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DWS Exhibit at IBMS 2017

The Don Whitley Scientific team are at IBMS this week, pictured here at our exhibition stand, demonstrating the A35 Anaerobic Workstation, WASP Flo for WASPLab™, and Chromazona. To learn more about these and our extensive range of other products, come along to stand 407 and talk to one of our Product Specialists.

You could also take part in our competition – we are celebrating 40 years in business and would like you to help us commemorate this milestone with a fun quiz and the chance to win £40 worth of Love2Shop vouchers.

 

 

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Products to be shown on DWS stand at IBMS 2017

It has today been announced that the Don Whitley Scientific stand at this year’s IBMS Congress and Exhibition (No 407) will feature the following:

NEW: WASPFlo for WASPLab™, the fully automated, barcode-driven, conveyor-connected system with remote plate image analysis and automatic incubation. WASPFlo is an automatic bulk sample sorter that will introduce dramatic efficiencies and revolutionise workflow. Also ask for information on the new PhenoMATRIX™, a sophisticated suite of algorithms that uses AI to automatically count and recognise organisms, giving microbiology labs the ability to read, interpret and segregate bacterial cultures with the click of a button.

Whitley A35 Workstation, the industry leading anaerobic cabinet that provides excellent conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen. This workstation provides the ability to manipulate samples in a sustainable environment where parameters can be altered to create the required conditions. Come along and learn about all the options and accessories that can tailor this, and other workstations in the range, to your specific applicational requirements.

Have you experienced ChromaZona yet? This automated microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) analysis system provides faster results in busy clinical laboratories. Use ChromaZona to generate objective, repeatable, traceable data in double-quick time and to EUCAST standards. The sensitive CCD camera, unique lighting system and powerful Chromogenic ID software provide identification of microbial species in seconds. The system automatically reads different plate types up to 150mm diameter and generates true-to-life, full colour images. ChromaZona can be connected to your LIMS to store data and generate reports in Excel…  say goodbye to transcription errors!

 


Visit Stand 407 or call to book your personal demonstration – 01274 595728.


Sfam summer 2017

Successful SfAM Summer Meeting for DWS

Don Whitley Scientific exhibited at SfAM’s Conference last week, held in the BALTIC Arts Centre in Gateshead. SfAM (The Society for Applied Microbiology) offered an open invitation to all scientists with an interest in food microbiology to attend and participate in the event.

The event ran for four days, with Don Whitley Scientific setting up an exhibition stand on the Riverside Terrace of the BALTIC centre for day two. Our exhibition stand featured WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3, two products that are well suited to food microbiology applications. The WASP Touch is Don Whitley Scientific’s latest model of Whitley Automated Spiral Plater, which is extremely simple to use and provides real cost savings and process improvements. The ProtoCOL3 is a next generation instrument for colony counting and zone measuring, which works perfectly with the spiral plates that WASP Touch produces.

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Olotu was very happy with her prize!

The meeting itself featured a packed schedule of lectures and poster sessions featuring topics from a range of international speakers that revolved around foodborne disease. There was also a social programme that included a barbecue on the Riverside Terrace, an interactive quiz and a conference meal in the restaurant located on the top floor of the conference centre. DWS also provided a prize for the exhibition competition, a picnic rucksack which was won by conference delegate Olotu Ifeoluwa, a food scientist from South Africa.

Social media is beginning to play a big role in how delegates and exhibitors can interact with events. SfAM set up a hashtag on Twitter at  which people could follow to keep up with what was happening at the exhibition. Don Whitley himself even featured on this hashtag as a delegate was keen to get a selfie with him!

This was a great exhibition for DWS to showcase products, with plenty of delegates showing interest in both WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3.

 

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Don Whitley Visits The Francis Crick Institute

Dr Don Whitley, chairman and founder of DWS, recently visited The Francis Crick Institute in London to see the recently installed Whitley H45 Hypoxystation at the site. 

The Crick has moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in the centre of London. Situated next to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, The Crick brings together 1500 scientists and staff working collaboratively in the biggest biomedical research facility under one roof in Europe. The work at The Crick covers many disciplines and applications in biomedical research, all with the aim of improving understanding of human health and disease.

 

Don Whitley established Don Whitley Scientific in 1976 and today Don Whitley Scientific Limited is a leading international supplier of innovative equipment and services to the microbiology and tissue culture industries. Recently DWS installed a H45 Hypoxystation into the institute, and Don Whitley went to visit the new customer with a member of the sales team.

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Don Whitley (far right) with one of the groups that will be using the Whitley H45 Hypoxystation

The Whitley H45 Hypoxystation has sufficient space to accommodate a variety of equipment whilst still providing generous working and incubation areas. Whitley Hypoxystations can be equipped with a range of unique options and features, including CO2 monitoring and automatic dehumidification fitted as standard, features that will make working with the H45 easy and efficient for the team at The Crick.

With his name featured on products in hundreds of clinical and research laboratories worldwide, it can be said that the staff at The Crick were excited to meet Don Whitley himself. The excitement was shared by Don, who enjoyed looking around one of the most exciting centres for biomedical research in the UK and taking a few pictures along the way.

