Real-time incubator and colony counter

Real-time incubator and colony counter

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Real-time incubator and colony counter

100 Petri dishes

ScanStation 100 is a unit centralizing incubation, detection and counting of Petri dishes. Colonies are detected & counted as soon as they appear. Follow the growth curve of the colonies. ScanStation 100 can accommodate up to 100 Petri dishes.

  • Capacity: up to 100 Petri dishes
  • Counting on pour plate, surface, Spiral, filtration membranes
  • Petri dish sizes: Ø 55 to 65 mm, Ø 90 mm
  • Accuracy of incubation temperature: ± 1°C
  • Reading time in between each dish: 30 min or 1 h

Real-time bacterial growth

From the beginning of the incubation, the 100 Petri dishes are photographed every 30 min / 1 hour. Colonies are detected and counted as soon as they appear. Discover their bacterial growth hour by hour and get anticipated results.

A revolutionary concept

Colony counting is done automatically during incubation. You get a video of the bacterial growth in real time.

1 incubator

An incubator of 100 Petri dishes

ScanStation 100 is composed of a rotating storage carousel with a 100 Petri dishes capacity.

The 100 Petri dishes are processed simultaneously in this thermoregulated incubator with Peltier module ± 1°C.

1 robotic arm

A robotic arm transfers the Petri dishes for a time-lapse photography

The robotic arm transfers the Petri dishes from the carousel to the camera to perform a time-lapse photography.

ScanStation is equipped with a pressure-sensitive gripper which adapts itself to all Petri dishes.

1 automatic colony counter

The automatic colony counter detects and counts colonies as soon as they appear

The 5 megapixel ultra-HD camera detects colonies as soon as they appear before clustering or covering can occur, while dissociating the artefacts. So that you get more accurate and faster results. You can see the video of bacterial growth during and after incubation.

High performance results


Results in 8 h instead of 24 h



Up to 100 Petri dishes
counted together


Elimination of artefacts


Keep your agar & method


The data are archived and accessible throughout incubation till the final validation of the results.

Data integrity

ScanStation saves images and videos of bacterial growth from the start till the end of the incubation. You can recover the data beyond the incubation date.

The bacterial growth video helps validate the results by showing the distinction between a particle and a bacterium, avoiding false positives. Images taken at regular intervals enable to visualize the beginning of the growth of micro-organisms such as molds in order to facilitate counting.

ScanStation software complies with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines. It allows electronic signatures, audit trails and encrypted data for security reasons. You can assign different users rights depending on the access levels.

Mono or multi-batch

The loading of Petri dishes can be done at the beginning or during the incubation. ScanStation simultaneously processes batches with different light settings or different incubation time.


The integrated barcode reader can read most 1D/2D barcodes on the market, including QR codes and datamatrix.

ScanStation is compatible with Spiral platers and the dataLink system. This will avoid double data entry, a source of error, and save time.


Central screen

Ergonomics optimized for your laboratory

The central screen reduces the ScanStation’s side space requirement. The linear space required is reduced from 245 cm to 175 cm compared to a ScanStation with a side screen and keyboard support. This is an attractive option for our customers looking to couple multiple ScanStations in their lab. This accessory is available on all ScanStation range: ScanStation 100 , ScanStation 200 and ScanStation 300.

Removable petals

Easy to clean and disinfect

To facilitate access to the bottom of the carousel, the 5-petal blocks removable can be removed by pulling on it, using a magnetic connection, so that the surface below the carousel can be cleaned easily. This makes 100% of the ScanStation floor area easily accessible and cleanable. This new feature is standard on the entire ScanStation range: ScanStation 100 , ScanStation 200 and ScanStation 300.


The ScanStation, incubator and automatic colony counter, integrated itself into different fields of application. Its flexibility allows it to adapt to any protocol such as bioburden, challenge tests, counting and quality control. Real-time monitoring offers anticipated results for validation.

ScanStation 100

Capacity100 Petri dishes
Reading time in between each dish30 minutes or 1 hour
Petri dish sizeØ 90 mm right-side up or upside down and Ø 55-65 mm (with adaptor)
UType of plating acceptedPour plate, surface, Spiral, filtration membrane
LoadingSingle or multi-batch
Camera resolution5 megapixels
Interface23 inches touch screen
Data exportvideo mp4, pdf, jpeg, png, bmp, csv and xls
Video playerPlay, zoom, pause, replay, during and after incubation
Included computer systemPC Windows 10 LTSC desktop with Intel i7 processor
SoftwareScanStation software
Incubation temperatureFrom 20°C to 45°C
Automatic detection of Petri dishes± 1°C (checked by a 9-point mapping system)
Recording of the temperatureEvery minute
Heating and cooling technologyPeltier modules, compressor free
External temperatureFrom 18°C to 25°C
Manual control to add or substract colonies70%
Max incubation time10 days
LED internal lightcheck
Electronic locking doorcheck
Pressure sensitive gripper to adapt itself to any kind of dishcheck
Robotic architecture with incubator, gripper and colony countercheck
Extra rigid mass aluminum platformcheck
Dimensions (w x d x h)135.3 x 82.3 x 94.4 cm
Net weight of the ScanStation (without option)270 kg
Dimensions with handles dismantled (w x d x h)135.3 x 78.6 x 94.4 cm
Furniture dimensions (height)59,6 cm
Net weight of the storage furniture70 kg
Total height with storage furniture146 cm
Box (w x d x h)168,6 x 96 x 207 cm
Gross weight (without option)429 kg
In compliance with21 CFR Part 11
Voltage and frequency100-240V~ 50-60 Hz
International protection marking20
Max power2000 W
Warranty1 year

Delivered with: 1 computer and its power cable OR 1 server with its power cable, 1 Wifi antenna connected to the computer or servor, 1 monitor with its power cable, 1 Display Port cable, 1 USB 3 cable, 1 wireless keyboard, 1 wireless mouse, 1 dongle for keyboard and wireless mouse, 1 general unit power cable, 1 temperature map, 1 user’s manual, 1 maintenance kit including 1 optical cleaner bottle and 1 grease pump, 1 test pattern