- SimPlate® for HPC is US EPA-approved.
- Internal comparisons to Standard Methods (9215B) pour-plate method show a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.97.
SimPlate® is the registered trademark of BioControl Systems, Inc. and is used by IDEXX under licence from BioControl. Covered by US Patent No. 5,700,655. Other patents pending.
Multiple Enzyme Technology Medium – The SimPlate for HPC medium uses IDEXX’s Multiple Enzyme Technology™ (MET™) to detect heterotrophic plate count (HPC) bacteria in water. The reagent contains multiple unique enzyme-substrates, each targeting a different bacterial enzyme. The most common enzymes of water-borne bacteria are all targeted.
All of the enzyme-substrates produce the same signal when metabolised. Therefore, a given water-borne bacteria will be able to metabolise one or more enzyme-substrate and produce a signal. In the case of SimPlate for HPC, the signal is fluorescence under 365 nm UV light.
After the sample and medium are added to the plate, the wells fill automatically as the user swirls the plate. No pipetting is needed.
Once the wells are filled, the plate is angled and excess sample/medium mixture is poured into the absorbent pad. The SimPlate takes advantage of surface tension to hold the proper amount of sample/medium mixture in each of its 84 wells as excess is poured off.
SimPlates are incubated upside down to prevent condensation from collecting on the lid. Since each well is isolated from the others, bacteria from one well will cause only that one well to fluoresce.
The number of wells that fluoresce is converted to a Most Probable Number (MPN) using the table provided with the product. The high number of wells (84) results in a very high counting range and precise 95% confidence limits. The counting range is from