The BactoBox is a solution for rapid analysis of total bacteria concentrations in aqueous solutions. Using no sample pretreatment and no reagents, the BactoBox can provide an exact total bacteria count in a collected sample within just 5 minutes. SBT Instruments offers two sample collection kits; one kit for collecting sample from surfaces and one kit for collecting water samples. The BactoBox is currently available as a prototype edition in limited numbers. Please contact Gustav ([email protected]) for trial and purchase inquiries.


BactoBox can be used in many different applications. It is a sensor that rapidly can provide important information about the total bacteria level within many processes including hygiene & cleaning validation, CIP process validation, non-regulated bioburden testing, and environmental monitoring.

Surface Cleanliness

Poor hygiene in the food & beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industry can affect consumer health or result in very expensive recalls. An abundance of processes in many industries are heavily dependent on a clean or sometimes even sterile work environment. It is very difficult to quickly assess the cleanliness of a surface in regards to bacteria and microbiology because there are no simple, accurate, and effective tools available today. Customers who use the sensor will get rapid access to quantitative information about the cleanliness of their production facilities.

Validation of CIP and Water Samples

Cleaning the interior surfaces of pipes, vessels, process equipment, filters and associated fittings, without dissambling any of the equipment is critical. There are many industries that heavily rely on Clean-In-Place (CIP), and for most of these industries a high level of hygiene is necessary to ensure good product quality. A poor CIP process, maybe caused by a faulty sensor or reagent dispenser, can affect product quality and result in batch loss or even a product recall if the issue is not discovered until later in the process. Today's methods for measuring microbiology can not satisfy the need for scheduled and quick CIP validation mainly due to the long response time of the available methods. SBT Instruments' solution can be used to perform an accurate assessment of the bacteria level in the rinse water within 5 minutes.

Other Processes and Projects

BactoBox measures the total bacteria level in aqueous solutions and therefore has the potential to be used in many processes and projects. If you are interested in using the BactoBox solution to measure bacteria in other settings, please feel free to reach out to Gustav at [email protected]