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The Mould That Changed the World

Don Whitley Scientific has some very talented customers, not least Leeds Biomedical Scientist, Helen Inns. Helen is usually to be found at the WASPLab, working with bacteria including MRSA and Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae. This month, instead of just looking for “Superbugs”, she’s making a song and dance about them – at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Helen is part of a chorus of healthcare professionals performing in the world premiere of a brand-new musical, called The Mould That Changed the World. The show is a fun educational production which tells the story of Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, the development of antibiotics, and the looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance which now threatens healthcare as we know it.

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The Mould That Changed the World is receiving rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it’s showing daily until 25th August.

After that, a free resource pack will be available, so primary schools can put on their own production and empower children to learn about and spread the message of antimicrobial stewardship.

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Find out more, or sign up for the schools production, at www.mouldthatchangedtheworld.com

 

 

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Visit Don Whitley Scientific at Microbe 2018 and win a prize

 

Are you booked to attend this year’s Microbe in Sheffield? If you are, call at the Don Whitley Scientific stand to see WASPLab, ChromaZona and Whitley Workstations. There are also prizes to be won!

 

WASPLab

At what promises to be another entertaining, interesting, informative event, Don Whitley Scientific will showcase WASPLab. This is the complete robotic specimen processing system – including versatile software that conducts multiple plate scans during incubation, enabling early detection of positive growth. It provides the ability to perform antibiotic sensitivity testing; sub-culture work; and links to the MALDI-TOF identification system.

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ChromaZona

We will also be showing ChromaZona, the automated microbial identification and AST analysis system for faster results – and to EUCAST standards – in  busy clinical laboratories.

Whitley Workstations

Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation

Whitley A35 Workstation

If you need ideal conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of anaerobes and microaerophiles, come and discover the range of Whitley Workstations and the new Catalyst Monitoring System.

For more information

And if you are not able to attend Microbe this year but would like information on any of these products (or to discuss others in the Whitley range), please visit our website at www.dwscientific.co.uk or contact our sales office on sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call 01274 595728.

 

 

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New Slide Preparation Module for WASPLab

DWS announces that from September 2018 a new Gram Slide Preparation Module for WASPLab™ will be available. This radically new slide prep module involves an exciting update to the technology, which significantly cuts maintenance costs. It also provides massive savings on consumables as, for example, it does not now require ink jet cartridges but uses laser technology to engrave the slides.

Automating slide selection and preparation in this way saves a great deal of time and prevents user error. With this new module, Copan once again prove how they continue to advance automation for the modern laboratory.

The previous Slide Preparation Module will be available for purchase only until February 2019, when it will be discontinued.

WASPLab™ is a sophisticated, barcode-driven microbiology specimen processor and work-up system. WASPLab™ moves samples from front end processing to full specimen management, with automated incubation and remote plate image analysis.

With its modular design and small footprint, WASPLab™ can be customised to the unique needs of your laboratory. The robotic plate management system, smart incubators and state-of-the-art image acquisition technology are changing the way labs work and are opening the door for ground-breaking digital microbiology. WASPLab™ is a truly modular system and can be added to when sample throughput increases, when additional resources are available and when new developments provide additional automated solutions.

 

 

 

 


Don Whitley Scientific have installed and maintained WASP and WASPLab systems in the UK for several years, sites include Manchester, Leeds and Blackburn.

For more information on WASPLab™, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1274 595728

 

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Successful PaCMAn Course 2018

Another successful Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes course was held on 14 & 15 June in Cardiff. We had a full complement of 26 delegates, including overseas visitors from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Germany and Costa Rica.

This 2-day residential course enables delegates to refresh their knowledge on culturing, identification and the clinical importance of anaerobes and allows them to learn from clinical and laboratory professionals about the latest technologies and techniques. The course is delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff and is CPD accreditated by RCPath (11 credits).

 

The main aims of the course are:

·         To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.

·         To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.

·         To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.

·         To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

 

Feedback from delegates has again been very positive with the majority rating it ‘excellent’ overall. Participants particularly enjoyed the friendly and informative course atmosphere and provided comments such as:

“Excellent course will definitely recommend to others.”

