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FlowCam Used to Study Algae Cultures: Training New Users on Gran Canaria

This week FlowCam Applications Scientist, Kay Johnson, visited the Canary Islands to train a new team of FlowCam users at ITC (Instituto Tecnólogico de Canarias). ITC in Pozo Izquierdo is using a FlowCam 8400 with 488nm laser to monitor marine phytoplankton. The team was originally trained by Nicole Gill when they first purchased the FlowCam in 2019, but this year a new group of scientists from Italy and Serbia have joined their team. 

Pictured here (left to right): Kay Johnson, Flavio Guidi, Tonia Principe, Marianna Venuleo, Maca Golezalaz, Zivan Gojkovic 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Algae Technology, Marine Research, User Spotlight, Aquaculture, Aquatic Research

5 Considerations When Adding Liquid Handling Automation to your Biopharmaceutical Lab

Biopharma labs today are looking for ways to improve accuracy, safety and productivity. The use of robotics to enable the unattended, continuous running of samples is gaining popularity. The following post can help you determine if an automated liquid handling system can help your formulation development lab attain the goals of reproducibility, traceability and flexibility.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Protein Therapeutics, Biopharmaceutical Research

Using Flow Imaging Microscopy to Assess Properties of Pollutive Dryer Lint

The FlowCam has been used in marine and freshwater applications since its invention in 1999. Since then, it has been found to be valuable across many industries to evaluate microparticles of importance in medicine, manufacturing, and environmental disciplines. Rarely do we see these applications cross paths - where man-made particles are being analyzed in marine and freshwater environments. One example of this intersection is the study of microplastics, and the problems they cause for our oceans and marine life. 

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater), User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Using Flow Imaging Microscopy to Enhance Particle Analysis of Printer Toner

An interview with Steve Bowen, Director of Sales, Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies

What is particle analysis?

Particle analysis involves taking a sample of a substance and analyzing the individual particles of the sample. The basic goal is to determine the constituents of a mixture and to differentiate between particles in the sample. Typical measurements of particles that are of interest include: particle size distribution, particle count, various measurements of particle shape, and particle concentration.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, FlowCam Technology

Measuring Sphericity & Aggregates of Powders Dispersed in Fluids

This year, in lieu of their annual conference and exhibition, Powder & Bulk Solids hosted a virtual conference: The Powder Show: Digital Flow.

Steve Bowen, Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies Director of Sales, presented a short webinar at this event, titled "Measuring Sphericity & Aggregates of Powders Dispersed in Fluids". The talk is still available to view, alongside other presentations, on The Powder Show website.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, News and Events, Food & Beverage

Join us at the NAPIM Fall Technical Conference next week

On Tuesday, October 13th, at 3pm CDT, Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Sales Director, Steve Bowen, will be presenting a webinar on Flow Imaging Microscopy at the NAPIM (National Association of Printer Ink Manufacturers) Fall Technical Conference, part of InkWeek 2020.

Register for the conference here.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, News and Events

FlowCam Used for Particle Morphology Analysis in Manufacturing of Bimodal Metal Powder at Cornell University

Metal Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing) requires carefully engineered compound metal powders in order to make high-quality end products. Authors Farzadfar et al. have determined a process for manufacturing a bimodal powder that has both the desired particle density and still flows freely.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, User Spotlight, Additive Manufacturing

Hunting Energy Services Uses FlowCam for Manufacturing and R&D Fluid Cleanliness Measurement

Hunting Energy Services (HES), Subsea Technologies Division, is a manufacturer of subsea hydraulic products for the oil and gas industry. Their suite of hydraulic valve products includes applications for drilling control, production control, and Intervention Workover Control Systems (IWOCS).

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Topics: Industrial Applications, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight

Using the FlowCam to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Magnetic Ionic Liquids in Isolating Foodborne Pathogens

A research group at Iowa State University is studying the use of Magnetic Ionic Liquids (MILs) as a tool to isolate foodborne pathogens in liquid suspensions. Previously, they showed the ability of MILs to capture a species of Salmonella.

Their new work, published in the current issue of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, extends the previous work on MILs to the capture of several Gram-negative bacteria of importance to food, agricultural and clinical testing, including subspecies of Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Food & Beverage, User Spotlight

20 Years of FlowCam Applications

What CAN'T be run through the FlowCam? The list below shows the majority of substances that have been imaged and analyzed on the FlowCam over the course of our 20 year history. Is your application on the list? If not, send us a sample, and we'll add it! Keep reading below to learn more about some of our favorite applications.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, News and Events, FlowCam Technology, User Spotlight