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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.

 

 

 

 

Professor Tom Riley Lab

30 Year Commitment for Professor Tom Riley

Professor Tom Riley from Pathwest Laboratory Medicine and The University of Western Australia has been a committed Don Whitley Scientific customer for over 30 years. In the past few years he has installed two A35 Anaerobic Workstations into his lab to replace a Whitley MK III Workstation that had given him over 20 years of reliable performance.

Professor Riley started using anaerobic workstations over 30 years ago when the capacity and time consuming operation of jar gassing systems was deemed unsuitable for the number of samples he had. Tom explained to Don Whitley Scientific how he came to use Whitley Workstations. “My original anaerobic chamber from a manufacturer in Australia (that doesn’t exist anymore) was hopeless.”. The next option for Professor Riley was a Whitley MKIII Anaerobic Workstation, which served his lab for over 20 years, and was the first Whitley Anaerobic Workstation in Australia. His two Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstations currently play a part in work that Professor Riley explains as “almost exclusively research into Clostridium difficile. This includes everything from diagnostics to pathogenesis and epidemiology”.

Although the MK III provided a reliable anaerobic environment for such a long time in Professor Riley’s lab, there are new benefits provided by the A35 Anaerobic Workstation that Tom finds particularly useful, such as the Instant Access Porthole System and Letterbox entry. The Instant Access Porthole System is unique to DWS, allowing entry to the chamber in seconds without the need of gloves or sleeves. Letterbox entry allows the user to introduce Petri dishes and similar small items into the anaerobic workstation environment in no time at all. As aforementioned, Tom also needed extra capacity to process a large number of samples. Compared to using the MKIII or anaerobic jars, the main chamber of an A35 Anaerobic Workstation will accommodate between 400-600 x 90mm Petri dishes depending on whether plate carriers are used, which accessories and system options have been incorporated and how much working space is required.

The space and reliability provided by Whitley Workstations has served Professor Tom Riley well for over three decades now. He is part of a long list of satisfied Whitley Workstation users around the world, who are all doing fantastic work with Don Whitley Scientific products.


 

Recent papers from the Riley lab are listed below

 

 

Decorate Your Workstation and Win!

Shrewsbury Cabinet at Christmas 2Have you decorated your lab and your Whitley Workstation? If so you can win a DWS goody bag for your efforts!

To celebrate the Christmas period we are inviting you to send us photographs of your Whitley Workstation dressed in a festive fashion. The best decorations will win a bag of DWS goodies.

We encourage you to be creative with your decorations but please don’t put yourselves or your research at risk (don’t decorate the inside of the workstation!)

Send in your photos via Twitter @dw_scientific or email Alex_Rhodes@dwscientific.co.uk

We will announce the winner on the 22nd of December. You have until the 21st to get your entries in!

WASP Touch

WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3 play key part in Australian Lab

A research and development lab at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Sydney, Australia) recently purchased a WASP Touch Spiral Plater and ProtoCOL3 colony counter. The lab is carrying out research on food safety of fresh horticultural produce and nuts. The head of the research program, Dr SP Singh, spoke to Don Whitley Scientific to explain how these two new products, provided by DWS, are key to his team’s working processes.

Dr Singh and his colleagues are exploring fresh options when it comes to food safety: “We are developing new ways of sanitising the produce by killing potential foodborne bacterial pathogens”. The produce his lab are sanitising is often used for export, meaning this is a vital process to ensure safety for the consumer. Dr Singh explains that “we have to deal with hundreds of samples everyday” meaning “plating and enumeration is a core lab activity”.

The lab’s project was recently featured on NBN News – http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/11/10/world-first-food-sanitiser-at-ourimbah/. The project is a world’s first and to sanitise food without the use of chemicals could be a revolutionary step forward in food safety.

Speaking about his decision to invest in the DWS products, Dr Singh said “we were looking to improve lab productivity and resource use efficiency by switching to spiral plating and automatic counting”.

The Whitley WASP Touch is the latest spiral plater from Don Whitley Scientific (who have been manufacturing spiral platers since their inception in the 1970s). WASP Touch provides real cost savings and process improvements, as well as eliminating the time-consuming process of serial dilution.

The ProtoCOL3 (from Synbiosis) facilitates automated colony counting and zone reading using a hi-specification digital camera and LED lighting. The system comes equipped with a touchscreen PC for analysing samples. Another positive that we provided to Dr Singh was the fact Don Whitley Scientific was able to provide both of these products, making the acquisition of vital equipment more straight forward: “Don Whitley Scientific offered this integrated solution of automatic plating and counting”.

To summarise, the WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3 should provide improvements to the efficiency and working methods of Dr SP Singh’s revolutionary lab.

 

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Dr SP Singh’s Lab

 

 

The WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3 should provide improvements to the efficiency and working methods of DR SP Singh’s revolutionary lab. To find out more about the Don Whitley Scientific product range in the UK click here, call us on +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email us at  sales@dwscientific.co.uk

For Don Whitley Scientific Australia click here call us on (02) 4339 1029 or email us at  sales@dwscientific.com.au

 

 

 

 

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How to Choose a Spiral Plater for Your Microbiology Laboratory

In this exclusive interview with rapidmicrobiology.com, Dr. Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, discusses the benefits of using a spiral plater, what to look for in a system and how the new WASP Touch from Don Whitley Scientific (DWS) can help ensure your laboratory has consistent trackable, plating results.

