ProtoCOL 2 colony counter gets an upgrade

Published: 13-Apr-2011

Batch set-up and access to data is quicker and simpler

Synbiosis, a manufacturer of automated microbiological systems based in Cambridge, UK, has upgraded its ProtoCOL 2 colony counter.

The major additions include a module for rapid, accurate total viable counts (TVC) of colonies and zone measurement, an improved set of edit functions and a new database feature, which makes the transfer of batch set-up and experimental results, quick, easy and secure.

Using the new ProtoCOL 2, microbiologists now have the option of using modules that perform rapid total viable counts (TVC) of colonies, spiral plate counting, Ames test counts, inhibition zone measurement and OPKA assay counts.

Existing users of the ProtoCOL 2 can also take advantage of the new developments simply by upgrading their software.

ProtoCOL 2 uses a novel colour classification method, which enables the system to image a range of coloured colonies and zone measurement plates. A simple wizard set-up process guides the user through a series of steps to configure the system to handle either single plates or a large batch.

Additionally, ProtoCOL 2 now has an improved grid detection function. On many automated counters this can be a problem because grid lines or dots get confused and are counted as colonies. With ProtoCOL 2 this is no longer an issue as the system easily detects and eliminates grids on membrane filters.

ProtoCOL 2 uses a SQL database to enable LIMS compatibility and provide secure storage for data.

The software provides several levels of security, allowing lab supervisors or auditors to interrogate the software to determine exactly how results are recorded. The software is designed so that scientists can ensure their data will comply with 21 CFR Part 11.

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