air Sampler
Microbial monitoring of ambient air and compressed gas has never been more convenient: with its color touchscreen, intuitive software and innovative battery concept, the RCS High Flow Touch Microbial Air Sampler makes monitoring of cleanrooms and isolators in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics and food industries not only reliable and effective but also flexible and easy. The complete system, consisting of instrument and agar strips, also meets regulatory requirements: the RCS technology has been extensively validated according to ISO 14698-1 (Biocontamination Control).
The RCS High Flow Touch Microbial Air Sampler employs the principle of centrifugal impaction according to Reuter, whereby air is taken into a rotor and accelerated. The microorganisms in the air stream are then gently applied to an agar strip which, after a defined incubation period, is evaluated. The RCS technology thus provides high physical and biological collection efficiencies as well as an even distribution of microorganisms.
The main objective of the instrument’s re-design was to combine the proven RCS High Flow Technology with features for even simpler, faster and more convenient handling. Thus the new instrument has been equipped with a high-resolution color touchscreen, the sealing of which resists common sterilization and disinfection procedures. Key information is shown on a single screen, with commonly used symbols and functions enabling a quick change of menu and easy programming. The power supply via an integrated, long-life lithium-ion battery is also highly innovative. The battery has the capacity to perform more than 35 x 1000 L measurements with one full charging cycle. Thanks to the instrument’s software-driven, continuous control of total and current battery capacity the main window always shows the number of remaining measurements.
“Companies in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics and food industries must ensure that their customers receive hygienically perfect products. Thus they don’t compromise the quality of microbial monitoring,” says Dr Frank Schulze, Executive Vice President Microbiology at Biotest AG. “For more than 30 years companies around the world have trusted in Biotest’s Microbial Air Samplers. The new, enhanced RCS High Flow Touch thus represents both continuity and innovation.”
A large selection of standardized agar media to determine total count or specific microorganisms is available for use with the RCS High Flow Touch Microbial Air Sampler. For higher cleanroom classes there are gamma-irradiated products in double packaging. Optional accessories include a docking station for convenient recharging of the integrated battery, an adapter for monitoring compressed gases, software and accessories for identifying barcodes, instrument qualification plans and comprehensive validation documentation.
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