Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

VAI’s Environmental Control Monitoring Division (ECMD) addresses the needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semiconductor, and electronics industries with a complete range of facility wide viable environmental monitoring equipment. To learn more about ECMD, click here.

VAI’s viable air monitoring equipment is designed to sample a quantifiable amount of air for viable contamination using our patented Sterilizable Microbial Atrium (SMA®) and a standard media plate. A SMA Atrium® is a 316L Stainless Steel capture device that is connected to a controlled vacuum source, such as the SMA OneTouch® ICS. Air is directed from the environment to impact onto a media plate contained inside of the Atrium. The media plate is then incubated and tested to determine the number of viable organisms per cubic foot or liter of air.

SMA OneTouch ICS® and SMA OneTouch® Command Systems are used to control calibrated and timed vacuum sequences to connected SMA Atriums. The SMA OneTouch ICS features computerized air monitoring and a touchscreen interface. SMA OneTouch Command Systems are made up of SMA®Digital Display Control Centers (DDC) and SMA OneTouch ICS Control Panels. Both systems allow you to start, stop, and monitor the sample cycle from within a controlled environment while locating the flow center and vacuum pump in a non-controlled environment.

The SMA OneTouch ICS and SMA OneTouch Command Systems are both available in Isolator configurations which provide non-aspiration of possible contaminates from the exterior to the Isolator.

In addition to facility wide units, VAI offers portable air sampling systems. In conjunction with an SMA Atrium, SMA MicroPortable® and SMA MicroPortable® ICS Air Samplers are used for the automated collection of microorganisms in the air. These viable air samplers are battery powered, compact, and lightweight which allows them to be easily moved to desired air sampling points.

For air/gas sampling VAI offers both the automated SMA® Compressed Air/Gas Sampler, and the manual SMA® Compressed Air/Gas Atrium. The SMA Compressed Air/Gas Sampler is used for the automated collection of microorganisms in compressed air and gas lines. It monitors and regulates air flow, has a programmable timer, and can sample compressed air/gas lines up to 100 psi at 1 CFM. SMA Compressed Air/Gas Atriums are used for the manual collection of microorganisms in compressed air/gas lines with either a rotameter or a pressure regulator valve.

To complement VAI’s line of viable environmental air samplers, VAI offers non-viable environmental monitoring particle counters. VAI’s Non-Viable Environmental Monitoring systems are used for continuous or intermittent monitoring of particle counts in cleanrooms and critical environments. VAI offers a complete line of SMA MicroParticle ICS® particle counters to meet the needs of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semi-conductor, and electronics industries.

SMA MicroParticle ICS particle counters provide unmatched environmental control by incorporating the latest innovations in particle counting technology, and by integrating several features not found in other particle counters. Unique and innovative features that are exclusive to SMA MicroParticle ICS instruments include, but are not limited to, advanced multi-processing, real-time meter, annotations, advanced power management, compliant reporting, data storage, and sample management. SMA MicroParticle ICS instruments are available in several models: Handheld, Table Top, and Wall Mounted.

The facility wide SMA MicroParticle ICS Remote Particle Counter System (RPCS) integrates cleanroom ready Remote Particle Counters, specially designed software, and vacuum Control Centers into a complete facility particle monitoring system.

ECMD also offers the H-Y Tumble Drum®.  The purpose of the H-Y Tumble Drum is to test garments, wipers, gloves, and other cleanroom ready products to determine the amount of particulates and shedding.

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Product Lines:

Product Types:

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Air sampling
  • Particle counting
  • Computerized equipment
  • Installed equipment
  • Portable equipment
  • Compressed air/gas sampling
  • Isolator air sampling