Are you considering purchasing a rapid microbiological method (RMM) for your QC lab? Quality control labs worldwide are embracing rapid microbial methods (RMM) to help streamline workflows, save resources and provide for sustainable and cost-effective growth.
Are you struggling with which method to choose? While there are various methods for rapid detection, automated growth-based technologies such as the Growth Direct TM System simply automate the traditional method. This technology eliminates resources from the testing process, freeing the lab to devote more time to higher value activities. Click below to see the story of Webster, who works in a QC lab performing environmental monitoring testing and is looking for options to save time and energy in colony enumeration.
Understanding the Problem
You have been using the compendial method for years, and it continues to be time-consuming, particularly as production expands into new lines. The already overworked QC lab must respond to the increases in testing needs. The preparation of samples, and the current incubation, enumeration, and reporting of results is tedious and inefficient.
Discovering the Solution
Frustrated with the time and energy spent on repetitive tasks, some QC personnel like Webster have researched rapid methods and discovered automated, growth-based RMM – a method that saves time by automating the traditional techniques they're already using.
Using an Automated, Growth-Based RMM
With the new system installed and validated, users can collect samples, load them into the instrument and work on other high value tasks while the technology automatically incubates, enumerates and reports results. Final results are available in about half the time compared to the compendial method, and for labs with LIMS, those results can be uploaded and available to stakeholders beyond the lab.
Realizing the Savings and Benefits
Ultimately, automated, growth-based RMM users can achieve the following results:
- More time to spend on other lab activities
- Near elimination of miscounts, misplaced samples and data entry errors
- Out-of-specification investigations related to data entry or serial incubation issues are removed
- Improved ability of the lab to respond to increases in testing requirements.
For a more in-depth look at the journey from manual microbial testing to automate efficiency, check out our recent SlideShare, “Discovering the Power of Automated, Growth-Based RMM.”