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A yet2 client is seeking a microbial field test for industrial water applications. Solutions that are quantitative, compact and portable (on-site testing) are of high interest.


Bacteria can create numerous issues for industrial water applications whether from loss of heat transfer efficiency through fouling or through contamination by disease-causing microbes. Existing methodologies for detecting bacteria count in water rely on cumbersome laboratory testing and lengthy incubation periods. Therefore, technologies are needed that can facilitate rapid and proactive on-site microbial field tests.


The ideal solution will be:

  • Small – portable or able to be carried by a sales engineer to the customer site
  • Ruggedized – able to tolerate exposure to a wide range of temperatures and conditions while on-site
  • Able to detect numerous types of bacteria (i.e., multiplex capability) associated with industrial water applications, including but not limited to:
    • Total bacteria
    • Sulfate reducing/oxidizing
    • Acid producing
    • Slime forming
    • Nitrifying/Denitrifying
    • Legionella
    • Iron reducing
  • User-friendly – requires minimal training and less sample preparation
  • Rapid – results in under 3 hours
  • Accurate and provide low false negative rates


Comparable Solution Areas

  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • qPCR (quantitative PCR)
  • Flow cytometry
  • Biofouling sensors


Desired outcome of the solution

Open to a range of options including licensing, development, or purchasing a commercially available system.


Field of use and intended applications

Industrial water systems


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