IKS International has now added airborne particles to the parameters that can be monitored by the market-leading XiltriX real-time laboratory monitoring system. Each Calypso Particle data transmitter can support up to ten particle counters for continuous, automatic particle counting in clean rooms, IVF laboratories, pharmaceutical production facilities and anywhere that airborne particulates are a potential issue.
The individual laser-based counters are available to a number of specifications but can typically monitor particles down to 0.3µm in diameter. Particles of 0.5µm and 5µm are counted simultaneously, accumulating counts over a minute as ambient air flows through the counter at a rate of 1 cubic foot (28.3 litres) per minute. The accumulated particle count is transmitted digitally to XiltriX for logging and reporting. Using digital communication means that there are no data losses due to signal transmission or conversion. XiltriX also continuously monitors the airflow through the counter and its operational status, thus providing traceable, real-time data that will greatly assist compliance with GMP and similar quality protocols.