Protos 3 - Complete automated colony counting and chromogenic identification system

Protos 3

Protos 3 is a revolutionary automated colony counter and chromogenic identification system for use in food and environmental microbiology laboratories

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Chromogenic ID Colony counting Spiral Plates 3 Year warranty Camera ISO 9001:2008 Operating System TIFF USB XLS

Protos 3 is a revolutionary automated colony counter and chromogenic identification system. Using its sensitive CCD camera and unique lighting coupled with powerful analysis software, Protos 3 counts colonies in seconds and automatically identifies microbial species by their colour on chromogenic plates. This provides accurate, objective and fully traceable results.

The compact Protos 3 attaches via USB to a computer, where microbiologists can input their plate identification and with the one-click colony counting and chromogenic ID software can rapidly analyse a wide range of plate types. The count results can be automatically transferred to Excel where the count, plate ID and images can be saved. This GLP compliant process, with its full audit trail eliminates transcription errors to provide accurate, objective data, which can be reviewed at any time and used to produce professional reports.

Protos 3 can be used with both small and large plates (up to 150mm) to read a range of format types including spiral, pour, spread and dilution series plates. The system’s camera is so sensitive it can routinely detect colonies as small as 43 microns and the unique LED lighting system and Protos 3 software allows analysis of an infinite number of colonies on one plate in seconds, making this an ideal system for use in busy food and environmental microbiology laboratories.

We’re pleased to announce that Protos 3 has featured in the SelectScience article The Top Life Science News Stories of January 2015

Why buy?

Fully traceable results

  • Can input plate identification using 1D or 2D barcode
  • Automatic capability to transfer and print results and images
  • Saves counts to Excel to eliminate keying errors
  • Saves images in TIFF, Excel and  report formats
  • Archives results in accessible SQL database

Increases throughput

  • Accurately detects colonies as small as 0.043 mm
  • Precisely counts an infinite number of individual colonies in seconds
  • Analyses 75 plates in 5 minutes

Excellent detection performance

  • True colour recognition using unique 3 colour lighting
  • Identifies multiple different colony colours on one plate
  • Analyses all plate colours with a choice of light and dark backgrounds
  • Classifies by size, colour and shape
  • Objectively identifies species by colour on CHROMagar™

Reproducible results

  • Provides objective colour results
  • Eliminates keying errors with direct results transfer
  • Automatically identifies species on chromogenic plates

Simple to use

  • Intuitive software
  • Corrects for agar defects, touching colonies or sample debris
  • Marks colonies with symbols to show each counted
  • Easy to exclude areas from a count
  • Adjustable counting area

Multiple plate reading functions

  • Pour plates
  • Spiral plates
  • Multi-sector plates
  • Gridded plates
  • Streak plates
  • Dilution series plates
  • Species identification
  • Large plates (up to150mm)

Specification

Feature Description
Construction Ergonomic housing constructed in high density foam
Integral CCD camera and lens
Light shield 2 sliding doors to prevent excessive ambient light
Camera 1.4m pixel scientific grade CCD camera
USB integral camera with f1.2 lens
Resolution For standard 90mm plates, smallest detectable colony is 43 microns
Imaging 3 channel capture for colour images
Lighting Unique 3 channel (red, green, blue) LED lighting (patent pending)
Multi-array LED lighting (computer controlled)
Lower lighting with upper reflective lighting for all applications
Detection modes Colony counting and Chromogenic ID
Count modes Separation of touching colonies, exclusion areas, colour mode, shape mode, size mode
Software Win7/10 compatible
Database SQL database stores all data and image locations
Dimensions 450mm(h) x 500mm(d) x 400mm(w)
Weight 20kg

Applications

  • Pour plates
  • Spiral plates
  • Gridded plates
  • Streak plates
  • Species identification
  • Large plates (up to 150mm)
  • Dilution series plates
  • For customers with GFP applications, Syngene (our sister company) has the complete solution – please look at our range of advanced gel doc systems by visiting the website

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