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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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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!

WASPLab

New Segregation Software a Success for Leeds WASPLab

For several years, Don Whitley Scientific have been installing WASP and WASPLab units in locations around the UK. Locations that include Leeds General Infirmary, PHE Public Health Laboratory in Manchester and Blackburn Royal Hospital. Though the set-up and configuration of the systems differ (due to the modularity of WASP and WASPLab), all installations have provided an increase in efficiency and productivity in routine microbiology work. The WASPLab laboratory at Leeds have recently started using new segregation software, offering increased efficiency.

WASPLab is the sophisticated, barcode-driven, microbiology specimen processor and work-up system, moving samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology. It has been long thought that bacteriology was the last bastion of traditional manual techniques but the way in which plates are read and interpreted changes dramatically with the use of WASP and WASPLab.

 

New Segregation Software

The WASPLab at Leeds General Infirmary was the first WASPLab Don Whitley Scientific and manufacturer Copan installed in the UK. The WASPLab at Leeds is one of the largest configurations of the system in the UK and they continue to make further improvements, such as new segregation software to separate negative MRSA results from the positive samples (Blackburn Royal Hospital will also be processing MRSA samples). The impressive software allows the laboratory worker to report 300 negative samples within a minute and a half, offering incredible levels of efficiency.

Copan continue to provide automated solutions for laboratories around the world. Don Whitley Scientific are proud to work with Copan, installing WASP and WASPLab systems in the UK.

 


If you would like more information on WASPLab or any other product in the Don Whitley Scientific product range, please call +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk


 

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WASP and A55 Anaerobic Workstation installed at Royal Blackburn Hospital

Royal Blackburn Hospital recently made some key improvements to their laboratory. The installation of both the Walk Away Specimen Processor (WASP) and the Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation will increase efficiency and productivity in their routine microbiology and MRSA work.

WASP is an automated specimen processing system that can be connected to a laboratory’s LIS. Previously Don Whitley Scientific has installed WASP™ systems under the guidance of Copan, the system’s manufacturer. This installation and connection to the LIS was carried out solely by Don Whitley Scientific, providing a solution in automation for this busy lab.

The department at Royal Blackburn Hospital will use the system to process MRSA samples alongside other routine microbiology applications. WASP™ and WASPLab™ represent a true modular, scalable, long-term solution for the efficient automation of specimen processing in bacteriology laboratories, allowing for: plate inoculation (streaking), gram slide preparation, enrichment broth inoculation, robotic incubation and management, Kirby-Bauer application, MALDI-TOF target plate management and plate image recording and analysis.

A Whitley A55 Workstation was also installed at the hospital. The A55  is one of the largest workstations in the DWS anaerobic range. One of the key benefits of this particular workstation is a large incubation area that accommodates up to 1,400 x 90mm Petri dishes, providing a huge working capacity under strict anaerobic conditions. The workstation also comes equipped with two airlocks. Each airlock allows 40 x 90mm Petri dishes to be introduced and withdrawn at either end of the workstation offering maximum flexibility and improving the workflow in a laboratory. Both airlocks can be operated at the same time. The A55 replaces older Whitley Workstations used by the lab and should improve efficiency and increase the lab’s potential. The WASP™ and Whitley A55 will both provide substantial benefit to work being undertaken at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Don Whitley Scientific has been manufacturing anaerobic workstations for decades whilst providing excellent service and support for our customers. For the past few years we have been installing WASP™ and WASPLab™  units in locations around the UK.

 


If you would like more information on WASPLab or any other product in the Don Whitley Scientific product range, please call +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk


 

 

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See the WASPLab at ECCMID 2017 in Vienna

WASPLab to be shown at the forthcoming 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Held in Vienna, this event brings together the world’s leading experts to discuss the latest developments in infectious diseases, infection control and clinical microbiology. The scientific programme features talks from key figures in antibiotic susceptibility testing, infection control and antimicrobial resistance.

Representatives from Don Whitley Scientific will be present on the Copan stand at this event to help promote WASPLab. WASPLab is the sophisticated barcode driven microbiology specimen processor and work-up system, moving samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology.  With its modular design and small footprint, WASPLab can be customised to the unique needs of the lab.  The robotic plate management system, smart incubators and state-of-the-art image acquisition technology are changing the way labs work and opening the door for groundbreaking digital microbiology.

Don Whitley Scientific is one of the primary distributors of the WASPLab in the UK. We have installed a WASPLab at Leeds General Infirmary and will soon be installing a second system at Manchester Royal Infirmary. We invite you to come along and meet representatives from Don Whitley Scientific on Copan’s stand at this international event.

 

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Don Whitley Scientific at Microbe 2016

Don Whitley Scientific once again exhibited at Microbe 2016, the bi-annual conference organised by the Sheffield branch of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists. Microbe is one of the most important events in the calender for many local, national and international biomedical scientists. The symposium featured a programme of fantastic speakers on subjects such as viral infections, infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

This year’s theme was “Book Titles”. Don Whitley Scientific appeared as The Addams Family with a stand dressed with cobwebs, candelabras and other spooky props. The team dressed up as the iconic family, featuring Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Lurch and Cousin Itt.

 

Exhibited at the event were the ChromaZona and DG250 Anaerobic Workstation. ChromaZona is an automated microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) analysis system for faster results in busy clinical laboratories. The Whitley DG250 Workstation has a small footprint but offers a generous working space to process, culture and examine anaerobic samples. Representatives from Copan Italia were also at the Don Whitley Scientific stand to discuss WASPLab and in particular the reading station where plated samples can be scrutinised under a high level of detail.

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Apache Helicopter lands at Leeds General Infirmary

An unexpected visitor appeared at Leeds General Infirmary this week – an Apache Helicopter landed on the hospital’s helicopter deck as part of a training exercise. 

The Apache landed on top of the Jubilee Building, which usually plays host to landings by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance team. The exercise was a continuation of Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ work with the armed forces to allow their helicopter deck to be used for training exercises, offering a city centre environment surrounded by tall buildings.

Steve Rogerson from Don Whitley Scientific is currently working at Leeds General Infirmary. He is completing the installation of their new WASPLab system, and managed to get a great photo of the Apache coming into land.

WASPLab™ (Walk Away Specimen Processor Lab) is a complete robotic specimen processing system for front end pre-analytics in microbiology. It is a fully automated, barcode-driven, conveyor-connected system with remote plate image analysis and automatic incubation. WASPLab is manufactured by Copan and Don Whitley Scientific are proud to be distributing it in the UK and assisting with the installation and servicing of the product.