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11X faster. 3X accuracy. Sweet!

Challenge

Manually counting yeast cells

To ensure quality and food safety requirements are met British Sugar continually complete a lab test where they count live and dead yeast cells. To date this process has been done manually. A laborious process, that, by its nature is prone to human error. The operator, using a microscope, manually counting the white and blue cells on screen, manually inputting the data into spreadsheets, and applying some calculations. For some time British Sugar had been looking for a way to improve this process.

Solution

A fast, reliable, fully-automated solution.

Paul Wrathmall from British Sugar presented Jamie Greatrix our Technical Sales Manager in the UK with their cell counting challenge. Jamie collaborated with our R&D department to explore possible solutions. British Sugar provided test samples and we set about building a working model in-house to solve the problem. We used our Acumen AI system, a customised App, and a custom mechanical jig to ensure lighting consistency. With a camera to automatically count white and blue cells. The system automatically applied the required algorithms, automatically saved the data, and automatically created a PDF report.

We presented the solution to British Sugar, they were surprised and delighted with the speed, accuracy and completeness of the system and implemented it immediately.

Result

11 times faster. 90% reduction in human error.

Our solution, so far, has reduced average task time from 17 minutes to 90 seconds. As the AI bot gets smarter task time will further reduce. With the task largely automated the possibility for human error was greatly reduced. The solution also streamlined the cell counting documentation and reporting process for British Sugar.

“Another application that shows the massive improvements in efficiency and accuracy that our technology can deliver. And a good example of how our core technology can be quickly adapted to very specific needs.”
– Jamie Greatrix, Technical Sales Manager UK, Ash.

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