Jelly Puts Customer in a Sticky Situation
Agar is a gelatinous medium that is most commonly used by laboratories in Petri dishes as a controlled environment for bacteria growth. The extraction of agar, which comes from a type of red seaweed, is done by first washing the seaweed to remove all foreign matter. Once cleaned, the seaweed is heated with water for several hours, causing the agar to dissolve in the water before it is filtered to remove any seaweed residue.
Warm agar is poured into the bottom half of the petri dish; enough to form a layer over the bottom. Petri dishes, small flat-bottomed containers consisting of two halves, protect the contents from any unwanted containments, while allowing any gases produced to escape. It is important that these dishes be completely sterilized before used, otherwise, results can be affected.
A customer approached AAF looking for a solution to eliminate the dust generated in the production of Agar. Of utmost concern were the strict cleanliness requirements in the production area. This was a key consideration for the entire dust collection solution, as the finished product was ultimately being used extensively by the pharmaceutical and testing industries.