1 Distribute


With FlexiPump, the serial distribution of culture media, agars, diluents...
is precise, fast and sterile.


2 Label

The dataLink software collects the sample data. With the dataLink pack, print the Datamatrix label. Stick it on the side of the inoculated Petri dish.



Once the incubation is done, the automatic counting is carried out with the automatic Scan range of colony counters. Scan the Datamatrix code and the Scan automatically selects the appropriate parameter for counting. Click on “Count” then “Validate”. The images and results are automatically saved in your computer to ensure traceability.

4Incubate and count

4Incubate and count

The ScanStation is a smart incubator that maintains an optimal temperature for microbial growth while analysing colony development in real time for enumeration. This real time growth monitoring allows more accurate enumerations and anticipated results. In addition, the ScanStation is 21 CFR part 11 certified, guaranteeing data protection and results traceability.

Types of analyses

We offer you a wide range of products for all microbiological analyses concerning the environment, Bioburden, quality control of a production from raw materials and/or in-process to finished products. Our products also enable to carry out sterility tests, particularly in R&D.

The use of our products helps to improve the quality and reliability of microbiological analyses while respecting the requirements of the pharmacopoeia and the FDA. You will also improve your production management.

  • Quality control
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Enumeration of finished products
    • Detection of reference microorganisms :
      Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Aspergillus brasiliensis, Candida albicans.
  • Research & Development
    Various microbiological analyses of a pharmaceutical product before it is placed on the market.
    • Study on aging
    • Validation process
    • Challenge test
    • Sterility test

Example of a protocol in the pharmaceutical industry

Collect the sample with RollBag

Collect the sample with RollBag

Dilute the sample at 1/10th with DiluFlow

Weigh 10 g of sample and dilute with DiluFlow Elite 1 kg

Homogenize with MiniMix lab blender

the sample in a BagMixer or MiniMix according to the test sample

Plate with easySpiral

Plate the filtered sample with easySpiral for micro-organism research

Incubate Petri dishes with ScanStation

Place the Petri dishes in ScanStation for incubation.

Obtain a compliance result with ScanStation

Detect colonies with ScanStation or Scan for a compliant result.

Dilute the sample at 1/10th with DiluFlow

Weigh in a tube 1 g for 1/10 dilution with a DiluFlow Elite 1 kg

Plate with easySpiral

Plate the sample for micro-organisms research or for sterility test

Incubate Petri dishes with ScanStation

Place the Petri dishes in ScanStation for incubation.

Obtain a compliance result with ScanStation

Detect colonies to get compliant results with ScanStation or Scan

Incubate Petri dishes with ScanStation

Incubate the Petri dishes in the ScanStation

Obtain a compliance result with ScanStation

In case of positive control, get an early, compliant result.

Obtain a compliance result with Scan

Get a compliant result with our automatic Scan counters.

In compliance with international standards

European Pharmacopoeia

The European Pharmacopoeia is a unique reference work on the quality control of medicines in the countries that are signatories to the Convention relating to its elaboration.



Application notes

  • Dispensing repeatability of 9 mL from a 2-liter bottle with FlexiPump

    Aim: Evaluate the repeatability of a volume dispensed consecutively, after a FlexiPump calibration, from a FlexiPump calibration from a 2L diluent bottle (tube weight at the bottom and bottle filled for calibration).

    Conclusion: From the results obtained in this test, we can conclude that dispensing successive doses with the FlexiPump, from a 2-liter bottle of diluent, shows excellent repeatability. There is no drift in dispensing volume as the bottle empties.

  • Dispensing repeatability of 9 mL diluent bag with FlexiPump

    Aim: Evaluate the repeatability of a consecutively dispensed volume, after instrument calibration, from a 2L diluent bag.

    Conclusion: From the results obtained in this test, we can conclude that dispensing successive doses with the FlexiPump, from a diluent bag, shows excellent repeatability. There is no drift in dispensing volume as the bag empties.

  • 50 ML dispensing test with FlexiPump Pro

    Aim: Check the dispensing accuracy of a 50 mL volume with a FlexiPump Pro peristaltic pump, with a dispensing time of less than 4/5 seconds.

    Conclusion: The FlexiPump Pro is accurate for a 50 mL dispense, under the conditions described above. Note that under these conditions, each dispense took 2.7s.

