Lumitester A3 SMART

Working in tandem with our Lucipac swabs, the Lumitester A3 Smart System detects all organic residue and microorganisms on surfaces and in liquids, determining levels of cleanliness within seconds. 

A3 Technology detects not only ATP, but also the lower-energy molecules ADP and AMP. Consequently, the device offers you far greater visibility and sensitivity when it comes to cleaning effectiveness. 

As with conventional ATP tests, the system can NOT be used for the direct detection of allergens. However, due to its ability to detect all organic residue, the A3 system could support your allergen management program. Click here to learn more about this possibility. 

For use with VLTA-10 LuciPac A3 Swabs (purchase separately). Click here to learn more about the swabs.

Find out more about the A3 System or get in touch to discuss a trial / trade-in with our team.

You can also read a comparative piece on conventional ATP tests and the more accurate A3 System.

Plus, take a closer look at the role of A3 technology in different industries:

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The A3 Lumitester Smart is a quick and simple device for hygiene control and rapid detection of food and residues on surfaces. With Bluetooth connection, the unit sends results wirelessly to your mobile or tablet, or alternatively via a cable to your PC. There is also a cloud app for storing and presenting the data.

The ATP test is one of the most commonly used hygiene tests, but in reality ATP is very unstable molecule, often downgrading into ADP and AMP.  This results in unreliable measurements by conventional ATP-only tests.  Using A3 technology, the Lumitester Smart detects ATP + ADP + AMP, offering unmatched sensitivity and finding the residues that were previously overlooked.

  • Lightweight and easy-to-use.
  • Highly sensitive, precise measurement of ATP, ADP and AMP, giving far superior sensitivity than conventional ATP meters.
  • Auto-calibration.
  • Set your own limits for pass/fail results.
  • Bluetooth connection to app for storage of measurement results in the Cloud, allowing you to access the results from anywhere.
  • Data visualisation in the app makes the measurement results easy to see and analyse in detail.
  • Free Technical Support Available.
  • 12 month warranty.
  • Next day delivery for all swabs meaning there is no need to keep stock of swabs on site.

Swab Storage Conditions-

The LuciPac A3 Swabs should be stored at 2-8°C and should never be frozen. Under these conditions, they should be suitable for use until the expiry date on the box. We endeavour to supply the swabs with an expiry date of 12 months minimum. Alternatively, if you choose to store the swabs at 25°C, they will last 14 days unopened, and if you store them at 30°C, they will last five days unopened. Working closely with a team of microbiologists, Klipspringer provides ongoing support for your A3 system. This involves helping you to choose the right number of swabs for each order and giving you the option of staggering your deliveries to secure swabs with the optimum lifespan.

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Temperature range5 - 40°CWeight255g
Dimensions (mm)65 x 176 x 40mmSoftwareLumitester App
Power supply2 alkaline batteries (AA)Unit of measurementRLU
Data memory2000 AnalysesIncubation time 10 sec
ConnectivityUSB, Bluetooth LE (Ver4.1)Evaluation Bioluminescence

Q: What is A3 Technology?
A: A3 Technology is a patented system that combines adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing with the detection of lower-energy molecules, adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and adenosine monophosphate (AMP). It enables the rapid detection of organic residues and microorganisms, providing enhanced sensitivity compared to conventional ATP tests.

Q: What is ATP?
A: ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) is a vital energy molecule found in all living cells. It serves as the energy source for various biological processes and is fundamental to life. ATP testers can identify the presence of organic substances in a sample, but regular ATP tests specifically detect ATP molecules only.

Q: What is the difference between ATP and A3?
A: While ATP testing measures ATP levels, A3 Technology goes a step further by detecting ATP, ADP, and AMP. This expanded detection capability increases sensitivity, allowing for the identification of even the smallest residues and microorganisms. A3 Technology is particularly valuable for situations, where ATP degrades into ADP and AMP, rendering it undetectable by conventional tests

Q: How does A3 Monitoring work?

A: A3 Monitoring involves using the A3 Lumitester Smart device along with the LuciPac A3 swabs. This system detects organic residues and microorganisms on surfaces and in liquids, providing real-time assessment of cleanliness after cleaning and disinfection procedures. By measuring ATP, ADP, and AMP, it ensures precise detection of contaminants and offers maximum user convenience. The device can be connected to smartphones, tablets, and laptops for comprehensive data analysis, allowing for monitoring of hygiene across multiple locations.

Q: Do all foods contain ATP?
A: Yes, ATP is present in all organic matter, including food. However, ATP levels can vary. In some cases, ATP may be reduced to ADP or AMP due to factors like stressed bacteria from cleaning, lack of nutrition, or exposure to high temperatures.

Q: What is RLU?
A: RLU stands for Relative Light Units. It refers to the numerical value assigned to the "glow" produced by the enzyme in the solution during ATP testing. RLU values indicate the degree of contamination with microorganisms and food debris, which is not visible to the human eye.

Q: Can A3 detect allergens?
A: A3 can detect allergen residues as they contain ADP and AMP. However, it cannot confirm the specific type of allergen present.

Q: Can you correlate RLU and CFU values?
A: CFU and RLU values are determined using different test methods. It is very difficult to consistently correlate RLU values to CFUs when testing an environmental surface.

Q: Can the accuracy of the swab be compromised?
A: The accuracy of the swab can be compromised if used in extremely low pH, or high concentration of detergents (ie. Chlorine). Click here for more information.

Q: What areas should I test?
A: Direct and indirect food contact areas, as well as difficult to clean areas.

  • Direct contact areas – all surfaces with direct contact to food samples that can contaminate the product.
  • Indirect contact areas – are the areas where contaminant has potential to be transferred to the product.
  • Difficult to clean areas include parts of machinery like nozzles and o-rings as well as irregular shaped surfaces.
Q: How should I establish benchmarks? 

Q: Why A3 system performs better than standard ATP Meter.
A: ATP molecules are not stable and downgrade very quickly when exposed to external factors like use of chemicals or high temperatures. A3 swabs use Luciferce with higher turnaround and recycling process that can detect ATP as well as downgraded forms of ATP – ADP and AMP. Thanks to this process results from A3 swabs are more stable and repetitive.

Q: Can I store A3 swabs in room temperature? 
A: Our swabs can be stored in room temperature (25.0°C) for up to 4 weeks.
For long term storage we recommend storing the swabs in refrigerator at 2-8°C.

Q: Impact of temperature on A3 swabs  accuracy.
A: Ambient temperature of 20-22°C provides optimal performance for A3 swabs.  
The swab devices should be allowed to reach room temperature prior to testing if they are from refrigerated stock.
Do not let the swabs sit out in temperatures exceeding 35°C. High temperatures may cause product performance to drop.

Q:How does A3 system perform in production using dry products Bakeries or cereal production?
A: In production facilities like bakeries or cereal factories, most of the products are exposed to high heat. High temperatures can instantly degrade ATP to ADP and AMP. As a result, standard ATP testing may not be adequate in this application, and there is a high likelihood of recording false-negative results. This issue also applies to breweries.

Q: How do I set up and use my A3 System?
A: Click here for a complete guide on how to set up and use your A3 Lumintester and its app, so you can quickly get started and begin measuring.
How thorough is your cleaning verification process? 

In this webinar, Klipspringer Director, Alex Carlyon, is joined by McCain Foods Hygiene Manager, Nigel Church, and Cleaning Verification Specialist, Stephan Speidel, to review the new ‘A3’ cleaning verification technology