The Irina colony counter: product information
The Irina colony counter is a fully automatic system that offers many efficiency gains for your food safety lab. The machine has high-quality electronics and is low-maintenance. The colony counter has two carousels - one where the petri dishes are stacked and another for re-stacking the scanned dishes. This type of machine has been around for several years and has been used with success at Friesland Campina in the Netherlands.
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The Irina colony counter: working method
The automated colony counter reads the barcode, removes the lid by means of a vacuum and slides the Petri-dish into the Interscience Scan 1200. The count is carried out and the barcode, photos and counts are saved in a file which can be imported into the Lab Information Management System (LIMS). The top-lid is then put back on the Petri-dish. This whole process is fully automated! The machine also automatically stacks dishes with a damaged barcode or other error reading. Watch the demo-film or read the technical description of this machine. Read more
The Irina colony counter: example
The automated colony counter is set up to scan a carrousel station with a capacity of 540 Petri-dishes as follows: firstly, de-stacking is effected; then the lid is removed and the barcode is scanned. In the present set up, it is possible to scan a barcode located on the side of the lower part of the Petri-dish, or a barcode located on the top-lid. If, in a particular case, the barcode can not be scanned due to, for instance, damage, the Petri-dish is placed in a separate stacking station. Later on the barcode can be entered manually, so that the Petri-dish can still be processed in the camera system.
When the barcode is recognised by the camera, the camera settings linked to the barcode are sent to the camera. The camera can then quickly take a photo. When the photo has been taken, the Petri-dish is removed from the scanner and the next Petri-dish to be read is placed under the scanner. After scanning, the machine puts the original top-lid back on the Petri-dish lower part, making the Petri-dish unit complete again. Finally, the Petri-dishes are re-stacked (in a store with a capacity of 540 pieces).