Based on research activities at the University of Abersytwyth and the centre for Alternative Technology (Machynlleth, UK) Aber Instruments was founded in 1988. The company invented and patented a unique method for measuring live biomass based on Radio-Frequency Impedance. Within 3 years the first systems were sold to major biopharma and brewing companies and today, Aber instruments is the global leader in on-line biomass measurement. The company in 2011 became an employee owned company. (See the video)
Aber has supplied over 1000 systems world-wide for the on-line measurement of viable biomass. The Biomass Monitor is used in research, process development and manufacturing by the world's leading pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Novo, Biogen Idec,GlaxoSmithkline, Centocor, Sandoz, Eli Lilly and Genzyme. Many of the systems are now used in cGMP manufacturing processes with some customers using over 50 instruments.
The Yeast Monitor is now established as the standard for on-line yeast concentration measurement in large breweries and international companies such as AB Inbev, SAB Miller, Coors, Diageo, Heineken, Suntory, Kirin, Asia-Pacific and San Miguel have benefited from using the instrument. The same technology is also being used in Biofuel plants and in some cases the instruments can be used to monitor second generation ligno-cellulosic waste fermentations.
The Aber instruments manufacturing facility is based in Aberystywth in West Wales and the company is an ISO 14001 and 9001 registered firm. The instruments are backed by a world class support team and a highly trained and motivated international distributor network in Europe, America and Asia.