“Will be recommending for colleagues to attend.”

“Engaging speakers, very helpful, great team. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt so much and look forward to passing all this great information to my team at work.”

“A fantastic course that came highly recommended to me and I will certainly
recommend to others.”

“It is an excellent workshop and I will recommend the course, even if you are working outside of the UK. Lectures were clear and well organized. The booklets are very educational for my needs.”

 

Whitley A55 WorkstationDon Whitley Scientific sponsors and helps to administer the course on behalf of the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit (ARU). We loaned the ARU a Whitley A55 Workstation for the course so that they had increased incubation capacity for the practical sessions.

It is planned to hold the course again in 2019 but dates have not yet been finalised. Keep an eye on the DWS blog or contact us on sales@dwscientific.co.uk if you are interested in attending this event.

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More Milestones Reached at Victoria Works

Don Whitley Scientific recently moved into new premises in Bingley, West Yorkshire. As expected, the move was completed in an efficient manner that has enabled the majority of our work to continue without interruption.

 

 

 

 

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The first example of this is our first set of Whitley Workstations have been manufactured, tested and dispatched from our new workplace. On Monday, 2nd July, these first cabinets manufactured at our new premises went on final test. Only two weeks after moving to Bingley, these three DG250s are almost ready to be shipped to customers: two to Hua Yue in China and one to The University of Leeds. As mentioned this required a great deal of hard work from all involved to make sure Victoria Works was ready in time to get products out the door so quickly.

 

 

 

 

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A short while after most people started working at Victoria Works, it was time to get the specialist hauliers in to move the CNC machine shop department to Bingley. This was a large scale operation given the size and scale of the machines used by the department. However the move was managed well and they are now up and running in their new area, which offers a lot more space compared to what was available in Shipley.

 

 

 

 

 

Don Whitley Scientific has already welcomed various visitors to the new premises, where a new showroom is used to provide visitors with the experience of using DWS products first-hand. Tours of the premises are provided to give visitors a chance to see how the different departments work together to design, manufacture and service a comprehensive product range.

 

 

 

 

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Don Whitley Scientific opens new doors to visitors

With Don Whitley Scientific now firmly settled in its new home, Victoria Works, Bingley, visitors are now invited to a new showroom. This fabulous area boasts a permanent display of a wide range of Whitley products. Recently, a visitor from an increasingly relevant research topic in microbiology was the first visitor to the new premises.

Over the years, DWS invited many visitors to the old premises in nearby Shipley, from where the business ran successfully for over 30 years. However there were limitations on what products could be demonstrated due to the size of the old showroom. At Victoria Works the showroom is the ideal place for customers to come and really experience our range of workstations. You can try out some of the different porthole systems to see which would be the most suitable for your laboratory or look at the different options for size of airlock. We can sit down with you and discuss your application, your projects, what equipment you might want to use inside the chamber, the challenges you face, and what you need to achieve from the purchase of a Whitley Workstation.

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The Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation – Designed to accommodate Seahorse Extracellular Flux (XF) Analyzers in relevant conditions

Having a laboratory at Bingley provides additional benefits in that we have both microbiology and tissue culture experts on hand to give expert advice if and when required. We also have people who design and manufacture our workstations so if there is a slight modification or additional technical information required, we can get our R&D staff involved to discuss the possibilities.

 

 

The larger showroom now provides the option for bespoke areas to be created that reflect how different products may be used together in a lab environment. For example, sample preparation equipment (Smasher and Dilumat), spiral platers (Whitley WASP Touch) and colony counters (Protocol3). The size of the showroom also provides the option to display previous incarnations of DWS products, showcasing the evolution of products made possible through the work of our research and development team. For example you can see the evolution of Whitley Spiral Platers, with spiral plating being a process DWS helped establish and introduce to the world of microbiology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another way to view products is also provided by our 65″ screen. This offers the facility to showcase products, options and features with accompanying information and videos.

