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Don Whitley Scientific opens new doors to visitors

With Don Whitley Scientific now firmly settled in its new home, Victoria Works, Bingley, visitors are now invited to a new showroom. This fabulous area boasts a permanent display of a wide range of Whitley products. Recently, a visitor from an increasingly relevant research topic in microbiology was the first visitor to the new premises.

Over the years, DWS invited many visitors to the old premises in nearby Shipley, from where the business ran successfully for over 30 years. However there were limitations on what products could be demonstrated due to the size of the old showroom. At Victoria Works the showroom is the ideal place for customers to come and really experience our range of workstations. You can try out some of the different porthole systems to see which would be the most suitable for your laboratory or look at the different options for size of airlock. We can sit down with you and discuss your application, your projects, what equipment you might want to use inside the chamber, the challenges you face, and what you need to achieve from the purchase of a Whitley Workstation.

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The Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation – Designed to accommodate Seahorse Extracellular Flux (XF) Analyzers in Hypoxic conditions

Having a laboratory at Bingley provides additional benefits in that we have both microbiology and tissue culture experts on hand to give expert advice if and when required. We also have people who design and manufacture our workstations so if there is a slight modification or additional technical information required, we can get our R&D staff involved to discuss the possibilities.

 

 

The larger showroom now provides the option for bespoke areas to be created that reflect how different products may be used together in a lab environment. For example, sample preparation equipment (Smasher and Dilumat), spiral platers (Whitley WASP Touch) and colony counters (Protocol3). The size of the showroom also provides the option to display previous incarnations of DWS products, showcasing the evolution of products made possible through the work of our research and development team. For example you can see the evolution of Whitley Spiral Platers, with spiral plating being a process DWS helped establish and introduce to the world of microbiology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another way to view products is also provided by our 65″ screen. This offers the facility to showcase products, options and features with accompanying information and videos.

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The Whitley Interactive Product Presentation


If you are considering a Don Whitley Scientific product for your work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a visit. We can tailor-make the visit based on your interests and ensure you are provided with understanding, knowledge and experience of DWS products. We can also give you a tour of the premises where you can see how all the different departments combine to create the products in the Don Whitley Scientific range.

Email sales@dwscientific.co.uk or give us a call on +44 (0)1274 595728


 

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HEPA Filtration from Don Whitley Scientific

For over forty years, Don Whitley Scientific have utilised experience and expertise to ensure products make working methods more straight forward for our laboratory customers. With more and more importance placed on clean air, HEPA filtration can provide an extra measure to ensure research carried out within Whitley Workstations is done so in an environment that achieves particulate concentrations exceeding the levels detailed in ISO 14644-1 Part 1, Table 1, (Class 3) Classification of Air Cleanliness.

 

Tests have been carried out by Don Whitley Scientific that show just how much of a difference a HEPA filtration system makes to the atmosphere of a Whitley Workstation. Don Whitley Scientific have been manufacturing products for over 40 years and the introduction of HEPA filtration was a logical step to make sure our customers have an option that falls in line with the latest laboratory trends and requirements.

The benefits of the Whitley HEPA filtration system are:

  • The Whitley system utilises an internal HEPA filter. The atmosphere is cleaned quickly and continuously because the entire internal atmospheric volume of every Whitley Workstation passes through the filter hundreds of times an hour.
  • The atmosphere passing through the filter creates a laminar flow-like effect covering around 94% of the width of the chamber.
  • The location of the Whitley HEPA filter inside the workstation ensures it cannot get wet. Therefore it cannot become saturated with moisture and rendered ineffective.

Don Whitley Scientific has worked with one of the world’s leading filter manufacturers to develop a filter specifically tailored to suit the requirements of anaerobic workstations. Adding HEPA filter technology to the workstation means creating an environment where microbiology samples and cellular cultures can grow free from the risk of contamination.

