impactair high performance microbial air samplers

Adaptable, specialised air samplers for highly regulated industries

The ImpactAir® range of microbial air samplers are designed to meet the demanding requirements of the pharmaceutical, healthcare and specialist food industries.

Thanks to its innovative modular design, the ImpactAir ISO can be adapted into a range of formats to suit specific deployment needs, and it's controlled via touch screen LCD.

With 28.3 litres of air flow per minute, the unit can be set to sample air for any time from 1 minute to 9 hours.

Plate height adjustment is fully automatic and there are a number of accessories available including trolleys, inlets, isokinetic probes, exhaust ducts, aseptic dish handling tools and an agar plate lid holder.

Due to its unique design, ImpactAir does not shed particles so is able to operate in environments alongside particle counting devices without influencing readings.


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Features of impactair high performance air samplers

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ImpactAir models available

Three variations to choose from

ImpactAir: Standalone, fully automatic, touch screen interface ImpactAir RABS: Dual user interface for inside and outside RABS ImpactAir ISO: Modular system, integrates into isolators, external controller, remote air mover

ImpactAir Technology

Twin impingement probability reduced

Air is drawn at high speed through a narrow inlet. Particles and microbes are impacted on to agar in a rotating Petri dish.  Fresh agar is presented constantly, significantly reducing the chance of multiple microbes appearing as a single colony after incubation.

ImpactAir uses 14cm petri dishes

Extended sample period per dish

Larger 14cm Petri dishes allow a larger volume of air to be sampled.  The ImpactAir is the first sampler to sense and control plate height adjustment to ensure a constant collection efficiency (d50).


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Asked Questions

How much air should we sample?

Typical requirements suggest 1,000 litres per air sample in high risk areas, such as: grade A filling lines, grade B clean rooms, operating theatres etc. As the criticality of the area reduces, the sample size can be reduced. The aim is to achieve a representative sample; so where higher counts would be expected, a smaller sample produces a more realistic number of cfu to count.

Should I use contact plates or Petri dishes for environmental air monitoring?

SAS samplers were originally designed for Contact plates, however, a Petri dish option has been available for a number of years. It is really a personal choice, although this should be decided at time of purchase, as the sampler will be specifically configured for the plate type chosen. There are advantages for each version and we would be happy to discuss your specific needs.

Can I autoclave my SAS sampler?

No, do not put your SAS sampler in a steam autoclave. The only part that can be autoclaved is the drilled head. The unit can be wiped with alcohol wipes to decontaminate it. The only other exception is the SAS Pinocchio, parts of which can be autoclaved.

How frequently should my SAS air sampler be calibrated?

Cherwell Laboratories recommends every 12 months and we will send a reminder for the month it is due. For some situations local procedures demand more frequent recalibrations so Cherwell is happy to offer tailored recalibration date labelling and reminders on request.

Why might I want gamma irradiated media?

The sterility of the packaged medium is assured and all but the outer layer of packaging is also sterile. Thus the risk to the environment to be sampled is greatly reduced. There is an additional benefit that the additional packaging and process extends the room temperature shelf life. This can be sufficient reason for small or irregular users to prefer irradiated.

What is the maximum exposure time for settle plates?

Settle plates are used to monitor the level of viable particles in the environment through a process of passive air sampling. A viable particle settles on agar plates at a rate dependent on its characteristics and the airflow in the environment.

EU GMP Guide Annex 1 has recommended that 90mm settle plates can be exposed in cleanroom environments for up to 4 hours. However, agar plates may dry out during long exposures where the rate of air exchange is high. So, it might be necessary to use deep filled settle plates, or replace the settle plate after a shorter time to ensure satisfactory growth promotion after exposure.

Is it OK to store prepared media in the fridge?

The storage condition for the majority of our prepared media is Ambient not exceeding 25ºC, the exception being a couple of very specialist products.

We have never specified storage in a fridge for our general media as this causes excessive condensation and can result in a very wet agar surface. This makes the product impossible to use.

What is the difference between general purpose and selective growth media?

General purpose media have nutrients that support the growth of most non fastidious culturable microorganisms. Selective growth media contain components that will inhibit the growth of some types of microorganisms, while supporting the growth of others.

General purpose media, such as Tryptone Soya Agar, are used to produce total counts. While selective media, such as XLD for Salmonella species, are used to test presence/absence of specific types of microorganism.

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