Synbiosis has introduced its new aCOLade 2 manual colony counter with automatic count recording, a suitable choice for budget-conscious microbiology laboratories.
Featuring a long-life LED light pad with pressure controlled back plate, the flexible aCOLade 2 colony counter has well-designed dish adaptors that can be easily altered to hold 50mm or 90mm diameter plates. The new counter is quick and easy to use and microbiologists simply touch the Petri dish’s lid with a felt tipped pen to count a colony, an audible bleep occurs and the data is automatically added and displayed on the integrated digital counter.
To improve accuracy, the glare-free LED light pad comes with an easy fit black background for viewing translucent colonies, Wolfhuegel graticules to track count areas and the option to add a magnifying lens over the pad. These features enable microbiologists to see small colonies, as well as distinguish between colonies and debris or a bubble in the media, ensuring the most precise counts.
To automatically record results, aCOLade 2 is simply connected via the USB cable supplied to microbiologists’ own tablets, PCs or printers allowing them to store or print their counts. Since the data can be instantly recorded, this saves users time and also improves accuracy by reducing the risk of keying errors.