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The Whitley Interactive Product Presentation


If you are considering a Don Whitley Scientific product for your work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a visit. We can tailor-make the visit based on your interests and ensure you are provided with understanding, knowledge and experience of DWS products. We can also give you a tour of the premises where you can see how all the different departments combine to create the products in the Don Whitley Scientific range.

Email sales@dwscientific.co.uk or give us a call on +44 (0)1274 595728


 

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HEPA Filtration from Don Whitley Scientific

For over forty years, Don Whitley Scientific have utilised experience and expertise to ensure products make working methods more straight forward for our laboratory customers. With more and more importance placed on clean air, HEPA filtration can provide an extra measure to ensure research carried out within Whitley Workstations is done so in an environment that achieves particulate concentrations exceeding the levels detailed in ISO 14644-1 Part 1, Table 1, (Class 3) Classification of Air Cleanliness.

 

Tests have been carried out by Don Whitley Scientific that show just how much of a difference a HEPA filtration system makes to the atmosphere of a Whitley Workstation. Don Whitley Scientific have been manufacturing products for over 40 years and the introduction of HEPA filtration was a logical step to make sure our customers have an option that falls in line with the latest laboratory trends and requirements.

The benefits of the Whitley HEPA filtration system are:

  • The Whitley system utilises an internal HEPA filter. The atmosphere is cleaned quickly and continuously because the entire internal atmospheric volume of every Whitley Workstation passes through the filter hundreds of times an hour.
  • The atmosphere passing through the filter creates a laminar flow-like effect covering around 94% of the width of the chamber.
  • The location of the Whitley HEPA filter inside the workstation ensures it cannot get wet. Therefore it cannot become saturated with moisture and rendered ineffective.

Don Whitley Scientific has worked with one of the world’s leading filter manufacturers to develop a filter specifically tailored to suit the requirements of anaerobic workstations. Adding HEPA filter technology to the workstation means creating an environment where microbiology samples and cellular cultures can grow free from the risk of contamination.

HEPA filtration was introduced as an option after decades of experience in microbiology. We are confident that our thorough approach to product development and product testing has resulted in a HEPA filtration system superior to any other systems fitted to positive pressure modified atmosphere workstations. The video below explains Whitley HEPA filtration in further detail.

 

 


Explore the Whitley HEPA Workstation range


 

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How to choose an Anaerobic Workstation

In this exclusive interview with rapidmicrobiology.com, Dr. Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, discusses the benefits of using an anaerobic workstation over traditional gas jars. Andrew explains what to look for when choosing a system and how the new Whitley A135 HEPA can deliver efficient, cost effective anaerobic incubation conditions for routine and research laboratories.

What are the benefits of using a modified atmosphere workstation over gas jars?
Anaerobic jars can be prone to leaks and, therefore, may not always provide strictly anaerobic conditions. They also require a large volume of incubator space and become expensive to operate in laboratories with a high anaerobic workload. Most importantly, culture plates in anaerobic jars cannot be inspected during incubation; anaerobic conditions must be interrupted to read the plates. This results in a loss of bacterial viability if plates need to be reincubated or when subcultures need to be made for further investigation.

In comparison with jars, anaerobic workstations offer more precise and reliable atmospheric control, more stringent anaerobic conditions and consistent low running costs. Perhaps their greatest advantage is that culture plates can be inspected at any time without disturbing the incubation conditions. In clinical laboratories, this facility has been proven to increase the isolation rate of anaerobic pathogens and also provides the earliest possible indication of their presence in a patient’s sample.

What key factors should a lab consider when choosing the right workstation for their lab?

One of the first considerations is usually what size of workstation is appropriate for a laboratory’s requirements. In the case of Whitley Workstations, a range of capacities is available from 250 to 1400 petri dishes. However, it is not just size but also layout and useable space that makes a controlled atmosphere workstation truly efficient. At DWS, we believe that combining the working and incubation area (so that the whole interior is at incubation temperature) is the best way to maximize useful capacity.

