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The Flash & Grow - The first automated colony counter that grows and adapts to your specific micro lab needs. It can be upgraded at any time to fit the level of automation, security and features required. With numerous Flash & Grow colony counters units installed in a variety of Microbiology laboratories such as Environmental, Food, Pharma, Biotech etc., the IUL Flash & Grow automatic colony counter utilizes cutting edge technology.
Modern led illumination, combined with a smart but user friendly colony counting software (installed on Windows Vista or any XP Based computer) together with a high resolution camera, makes for a powerful affordable automatic colony counter system.
Detailed IQ/OQ validation protocols are available to ensure compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and that results meet regulatory requirements.
The Flash & Grow counts the majority of colonies on the various media. It’s high resolution color camera can detect and count colonies of aprox. 1/450 inch (0.07mm). The new patented illumination device enables processing of any media type including transparent/opaque agar.
The “Flash & Grow” automated colony counter modular approach enables laboratories to automate their colony counting processes, inhibition zone Measuring and upgrade them to a higher level of sophistication as necessary and within a budget.
The “Flash & Grow” automatic colony counter represents a real alternative to manual colony counting with its user friendly colony counting & inhibition zone Measuring software, repetitive and accurate results and affordably pricing.
Advanced Automatic Colony Counter
Includes all the features of the Basic model plus pre-defined programs.
Customization of Colony Discrimination to cope with particles and to guarantee accurate counts, based on size sensitivity, shape and color.
Recommended upgrade for labs involved in a repetitive activity with a need for pre-defined programs.
Basic Vs. Advanced Flash and Grow colony counter comparison table
|General features||Flash & Grow Advance software||Flash & Go Basic|
|Spread and Spiral modes||√||√|
|Plate counting protocols||Unlimited Utilizing a set up wizard||6 Factory Installed|
|Zone inhibition reading capability||Yes (With software upgrade)||-|
|Robotic capability||Yes (With software upgrade)||Yes with upgrades|
|Image features||Flash & Grow Advance software||Flash & Go Basic|
|Color & size discrimination||√||-|
|Add & remove colony||√||√|
|Add and remove an area||√||√|
|Image zoom In / Out||√||√|
|Ability to save and export image||√||-|
|Light exposure||Auto & Manual||Auto Only|
|Print Image||Yes (with printer connection)||-|
|View processed and Capture images||√||√|
|Result table features||Flash & Grow Advance software||Flash & Go Basic|
|Multiple results tables||Endless||1|
|Modify results table format||√||-|
|"Live" results table viewing||√||-|
|Result table saved||Can be shard on the network||Local|
|Print result table||Yes (with printer connection)||-|
Hardware minimum Requirements for the Flash & Go colony counter
|CPU||Minimum||Intel Pentium 4 2.4Ghz.|
|Recommended||Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz or higher|
|Recommended||1024Mb. or more|
|Hard disk||> 2Gb.|
|Graphics Card||Minimum||Any with at least 64Mb. of Video Memory|
|Recommended||Any with at least 128 Mb. of Video Memory|
|DVD Drive||Capable to run -DVD or +DVD (Dual Drive)|
|Human Interface Devices||Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device (Including Tablet PC Touch panels)|
|Communications||One MAIN BOARD USB2 Free Port (Using ICH4, ICH5, ICH6 South Bridge), One RS-232 free port or one free USB port with an RS-232 Adapter|
Software Requirements for the Flash & Go colony counter
|Microsoft Windows® 7 (32 bit) Microsoft Windows® XP (SP3) or Windows® 2000 (SP4)
Microsoft DirectX® 8.1 or higher.
New Research Supports Effectiveness and Accuracy of IUL Flash & Go Colony Counter
An independent study recently published by Fort Valley State University demonstrated that the IUL Flash & Go automated colony counter is an effective, accurate alternative to the standard method of colony counting.
Moreover the study claims the use of the colony counter increased the overall efficiency of research operations by significantly reducing the time devoted to conventional manual plate count and made tasks easier for data manipulation, analysis and interpretation.
The Flash and Grow automatic colony counter has been working out great. It is saving us a lot of time and also saving our eye sight since we don't have to count all the colonies ourselves. In addition, the training provided at installation time was excellent.