HEPA filtration was introduced as an option after decades of experience in microbiology. We are confident that our thorough approach to product development and product testing has resulted in a HEPA filtration system superior to any other systems fitted to positive pressure modified atmosphere workstations. The video below explains Whitley HEPA filtration in further detail.

 

 


Explore the Whitley HEPA Workstation range


 

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How to choose an Anaerobic Workstation

In this exclusive interview with rapidmicrobiology.com, Dr. Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, discusses the benefits of using an anaerobic workstation over traditional gas jars. Andrew explains what to look for when choosing a system and how the new Whitley A135 HEPA can deliver efficient, cost effective anaerobic incubation conditions for routine and research laboratories.

What are the benefits of using a modified atmosphere workstation over gas jars?
Anaerobic jars can be prone to leaks and, therefore, may not always provide strictly anaerobic conditions. They also require a large volume of incubator space and become expensive to operate in laboratories with a high anaerobic workload. Most importantly, culture plates in anaerobic jars cannot be inspected during incubation; anaerobic conditions must be interrupted to read the plates. This results in a loss of bacterial viability if plates need to be reincubated or when subcultures need to be made for further investigation.

In comparison with jars, anaerobic workstations offer more precise and reliable atmospheric control, more stringent anaerobic conditions and consistent low running costs. Perhaps their greatest advantage is that culture plates can be inspected at any time without disturbing the incubation conditions. In clinical laboratories, this facility has been proven to increase the isolation rate of anaerobic pathogens and also provides the earliest possible indication of their presence in a patient’s sample.

What key factors should a lab consider when choosing the right workstation for their lab?

One of the first considerations is usually what size of workstation is appropriate for a laboratory’s requirements. In the case of Whitley Workstations, a range of capacities is available from 250 to 1400 petri dishes. However, it is not just size but also layout and useable space that makes a controlled atmosphere workstation truly efficient. At DWS, we believe that combining the working and incubation area (so that the whole interior is at incubation temperature) is the best way to maximize useful capacity.

Also high on the list of desirable features is rapid entry to and egress from the interior – both for operators and for samples or culture plates. A workstation with convenient rapid access encourages the transfer of plates to anaerobic conditions immediately after inoculation; this reduces the degree of oxygen exposure experienced by plates and this maximizes recovery of fastidious anaerobes. Better still, samples can be transferred into the workstation and plates inoculated within the anaerobic environment.

To ensure optimal results and aid compliance with laboratory quality standards such as ISO 17025, it is essential that anaerobic incubation conditions can be verified, for example by use of appropriate biological or chemical indicators. Modern anaerobic workstations can automate this process by continuously recording critical environmental parameters such as oxygen concentration, temperature and humidity in real time. In Whitley Workstations, the activity of the palladium catalyst responsible for removing trace levels of oxygen can also be regularly checked and recorded.

 

A135 Anaerobic Workstation

The Whitley A135 Anaerobic Workstation is the tallest, deepest and widest anaerobic workstation available

 

In the DWS range, what functions can be accessed remotely?
The latest Whitley workstations are controlled via a touch screen interface. This provides various “intelligent” functions and includes a network connection as standard. Any parameter that is controlled by the touchscreen can also be accessed remotely. These include graphical records of oxygen concentration, temperature, humidity, gas pressures and catalyst activity, each of which can be monitored remotely via a networked computing device.

DWS have recently introduced a new model – the Whitley A135 HEPA, what new features does this model offer?

The Whitley A135 HEPA is a tall, wide, deep anaerobic workstation fitted with the unique Whitley Internal HEPA Filtration System. It provides excellent conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen. With a usable internal volume of 560 litres, a variety of equipment can be accommodated within the chamber. As well as providing ideal conditions for anaerobic studies, this workstation operates from two gas supplies for the most cost-effective running conditions.

• The built-in rapid airlock ensures samples can be transferred into the workstation atmosphere as soon as possible (takes only 60 seconds)

• Fitted with the unique Whitley Internal HEPA Filtration System. All the atmosphere passes through the filter hundreds of times an hour, which ensures the chamber environment is cleaned quickly.

