So once the set card has been set up correctly,
the rest of it is routine?
Arndt It is exactly like that.
What is the speed?
Wolterstorff: The actual evaluation process
after inserting the plate normally takes one
to two seconds.
Arndt If the plates are provided with a barcode,
the intermediate step of manual sample
data entry is also omitted, as this can be
supplemented with a barcode scanner, so
typing errors are excluded.
Are there any other updates for the
Arndt Yes, not externally, but inside the sample
chamber and the software, a lot of things
have changed significantly and have been
What are they?
Wolterstorff: An important innovation
and an important advantage of our system
is the aforementioned 3-level-lighting
system. For example, transparent agar
becomes particularly clear and transparent
colonies become visible.
Our device combines simplicity and versatility.
The colonyQuant is not a device that
can only handle simple plates, it is a highly
complex system that offers the customer a
wide range of options and solutions, but is
easy to use.
Do I have to buy all of these diverse functions
even if I don’t need them at all?
Arndt No, the customer buys basic software.
Since every customer has different requirements,
we offer so-called Addons: These are
An exemplary data series in the schuett colonyQuant-software
extended software program parts that can
be bought right away or purchased later-on.
The point in time is irrelevant as the customer
can carry out the upgrade himself. We also
recommend using the system with a Laptop
or PC, depending on what the customer
wants. A small display does not make sense
for the high-resolution images from our camera.
A 24-inch device is more advantageous
because the camera can zoom into the plate
with extremely high resolution.
How does the integration into the LIMS
Arndt There is a prepared interface that can
output the data to the LIMS. Another interface
is designed so that you can configure
your own PLC.
You speak of an interface. What does
that mean for you?
Clearly arranged start page in the schuett colonyQuant-Software
Arndt Ideally, it is standardized. We can
make special adjustments to customers’
requirements on request. But the system is
actually well prepared for network operation.
Would you like to address other services
in connection with the schuett colonyQuant
from your portfolio?
Arndt We are happy to offer our customers
demo evaluations to simplify the purchase
decision. This has proven to have a positive
impact: The customer sends us photos of his
plates and we evaluate them with accompanying
reports for the customer.
You offer a wide range of products for
the laboratory sector.
Arndt Yes, from the smallest device to complex
laboratory devices, mainly for the microbiological
area. The manual colony counter is
certainly also an interesting device for colony
counting. If the customer does not need any
documentation and / or wants to count fewer
than 50 samples per day, alternatively the
schuett count is suitable. This device can also
be used to evaluate transparent colonies. This
is always very fascinating at trade fairs, when
we put a filter with transparent colonies in
the device and they suddenly become visible.
On the other hand, we have the schuett
phoenix Safety Bunsen Burner, which is also
widely used throughout the industry. It can
be connected to gas cartridges or to a laboratory
gas line or gas bottles. If the customer
wants to work without gas, he should take a
look at the schuett solaris, which can sterilize
inoculation loops with special lighting technology.
Thank you very much.
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