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ergonomic

The Isoplater has several advantageous Ergonomic features. Firstly, and most importantly, by automating the tedious manual streaking process this substantially reduces the incidence of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. As we all know, this can be a crippling and very expensive long term disability.
Another significant ergonomic feature of the Isoplater is that there are no consumables used. The Isoloops, which streak the specimen, have a life of greater than 20,000 plates per set of four and therefore, you are not throwing away or having to recycle any plastic disposables for every culture. In addition, this substantially reduces costs for other equipment and supplies used in streaking like disposable loops, gloves, biohoods, bunsen burners, air conditioning, etc.

Lastly, as a result of improved isolation of colonies, this reduces the number of repeats and mixed subcultures which, again reduces costs, time wasted and consumables.

standardizED STREAKING

  • Four equal sized quadrants with 16 parallel streaks each yields standardized streaking and eliminates plate to plate and tech to tech variations seen with manual techniques.
  • Three equal sized overlap areas give consistent dilution between quadrants and make enumerating colonial growth much easier, faster and more consistent.
  • Reference points generated by streaking pattern help with enumeration and allow definition of colony location. (e.g.- hemolytic at 4 o'clock, small gray at 7 o'clock, etc.)

AUTOMATED STREAKING

  • Saves labour costs involved with manual streaking of petri dishes for both primary cultures and subcultures.
  • Consistent reproducible streaking and better colonial isolation improves productivity of technologists when reading, enumerating and subculturing specimens thereby generating additional labour savings.
  • Elimination of a tedious and dangerous procedure, reduced specimen handling by technologists and less repeats help improve staff morale and interest.

patented loop design

  • The "S" shape of the loop is designed to spread out the specimen more efficiently and results in increased numbers of well isolated colonies which makes reading of results easier and faster plus reduces repeats.
  • Loops are gently lowered onto a sterile part of the media and their graduated speed and controlled pressure on the media help reduce any potential of splashing, spraying or generating dangerous aerosols.

hepa filtered operation

  • The streaking area is maintained under negative pressure and all potentially biohazardous air is HEPA filtered to provide personal protection.
  • Smoke and spatter, which are generated when incinerating biohazardous specimen material off loops, are also contained and HEPA filtered out to protect the laboratory staff and environment.
  • Containment of the streaking process and HEPA filtered personal protection comply with the new OSHA Standards for Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens and other potentially infectious material.

user friendly

  • Minimum training required for operation, cleaning, maintenance and repair.
  • Trouble free operation with Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) > 1 year.

economical operation 

  • The only consumable cost is the loops which have a life of greater than 20,000 plates per set of four.
  • Reduces costs for other equipment and supplies used in streaking (e.g. - disposable loops, gloves, biohoods, bunsen burners, air conditioning, etc.)