 DWS filters are located inside the workstation, which prevents the filter becoming saturated with moisture and rendered ineffective.

 Levels of atmospheric cleanliness inside the workstation exceed the requirements of ISO 14644 Class 3. Proof of atmospheric cleanliness can be provided on request.

 Fitted with a removable front to facilitate thorough cleaning, easy replacement of the HEPA filter, and the transfer of bulk samples and larger pieces of equipment for use in the workstation.

 The internal atmosphere is circulated continuously – contributing to even temperature distribution and ensuring internal particulate will be in motion before capture by the filter.

 Fully integrated gas control avoids bulky add-on systems – reduces the need for additional bench space.

 A colour, touch-screen control panel for ease of use and for visual display of parameters such as temperature, humidity, and airlock cycle status.

 Includes an automatic commissioning cycle to save you time and resources.

 Options include an integrated Anaerobic Conditions Monitor with data download facility.

DWS have many years’ experience with anaerobic workstations – what are the most common applications?
The main application for anaerobic workstations is routine clinical microbiology (hospital labs) but we have customers using them in a wide variety of work conducted by universities, including dental, veterinary, gut modelling research, preparation of faecal transplant material and the determination of the efficiency of cleaning agents. We even have a customer who uses an anaerobic workstation for soil research and a commercial enterprise in the oil industry researching bacteria that damage pipelines.


 Click here for more information on the Whitley A135 HEPA Workstation


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Dr Andrew Pridmore is Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific.

Dr Pridmore has many years’ experience of running the GLP-compliant, contract microbiology laboratories at DWS where Whitley Workstations are routinely used.


 

Old vs New Workstation

Don Whitley Scientific says goodbye to its home of the last 35 years

As Don Whitley Scientific (DWS) leaves its Shipley premises to move to a new manufacturing facility in Bingley, we look back on how the company has changed in the last 35 years.

The company moved to 14 Otley Road, Shipley in 1982. With nine employees at that time, the building seemed to be far larger than was actually needed. However, the space allowed DWS to re-organise and expand at a consistent rate over the next few years and enabled us to overcome the obstacles of a worldwide economic recession.

Subsidiaries and Distributors

New Meintrup-DWS BuildingIn 1992, our first subsidiary was opened in Australia to provide a central hub for sales in the Far East and Australasia. In 1998, the second subsidiary was created in Germany. Meintrup DWS Laborgeräte now employs 15 people and in 2016 opened newly built headquarters with adjacent warehouse, which will provide the potential to expand. The move seems to be proving successful because in 2017, Meintrup DWS was awarded “Best Distributor” in recognition of their status as our current top selling distributor.

During this time, DWS began to further expand its export markets by establishing a network of distributors such as Microbiology International in the USA. We now have over 50 distributors around the world.

In 1992, DWS started working with AES Laboratoire (now part of BioMérieux) to sell media and sample preparation equipment in the UK. This relationship has also stood the test of time and we still sell many of those same product lines today. We also now sell goods in the UK on behalf of Synoptics, Tuttnauer and Ebers Medical.

As clinical laboratories saw more and more need for automation, DWS began working with Copan Italia in 2010 to sell the Walk-Away Specimen Processor in the UK. There are now two full WASPLab installations with others in the pipeline and several WASP front end systems throughout the country. We will continue to move forward with Copan as their interests expand into other markets.

Growth and Diversification

In 1991 DWS opened a suite of laboratories that offered contract research and sample analysis. This service has not only been a revenue stream in its own right but has been invaluable in assisting with the research and development of new products over the years.

Another facility that has generated income for the company is the machine shop. In 2012, substantial investment in new tooling automation and CAD capabilities allowed this department to not only create additional parts and components for the Whitley range in-house, but also to provide a sub-contract engineering/design service.

