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Save valuable time with automated microbial testing

Water treatment operators balance their time between a wide range of responsibilities. On any given day they could be preparing chemicals, performing maintenance and miscellaneous repairs, reviewing data, collecting samples, and running a variety of tests. In balancing these competing demands, some important duties might not get the time required to truly maximize benefits.

One example of this is microbial monitoring. The more you can test, the better you can understand what’s happening. Frequent testing gives you the tools to make informed decisions and mitigate risk by taking corrective action before it’s too late.


Automate your testing

To help with this problem, LuminUltra recently developed the BugCount® Online ATP Analyzer. This device can be used to monitor total bioburden in industrial and environmental samples – like cooling waters, industrial process waters, and oilfield associated waters. Like our 2nd Generation ATP test kits, the analyzer measures total ATP, which provides a measurement of the total microbial content in a sample.

The big difference from our kits is that the sampling, measurement, and reporting are all done automatically. This frees up time for other important tasks, while allowing more testing to be done without increasing the demand on operators.


Monitor your systems from anywhere

This spring, we ran the device through several field trials, where it was used to monitor ATP concentrations in cooling towers. Samples were run at intervals of two hours, providing valuable insight into the biocide program performance – like the interaction between the different biocides that were being used and how quickly microbial levels started to bounce back after intermittent doses. Even more helpful, the analyzer allowed operators to monitor their systems remotely, providing a significant level of comfort on days when site visits could not be conducted. This was particularly helpful when site access was severely restricted because of COVID-19.


To learn more about these trials, including site set-up and how the ATP data was used, be sure to check out our whitepaper. If you’d like to learn more about the BugCount® Online ATP Analyzer, our Technical Support Team would be happy to help.

LuminUltra Team

Founded in 1995, LuminUltra is a global leader in applied molecular biology diagnostics, with solutions and services that deliver accurate and actionable feedback in bioprocessing, biofouling, and biosecurity applications. With operations in six countries, LuminUltra serves dozens of Fortune 500 customers across more than 100 countries. At the same time, LuminUltra fosters a culture of innovation and agility, working tirelessly to deliver more value to customers. In recent years it has been on an accelerated growth path, acquiring multiple companies after forming a partnership with XPV Water Partners.  

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