Flow Imaging Microscopy Blog

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

Most Popular Flow Imaging Microscopy Blog Posts of 2018

We use our Flow Imaging Microscopy blog as a platform to serve up the latest in relevant news, highlight novel uses of the FlowCam, and announce FlowCam technology developments. This year we blogged about 54 different topics. Below is a recap of the Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2018. 

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, Marine Research, News and Events, Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, Aquatic Research, Biopharmaceutical Research

5 Key Considerations for Particle Characterization of Biopharmaceuticals

Flow Imaging Microscopes provide the in-depth characterization of particles in protein therapeutics as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When evaluating instrumentation in this area, it is important to consider and compare these five important features.

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Topics: FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research

Top 5 Influential FlowCam Papers for Biopharma

FlowCam_8100 w no backgroundThe FlowCam continues to be an important instrument in biopharmaceutical research. The ability to image and characterize morphological features of particulate in parenteral formulations is an important aspect of ensuring quality and safety in injectable drug products.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, FlowCam Technology, Biopharmaceutical Research, Nanoparticles

New Method for Cell Counting Microcystis Colonies Using Image Processing Method

October 2018 — Environmental Engineering Research published a paper presenting a new method for cell counting Microcystis colonies using the FlowCam.  Researchers from Korea Water Resources Corporation, University of Central Florida, and Kyungbook National University developed a three-dimensional image processing method using an algorithm to count colonial Microcystis cells.    

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Technological Advances Push Protein and Particulate Research Further: Insights from the 2018 Workshop on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity

KentPetersonCEOFluidImagingTechnologiesKent Peterson is the CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies.

Every summer, around 160 researchers converge at the Workshop on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity hosted in Breckenridge, Colorado by the University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Technology and the AAPS Focus Group on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity. 

At the Workshop, scientists studying the behavior, formation, and effects of protein aggregates and other subvisible particles in therapeutic formulations gather to present their research and discuss industry issues.

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Topics: Protein Therapeutics, News and Events, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight, Biopharmaceutical Research