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The bioDART® Advantage: A RELIABLE WAY TO CONTROL BIOFILM IN COOLING TOWERS
Chem-Aqua’s bioDART is new technology that continuously measures the potential for biofilm deposits in cooling water systems. bioDART can help you with the challenges associated with biomonitoring by giving valuable, real-time data to monitor microbiological growth and improve biofilm control.
· Automatically monitors microbiological activity
· Predicts biofilm formation
· Provides early warning for upsets
The Biofilm problem:
Biofilm deposit is a serious issue in cooling water systems that lead to corrosion damage, heat transfer losses, reduced flow, and the transmission of disease. Routine biomonitoring is important but traditional methods are not reliable.
1. Dip Slides are commonly used for the detection of slime forming bacteria in cooling & industrial water systems. Dip slides are dipped into the water sample and incubated for 48 hours. Any bacteria in the sample water will grow and form colonies. These are limited as they only measure a small fraction of the bacteria in the bulk water.
2. ATP or Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an enzyme that is present in all living cells, and an ATP monitoring system can detect the amount of organic matter that remains after cleaning an environmental surface. This is expensive to use and the results can be misleading. Both methods require manual sampling with readings that are often difficult to interpret. By the time inspections or equipment readings indicate you have a biofilm issue, serious problems can develop that significantly impact the reliability and efficiency of your systems.
Unlike traditional methods for monitoring microbial control, the bioDART provides a continuous, predictive measure of the core problem, which is the bacteria is growing inside biofilms.
The bioDART Advantage
The bioDART uses advanced optical sensors to measure biofilm formation under standard conditions that amplify the potential for growth. It generates a sensitive BFI reading that reflects the impact of bacteria counts, biocide additions, nutrient load, and operating conditions on microbiological growth and biofilm formation.
The bioDART provides valuable, practical data that you can use to monitor and improve biofilm control in your cooling water systems:
§ Quantitative measure of microbiological activity
§ Predictive indicator of biofilm formation
§ Identifies upset conditions so actions can be taken early
§ Evaluate biocide treatments and maintenance measures
§ Optimize treatment program results and reduce costs