Advanced Instruments’ new Delta Instruments SomaScope Smart has received approval for sale in the United States from the Lab Committee of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) as the industry’s first somatic cell counter to feature a light-emitting diode as its light source.
“The SomaScope Smart delivers fast, accurate somatic cell counts and an unprecedented ease-of-use and low-cost of ownership, combined with the latest in flow cytometer and LED technology,” said Peter Costas, vice president of sales and marketing at Advanced Instruments.
“The new SomaScope Smart uses an LED instead of an HBO lamp to illuminate the stained cells in a sample and detect them with dual photomultiplier tubes. There’s no waiting for lamps to warm up, which waste operator time, and no-light source hot spots, which can cause cell count issues,” he said.
The new SomaScope Smart delivers a host of benefits for owners and operators. Accuracy is provided at low or high somatic-cell levels utilizing proven flow-cytometry technology and results are fast with a 30-second analysis time. Operator use is considerably eased with the introduction of new, wizard-driven ”SomaSmart” software. Calibration is fast and easy, accuracy exceeding IDF/ISO/FDA/NCIMS standards, and maintenance costs are low. The new software also provides automatic operation reminders at start-up and 24/7 Hot-Line Technical Service is available from Delta Instruments. All working solution containers are enclosed within the instrument giving it a sleek, compact design.
The SomaScope Smart somatic cell counter is ideal for use by dairy processors, payment laboratories, veterinary laboratories, and dairy herd improvement laboratories, providing analysis for somatic cells in cow, sheep, goat, buffalo and camel milk.