Don Whitley Scientific introduced their first Spiral plater in 1978, why are they still relevant to today’s modern microbiology lab?
Much of the testing done back in 1978 when we first introduced spiral plating to the UK, is still relevant today. However, increased quality control measures have led to laboratories looking more to automation to help improve reproducibility and accuracy. Spiral plating offers a real reduction in the cost-per-test and standardises counting methods. Serial dilutions, for many users, can be eliminated, which in turn saves time, the cost of consumables and space in the incubator.

 

One of the key issues facing labs is calibration, validation and traceability, how can a spiral plater help with this?
Spiral plating techniques are recognised in the ISO 4833-2 standard. This is a general recognition of the use of spiral plating techniques in food microbiology and provides standardised procedures for their use.

Many spiral plating processes cannot be calibrated but with the WASP Touch, users can calibrate the delivery of the sample. There is also the option to include a bar code scanner. Traceability is facilitated with the inclusion of the Data Handling package for WASP Touch. This option records date, time, user, plate id, volume, date and at which volumes, date of the last start and finish position check, and date the last dye plate was performed. It also provides multi-level PIN-code protection. Data can be downloaded via USB in a format that can be loaded directly into Excel. An Ethernet connection for data transfer/service support is also included.

When choosing a new spiral plater what features should a buyer be looking for?
An automated spiral plater is ideal for those who regularly need to plate samples with a microbial content greater than 1,000 CFU/ml. Buyers should look for a plater that is flexible enough to process their particular samples, in terms of quantity and type of sample. For example, WASP Touch offers an Extended Volume Package to enable a wider range of volumes on a plate. Buyers should also consider the level of after-sales service, maintenance and support offered by the manufacturer. If you are opting for an automated method to speed up your processes, the last thing you want is for there to be a problem that causes an unacceptable level of downtime.

 

 

 

If a lab is getting an in-house demo for a spiral plater do you have any recommendations for how to test it?
At Don Whitley, we feel that any test should be as realistic as possible so would always look to perform a demo or trial with the actual samples the laboratory uses. After working through a demonstration with the customer, we would ideally arrange for them to have a spiral plater for an extended trial. This helps them to make a more informed purchase decision.

DWS have recently introduced a next generation spiral plater, what issues does this model address?
The new WASP Touch spiral plater simply modernises the process of spiral plating. The user interface is now a touchscreen with easy-to-use icons. Other features such as FlowSense ensure that the sample is correctly processed, alerting the user to any issues in time for corrections to be made; and AIMS, the intuitive software that guides users through the set-up routine.

If a lab wanted to introduce the new DWS spiral plater, what validation steps would be needed (is that the same if they were introducing spiral plating for the first time or upgrading to the new DWS system)?
WASP Touch, and spiral platers in general, require minimal validation because spiral plating methodology has already been validated and published in the international standard ISO 4833-2:2013.  The ISO standard includes methods for calibration and validation of the sample volumes deposited onto an agar plate by a spiral plater.

 


To find out more about WASP Touch or other DWS products, please call +44 (0) 1274 595728 or email at sales@dwscientific.co.uk


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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Celebrate with DWS and Win! – IBMS 2017

Visit the Don Whitley Scientific stand at this year’s IBMS Congress and enter our fun quiz to win £40 worth of shopping vouchers

If you are attending this year’s Biomedical Science Congress then come and take part in our competition – we’re celebrating being in business for 40 years. 40 years serving science is quite an achievement and we would like you to help us commemorate this corporate milestone with a fun quiz!

Ask at stand 407 for an entry form.

The entry form features 6 simple questions about Don Whitley Scientific’s history: from humble origins to the state-of-the-art products and services we offer today.

The first correct entry drawn each day (25th, 26th + 27th September) wins £40 worth of Love2Shop vouchers.

We will contact all winners by phone or email so you can come and collect your prize or arrange to have it delivered to you.

You will also receive a Don Whitley Scientific pen just for entering the quiz.

GOOD LUCK

Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting at IBMS next week from 24th – 27th September. Visit our stand to see what products we have on show and join us in our 40 year’s serving science celebration

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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.


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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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Scottish Microbiology Association Spring Meeting

Don Whitley Scientific recently headed up north into the Cairngorms National Park to attend the Scottish Microbiology Association Spring Meeting at the Macdonald Resort in Aviemore. 

The meeting featured talks and presentations from various different people working in microbiology in Scotland, with topics ranging from antimicrobial resistance to invasive infections. The event gave Don Whitley Scientific a chance to interact and network with key figures in Scottish microbiology and discuss how the DWS product range may benefit their working methods.

Don Whitley Scientific had an A35 Anaerobic Workstation on their stand, equipped with many unique options and features. Many microbiology labs in Scotland are well aware of Whitley Workstations, already using them in their labs, however the meeting was a good opportunity to introduce the product to those who were looking for a more efficient and easy way to cultivate anaerobes.

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Find out more about the Don Whitley Scientific range of Anaerobic Workstations

Discover how the Whitley A95 Anaerobic Workstation is optimising conditions for Clostridium difficile