 

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Don takes a photo looking out over the atrium of The Francis Crick Institute

 

Laboratory Standard Shot DYK Blog

Did you know: How best to clean your workstation?

 

 

This is the 10th in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something about your workstation that could make your working life easier.

We regularly receive enquiries from customers with regard to which disinfectants can be safely used inside Whitley Workstations. Although it is not practicable to evaluate every available product, we have tested the materials compatibility of several sporicidal disinfectants and can now provide comprehensive advice on this topic.

 

 

How often should I clean my workstation?

DWS recommend that as part of the daily checks, users ensure that the workstation is free from spillage and cleaning carried out as necessary. Prior to having your workstation serviced, however, it may be necessary for it to be decontaminated.

Which disinfectants have DWS tested?

  • Spor-Klenz – peracetic acid (approx 0.1%) + hydrogen peroxide (approx 1.0%) – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Chemgene HLD4H – quaternary ammonium compounds (approx 1%) + chlorhexidine digluconate (approx 1%) – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Safe Hospital – hypochlorous acid – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Tristel Fuse – chlorine dioxide (approx 1%) – prepared from concentrated components according to manufacturer’s instructions.

For more information on these tests, please see the appendices of your Whitley Workstation user manual.

 

Which of the above products are OK for use in a Whitley Workstation?

Our tests demonstrated that each of these formulations is satisfactory for use in Whitley Workstations and will not cause any damage when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

What if I want to use a cleaning agent not on the above list?

Other disinfectants containing the active ingredients listed above, at similar concentrations to those shown, can also be safely used inside Whitley Workstations. If you wish to use a disinfectant containing active ingredients not listed here, please contact us for advice before proceeding.

 

Why should I contact DWS for advice – will any damage not be covered under my warranty?

Unfortunately, we cannot cover under the equipment’s warranty any damage caused to a Whitley Workstation as a result of exposure to products that have not been approved by us.

 

Can I use Virkon as my preferred sanitising solution?

After a thorough study lasting 20 weeks, we concluded that the presence of any uncovered containers of Virkon in anaerobic and variable atmosphere workstations leads to the degradation of stainless steel, brass and some other metal components. The effect is more considerable when oxygen is present in the selected gas mixture. These conclusions are supported by technical information available on the Virkon manufacturer’s website and independent observations by an Institute of Materials metallurgist. If Virkon is the preferred sanitising solution these adverse effects can be minimised by ensuring that Virkon within any workstation is always kept in a covered vessel when not in use.

 

OK, so what’s the best way to clean the acrylic parts of a Whitley Workstation?Labdet100 Blog

The transparent and/or white acrylic on the inside and outside of the Whitley Workstation System may be swabbed with a 2% solution of Labdet 100 (DWS – stock code D00003) in warm water and dried afterwards with a soft clean cloth. In the case of culture spillages then any of the disinfectants listed above solution should be applied to the spillage and left for 30 minutes. It should then be mopped.

 

Never use any solvent on the acrylic surfaces of the workstation. Use only water and a mild detergent solution (i.e. Labdet 100 2% solution) as a cleaning agent.

 

What if the spillage leaks underneath the floor of the workstation?

If spillage is not contained on the working surface then access underneath this area will be required in all Whitley Workstations except the DG250. Some workstations require the removal of retaining bolts before the floor can be lifted up or pivoted for cleaning underneath.

If liquid has been spilled upon the Anotox and catalyst sachets they should be removed, dried and/or replaced.

 

How can I deal with scratches on the acrylic plastic surface of my workstation?

Scratches may be removed by gently polishing the surface with ‘DURAGLIT WADDING’ followed by wiping with a soft clean cloth. Deep scratches may require the use of Wet and Dry abrasive paper used wet, followed by polishing with ‘DURAGLIT’ – seek advice from Don Whitley Scientific Limited or our authorised agents overseas.

 

How can I clean the sleeves on my workstation?Sleeve Kit-Components DYK Blog

The white sleeves used on all Whitley Workstations may require cleaning after periods of extended use. There are a number of options for cleaning and some recommendations listed below:

  • Wipe with a mild detergent
  • Wash or dry-clean with a detergent up to 75ºC
  • For disinfection use Sodium Hypochlorite (at no more than 1000ppm active Chlorine) or any of the disinfectants listed above
  • Do not use Biological or Phenolic based cleaners
  • Wash and dry completely before storage
  • Some surface wrinkling may occur.

 

If you have any remaining concerns about disinfectants for use in Whitley Workstations, please get in touch with our sales team:

Tel: 01274 595728

Or

Email: sales@dwscientific.co.uk

 

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Eighteen months ago, Don Whitley Scientific played an integral role in producing An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This unique guide is being very well-received by scientists in laboratories nationwide. It enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For further information, or to order your copy, please contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on 01274 595728.

 

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Educational Day at JCB

26 hardy DWS employees got up before dawn on 10th October to take a trip to JCB in Rocester. JCB is a family-owned company, like Don Whitley Scientific Ltd, and we share many of the same values. The visit was organised to give us some insight into a successful, global company and hopefully pick up some ideas for our own future planning and growth strategy.

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