Colony Picking Machine
Colony Picker: PM-2s
- Compact Desktop Size
- Full Automatic Colony Picking System <A.N.C.S.>
- 8 Million Pixel High Resolution Camera
- Automatic storing of colony-picking/transferring data in Excel format
- Contamination-free automatic colony transfer
- Effective use of your time, and improved work efficiency in your laboratory
- Reduced labor hours for routine tasks and the risk of RSI(repetitive stress injury) among scientists
- The system is equipped with a 8 million pixel high resolution CCD camera able to handle E.coli, yeast, plaques, molds, bacteria, phages etc.
- Microtec's original automatic needle change system <A.N.C.S.> and the triple sterilization reduce the risk of contamination to a minimum.
- Color image identification realizes high-precision processing steps including primary colony identification, restriction, color selection and picking.
- A dedicated software refined through extensive experience supports marked scalability and multifunction as a standard specification.
Isolation of E.coli or bacteria grown in dishes on agar medium
In the past bacteria isolation (colony picking) relied on manual work of the researchers. It has been feared that negative factors involved during this work like human induced contaminations and the unavoidable errors made by humans during work on microscopic scale had adverse effects on the quality of experimental data and researchers could not always be free themselves from such anxiety.
Researchers worldwide have been asking for automated "faster, reliable methods" with high throughput to match the developments since the human genome was completely decoded in the 1990s. The solution to these problems was a combination of robot controlled technology and image analysis (automatic colony picker), that had been developed in America and Europe.
Yet, the required extreme precision and highly complex mechanism have caused a disadvantage to these colony pickers. Even now at the dawn of the 21st century this has led to a situation where the extremely high costs are responsible for the fact that "only a very limited number of research facilities conducting large scale analyses and research" can afford to implement such equipment. Most researchers still have to rely on manual work.
More compact and low priced colony picker
To "provide the researchers of the world with a compact and low priced colony picker and thus contribute to research and development in the fields of biosciences," Microtec put its Colony Pickier PM-1s on the market in 2003. Large numbers of PM-1 and PM-2 series are currently already used in Japan.