How to Mitigate Biofouling in Your Industrial Process Using 2nd Generation ATP

  Microorganisms can wreak havoc in industrial processes in a number of ways – from slime formation that causes paper breaks and excessive downtime in papermaking facilities, to costly recalls of spoiled final product. Consequently, an effective microbiological control program, which includes accurate and reliable monitoring, is critical for maintaining an efficient process and final… Read More

Can Microbial-based Metalworking Fluids Outperform Traditional Water-based Fluids?

  Microorganisms in metalworking fluids (MWFs) have typically been considered problematic, however, a recent study published in 2017 presents a paradigm shift by demonstrating the effectiveness of microbial-based vs. water-based MWFs. While many of us are not familiar with the intricacies of metalworking, it’s the process of cutting and shaping metals for use in manufacturing…. Read More

Cocktail Party Examples – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion

  From the editor: This guest post was originally published on InstantLab’s blog.  InstantLabs is a global molecular diagnostics company focused on building next-generation DNA-based analysis tools and services for industry. Their global client base includes users in the food and biocorrosion space. As we discussed in a previous blog post, Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Bacillus 

From the editor: This is the twelfth post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic. Bacillus is a genus of microbes that has many positive uses in various industries such as medical care, and veterinary care,… Read More

No Grey Area to This Issue: Slimes of All Colours Can Cause Costly Problems in Papermaking Processes

  Pink, orange, red, brown and grey – paper mill slimes can come in an endless range of colours.  What contributes to these variances in colour? Microorganisms.  Different species – which live within a slime – produce different hues.  Unfortunately, you won’t find gold at the end of that rainbow.  In fact, it’s quite the… Read More

Who Turned up the Heat? What You Need to Know about Biofilms and Heat Transfer.

  Whether you work at an oil refinery, power plant, or in an office building, chances are you owe your comfort to a cooling tower.  These engineering marvels are responsible for keeping your process fluids cool, turbines spinning, and even your work environment comfortable by transferring heat from water to air. Of course, where there… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Legionella

  From the editor: This is the fifth post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic. Legionella is a mesophilic, pathogenic organism that can cause Legionnaire’s Disease, a potentially fatal… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Sulfate Reducing Prokaryotes

  From the editor: This is the third post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic.  Sulfate Reducing Prokaryotes (SRP) are a class of microorganisms that reduce inorganic sulfur-containing compounds… Read More

Cutting back on chocolate this Easter? Here’s one more reason why you should

  Just one week ago, on March 22nd, we celebrated World Water Day, where organizations, companies, and individuals from around the globe drew attention to the importance of water and the significant challenges we’re facing in the 21st century. Water pollution and large-scale water shortages have already left 2.1 billion people without access to safe… Read More