Cyclone™ Automated System for Quality Control
Cyclone™ – Fully Automated System for Microbiological Quality Control formerly known as MilkyWay™
Cyclone™ is a fully automated system specifically designed for microbiological quality control performed through pour-plate technique. Cyclone™ pours molten media into Petri dishes, dispenses samples through an automated liquid handler and homogenizes by mixing.
- Dairy Products
- Water Testing
- Barcode Labels on the samples and Petri dishes in order to track the full process.
- Compatible with multiple containers from finished product cases to stomacher bags.
- Media Flexibility – choose type of media, number of layers required and volumes. Use your existing media on the fully open platform.
- Easy Media Preparation the system can be connected to autoclaves and manage the flow of the media through a peristaltic pump.
- Cooling System allows fast gelification of poured media.
- Special Shaker – sample mixed with media to guarantee the homogeneous growth.
- HEPA Filter – prevents cross contamination between processed samples.
- Compliance with ISO Standards – Cyclone™ is designed to allow the technician to perform protocols in accordance with the relevant ISO standard (ISO 7218:2007, ISO 6887-5:2010, ISO 21528-2:2004 – last update July 2017).
- Database Connection – the analysis result can be automatically transferred to own database.
- Customized System with your current validated protocols.
- Walk Away System minimal manual input needed.
- Full Traceability from production line to batch release.
2017 IAFP Press Release
COPAN Diagnostics, Inc. will unveil “MilkyWay,” the first fully automated instrument for preparing pour plate total viable bacterial counts on liquid samples, at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida today. The conference runs from July 9, 2017 through July 11, 2017. The “MilkyWay” instrument draws from COPAN’s extensive experience in automation and culture of innovation.
The new instrument fully automates the pour plate method for performing total viable bacterial counts on liquid samples. The Copan “MilkyWay” on display at IAFP was specifically adapted for processing dairy samples. The application on display at IAFP mixes molten agar with the sample. After it cools down, the mixture is set and then overlaid with another layer of agar.
“MilkyWay” is the first instrument of its class and can be customized to perform more widespread applications that involve mixing liquid or liquefied samples with molten agar for traditional pour plate Total Viable Counts (TVCs). The system utilizes an onboard Hamilton pipetting engine for aliquoting and dispensing samples, while simultaneously an agar media dispenser mixes the sample with molten agar within a petri dish.
For regular pour plate TVCs this is where the process would normally end but the “MilkyWay” includes the option to add a second layer of molten agar once the initial sample/agar mixture has set.
“The fact that we can fully automate the manual Pour Plate Method and bring standardization with a high-volume throughput capability is exciting,” said Norman Sharples, COPAN Diagnostics CEO. “This instrument is particularly advantageous to Quality Control Labs that perform a high number of TVC testing on liquid or liquefied samples. It will improve not only quality control but is also a cost-saving and efficient method for processing samples.”