Automated Microbial Monitoring

Automated Microbial Monitoring

ACE Scientific Solutions offer latest generation automated microbial monitoring solutions where monitoring stations may be placed in cleanrooms, cabinets or controlled environments and computer controlled from monitoring software platforms we provide. These can be standalone pump based samplers or samplers that (like particle counters) may be connected to an external vacuum system. These automated samplers can be easily integrated into particle and environmental monitoring systems (EMS) we provide as well.

Our automated continuous microbial monitoring systems offer high efficiency and consistency in microbiological monitoring. The iVAS series supports 90 mm Petri Dish media and includes an integrated HPV tolerant controller measuring actual flow and sample volume within the sample head. These iVAS units can be easily integrated into customers’ existing EM program meeting EU-GMP Annex 1 and USP 797 compliance requirements.

Available in both pedestal and tri-clamp mounting styles, the iVAS can be used free-standing or built into isolators and filling machines. The truly intelligent iVAS unit incorporates the perforated sieve head, dual impellers, flow/volume control and communication systems into a highly integrated unit. The iVAS itself controls the airflow and measures the volume of air sampled to maximize regulatory compliance and can operate in either continuous or intermittent sampling modes. The iVAS offers dual calibrated flow rates of either 100 L/min or 50 L/min and D50 values of 1.1 µm and 1.6 µm respectively. The height-adjustable 90mm petri dish holder allows for varying Agar media fill depths whilst maintaining D50 performance.

The integral impellers mean that no bulky external vacuum system is required, facilitating quick and simple installation. A single cable connection supplies both communication and power functionality from the host controller. The host controller supports up to six iVAS units and offers a ModBus TCP Ethernet communications interface and local alarm functionality. The iVAS uses industry-standard Modbus protocol

Designed for use in Grade A zones, iVAS units can be swapped in/out of service and are tracked by serial number to maintain system traceability. This reduces system downtime and allows for fast maintenance and calibration service. Although optimized for use with Pharmagraph’s own enVigil software, the iVAS uses industry-standard Modbus protocol and runs from 24Vdc to cater to the widest variety of monitoring and application software.