Product News: Real-time bacterial monitoring with ScanStation 100, 200 and 300

12 Sep 2019


INTERSCIENCE is proud to launch the ScanStation, real-time incubator and colony counting station in 100 Petri dishes version, 200 Petri dishes version and 300 Petri dishes version.

Multiple award winner: 

  • Innovation Award Trophy 2017 (Productivity / R.O.I categories) - Forum Labo, Paris, France 
  • General Public Award Trophy 2017 - Forum Labo, Paris, France 
  • Design Observer label 2017- Observeur du Design, Paris, France 
  • Innovative Companies’ Trophy 2017- CCI / La Montagne, Aurillac, France

100, 200 or 300 Petri dishes are counted every 30 minutes throughout the process. Colonies are detected & counted as soon as they appear.

ScanStation in brief: 1 incubator 100, 200 or 300 Petri dishes capacity + 1 robotic arm transfers the Petri dishes + 1 automatic colony counter

  • Earlier: Results up to 3x earlier. 8h instead of 24h
  • Faster: Full automation from incubation to counting
  • Better: Counting while incubating eliminates artefacts

The ScanStation is a real-time incubator and colony counting station designed for the pharmaceutical, the agro-food, the cosmetic industries and research. It is the world’s first product centralizing incubation, detection and colony counting of 100, 200 or 300 Petri dishes simultaneously.

In classical Pasteurian microbiology, the Petri dish must be placed in an incubator for 24h and up to 5 days. Then a time-consuming reading operation is performed to count colonies. The operator may notice the presence of invasive or confluent colonies mixed with air bubbles, debris, writings, etc. increasing the margin of error on the final result. The ScanStation provides results as soon as the 6 hours after the beginning of the incubation, which is up to 3 times sooner, faster and with unequalled accuracy.

What’s new about ScanStation?

It is to perform incubation and colony counting at the same time, which allows: 

  • Colony counting at an early stage of the colony development, starting from 6h of incubation 
  • Unequalled accuracy of the results as colonies are detected before clustering or covering can occur 
  • Automatic colony counting during incubation for 100 Petri dishes saving time 
  • Anticipated results provides earlier release of production batches

"The ScanStation is a revolution for microbiological analyses: it detects and counts colonies as soon as they appear at the beginning of the incubation. It is a real-time revolution providing anticipated results for control quality labs in the pharmaceutical, agro-food, cosmetic industries and research. The anticipated results saves time and allows earlier release of production batches. With this new technology, microbiologists can actually see, in real-time, the video of bacterial growth on the Petri dishes. This innovation is a mix between classic methods with the Petri dish and the latest innovations in robotic and computing, providing analyses’ results with unequalled accuracy and much sooner," says Emmanuel Jalenques – Head of R&D and Co-CEO of INTERSCIENCE.

The major innovation of the ScanStation is the automatic counting of the colonies at an early stage of their development, starting at the beginning of the incubation cycle. Up to 100, 200 or 300 Petri dishes are counted every 30 minutes throughout the process, delivering a video recording of the bacterial growth. Final results are known 3 times sooner and faster because up to 100 Petri dishes are processed simultaneously and with unequalled accuracy as colonies are detected before clustering or covering can occur.

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