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Real-Time analysis at 600 samples/hour

Measures: Somatic cell counts

The Somacount FCM delivers the ultimate efficiency and accuracy in early mastitis detection. This instrument provides a rapid and accurate count for the SCC (somatic cell count) in dairy milk.

This instrument represents the latest in state-of- the-art technology for automated milk analysis at up to 600 samples per hour. Engineered in accordance with Bentley Instruments’ rigorous design principles, it provides precise and accurate measurements. The Somacount flow cytometer, provides an accurate count of the somatic cells in a raw milk sample (cow, sheep, goat, camel, buffalo etc.). After first being stirred, the milk is drawn from a sample vial and delivered to the measurement module. The sampling, sequencing and identification of the sample vials are functions performed by the Autosampler.

Fully integrated software controls
With this instrument, control of the Somacount FCM module is integrated into a single Windows-based software program. The simple and intuitive graphical user interface is designed for easy operator use. The software’s sophisticated data export and reporting functions and network access capability allow laboratory supervisors to monitor instrument status and analyze results remotely.

Technology summary

The Somacount FCM is the next innovation in the evolution of our world-renowned instruments for somatic cell counting. Based on a highly stable solid- state laser induced fluorescence, this module is capable of delivering an accurate and timely warning for mastitis onset.

Testing standards
The Bentley FCM exceeds the IDF 148A standard and ICAR requirements for somatic cell counting, employing AOAC approved methodology.


Technical overview of Somacount FCM module
The Somacount FCM is based on proven flow cytometry methodology for somatic cell counting. This system uses a proprietary process based on the principle of laser-based flow cytometry to determine the somatic cell count in raw milk. Flow cytometry is an extremely powerful and versatile technique and is the method of choice in the medical field for detecting, analyzing and sorting cells. The Somacount FCM is the result of 20+ years of experience and research in flow cytometry; Bentley Instruments pioneered the use of cytometry in the central laboratories with the introduction of the Somacount 300 developed in 1991.



Remote diagnostic capabilities
The web-enabled diagnostic features of the FCM series allow Bentley Instruments to access your machine from any location. This enables your laboratory personnel and Bentley Instruments to collaborate and analyze all system functionalities, no matter where the instrument is located.