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Yes. The Spin Air requires in house calibration at Neu-Tec facility. The Spin Air is delivered with a calibration certificate indicating date of calibration and is valid for one year.
We recommend calibrating the Spin Air at least once a year although excessive use may call for more often calibrations.
The Spin air uses rechargeable Ni-Metal Hydride 7.2V internal battery pack, which allows the Spin Air to work up to 8 hours (without the slave unit connected).
Push up button (↑) for 3 sec. If nothing happens charge batteries for 4 hours. You can also work with the Spin Air while it is connected to electricity although it will limit your range of usage due to requirement of an outlet.
The spin air can collect any biological aerosols including molds, fungi, pollen, spores etc. in accordance to the selectivity of agar plate that is being used.
The Spin Air can use both 90mm and 60mm plate according to the attachment that is being used.
The Spin Air may be cleaned with a wet towel with a solution of 80% alcohol. No residues will remain on the instrument.
The use of disinfectant is not recommended due to the fact that they may leave behind residues.
After placing an agar plate in the Spin Air and setting the volume of air one would like to run though it, the Spin Air platform will start to rotate and spin the agar plate in a set speed (1-4 RPM). At the same time, air will be sucked in (100 L / min). This spinning motion provides full coverage of the agar plate surface and eliminates overlapping layers of bacteria.
Yes, when needed, the delay time can be set for up to 1 hour (divided by seconds).
The Spin Air can be set to take any amount of air between 0-to-9999 L of air.
The Spin Air can be connected to several devices, such as bar code reader, printer or PC (RS 232) and a Slave unit which allows performing duplicate experiments or saving time when doing multiple plates types.
The “Slave” unit is a down scale unit that can be connected to the Spin Air. This unit does not require any setting, it will simply duplicate the data from the main unit and perform the same experiment simultaneity resulting accurate duplicate results.
Yes, Neu-tec will provide support and training on the instrument over the phone, and if needed to will service the instrument at our laboratory.
Yes, we rent a wide variety of instrumentation and offer loaners Call us toll free 1-888-810-5179 for more information.
Yes - Spiral plating is a proven technology that has been in use since 1975, it is AOAC approved and is listed in the Bacterial Analytical Manual as a method for performing bacterial enumeration.
(AKA: “I really like the smell of bleach in the morning..”)
The use of disposable syringes will completely eliminate the risk of false negative results due to bleach residues left in the syringe. In addition, you can be assured that no left over residues from one sample will find its way to the next sample. This combined with the fact that no pump or bleach is needed (No down time for cleaning processes) gets you a winning combination!
There are 2 ways to count the amount of colonies on spiral plate:
Yes - The Eddy-Jet comes from the factory with a certificate of performance, multiple tests are performed on each unit (gravimetric to bacteriological) to insure the Eddy-Jet is plating properly.
I have heard that clogging can occur when using a spiral plating technique. Could this affect the Eddy-Jet too?
Our Eddy-Jet utilizes patented disposable tips with an opening size of the syringe of 0.7mm (diamenter). Any particle smaller than that could pass through. As a result - the common problem of clogging the instrument is avoided by using a fresh syringe every cycle with no down time.
NO – The Eddy-Jet comes with all the commonly used spiral protocols already in memory. The user has to choose from a menu the protocol of choice based on volume / logarithmic/exponential etc.
Yes – The syringes are supplied in 4 individual boxes of 250 (25 magazines of 10 syringes) and are gamma radiated, sealed and marked for expiration time. Certificate of radiation can be supplied with the syringes upon request.
Yes – We offer loaner programs that will allow you to try the Eddy Jet at your own lab, please call our toll free number 1-888-810-5179 and ask for availability in your area!
Most of the Protocols presets we offer with the Eddy Jet Spiral Plater are industry standards that were developed by various manufacturers in the 15-20 years since this method became a common method.
By offering all the different protocols out there, user of “older units” would not have to do a lengthy validation process when they upgraded to the Eddy Jet, rather, use their existing protocol which was programmed into the memory of the unit.
Some of the protocols use exponential or logarithmic distribution of the sample on the plate, so that a 3 fold dilution (1-1000) will be forming on a 100mm plate. The linear and lawn protocols, however do not get that dilution rather offer an ever distribution on the plate. Again, the different protocol names, (C, D…) and volumes (49.2, 50 100ul) can be used to your choice with no real preference, thus the most important to remember, is to read the plates using the exact protocol (if using automation i.e. with our Flash & Grow colony counter ) or with the right volumes of liquids calculated in the formulas as presented the instruction manual (when using manual readings).
The Flash & Go software can save data in a Microsoft Excel friendly format – CSV. Each result table is stored separately and can be named and cataloged by the user and get printed or saved in the chosen directory.
The Flash & Go high resolution camera (USB 2.0 DIGITAL) that can detect colonies as small as 0.07mm.
