Flow Imaging Microscopy Blog

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Flow Imaging Microscopy has revolutionized particle analysis by offering qualitative, morphological analysis in addition to quantitative analysis (count and size). 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, News and Events, FlowCam Technology

UNE Researchers Use FlowCam to Study Engineered Proteins

A class of engineered proteins called elastin-like polymers (ELP) have shown promise for advanced drug delivery applications. In order to fully realize their potential however, they need to be rigorously characterized  to determine how they behave in different environments. The FlowCam is ideally suited to help with the characterization process.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

FlowCam for Semi-Automated Algae Analysis

How do you analyze algae populations? Algae analysis is simplified using the FlowCam®'s image analysis software VisualSpreadsheet®. While manual identification may still be required for taxonomic purposes, algae identification and population analysis can be achieved with little effort using this system. 

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Topics: FlowCam Technology, Aquatic Research

FlowCam for Oil in Water Particle Analysis

How do you perform Oil in Water analysis? Flow Imaging Microscopy provides more comprehensive data than laser diffraction, beyond just count and size data, using particle images and morphological analysis. The FlowCam's image analysis software VisualSpreadsheet is equipped with an algorithm specifically designed for the petroleum industry to quickly and easily analyze the Oil in Water content. 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, FlowCam Technology

VisualSpreadsheet How-To Videos on YouTube

What should my fluorescence settings be for phytoplankton analysis? What should my context settings be for protein analysis? How do I use file processing mode? 

We've compiled VisualSpreadsheet® How-To Videos on our YouTube channel that serve as guides on suggested settings, and instructions on useful functions, including: 

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Topics: FlowCam Technology

Welcome Back, 2X! Particle Analysis Size Increased To 1 mm for FlowCam 8000 Series & FlowCam Cyano

Our flagship product released in 2002, the FlowCam VS imaging flow cytometer, could optionally be outfitted with a 2X objective which touted a maximum particle analysis size of 1 mm. When the FlowCam 8000 Series was released in 2016 and replaced the FlowCam VS, a 2X objective was not available and maximum particle analysis size was reduced down to 600 µm. 

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Topics: News and Events, FlowCam Technology

FlowCam How-To Videos on YouTube

How do you change an FOV flow cell? Clean an FOV flow cell? Change an objective on the FlowCam?

We've compiled FlowCam How To Videos on our YouTube channel that instruct you on basic FlowCam operations and maintenance, including:

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Topics: FlowCam Technology

File Processing Mode Enables Users To Reprocess Files and Adjust Camera Settings After The Fact

Every version of VisualSpreadsheet® is equipped with File Processing Mode, a unique tool offered by the FlowCam®. It offers an efficient and cost-effective way to optimize your particle analysis.  By using File Processing Mode, you can reduce your effort by ensuring your valuable sample is captured correctly the first time.

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Topics: News and Events, FlowCam Technology

FlowCam Used in Study Comparing Particulates Shedding from Plastic vs. Glass Electric Water Kettles

It is no secret that plastic has found its way into more and more everyday products. However, it may be surprising to learn about the sheer volume of plastic particulates shedding from these products and being released into the environment on a daily basis.

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Topics: News and Events, FlowCam Technology

Baker Hughes Study Demonstrates a New, Quick Method for Produced Water Analysis

A study by Baker Hughes demonstrates that the FlowCam® imaging particle analysis technology is a more informative method than spectrophotometry to evaluate the demulsification of produced water. Produced water generated during oil extraction is held in skim tanks where it is treated with water clarifiers or demulsifiers. Reverse emulsion breakers (REBs) coalesce the oil into larger molecules to be skimmed, or removed, from the produced water. The efficacy of REBs and other water clarifiers on produced water is important because oil extraction companies must meet water quality environmental regulations before releasing produced water back into the environment, or they require a low oil content if the water is to be reused in the extraction process. 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight