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Spiral Biotech to Introduce New Autoplate Spiral Plating System at ASM General Meeting in May

NORWOOD, Mass., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Spiral Biotech, an Advanced Instruments company, will introduce its new Autoplate(R) Spiral Plating System -- which delivers faster cycle times, a touch screen display, and self-cleaning features that boost processing speed and efficiency in microbiology laboratories -- at The American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) General Meeting in May, 2009.

"The introduction of the new Autoplate represents a major advancement in spiral plating technology," said Anthony Pappas, National Sales Manager, Advanced Instruments (

"The new Autoplate features 50 percent faster cycle times -- 30 seconds as opposed to one minute -- a new Windows(R) CE-based touch screen display, and an expanded range of analysis that includes two new spiral plating modes. The new system also introduces a revolutionary self-cleaning feature that is very fast, very thorough, and ensures no sample-to-sample contamination.

"Altogether, the new Autoplate drives spiral plating technology a generational leap forward," Pappas said.

The new Autoplate deposits microbial suspensions without the need for most serial dilutions, thus increasing efficiency in the microbiology laboratory. Labor and material costs associated with sample preparation and manual dilution are reduced by 75%. Moreover, by eliminating the variability inherent in manual procedures, Autoplate delivers both a higher degree of accuracy, and repeatability.

Spiral Biotech's Autoplate technology is ideal for any laboratory that uses microbial concentration samples greater than 1,000 cfu/g or cfu/ml, or any application where counts are high and standardization and reproducibility are key.

Spiral Biotech will unveil the new Autoplate at the ASM General Meeting, May 18-20, 2009, in Philadelphia. For more information, visit the Spiral Biotech exhibit, number 133, at ASM General Meeting. Or, visit the website at, or call 1-800-554-1620 or 1-781-320-9000.

About Spiral Biotech, Inc.

For more than 30 years Spiral Biotech, Inc., a subsidiary of Advanced Instruments, has produced a line of automated microbiology systems for hospital laboratory and clinical laboratory applications. The company focuses on automating the pre-analytical and analytical steps involved with traditional microbial enumeration with a product line that includes colony counters, plating systems, anaerobic workstations, susceptibility test software, air samplers and sample prep tools. For more information, contact Spiral Biotech on the web at or toll free at 1-800-554-1620.

About Advanced Instruments, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Advanced Instruments, Inc. ( is the world's largest supplier of freezing-point cryoscopes and osmometers used in dairy, clinical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories. The company is also a leading supplier of analytical instruments for the food and industrial microbiology markets. Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, the privately held company also produces Fiske(R) Associates brand diagnostic instruments and operates Spiral Biotech, Inc., D&F Control Systems, Inc., Mart Microbiology, and Delta Instruments as wholly-owned subsidiaries. A worldwide network of direct sales people and independent distributors supports Advanced Instruments' products.

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