Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) causes billions of dollars in damage annually. It affects diverse industries including marine transportation and shipping, chemical and oil processing, power generation, water treatment, and aviation among others. But I find that most people aren’t familiar with it and I’m often asked for some specific examples. Here are two cases of MIC that we can all appreciate.
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In the past on this blog, we’ve talked a lot about using molecular testing to look for things like food borne pathogens and for verifying species ID. But point-of-need based Real-Time PCR is a powerful technology that can be used in a multitude of additional areas ranging from human health to forensics. And did you know that it can also be used in the fight against corrosion?!?
Imagine getting food safety test results where you need them and when you need them. Point-of-need testing means running tests at or near the facility where the products are produced. It provides a number of advantages to the producer. First and foremost, test results are available much sooner since time isn’t wasted transporting samples to a distant testing facility. You can confidently ship products faster because you’ll have the results available sooner.