Manual colony counting is a daily, tedious task, in every microbiology laboratory, regardless of the industry: environmental, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, or personal care. The counting and tracking processes are exacting, therefore time-consuming, and require considerable concentration for microbiologists. However, this important task can be made less of a chore, by using a digital counter or an automatic colony counter. These two tools can make colony counting and tracking more comfortable and time efficient for microbiologists, everywhere. Here are their highlights:
- A digital counter, such as the DOT, features a DINx2 magnification power lens, with an adjustable light. These features enable microbiologists to tick detected colonies while maintaining an accurate count on a digital display.
- The SphereFlash®, an automatic colony counter, allows microbiologists within 2 seconds to know the colony enumeration in one plate, thereby achieving standardized, highly accurate results.
In air-controlled environments like pharmaceutical manufacturing areas, hospitals, food processing facilities, as well as homes and workplaces, there is a growing concern about indoor air quality. Deteriorated indoor air quality may cause adverse effects such as allergies, asthma, or sick building syndromes. Under certain circumstances, air quality can even become toxic. Taking air samples as a first step to controlling air quality by determining the microbiological quality of the air is imperative. Today, there are several sampling methodologies that are widely used. To address this growing need, IUL designed their superior air sampler, the Spin Air. This device is an internal impaction-based indoor microbial air sampler that features advanced industry technology to both identify and quantify airborne microorganisms and to do so with incomparable accuracy and precision. This means that IUL’s Spin Air air sampling equipment offers the ideal means to determine the quality of the air wherever it is utilized.