Innovative New Product Improves Productivity and Accuracy in Food Testing Labs
Arcadia, CA-April 25, 2016– Heateflex Corporation, a global leader in high-purity industrial heating systems, today announced that it has shipped the company’s first Demeter system for automating media preparation in food testing labs to Marshfield Food Safety. The initial Demeter will be installed in Marshfield’s facility in Schuyler, Nebraska.
Introduced last November in conjunction with the food testing industry’s Food Safety Consortium conference, Demeter is designed to streamline the media preparation process used in food testing labs. The system automates the traditionally-manual, labor intensive dehydrated media reagent preparation steps in a lab, increasing testing throughput and accuracy. Additionally, the system records the precise volumetric amounts and temperatures of each test (NIST-traceable), then feeds that information into a laboratory information management system (LIMS), streamlining the recordkeeping required to maintain lab regulatory compliance. Demeter is ideally suited for the media preparation and testing for a variety of common food pathogens, including e coli, listeria, and salmonella. The first-generation, pre-production Demeter system was successfully integrated into a number of microbiological food testing labs across the nation, and in pilot installations, was shown to deliver up to a tenfold increase in sample processing throughput.
Marshfield, a leading commercial food testing services laboratory headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and with other facilities throughout the Midwest, had developed its own product for automating media preparation in its labs, but found the new Demeter system from Heateflex to be significantly more sophisticated and accurate. “Demeter is an extremely well thought-out and engineered product that delivers heated sterile water for media reagent preparation very quickly and consistently, test after test” said Dr. Roy Radcliff, CEO of Marshfield. “We anticipate that Demeter will significantly increase the media preparation throughput in our testing labs, resulting in higher overall lab productivity. There’s really no other product quite like it on the market”.
To learn more about the new Demeter system, please see the short product video here.
Heateflex Corporation specializes in gas and liquid temperature control applications for the semiconductor, life science, food and beverage, and other precision process industries. The company offers a broad range of customizable, high-purity equipment for heating and cooling liquids and gases, including chemical heaters, deionized water heaters, gas heaters, steam heaters and heat exchangers. These products are able to control temperature with precision and efficiency, and are adaptable to the specific needs of individual customer applications. The company maintains patents in over 17 technologies, and continuously develops next-generation tools for its target industry segments. For more information, please visit https://wkfluidhandling.com/demeter-food-microbiology-media-preparation-systems/.