3M Food Safety and Hamilton have partnered to offer food testing laboratories interoperability between the Hamilton foodInspect Nimbus automated multi-channel pipetting technology and the award-winning 3M Molecular Detection System, technologies that were each introduced in 2011. U.S. companies can increase their testing volumes and efficiency, while further reducing the potential of human-introduced error by leveraging these two technologies in tandem within their laboratories, the company said.
Hamilton's automated system performs all pipetting, heating, cooling, and reagent reconstitution steps leading up to the point where the 3M Molecular Detection reagent tubes are inserted into the 3M Molecular Detection System for real-time amplification and detection of target bacterial DNA. Thus, the individual steps of the workflow remain the same, but the steps are performed through automation.
The technologies of 3M and Hamilton integrate well because their value to customers align, the company said. Hamilton’s pipetting automation and 3M’s pathogen detection technologies were both brought to market to offer methods that were simpler, faster, and required fewer technician interactions that might lead to errors. The minimal footprint of both the Hamilton foodInspect Nimbus and the 3M Molecular Detection System are also critical to food testing laboratories with limited space.
Customers can choose from two Nimbus workstations which operate the same, but one model increases the number of pipetting channels that provides users greater sample throughput. This model also adds barcoding capabilities for increased tracking throughout the process. The system provides a solution for any organization regularly performing pathogen testing and looking to create more efficiencies and reduce the potential of human error, the company said, but high-volume processors and contract laboratories are expected to be the core customers.
The Hamilton foodInspect Nimbus technology is compatible with all eight of the 3M Molecular Detection Assays – Salmonella, Listeria species, Listeria monocytogenes, Cronobacter, Campylobacter, E. coli O157 (including H7) and the two Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).
The technology partnership is currently available in the U.S.; support for other countries may be added in the future, as both organizations have a global presence. 3M and Hamilton will be providing technical support for their respective products and consumables, enabling them to focus on their strengths and market expertise. For more information, visit 3M.com/foodsafety/automation or hamiltoncompany.com/automated-liquid-handling/assay-ready-workstations/foodinspect-nimbus