Biofilms are comprised of a number of bacteria and other microorganisms that adhere both to themselves and to external surfaces.
Problems caused by biofilms in industrial applications
A biofilm layer typically forms on surfaces that are exposed to damp conditions such as water pipes, HVAC systems, boilers and cooling towers. If certain environmental conditions are met, bacteria multiply and can cause a number of biological problems in industrial applications.
Biofilm formation can cause serious problems for a number of industries. Food and beverage processes, manufacturing plants, medical establishments and wastewater treatment plants provide the ideal conditions for biofilm formation and costs the industry millions every year. Issues related to the accumulation of biofilms include:
- Souring and spoiling of consumables
- Corrosion of metal surfaces
- Foul odors
- Serious illnesses such as Legionella
Combatting the build-up of biofilm
Antimicrobial agents are used to diffuse the build-up of biofilm by breaking down the cell walls of the bacteria and microorganisms, essentially breaking up the biofilm layer and inhibiting its ability to multiply.
The process of biofilm removal is an evolving one and, here at NCH, we have invested heavily in research and development of biological and microbial sciences. Through our research, we are able to provide a revolutionary biofilm cleaning system for industrial applications. bioeXile® is a new patented product that improves the efficiency of biofilm removal by 1000 times than biocides alone. This formulation is designed to keep surfaces clean that are exposed to warm, pallid and wet conditions - preventing fouling, reducing corrosion, foul odors and avoiding serious illnesses.
NCH Asia’s ChemAqua division are experts in the field of biofilm removal and water treatments in industrial applications. Enquire with us today about bioeXile® biofilm cleaning systems.
Research influenced by Dr Phil Stewart, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University.