Faster, Simpler Surface Testing Solution for Biological Contamination

Faster, Simpler Surface Testing Solution for Biological Contamination

Press Release ( - Boulder, Colorado - Feb 15, 2016 - The newly released SurCapt™ Microbial Surface Detection Kit from Particle Measuring Systems (PMS) is an all-inclusive, ready-to-use solution which simplifies and quickens the process of environmental surface testing for biological contamination. The kit uses GreenLight® Technology for the rapid detection of microbial activity on cleanroom surfaces and the design reduces the likelihood of sample cross-contamination and mishandling by the operator.

The monitor incubates the samples and measures oxygen depletion over time as the number of biological organisms increases. An internal LED illuminates the polymer sensor located in the kit vial and the optical system detects the decay of the fluorescence signal emission based on oxygen present in the sample. The system is flexible and allows either continuous reading to produce a calibration curve, or a pass/fail test based on validated threshold limits. For low levels of biological activity, results are typically obtained in less than 24 hours instead of three to five days or more for traditional microbial samples.

“Our experts at Particle Measuring Systems are focused on providing industry-leading microbial monitoring solutions to the cleanroom industry”, said Giovanni Scialo, VP of Life Sciences for PMS. He continued, “Combined with our BioCapt® impactors and MiniCapt® mobile, we are now providing the industry with a completely validated solution for accurate and efficient collections of both air and surface”.

The SurCapt Kit is suitable for Class A/ISO 5 classified areas, well suited for sampling the most critical and hard-to-reach points, and processes up to 24 samples per carousel.

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About Particle Measuring Systems

Particle Measuring Systems Inc. (PMS), a subsidiary of Spectris plc, is a global technology leader in contamination monitoring, the inventor of laser particle counting, and now is the leading provider of solutions for monitoring and controlling many forms of contamination that impact companies that manufacture in ultra-clean environments. 

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