The modular automated platform for the incubation, storage, digitization and recording of inoculated bacteriology plates.
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WASPLab® is the natural evolution of the WASP® project and Copan philosophy and takes care of the incubation/imaging of the plates and brings the customer into the world of Digital Bacteriology. Before and during the incubation, the unique and patent pending WASPLab® vision system acquires images that will be available in digital high-quality format to the lab technician to perform the reading phase. Through the support of a user-friendly and fully customizable web based application the user can read and manage the plates without to physically take plates out of the incubator. Each operator can access this platform through a login, making available various functions for different type of login. The system architecture provides a full audit trail of all operations. The picking phase on the isolated colonies is managed by the operator thanks to a semi-automatic laser-assisted procedure that helps the operator in carrying out its activities and keeps track of all the data; this proprietary system is called C-Tracer®.
Bringing forward the vision on this exciting and evolutionary project, today Copan is engaged to the automatization of further steps of the workflow: one example is the ongoing development of an automatic picking system (Colibrì™), whose goal is the further reduction of the hands-on time on the re-work steps. WASPLab®, a sophisticated barcode driven Microbiology specimen processor and work-up system, connects with WASP® using a conveyor track. WASPLab® moves samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital Microbiology. With its modular design and small footprint, WASPLab® can be customized to the unique needs of the lab. The robotic plate management system, smart incubators and state-of-the-art image acquisition technology are changing the way labs work and opening the door for groundbreaking digital Microbiology.


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    Why does WASPLab® use multiple lighting types when acquiring the plate image?

    WASPLab® uses three different lighting systems to collect optimal plate images depending on the agar type. Three different images are presented to the viewer: top light with background to simulate bench view with a transparent agar, top light with no background to simulate bench view with opaque agar, and bottom light with no background to allow reader to view hemolysis.

    Can WASPLab® incubate plates with the media facing up or with it facing down?

    Yes. The instrument can incubate plates in either orientation meaning media up or with media facing down within the same incubator, depending on the laboratory work protocol.

    Is the image acquisition station HEPA filtered?

    Yes. The WASPLab® system uses a target filtration system in the image acquisition station where plates are opened.

    Does WASPLab® use compressors?

    WASP® and WASPLab® are fully electrical and do not require compressed air or hydraulics in order to reduce downtime, reduce additional service and minimize installation costs.

    Do I have to use a certain plate type*?

    No. The system can manage plates from multiple vendors.

    Can I clean the inside of the Smart Incubators?

    Critical parts inside the WASPLab® incubator are removable and autoclavable.

    I know I can look at a plate image on the screen using Digital Microbiology, but what about Gram Stains?

    The WASPLab® interfaces with a Gram slide imaging system in order to combine culture plate and microscope slide images on the same screen.

    *In order to grant the reliability of the diagnostic results to which WASP® and WASPLab® contribute and allow the safe and correct functioning of the system, spare parts, consumables and technical support must be provided by Copan (or by our authorized distributors); above all, any third party’s containers and culture plates to be used on WASP® and WASPLab® instruments must be approved by Copan.

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    WASP®: Walk-Away Specimen Processor™

    WASP®: Walk-Away Specimen Processor™ is a solution for preanalytical Microbiology. It is an open platform*, modular instrument, and the only one in its field that addresses all aspects of automated Microbiology specimen processing: planting and streaking, Gram slide preparation and enrichment broth inoculation, to name a few.

    WASP® is not a closed box that requires the Microbiology lab to adapt to it, but rather an open system that automates the current workflow of the lab. WASP® allows the freedom to walk away from specimen set up and focus on high level tasks. Most importantly, WASP® is what Microbiologists asked for in their automation.

    *In order to grant the reliability of the diagnostic results to which WASP® and WASPLab® contribute and allow the safe and correct functioning of the system, spare parts, consumables and technical support must be provided by Copan (or by our authorized distributors); above all, any third party’s containers and culture plates to be used on WASP® and WASPLab® instruments must be approved by Copan.

    Custom Track System & Scalable Work-up Canisters

    Custom Track System Ensures Flexibility and a Small Footprint

    WASPLab® is customized for each lab. WASPLab® uses flexible conveyors that are designed to fit any lab, regardless of space restrictions, so there is no need to demolish current laboratory space.

    Plates travel automatically from WASP® to the smart incubators on the track. Manually loaded plates can be placed onto the track for image acquisition and incubation.

    Scalable Work-up Canister System

    Plates are automatically sent from incubators into easy-to-remove canisters for further work-up at the direction of laboratory staff. Convenient work-up canisters can be designated for a particular specimen type or by operator for optimal workflow.

    The canister system gives labs the flexibility to grow and add more stations without having to add additional conveyor track.

    Smart Incubators

    Compact, High Efficiency Smart Incubators
    Automatic Inversion

    Depending on user defined protocols, smart incubators can automatically invert each plate prior to incubation preventing condensation from falling onto the media. Should the protocol call for the media to be incubated facing up, WASPLab® will do this automatically.

    Read Plates Earlier, Provide Faster Results

    Every plate is assigned a unique location, based on the barcode, allowing for random and rapid retrieval. Incubator shelves ensure homogeneous environmental conditions, and excellent thermal conductivity to bring plates up to the appropriate temperature and atmospheric conditions quickly and efficiently.

    Removable Shelves for Easy Cleaning

    Compact incubator shelves are easily removed and autoclaved to maintain the most sanitary conditions.

