Real-time and highly accurate enumeration of somatic cells in raw milk.
Optimal control of the somatic cells count in milk
Based on over 25 years of experience and research, the SomaCount FC uses flow cytometry to accurately and rapidly enumerate the number of somatic cells in milk. Available in several versions, the SomaCount FC can be equipped with a conveyor belt, automating sampling up to 300 samples/hour.
Principle of operation
The milk sample is first treated with an incubation reagent consisting of a clarification buffer solution and a fluorescent marker to permeate the somatic cells and stain their DNA/RNA.
After this incubation period, part of the mixture is injected into the flow cytometer in which the somatic cells are aligned and exposed to an intense laser beam to generate the fluorescence signal.
The fluorescent signal is collected by the optics, filtered and detected with a photomultiplier.
The intensity and width of the fluorescence pulses are recorded to establish the distribution curves and set the detection threshold.
Characteristics of the SomaCount FC
- Method based on fluorescence flow cytometry,
- Extremely accurate: fully complies with ISO 13366/IDF 148A standards for somatic cell counting,
- Low operating and maintenance costs,
- Built-in quality control protocol,
- Support and remote access,
- Centralized database (LIMS),
- Customizable software interface,
- Built-in automatic rinsing and cleaning function,
- Indicators on the front panel for immediate visual feedback on the general status and operation of the instrument,
- Available in semi-automatic and automatic versions up to 300 samples/hour.
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