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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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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


 

 

WASP Touch in operation

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.

 

 

 

Spiral plating: Then and now

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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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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.

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SfAM Summer Conference

Don Whitley Scientific exhibited at this year’s Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference, which was held in Dublin on 29 June to 2 July. The event was entitled “Fermented Foods and Beverages” and we took along a Protos 3 Automated Colony Counter and Whitley Automated Spiral Plater (WASP).

SfAM ran a competition for delegates and our donated prize, a hamper filled with goodies manufactured in Yorkshire, was won by Ogechukwu Elizabeth Okpalanozie of the University Of Lagos (pictured with Don Whitley).

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Did You Know: about Quality Counts?

When you purchase a WASP (Whitley Automated Spiral Plater), you have the option to join our Quality Counts scheme. Free of charge for the first 12 months, this programme provides valuable assurance that your WASP is functioning correctly and that samples are being analysed accurately.

Subscribers to the scheme will receive a sample on a monthly basis. Each customer simply spiral plates the sample and then sends the result back to our laboratory. Don Whitley Scientific will then collate the results and advise as to whether or not you are within specification. Should your results fall outside acceptable limits, we will offer advice, training or service facilities as appropriate.

If you choose to continue your subscription after the first year, discounts are available for organisations wishing to cover more than one WASP with the scheme.

Please contact us for more information.

Please note: This scheme is only available to customers in the UK and Eire.

Whitley Automated Spiral Plater (WASP)

Spiral Plating Techniques Recognised in New ISO 4833-2

The new ISO 4833-2:2013 standard specifies surface plating techniques for enumeration of microorganisms and includes a section covering spiral platers and automated colony counters. It does not recommend or approve the use of any particular product or brand name; however, it is general recognition of the use of spiral plating techniques in food microbiology and provides standardized procedures for their use.

If you are not already aware of the Whitley Automated Spiral Plater (WASP) – one of the industry leading spiral platers – and all the benefits to your laboratory, please have a look at our website.