The DEMETER™ is a highly traceable food microbiology testing lab instrument that automates the media preparation steps in the food testing process, resulting in both higher lab productivity and increased testing accuracy. DEMETER™ delivers versatile flexibility for a lab, allowing it to run multiple tests with different media, and eliminating the need for an autoclave to heat and sterilize the test media. The system features a bar code scanner that records sample information from each test into an internal buffer that can be interfaced to a lab information management system (LIMS). This feature streamlines the recordkeeping needed to maintain yearly lab accreditation per ISO 17025:2005 standards, and to the increased regulatory compliance resulting from the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Key vendor support in developing the Demeter system was provided by Valin Corporation (www.valin.com). Valin selected the Omron PLC and HMI hardware used to interface with the Demeter system components, and assisted with the subsequent programming needed for a successful development.
Read the article here from the April/May 2018 edition of Food Quality & Safety magazine to see how one food testing lab has used the Demeter system to increase their testing productivity.
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