Biofilms are collections of microorganisms and the extracellular polymers they secrete, attached to either inert or living substrata. Biofilm-related problems cost industry billions of dollars annually by corroding pipes, reducing heat transfer or hydraulic pressure in industrial cooling systems, plugging water injection jets, and clogging water filters. In addition, biofilms cause major medical problems through infection, harboring bacteria that contaminate drinking water, and causing rejection of medical implants.
Tyler Research manufactures a range of devices for the growth and analysis of biofilms on surfaces. These include modifications of the original Robbins Device as well as an extensive line of medium, high and ultrahigh-pressure biofilm systems, all of which are intended primarily for in-line growth, sampling and analysis of biofilms in industrial and laboratory environments.
In years of working with biomedical and industrial clients, Tyler Research has developed libraries of “standard” biofilm devices suited to each discipline. Our subsidiary, Tyler Advanced Corrosion Technologies, was incorporated specifically to serve industrial clients.