APAS® Independence Automated Culture Plate Reading System

Save time in the laboratory with automatic reporting of negative plates

The APAS Independence, a world first in laboratory automation, uses intelligent imaging and machine learning technology to read and interpret culture plates. Designed for easy laboratory integration, the technology automatically reads, interprets and sorts plates, to successfully identify and report plates showing no significant growth. Those plates showing significant growth and those needing further review are triaged for review by a microbiologist, helping your lab get to the plates that matter sooner.

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Automate the reading of culture plates in your microbiology laboratory.

Maximize the utility of your staff by removing negative plates from the workflow and have your staff only look at the plates that matter. Focus microbiologists on complex, significant growth plates that require their expertise for accelerated patient care.

Increase Productivity

  • Improve your team’s efficiency and streamline laboratory workflows with technology that is three times faster than a manual reading
  • Analyze results more swiftly, facilitating faster delivery of patient test results
  • Expanded utility through addition of multiple analysis modules

Improve Consistency

  • Eliminate transcription errors through automatic reporting of results direct to your laboratory information system (LIS)
  • Deliver consistent and reliable reports from a market-leading, tried and tested instrument
  • Reduce natural variation in the manual plate reading process

Enhance Staff Satisfaction

  • Reduce manual handling and cross contamination risks
  • Protect against potential repetitive strain inquiry (RSI) risks and staff downtime costs
  • Improve OH&S through reduced handling of infectious agents

  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 2000 mm
    • Width: 800 mm
    • Height: 1600 mm
  • Weight: 330 kg
Power Requirements
  • Voltage: 100-240VAC
  • Frequency: 50~60hz
  • Current: 6 Amps
Noise specifications
Noise level shall not exceed
  • Continuous: 58dBA at 1m
  • Peaks: 70dBA at 1m
Recommended Laboratory
Environmental Conditions
  • Ambient temperature range: 15-27®C
  • Humidity: 20-80% (non-condensing indoor use)
  • Altitude: Sea level to 3000m
  • Minimum throughput 200 plates per hour
  • Capacity of plates: 240 plates (4 cassettes / 60 plates per cassette)
  • Compatibility: Full plates or Bi-Plates
Configuration Freestanding
Analysis Modules
  • APAS Urine (RUO)
Operator Interface Front Panel GUI

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