One method that mimics the traditional tests, however, is automated, growth-based RMM. This technology involves familiar processes for sample prep and automates the incubation, enumeration and results collection while producing results in about half the time compared to the traditional test. The use of automated, growth-based technology such as the Growth Direct TM System also eliminates many of the resources required to manage incubation, enumeration and recording of results. Read on to learn how this technology has solved many company’s common problems, and how it can boost productivity and efficiency within your own QC lab.
Serial incubation transfers, colony counting and reporting – these tasks all require extensive, repetitive effort from microbiologists. Automated, growth-based RMM offers a hands-off approach, and users need only prepare their samples using traditional techniques.
The time lab technicians save on those repetitive tasks can be put to better use on test design, investigations, SOP updates and other critical quality control responsibilities.
With the manual method, microbiology QC departments have to increase resources linearly as they increase testing volumes – which can be costly. On the other hand, an automated system can provide high per-test throughput without significant increases in resources.
Automation allows for greater speed and efficiency, but it also leads to more reliable results. Serial incubation transfer errors, colony miscounts and keying errors may lead to costly investigations. With automated technology managing the incubation, detection, enumeration and reporting to LIMS, the lab can count on consistent results reported as tests are completed.
Finally, automated, non-destructive rapid methods such as the Growth DirectTM System can report final results in about half the time compared to the compendial method. Such speed not only helps microbiologists complete their tasks more efficiently – it can help get product to market faster.
Overall, automated, growth-based RMM offers a variety of far-reaching benefits that should interest not only microbiologists but manufacturing personnel, executives and any other stakeholders. These benefits include:
To learn more about making the transition from manual to automated microbial testing, check out our new SlideShare, “Discovering the Power of Automated, Growth-Based RMM.”