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Below are answers to those often asked by individuals researching rapid detection and Celsis. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.

  1. What makes the Celsis method better than traditional methods?
  2. What is the typical return on investment (ROI) from implementing Celsis?
  3. How can I predict my company’s return on investment?
  4. How does the cost per test compare to traditional testing?
  5. What products can be tested with Celsis?
  6. How will I know if the Celsis system will work with my product(s)?
  7. Can Celsis test natural or organic products?
  8. How long does it take to implement a Celsis system?
  9. How do I validate the Celsis system?
  10. Who has validated your system?
  11. What's included in the Celsis system?
  12. Is the Celsis rapid method easy to use?

1. What makes the Celsis method better than the traditional method?
Celsis is a growth-based method that is similar to the traditional method, but with significant business benefits. It is an equivalent yet faster method that reduces operating costs by reducing product hold times. It also improves lab efficiency and contributes to sustainability in the lab. 

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2. What is the typical return on investment (ROI) from implementing Celsis?
Most companies implementing Celsis for a single plant will recoup their investments in six to nine months and enjoy a five-year, net present value (NPV) of $500,000.

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3. How can I predict my company’s return on investment?
The Financial Impact Assessment will provide a highly accurate forecast of the financial benefits to your company from implementing Celsis. Based on company-specific information that you supply, it calculates your return on invested capital and five-year net present value (NPV). The Impact Assessment was developed by the international management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc. for a global consumer products company. That company is now using Celsis in more than 40 of its plants worldwide. Contact Celsis for your free assessment.

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4. How does the cost per test compare to traditional testing?
When you consider the operational savings, Celsis costs less per test than traditional methods and can save your company money. Also, consider the cost to your company of a recall. The benefits of a Celsis system double during a contamination event.

Compares cost per test of traditional vs Celsis rapid method

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5. What products can be tested with Celsis?
The flexible Celsis system will successfully test more products than any other method. Only Celsis rapid detection systems can test filterable and non-filterable products; solids; opaque, turbid and highly pigmented products; pulpy, viscous and other difficult-to-test materials. Typically, Celsis is used to ensure the cleanliness of raw materials, in-process or finished goods for release. Some customers use the Celsis system to test directly for gross contamination, alerting them quickly to potential changes in their product or ingredients over time by monitoring the overall microbial load. Celsis can also be used for water testing and cleanroom monitoring.

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6. How will I know if the Celsis system will work with my product(s)?
The Celsis system is compatible with the broadest range of products of any rapid microbial method.Celsis will work. Like the USP microbial test, Celsis is a growth-based method. However, unlike the traditional test that takes an average of 5 days for microbial limits, the Celsis system provides accurate results in 18-48 hours. The time savings for sterile product testing are even greater. If you have not been testing your products for microbial contamination, know that Celsis has been used successfully by major manufacturers of consumer products, food and beverage products, and pharmaceuticals for 20 years, testing a wide range of products from solids to liquids-- including dark and viscous material like mascara and infused fabrics such as antibacterial wipes. Our experienced lab professionals are available to answer additional questions. Just use our contact form to start a conversation.

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7. Can Celsis test natural or organic products?
Yes. Many of our customers’ products fall into these categories.

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8. How long does it take to implement a Celsis system?
When you purchase a Celsis system, included is a three day, on-site installation process covering the IQ/OQ (installation/operation qualification), training and the start of validation. At the end of the three days, the Celsis hardware and software will be installed, your team will be trained, and your product validation will be underway. The remaining implementation period will depend on your internal process and document control requirements. Customers have completed the conversion in three months or more. If your products are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, more information is here.

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9. How do I validate the Celsis system?
The Celsis method is very similar to the traditional method; they are both growth based. Generally our customers perform (or have us perform) a spiking study and then proceed with parallel testing. Read more on our pharma pages.

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10. Who has validated your system?
P&G, Colgate, Unilever, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, FreislandCampina, Abbott Nutrition, Natura, and other leading companies all over the world have validated, and continue to use, Celsis systems for faster product release.

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11. What's included in the Celsis system?
The Celsis system is composed of four parts: the luminometer instrument (hardware); computerized instrument controlling and recording software; proprietary reagents; and global support. The latter includes installation and on-site training, technical support, customer service and, if needed, regulatory support services.

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12.  Is the Celsis rapid method easy to use? 
Yes. While some rapid methods require significant training and expertise, Celsis systems are easy to use. We employ a very simple and straightforward process that is similar to traditional methods, but much faster. Plus, there are significant advantages to using Celsis over the traditional method. Not only do you get results much faster, reducing your production cycles, but you are freeing up lab space while also minimizing the amount of waste produced by and energy and water used by the testing process.

 

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