Sharp Introduces Microbe Sensor for Fast, Automatic Measurement

Sharp Introduces Microbe Sensor for Fast, Automatic Measurement and Visualized
Count of Airborne Microbes 
Tokyo, Sept 26, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Sharp Corporation has developed a
microbe sensor that quickly and automatically measures the amount of airborne
microbes such as bacteria and mold spores. The product will go on sale to
corporate customers starting in October 2013. 
Worksites in industries such as food processing and pharmaceuticals
manufacturing need to prevent contamination of products by airborne microbes by
continuously monitoring the level of these microbes in the air. Currently in
widespread use for the detection of microbes is the petri dish culturing
method, in which microbes are cultivated in a petri dish and then monitored.
However, this method takes skilled workers from several days to a week to
perform manually, and it cannot be used to provide real-time, accurate measures
of microbe concentrations. 
Sharp's newly developed sensor takes in air from the measuring area,
extracts the microbes that need to be detected, and uses Sharp's
proprietary version of the fluorescent detection method(2) to automatically
measure the amount of the microbes-all in approximately 10 minutes(3). It can
also conduct continuous measuring, making it possible to monitor(4) changes in
microbe counts over time. 
The user can install multiple sensors, which can be controlled via computer.
Various measuring points in a room can then be automatically monitored at the
same time. For example, multiple sensors can be installed at different points
in a large factory and these can be monitored via computer for changes in
microbe counts over time. This allows for meticulous environmental monitoring,
since if a particularly major change in microbe measurement is detected, the
location of the pollutant can be identified immediately. 
In addition, users can remotely access the computers controlling microbe
counts and view measurement data on a smartphone or other terminal. By enabling
remote monitoring of environmental conditions, this system enhances risk
management at times when there are significant changes in microbe
measurements. 


Product name:      Microbe sensor
Model:             BM-300C
Measurement time:  Approx. 10 minutes(3)
Dimensions/Weight: 214 (W) x 214 (D) x 194.5 (H) mm / Approx. 3 kg
Detection method:  Fluorescent detection method (heat-induced increase of
                   fluorescence)

Main Features 
1. Automatically measures the amount of airborne microbes (bacteria, mold
spores, etc.) in approx. 10 minutes.
2. Allows continuous measurement for ongoing monitoring of microbe counts.
3. Having multiple sensors linked in a network allows each sensor, or all of
them, to be monitored by computer.
4. Measurement data can be viewed on smartphones and other user terminals. 
(1) As little as 10 minutes. Measurement time is short compared to the petri
dish culturing method, which takes several days to a week.
(2) Microbes can give off fluorescent light when subjected to a certain
wavelength of light, making it possible to measure the amount of microbes.
(3) Measurement time will vary depending on various factors, such as the
measurement environment and the amount of microbes.
(4) The monitored data is gathered by the PC or other device to which the
sensor is connected. 


Product name:         Microbe sensor
Model:                BM-300C
Detection method:     Fluorescent detection method (heat-induced increase of
                      fluorescence)
Data output mode:     Fluorescence strength (V/sec) or microbial conversion
                      (particles/m3)
Saving format:        CSV format
Dimensions/Weight:    214 (W) x 214 (D) x 194.5 (H) mm / Approx. 3 kg
Power supply voltage: AC adapter (Rated input power AC 100 V-240 V, 50/60 Hz)
 
                      Battery (option)
Operating time:       16 hours(5)
External interface:   LAN x 1 port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX)
                      USB x 1 port (USB 2.0) (FAT-formatted USB memory only)
Power consumption:    28 VA (when using AC adapter)

 
(5) Based on continuous operation. Operating time will vary depending on
parameter settings and may be shortened by repeated charging and discharging of
battery. 
About Sharp 
Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) is a worldwide developer of innovative products
and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of
electronics.  As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital
technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of
consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while
also creating new network businesses. For more information, please visit
www.sharp.co.jp . 
Contact: 
Corporate Public Relations Division
Sharp Corporation
Phone: +81-6-6625-3006 (Osaka)
Phone: +81-3-3260-1870 (Tokyo) 
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