Yes, first the spiral plate program is been chosen from a pre-set table that is already stored on the Flash & Go (i.e. D49, E50) then Colonies in the outer “rings” of the spiral are counted. If the result is less than the minimum count needed (usually 25), the next “ring” will get counted as well. This process of counting “rings” towards the centre is continued until the minimum count is exceeded. Then the Flash 7 Go will calculate according to the given dilution factor and the spiral mode, the final result.
Customization of the result table is available; a comment can be entered and displayed with the results, all the different parameters can be displayed and the storing location can be selected.
The Flash & Go can easily detect colonies on opaque plates. Infact one of the defaults programs is already set to simplify the process. After choosing the “opaque” setting and specifying the specifications required such as colony size, color or shape, the Flash & Go will do the rest.
The Flash & Go is connected to external PC using serial port RS232. The computer can then be connected to any common system available in the market with Ethernet card for example.
The Flash & Go can be upgraded for measuring haloes of antibiotic inhibition zone. This friendly additional piece of software can detect up to 6 zones per plate and calculate its diameters. The user role is to point the position of the Zone number 1 and from there, the Flash & Go will do the rest.
A barcode reader can be connected to the Flash 7 Go and “read” the plate I.D. number before counting and then the recorded info will be displayed in the result table with the rest of the gathered information. By doing so, the barcode is simplifying the plate I.D. process, enhance productivity and limits the human error to minimum.
What type of computer do I need to connect to the Flash & Go and can it be connected to a network? (Can I use my own computer?)
The Flash & Go is using external PC with the minimum requirement of windows 2000 and up, Pentium III, 600 MHz Processor or better, 100MB available of free space in the hard disk, USB2.0 and serial port RS232. Using external pc can able you to connect the system to a network and saving you money by using your own existing computer (if you chose to) that could be updated whenever the need arise or as technology progressed. Having an internal computer was found to be a very limiting step that we eliminate by keeping the computer purchasing option for the user.
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(*Depending on the volume of media deposited into each plate.)
The Biotool systems are truly “walk away” plate pouring systems. There are multiple sensors that detect if a plate is not present or upside down and will not pour unless all conditions are correct. When maintained well (cleaned) there is very little operator intervention required during operation of the systems. The plates are automatically stacked at the required height (1 – 20) so the lab technician does not have to manually move the poured plate.
The plates are opened under UV light during the pouring stage preventing contamination during this process. The lab technician is protected from the UV light by a protective cover with safety switch that turns off the UV light when the cover is open.
Yes- the systems can be connected to a media preparer such as the Proficlave PC10 to insure that the agar remains at the proper dispensing temperature, well stirred and sterile.
The Biotool system uses 90 – 100mm beveled (automation) plates. We ask you to send one sleeve of your plates so we can adjust the system prior to the delivery to your laboratory.
I often hand pour media that is uneven and with large ripples. Will the Biotool systems produce more consistent plates?
The Biotool systems are equipped with a dual head pump that eliminates air bubbles during the dispensing of media, keeping it smooth. in addition, the PS900 systems are equipped with an additional vibration system to actively smooth the agar. These systems will produce smooth and level plates.
Yes, any of our systems can draw media from a flask or any other container. The Proficlave insures that the media is at the proper dispensing temperature, properly mixed and sterile.
Yes – the system can accommodate any stack height from a single plate up to 20 plates.
Yes – the systems let you choose any stack height from 1 to 20 (remember, lower stacks will cool faster due to smaller heat residue).
Yes, we offer a wide range of leasing program for small monthly installments, call our Toll Free number 1-888-810-5179 for more information and lease programs.
Yes, most units are offered a rent/lease for short periods of time for evaluation purposes based on availability. Call our Toll Free number 1-888-810-5179 for more information and lease programs.
The Poly Stainer can automate just about any manual staining process. Some examples are:
Yes, in fact the Poly Stainer can be preprogrammed with up to 10 program options, each with 10 different positions.
the following parameters can be programmed and modified at any time:
The IUL Poly Stainer basket can accommodate up to 20 slides at a time. Additional baskets can be used to store slides during batch operation.
Yes, each one of the four (4) reagent containers can be removed, sealed and replaced at any time between processes. Additional containers can store reagents for other protocols.
Each container will hold approximately 250 ml of reagent. That volume will stain up to 2000 slides. When necessary, the reagent in the container can be filtered and replenished, or disposed of.
The Poly Stainer can accommodate both routine batch operation and STAT requirements. The instrument is always ready. Just keep the reagents in place and covered when not in use. Take the covers off when a STAT comes in and the unit is ready for immediate use.
In anticipation of some questions you may have about Neutec Group and our product and service offering, we have provided you with answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you do not find the answers to your question(s) here, please e-mail us your question and we will respond to it personally and promptly.
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