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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

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Spiral Plating: Then and now

Sorting through the archives recently, we came across an edition of our customer newsletter from 1991 featuring an article on early spiral platers. The article gives a detailed explanation of the principles of spiral plating and provides a range of examples where this technique could be used to good advantage.

The technology used in Whitley Automated Spiral Platers (WASP) has come a long way in 27 years, yet the time saving to perform a threefold serial dilution on a single Petri dish are still as relevant today as they were in 1991.

 

 

 

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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


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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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A Manic Month Continues for DWS

June continues to be busy for Don Whitley Scientific, with 6 exhibitions and events attended already. And we have two more to go!

In the month of June, we have attended several meetings and exhibitions that featured topics ranging from pathology, cancer research, LIMS systems and more. We helped to administer the 2017 Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course, hosted by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff. It was once again a fantastic success.

Next week (26th-28th June) DWS will be attending the Association for Radiation Research Annual Meeting, which this year focuses on the topic “Improving Radiotherapy Response through Radiation Research” featuring speakers from cancer research institutes from around the world. Don Whitley Scientific will have an exhibition stand at this meeting displaying the Whitley H45 Workstation. There will also be an interactive touchscreen presentation, which allows users to explore the full range of Whitley Workstations.

On 4th July we will also have an exhibition stand at the Society for Applied Microbiology Annual Applied Microbiology Conference at the BALTIC Centre in Gateshead. This meeting will focus on new insights into food safety. Here we will exhibit the ProtoCOL and WASP Touch, two products that provide real benefits in food microbiology applications.

 

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Busy June for Don Whitley Scientific

Don Whitley Scientific have a busy month in June with several exhibitions and events around the UK. Here’s a rundown on where you might see us and the equipment that we’ll be showing at these events.

Rapid Micro Methods – Campden BRI – 8th June – More info
The first meeting in June that Don Whitley Scientific will attend is the Rapid Micro Methods meeting at Campden BRI. This meeting features talks that cover rapid methods, automation and miniaturisation in microbiology. Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting a WASP Touch, ProtoCOL3 Plus and Masterclave 20.

 

Welsh Microbiology Association Summer Meeting – Village Hotel, Swansea – 9th June – More info
This one day event gathers some of the most important figures working in Welsh microbiology. Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting a WASP Touch and ProtoCOL3 at the event.

BACR Tumour Microenvironment – Nottingham Conference Centre – 14th-16th June – More info
This meeting aims to highlight the latest advances in this field from basic science to clinical development and to provide a workshop forum for researchers to discuss recent developments in 3D cancer modelling. Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation at this meeting, a market leading workstation for working with cancer cells in a physiologically relevant atmosphere.

Clinisys Summer Conference – The Belfry, Birmingham – 14th-16th June –  More info
The CliniSys Summer  Conference and user group meeting will once again be hosted at The Belfry on the 15th & 16th June. More than 250 delegates are expected to attend to hear thought-provoking presentations and discussions with some of the key innovators and thought leaders in healthcare and laboratory medicine. Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting a Chromazona on their stand, as well as an interactive display featuring all Don Whitley Scientific Workstations

Association for Radiation Research 2017 – St Hilda’s College, Oxford – 27th-28th June – More info
This year’s ARR meeting will be focusing on “Improving radiotherapy response through radiation research”.  The meeting programme features talks from academics from around the world, speaking on subjects relevant to radiotherapy and radiation. Don Whitley Scientific will have a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation on show at this event.

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New WASP Touch Spiral Plater Video

Don Whitley Scientific is pleased to announce a new video featuring WASP Touch, the spiral plater designed for the needs of modern microbiology laboratories. The video outlines the way in which spiral plating brings several cost and time savings to the laboratory, as well as discussing the options and accessories that are available to help tailor the system to your particular application.

If you haven’t already seen WASP Touch, here’s some background information on the product. If you need any further information, please see our website or contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk.

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WASP Touch Training for Spanish Distributors

As part of the continued roll out of the Whitley WASP Touch to our distributors around the world, Steve Robertson and Joe Walton recently visited Spain. Here they carried out Whitley WASP Touch training with our distributor there. This included a short refresher course on spiral plating techniques and bespoke WASP Touch demonstrations. The training was followed by a series of customer visits.

 

Feedback on the Whitley WASP Touch continues to be positive. In particular, the intuitive touch screen and automatic filling of the wash station are seen to be big positives in customers’ eyes. This, coupled with the reputation for quality of the WASP 2 (predecessor to the Whitley WASP Touch), continues to position the new spiral plater as a top quality laboratory device.

 

The Whitley WASP Touch is designed to fit the needs of modern microbiology laboratories. It is fundamentally different from its predecessors, with no need for a separate vacuum source. An easy to use touch screen and automatic sanitising system (patent pending) ensures that set up and operation is simple and straight forward.

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Don Whitley Scientific attend Analytica 2016

Don Whitley Scientific and subsidiary Meintrup DWS Laborgeräte joined forces at this year’s Analytica 2016 in Munich, Germany, to launch the new Whitley WASP Touch spiral plater.

Analytica is one of the largest international trade fairs for the laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology industries. In addition to this there is also an international conference that brings together suppliers, users and researchers. This conference encourages collaboration of the highest standard between people from scientific institutions around the world.

Visitors to the Don Whitley Scientific stand were among the first to see WASP Touch. This spiral plater has been designed for the needs of modern microbiology labs. WASP Touch is a fundamentally different plater with no need for a separate vacuum source. The system is extremely simple to use, provides real cost savings and process improvements, and eliminates serial dilutions. As well as providing Automated Intelligent Monitoring Software (AIMS) to guide you through set-up and daily check routines – to ensure consistent trouble-free plating – the device features:

  • Touchscreen operation
  • New automatic sanitising system automatically maintains correct liquid levels in sanitising solutions – patent pending
  • Illuminated, covered working area
  • Robust and reliable
  • Easy serviceability.

Sales representatives from our Brazilian distributor, Marconi, were given the first demonstration of the new system.

Once again, Analytica has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for Don Whitley Scientific to meet potential new customers and touch base with our existing distributor network.

 

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Touchscreen spiral plater launched at international trade fair

Launched this week at Analytica, WASP Touch is a new spiral plater, designed for the needs of modern microbiology laboratories. This is a fundamentally different plater with no need for a separate vacuum source. The system is simple to use and provides real cost savings and process improvements.

WASP Touch features:

  • Touchscreen operation
  • New automatic sanitising system automatically maintains correct liquid levels in sanitising solutions – patent pending
  • Illuminated, covered working area.

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Automated Intelligent Monitoring Software (AIMS) guides users through set-up and daily check routines to ensure consistent, trouble-free plating. Sample may be aspirated from beakers, bottles and tubes – providing maximum flexibility in use.

The system incorporates a powerful diagnostic tool that automatically logs date, time, deposition, user name and number of plates produced.

Precise quantities of sanitising fluids are dispensed automatically to maintain optimum levels. This ensures effective and efficient sanitisation takes place. Sanitising system reservoirs contain sufficient fluid for over 900 wash cycles.

A space-saving feature is the fully integrated vacuum waste system.

Robust, reliable and easy to service, WASP Touch eliminates serial dilutions and produces perfect plates.

 

Request your demonstration today – email sales@dwscientific.co.uk or complete the contact form on our website.