Sharp Microbe Sensor BM-300C quickly and automatically measures the amount of airborne microbes

Sharp has developed a microbe sensor- BM-300C, that quickly and automatically measures the amount of airborne microbes such as bacteria and mold spores. Worksites in industries such as food processing and pharmaceuticals manufacturing need to prevent contamination of products by airborne microbes by continuously monitoring the level of these microbes in the air. Sharp’s newly developed sensor takes in air from the measuring area, extracts the microbes that need to be detected, and uses Sharp’s proprietary version of the fluorescent detection method to automatically measure the amount of the microbes—all in approximately 10 minutes.It can also conduct continuous measuring, making it possible to monitor changes in microbe counts over time.

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The user can install multiple sensors, which can be controlled via computer. Various measuring points in a room can then be automatically monitored at the same time. For example, multiple sensors can be installed at different points in a large factory and these can be monitored via computer for changes in microbe counts over time. This allows for meticulous environmental monitoring, since if a particularly major change in microbe measurement is detected, the location of the pollutant can be identified immediately. The product will go on sale to corporate customers starting in October 2013.

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