Also high on the list of desirable features is rapid entry to and egress from the interior – both for operators and for samples or culture plates. A workstation with convenient rapid access encourages the transfer of plates to anaerobic conditions immediately after inoculation; this reduces the degree of oxygen exposure experienced by plates and this maximizes recovery of fastidious anaerobes. Better still, samples can be transferred into the workstation and plates inoculated within the anaerobic environment.

To ensure optimal results and aid compliance with laboratory quality standards such as ISO 17025, it is essential that anaerobic incubation conditions can be verified, for example by use of appropriate biological or chemical indicators. Modern anaerobic workstations can automate this process by continuously recording critical environmental parameters such as oxygen concentration, temperature and humidity in real time. In Whitley Workstations, the activity of the palladium catalyst responsible for removing trace levels of oxygen can also be regularly checked and recorded.

 

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The Whitley A135 Anaerobic Workstation is the tallest, deepest and widest anaerobic workstation available

 

In the DWS range, what functions can be accessed remotely?
The latest Whitley workstations are controlled via a touch screen interface. This provides various “intelligent” functions and includes a network connection as standard. Any parameter that is controlled by the touchscreen can also be accessed remotely. These include graphical records of oxygen concentration, temperature, humidity, gas pressures and catalyst activity, each of which can be monitored remotely via a networked computing device.

DWS have recently introduced a new model – the Whitley A135 HEPA, what new features does this model offer?

The Whitley A135 HEPA is a tall, wide, deep anaerobic workstation fitted with the unique Whitley Internal HEPA Filtration System. It provides excellent conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen. With a usable internal volume of 560 litres, a variety of equipment can be accommodated within the chamber. As well as providing ideal conditions for anaerobic studies, this workstation operates from two gas supplies for the most cost-effective running conditions.

• The built-in rapid airlock ensures samples can be transferred into the workstation atmosphere as soon as possible (takes only 60 seconds)

• Fitted with the unique Whitley Internal HEPA Filtration System. All the atmosphere passes through the filter hundreds of times an hour, which ensures the chamber environment is cleaned quickly.

 DWS filters are located inside the workstation, which prevents the filter becoming saturated with moisture and rendered ineffective.

 Levels of atmospheric cleanliness inside the workstation exceed the requirements of ISO 14644 Class 3. Proof of atmospheric cleanliness can be provided on request.

 Fitted with a removable front to facilitate thorough cleaning, easy replacement of the HEPA filter, and the transfer of bulk samples and larger pieces of equipment for use in the workstation.

 The internal atmosphere is circulated continuously – contributing to even temperature distribution and ensuring internal particulate will be in motion before capture by the filter.

 Fully integrated gas control avoids bulky add-on systems – reduces the need for additional bench space.

 A colour, touch-screen control panel for ease of use and for visual display of parameters such as temperature, humidity, and airlock cycle status.

 Includes an automatic commissioning cycle to save you time and resources.

 Options include an integrated Anaerobic Conditions Monitor with data download facility.

DWS have many years’ experience with anaerobic workstations – what are the most common applications?
The main application for anaerobic workstations is routine clinical microbiology (hospital labs) but we have customers using them in a wide variety of work conducted by universities, including dental, veterinary, gut modelling research, preparation of faecal transplant material and the determination of the efficiency of cleaning agents. We even have a customer who uses an anaerobic workstation for soil research and a commercial enterprise in the oil industry researching bacteria that damage pipelines.


 Click here for more information on the Whitley A135 HEPA Workstation


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Dr Andrew Pridmore is Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific.

Dr Pridmore has many years’ experience of running the GLP-compliant, contract microbiology laboratories at DWS where Whitley Workstations are routinely used.


 

Old vs New Workstation

Don Whitley Scientific says goodbye to its home of the last 35 years

As Don Whitley Scientific (DWS) leaves its Shipley premises to move to a new manufacturing facility in Bingley, we look back on how the company has changed in the last 35 years.

The company moved to 14 Otley Road, Shipley in 1982. With nine employees at that time, the building seemed to be far larger than was actually needed. However, the space allowed DWS to re-organise and expand at a consistent rate over the next few years and enabled us to overcome the obstacles of a worldwide economic recession.