    High Capacity

    Single incubators hold 854 plates and double incubators hold 1,708 plates.

    Image Acquisition Station

    After planting and streaking by WASP®, plates travel by a conveyor to the appropriate Smart Incubator as designated by the barcode.
    The WASPLab® image acquisition technology uses a highly sophisticated lighting and camera system so that each plate photo is clear and accurate. It’s like using a plate microscope with every plate, allowing users to make the most accurate work-up decision.

    Composite Image

    The WASPLab® Trilinear Camera sensor acquires the plate image as the plate sweeps laterally beneath the camera in the plate shuttle carrier. The result is a single 27 megapixel image of the 100mm plate.

    Three Lighting Systems to Collect Optimal Plate Images

    Not all plated media is the same. The WASPLab® Image Acquisition system uses different lighting for image acquisition depending on the media color or opacity.

    • Top light with background for use with transparent agar simulating bench view
    • Top light no background for use with opaque agar simulating bench view
    • Bottom light no background to simulate holding a plate to the light to see hemolysis
    Undistorted Image

    WASPLab® uses telecentric camera optics and software, which is vital when inspecting three-dimensional objects, where image size and shape accuracy are critical. A telecentric lens uses constant magnification, eliminating perspective angle error, so that the image on the screen is true to life with no distortion. This important feature enables the precise location and picking of colonies using the original image: no need to re-scan.

    27 MegaPixel, Larger than Life Images

    Each photo is a crystal clear, 27 megapixels and the WASPLab® software can detect and differentiate colonies as small as 0.1mm in diameter and present images to the operator.

    Depth of Field

    In addition to the sharpest image in the industry, the WASPLab® camera optics have a significant 9mm depth of field, ensuring that both small, low colonies and large, high colonies are always in focus, so you will not miss discrete growth of a pathogen.

    Unique Comparative Differential Image Analysis for the Most Precise Reading

    A critical time zero reading of every culture plate is recorded in order to identify and eliminate any existing artifacts associated with each media plate. Time zero is crucial to true comparative differential image analysis, allowing the software to ignore the noise and focus on the growth.

    Digital Microbiology

    Screen, Read, Pick and Report

    WASPLab® with its image acquisition capabilities opens the door to groundbreaking Digital Microbiology!


    In screening, users have the ability to view plate images grouped by colony counts from most growth to least or vice versa. In the screening stage, users may result no growths immediately with just one click after reviewing the images. Screeners can zoom to scrutinize growth patterns and quickly discard insignificant cultures, no significant growths or skin contaminants so that only plates with significant growth are sent for further reading and testing.


    Plate images requiring further investigation are sent to the reading station. Users may zoom in to scrutinize and tag colonies creating work-up tickets for tasks such as AST, IDs, Subculture, Gram Stain or Spot Biochemical tests. The reader assigns user-defined presumptive IDs to each colony that they wish to tag, and plates are then automatically sent to a designated work-up canister for picking. After scanning the barcode at the picking station, a plate image is automatically loaded with all digitally tagged colonies and presumptive IDs.

    Users can also view a digital image of the Gram Stain along with the plate image and work-up ticket.


    Users at the picking station retrieve the plates from the work-up canister station. After scanning the barcode at the picking station, the plate image is automatically loaded with all digitally tagged colonies and picking tasks. After the task is completed, the user acknowledges this in the software and closes out the work-up ticket.



    Dimensions: 43.5 inches wide x 81.5 inches long x 76 inches high
    Weight: Approximately 1,300 lbs
    Input Voltage: 220V, 20Amps
    Network Ethernet: 100 MB
    Interface: LIS interface available upon request
    Peripherals: Touch screen monitor, external barcode reader, label printer
    Certifications: CE, UL, CSA
    Electrical Receptacle Plug: HBL2321 250V / 20A (for USA and Canada)

    GRAM SlidePrep™

    Dimensions: 28 inches wide x 23 inches long x 49.5 inches high
    Weight: Approximately 221 lbs

    Smart Incubators

    Dimensions Single: 45.1 inches wide x 33.7 inches long x 91.1 inches high
    Dimensions Doubles: 68.5 inches wide x 33.7 inches long x 99.1 inches high
    Weight: Approximately 1,000 lbs (Single) Approximately 2,000 lbs (Double)
    Input Voltage: 220v, 20Amps
    Atmospheric Conditions: C02 and Aerobic
    Capacity Single: 854 plates
    Capacity Double: 1,708 plates
    Electrical Receptacle Plug: HBL2321 250V / 20A (for USA and Canada)

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  • Flexible Modular System

    The WASPLab® system is designed to be modular and scalable in order to meet the unique needs of each unique lab space regardless of space restrictions.

    Faster Results for Improved Patient Care

    Using Smart Incubators and Digital Microbiology, many WASPLab® users have found that they are able to read plates and detect clinically relevant growth earlier than with traditional incubators and manual reading. This ability to read plates earlier allows the lab to report actionable results to clinicians, faster than ever before.

    27 Megapixel, Larger than Life Images for the Most Accurate Results

    The 27 megapixel resolution of plate images acquired using WASPLab® allows for the most accurate and clear on-screen appearance. Users report finding growth on a digital image that was missed when looking at the actual plate.

    Converging Technology

    COPAN's commitment to converging technologies gives WASPLab® tremendous flexibility to customize and add new missions or tasks as technologies evolve, enabling WASPLab® to be the workhorse of the lab bringing value through its own performance and its interface capabilities.

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