Harry in ProductionEmployees for the Future

In an effort to encourage young people to take up careers in engineering and to ensure we have future employees with a good standard of training, we set up the DWS Apprenticeship Scheme in 2010. We currently have eight apprentices – with our first female engineering apprentice joining us in July. Several apprentices have recently completed their training and all have been retained on permanent contracts.

Family Values

Don Whitley Scientific is an independent, family-owned company that now employs over 70 people. The structure, ethos and culture of the organisation extends this family orientation to its employees. We now have three families in the business that have three or more members employed. There are lots of other family relationships too: mother and daughter, mother and son, husband and wife.

The World is our Oyster

We have now manufactured over 4,000 Whitley Workstations, which have been exported all over the world – from the USA to China, from Brazil to Norway. The additional manufacturing capacity that the new Bingley premises affords us can only help our expansion plans. It provides us with the opportunity to improve the processes and procedures that have so far contributed to this success story.

And here’s to the next 35 years!

Whitley A95 Workstation for Jin Sung on final test

End of an Era for Don Whitley Scientific

Production comes to a close in Shipley

The last Whitley Workstation to be manufactured by Don Whitley Scientific in Shipley has now rolled off the production line. This particular order was an A95 Anaerobic Workstation ordered by Jin Sung Unitech, Republic of Korea.

JS Unitech LogoAccording to Junghoon Hong of Jin Sung, “We had no idea that in placing this order, we would be commissioning the last ever workstation to be built at Don Whitley Scientific in Shipley. We have been distributing Whitley Workstations for 19 years and are very proud to have ordered the last one from the Shipley production line.”

Paul Walton added, “I am extremely happy that we are moving to bigger and better premises that will provide the opportunity to improve our production processes. Victoria Works will provide considerably more warehousing capacity plus new offices, a bespoke production area, service centre, R&D mezzanine and improved staff facilities including a large, fully fitted, air-conditioned canteen. There will also be a new product showroom where customers can view demonstrations of the latest anaerobic and hypoxic workstation technology.

“An element of nostalgia is, however, creeping in as we draw close to the move date. We have been manufacturing in  Shipley for over 40 years and I have seen many changes in those four decades. We will, however, focus on the positives and move the business forward to face the challenges of the next 40 years!”

When Don Whitley Scientific began making workstations, it was purely for the UK market. We now have over 4,000 workstations in over 50 countries.

It might be the end of one era but another, exciting one begins at our new premises in Bingley.

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Managing Director speaks to local radio

Paul Walton, Managing Director of Don Whitley Scientific, recently spoke to local radio station Bradford Community Broadcasting. He was interviewed on the “About Bradford” programme, which highlights developments in the Bradford area. He spent time discussing the reasons why we are moving premises and the advantages it will provide to our different departments. Paul also mentioned how as a company we are expanding, both in scale and in terms of the number of people we employ, confirming the apprentice scheme will continue to recruit future full time employees for the company.

Click the play button below to listen to the interview in full

 

Clostridium difficile studies can be done in a Whitley Workstation

An exciting opportunity to join our sales team

Anyone interested in an exciting opportunity to move into sales?

Don Whitley Scientific now has a vacancy for a Technical Sales Representative.

The Role

As a Technical Sales Representative you will promote an exciting range of laboratory equipment and service contracts. Brands include Whitley Anaerobic, Hypoxic and Microaerobic Workstations, Whitley Automated Spiral Plater plus products such as the automated specimen processor WASPLab, media/sample preparation equipment and other niche laboratory equipment.

This role will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to further develop an established customer base and build a long-term, lucrative career in the UK as well as the possibility of overseas travel.

Candidates with no previous sales experience will be considered as training will be provided. A high level of support will also be available from senior colleagues.

 

Core responsibilities include:

  • Maximising sales potential and business growth by establishing relationships and collaborations with customers.
  • Working closely with marketing to ensure relevant promotions are delivered to customers and that feedback from customers is relayed back to inform future planning.

