THE THIRD iteration of Synbiosis’s Acolyte colony counter offers ,more speed and better economy, says the company.
Acolyte 3 is described as ideal for microbiologists that need to increase throughput and improve count accuracy. This new low-cost automated colony counter is designed for a rapid count of pour, spread and spiral plates.
It can read plates of up to 90mm in seconds, generating precise plate count results up to ten times faster than manual counts, according to Synbiosis.
The numerical count data and plate images can be directly transferred to Excel or Open Office for GLP-compliant result reporting and archiving. Acolyte 3 provides full colour image display and comes with software based on Synbiosis’s ProtoCol 3 software (independently validated as a highly accurate colony counting package).
The system can be supplied with a computer or connected by a USB port. The Acolyte 3 is lit by white LEDs mounted above and below the plate, providing accurate detection of colonies down to 0.3mm diameter.
An optional detachable screen can be fitted to prevent any reflection or glare affecting the count. Martin Smith of Synbiosis stated: “Microbiologists often have to count hundreds of colonies every day, which can be time consuming, tiring, and error prone. “We are confident that Acolyte 3 is the best value technology available and will significantly increase microbial testing throughput in any food, environmental or clinical laboratory”.