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The RCS® Standard is the classic microbial air sampler in the RCS® Portfolio, having been introduced in 1979 as the first handheld microbial air sampler worldwide. It is a lightweight, compact and very robust instrument for use in unclassified areas.
The RCS® Standard samples at an instrument speed of approximately 40 L/min. The instrument allows the selection of five permanently programmed sampling durations: 0.5 min (20 L), 1 min (40 L), 2 min (80 L), 4 min (160 L) and 8 min (320 L). The Instrument is designed to operate with 4 x 1.5 Volt monocell batteries (1.5 Volt alkaline D cells, type LR20). The use of standard NiCd rechargeable batteries (4 x 1.2 Volt) is not recommended, as these do not provide sufficient voltage.
There are several good reasons why the RCS® Standard has been so popular over the years:
- Lightweight and compact construction
- Choice between battery and mains operation
- Constant flow rate of 40 L/min for particles of 4 µm in diameter
- Five sampling durations selectable for volumes of 20, 40, 80, 160 and 320 L
- Autoclavable instrument head and impeller
- Self-explanatory keypad with LED signals when selecting the sampling duration
- Infrared remote control for increased flexibility
- Automated switch-off
- Reproducible results with ready-to-use, standardized agar strips for the detection of fungi and bacteria
Accessories for the RCS® Standard
We maintain a range of accessories and spare parts specifically for use with the classic RCS® Standard. These include parts for electricity supply, calibration tools and replacement parts for the sampling head.
Support and Services
Merck provides technical support and a comprehensive services offering to help you save your QC resources and facilitate the implementation of your RCS® Standard into your daily testing routine. Our highly experienced teams are there to assist you.
You can contact your local sales representative.
|RCS® Standard Technical Data|
|Sampling principle||The RCS® Standard Microbial Air Sampler operates on the principle of impaction, whereby the air stream enters the unit at the front of the instrument and the airborne microorganisms are separated onto the agar strip by centrifugal force.|
|Measurement range||min. 20 liters, max. 320 liters|
|Air flow rate (Separation Volume)||40 L/min|
|Memory locations||5 memory locations for 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 minutes, in ascending order|
|Motor speed||4096 min1 (rpm)|
|Instrument deviation||± 2 %|
|Power supply||4 x 1.5 Volt monocells (alkaline D cells, type LR20) or mains adapter (110-240 Volt, Art. No. 1.44171.0001)|
|Electrical power||3 W|
|Weight||approx. 1,300g (2.9lbs)with batteries|