Subsidiaries and Distributors

New Meintrup-DWS BuildingIn 1992, our first subsidiary was opened in Australia to provide a central hub for sales in the Far East and Australasia. In 1998, the second subsidiary was created in Germany. Meintrup DWS Laborgeräte now employs 15 people and in 2016 opened newly built headquarters with adjacent warehouse, which will provide the potential to expand. The move seems to be proving successful because in 2017, Meintrup DWS was awarded “Best Distributor” in recognition of their status as our current top selling distributor.

During this time, DWS began to further expand its export markets by establishing a network of distributors such as Microbiology International in the USA. We now have over 50 distributors around the world.

In 1992, DWS started working with AES Laboratoire (now part of BioMérieux) to sell media and sample preparation equipment in the UK. This relationship has also stood the test of time and we still sell many of those same product lines today. We also now sell goods in the UK on behalf of Synoptics, Tuttnauer and Ebers Medical.

As clinical laboratories saw more and more need for automation, DWS began working with Copan Italia in 2010 to sell the Walk-Away Specimen Processor in the UK. There are now two full WASPLab installations with others in the pipeline and several WASP front end systems throughout the country. We will continue to move forward with Copan as their interests expand into other markets.

Growth and Diversification

In 1991 DWS opened a suite of laboratories that offered contract research and sample analysis. This service has not only been a revenue stream in its own right but has been invaluable in assisting with the research and development of new products over the years.

Another facility that has generated income for the company is the machine shop. In 2012, substantial investment in new tooling automation and CAD capabilities allowed this department to not only create additional parts and components for the Whitley range in-house, but also to provide a sub-contract engineering/design service.

Harry in ProductionEmployees for the Future

In an effort to encourage young people to take up careers in engineering and to ensure we have future employees with a good standard of training, we set up the DWS Apprenticeship Scheme in 2010. We currently have eight apprentices – with our first female engineering apprentice joining us in July. Several apprentices have recently completed their training and all have been retained on permanent contracts.

Family Values

Don Whitley Scientific is an independent, family-owned company that now employs over 70 people. The structure, ethos and culture of the organisation extends this family orientation to its employees. We now have three families in the business that have three or more members employed. There are lots of other family relationships too: mother and daughter, mother and son, husband and wife.

The World is our Oyster

We have now manufactured over 4,000 Whitley Workstations, which have been exported all over the world – from the USA to China, from Brazil to Norway. The additional manufacturing capacity that the new Bingley premises affords us can only help our expansion plans. It provides us with the opportunity to improve the processes and procedures that have so far contributed to this success story.

And here’s to the next 35 years!

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End of an Era for Don Whitley Scientific

Production comes to a close in Shipley

The last Whitley Workstation to be manufactured by Don Whitley Scientific in Shipley has now rolled off the production line. This particular order was an A95 Anaerobic Workstation ordered by Jin Sung Unitech, Republic of Korea.

JS Unitech LogoAccording to Junghoon Hong of Jin Sung, “We had no idea that in placing this order, we would be commissioning the last ever workstation to be built at Don Whitley Scientific in Shipley. We have been distributing Whitley Workstations for 19 years and are very proud to have ordered the last one from the Shipley production line.”

Paul Walton added, “I am extremely happy that we are moving to bigger and better premises that will provide the opportunity to improve our production processes. Victoria Works will provide considerably more warehousing capacity plus new offices, a bespoke production area, service centre, R&D mezzanine and improved staff facilities including a large, fully fitted, air-conditioned canteen. There will also be a new product showroom where customers can view demonstrations of the latest anaerobic and hypoxic workstation technology.

“An element of nostalgia is, however, creeping in as we draw close to the move date. We have been manufacturing in  Shipley for over 40 years and I have seen many changes in those four decades. We will, however, focus on the positives and move the business forward to face the challenges of the next 40 years!”

When Don Whitley Scientific began making workstations, it was purely for the UK market. We now have over 4,000 workstations in over 50 countries.

It might be the end of one era but another, exciting one begins at our new premises in Bingley.