Particulate monitoring is another important part of an environmental monitoring program. Airborne particle counters, or laser particle counters are an effective way to measure the particles after ambient air testing such as dust, dirt, metal shavings, rust, and microplastics. These types of particles can all be damaging to end-products and should be monitored for in high-risk areas of the manufacturing facility according to SQF Edition 9.
Trace Analytics currently offers a handheld LPC which can detect down to 0.3 micron particles and a bench LPC which can detect down to 0.1 micron particles. The handheld Setra LPC is fast, lightweight, and easy to use. It is an excellent choice for customers who are performing troubleshooting at various locations. Remediations can be made and then quickly re-tested for immediate feedback. The Setra also comes with a temperature and relative humidity probe.
The bench LPC is ideal for customers with strict limits and high purity classes, the Aerotrack is designed for monitoring and testing air in cleanroom or controlled environments. This LPC can count particles down to 0.1 microns. Users can print out the test results on site and request a Trace Analytics report. The AeroTrack is also readily available for rent.
For more information on Laser Particle Counters, see our LPC page here.