  • Validation of easySpiral/easySpiral Pro plating
    1. Plating validation easySpiral/easyeasySpiral Pro in decreasing exponential mode
      1. Aim: To study the reliability of easySpiral/easySpiral Pro plating in decreasing exponential mode (known as the Spiral method) by carrying out a comparative study with the reference method "manual surface plating" (known as the classic technique).
      2. Conclusion: Our results show a strong correlation (R2 ≥ 0.982) between plating in Spiral mode using the easySpiral and the conventional method. Also, the average difference in log CFU/mL between the two methods is 12 times less than the maximum difference, and therefore not significant.
    2. Cleaning efficiency of easySpiral/easyeasySpiral Pro
      1. Aim: Ensure that the easySpiral/easySpiral Pro stylus is cleaned between each sample run. Check the effectiveness of stylus disinfection by inoculating with sterile diluent.
      2. Conclusion: The study shows that for all six bacterial strains, cleaning in either long or short mode enables disinfection of the stylus and avoids contamination between samples. Three disinfectants were tested: ethanol 70%, bleach 1% and a formulation based on hydrogen peroxide (3%) + peracetic acid (0.08%). Other formulations with slightly different concentrations of H2O2 and APA may also be effective.
  • Scan 1200: performance evaluation

    Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the Scan 1200 by comparing manual and automatic counting. For optimal comparison, Petri dishes were plated and incubated in our R&D laboratory, using standard methods to reproduce normal laboratory conditions. The same technician then counted the colonies with a Scan 1200 and manually to obtain results for evaluating the accuracy of the Scan. This document also contains a study of the analysis time per dish and an estimate of the time spent by the laboratories.

    Conclusion: Tests show in a variety of ways (regression line, correlation coefficient, average Log value difference, and ISO 7218:2007) that Scan 1200:
    — Enables faster counting (up to 80% time saving).
    — Counts as well as another user (strong relationship between the 2 methods, with an average difference of 2.35% per dish).

    The Scan 1200 is an excellent tool for laboratories needing to count large numbers of dishes accurately and without wasting time. All results can be saved in specific files (called sessions) which contain all dish photos and counts, guaranteeing analysis quality and perfect traceability.

  • ScanStation: real-time detection of microbial growth by the intelligent incubator to speed up environmental control processes

    Aim: ScanStation’s performance is evaluated by comparing actual manual enumeration with automatic counting of pure cultures of five microorganisms tested for environmental control in the pharmaceutical field (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans and Aspergillus brasiliensis).

    Conclusion: In light of the results discussed in this study study, which show a strong and significant correlation between automatic ScanStation with the actual count verified by a human verified by a human operator of the set photos taken during the incubation incubation cycle, we confidently recommend confidently recommend the ScanStation for environmental environmental monitoring or analyses. In addition, time-to-result studies studies give us an insight into the growth kinetics growth kinetics of the five main pharmacopoeia strains which, if replicated and validated in the replicated and validated in the laboratory where ScanStation can be installed, to shorten the detection time for environmental and thus reduce production costs production costs in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Counting waterborne pathogens with ScanStation, a real-time incubation and counting station. Use of filtration membranes

    Aim: The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of the ScanStation to count in real time colonies on membrane filtration. Enumeration was performed on waterborne pathogens that have been linked to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Bacterial suspensions were passed through filtration membranes that were deposited on Petri dish. Colonies were manually counted and results were compared with automatic counts performed by the ScanStation.

    Conclusion: ScanStation performs well in counting colonies on filtration membranes in real time. For the seven strains tested, the automatic and manual counts are similar when bacterial suspensions are filtered on white polycarbonate membranes (without grids). For best automatic counts in this case, the recommended light configuration is white background (light from below). This study shows that bacterial colonies can be efficiently counted with ScanStation.

  • Robustness tests on ScanStation

    Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the performance of ScanStation (ISS) by comparing manual and automatic counting of plated samples for robustness counting assessment.

    Conclusion: ScanStation’s robustness tests showed reproducible data under both intra- and inter-machine conditions.

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The different activity sectors

Our products are also used for microbiological analyses in food, environmental, cosmetics, veterinary industries and public research institutes.