aCOLyte 3

    aCOLyte 3 HD is the latest affordable, automated colony counting device from Synbiosis. The aCOLyte 3 HD is available in one configuration and features new simple-to-use software that greatly improves efficiency, reliability and productivity over previous models.

    The new aCOLyte 3 HD software uses a powerful new algorithm for colony counting on pour and spiral plates which until now were only found on the advanced ProtoCOL 3 models. Plates are automatically counted with results directly transferred to Excel or Open office.

    The new style aCOLyte 3 HD accepts plates up to 90mm diameter. Lighting is provided by LEDs mounted above and below the sample area for both transmitted and epi illumination. A detachable screen can be used to eliminate strong ambient light if required.

    aCOLyte 3 HD can be used with any conforming laptop or desktop PC and connects simply by using a USB port.



    • Advantages

    • Low Cost
      aCOLyte 3 HD is a low cost entry into electronic colony counting. Results and plate images are saved to a PC enabling traceability, consistency and report generation in Excel.
    • Automated
      With the aCOLyte 3 HD plates can be counted rapidly. Typically plates can be counted accurately in under 1 second.
    • Image display
      Unlike any manual system the aCOLyte 3 HD displays the image on your computer screen with counted colonies clearly marked. The zoom function allows the user to closely view plates, confirming accurate counting.
    • Powerful algorithm
      The aCOLyte 3 HD uses the powerful Synbiosis algorithm for accurate counting. A colony separator automatically splits touching colonies to further improve the accuracy of the counting process.
    • Sensitive CCD camera
      An integral CCD colour camera can be adjusted to increase the sensitivity of the detection, enabling colonies as small as 0.1mm to be imaged and counted.
    • Switchable lighting
      The LED lighting can be switched from upper to lower options, enabling counting on both light and dark media.
    • Database
      MS SQL Server Express database automatically stores all data.



    PC connectionUSB
    ResolutionFor standard 90mm petri dishes, smallest detectable colony better than 0.1mm
    IlluminationLong-life upper and lower LED arrays with darkfield and brightfield
    Power input110/240v
    Minimum PC specificationProcessor: Intel Core 2 or Core i processor 2.13 GHz or better


    2Gb RAM, 4Gb recommended

    CD-Rom drive (required for software installation)

    2 free independent USB 2.0 ports, at least one of which supports hi-speed mode. Note that there are three possible port speeds with USB 2.0: Lo-speed (1.5Mbps), full-speed (12Mbps) and hi-speed (up to 480Mbps). The aCOLyte camera requires a hi-speed port
    Graphics: Intel X4500 or better (Windows 7 Experience rating for graphics should be a minimum of 3.0, ideally higher)
    Hard drive: 160GB (or larger)

    Operating system: Windows 7/10 compatible
    (Home versions not suitable, Windows Vista not supported)
    Monitor: 1280 x 1024 minimum resolution (not comptabile with lower resolutions as some elements of the application become inaccessible)
    Note: the combination of the minimum display resolution and the USB ports will preclude most laptops




    aCOLyte 3 HD can be used for total viable counts in many environmental, food monitoring, pharmaceutical, clinical, and molecular biology applications.

    Examples would include:

    • E.coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Salmonella spp, and mixed organisms on plate count or nutrient agar.
    • Staphylococcus aureus, and mixed organisms on plate count agar, columbia blood agar, or nutrient agar.
    • E.coli on LB medium, and yeast on potato dextrose agar.