Essential Requirements:

  • Highly motivated and ambitious.
  • Hands-on approach and comfortable with daily travel.
  • Articulate, confident communicator able to engage with people at all levels, including technical managers and procurement/finance personnel.
  • Independent and decisive, using creative thought and sound logic to identify, prioritise and maximise opportunities.
  • Based in the north of England to serve a territory that extends into Scotland.

Our sales team comprises of successful people with and without a science background, so experience in a scientific discipline is not a prerequisite.

 

Remuneration

Package includes:

  • Basic salary dependent upon experience
  • Attractive bonus scheme
  • Company car

How to apply

Please email Steve Robertson, Sales Director on steve_robertson@dwscientific.co.uk attaching a current CV.

STRICTLY NO AGENCIES

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Don Whitley Scientific to Move to Bingley

After 40 years of manufacturing in Shipley, Don Whitley Scientific Limited has announced that the company will move to new premises in Bingley.

 

 

 

 

Managing director, Paul Walton, explains:Paul Walton
“Our business has expanded considerably, particularly over the last 10 years, and despite having purchased numbers 16 and 18 Otley Road, we have still outgrown our current facilities. When Victoria Works came up for sale, providing 48,100 sq ft, we knew this would be the right move for us. The Bingley premises will provide us with the space to organise ourselves more efficiently and still have room to expand.”

 

 

 

The new premises, just off Bradford Road, is undergoing a major refit (by Eclipse Interiors) to make it suitable for the company’s needs. There will be considerably more warehousing capacity plus new offices, a bespoke production area, service centre, R&D mezzanine and improved staff facilities including a large, fully fitted, air-conditioned canteen. There will also be a new product showroom where customers can view demonstrations of the latest anaerobic and hypoxic workstation technology.

 

 

The office for sales, service and marketing

The office for sales, service and marketing

Warehouse area

Warehouse area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product showroom

Product showroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The move will take place from 13 to 17 June so the business will be operational from Bingley on Monday, 18 June.

 

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Operational Flexibility of M Series Workstations

Whitley Microaerobic Workstations from Don Whitley Scientific are designed to allow users to control oxygen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen within safe working limits.
By using sophisticated sensors, actual gas levels can be monitored on the touchscreen, giving the user confidence that their samples are being incubated for the appropriate atmosphere.

M series workstations create accurate and reproducible conditions within safe operating parameters. They provide the most flexibility of any models in the Don Whitley Scientific range as they allow Anoxic/Anaerobic, Microaerobic or Hypoxic atmospheres to be created if desired.

 

Microbiological Applications:
• Anaerobic atmosphere: An oxygen free atmosphere.
• Microaerobic atmosphere: An atmosphere suitable for growing organisms that require oxygen levels lower than those found in air. Hydrogen can be included in the atmosphere if required.

Cell/Tissue Culture Applications:
• Hypoxic atmosphere: An atmosphere suitable for growing cells under physiologically relevant conditions, containing oxygen levels of between 0.1% and 20%, along with carbon dioxide at the required concentration (up to 15%).



Microaerobic operation using an M series workstation
For standard operation of Whitley Microaerobic Workstations, four separate gas cylinders of carbon dioxide, oxygen free nitrogen, compressed air and a 10% hydrogen/90% nitrogen mix, need to be connected to the workstation. This allows the user to select a safe workstation atmosphere from the following available ranges:

Oxygen 0 – 20%
Carbon Dioxide 0 – 15%
Hydrogen 0 – 5%
Nitrogen Balance

Hypoxic operation using an M series workstation
For hypoxic operation only carbon dioxide, oxygen free nitrogen and compressed air should be connected to the workstation. As hydrogen is not required no gas needs to be connected to the 10% hydrogen/90% nitrogen gas input. This will allow the user to choose from the following:

Oxygen 0 – 20%
Carbon Dioxide 0 – 15%
Nitrogen Balance

 

Anoxic/anaerobic operation using an M series workstation
The M Series can be operated anaerobically (Anoxic conditions) by introducing a catalyst. Any oxygen then present in the workstation atmosphere combines with hydrogen to create water. The catalyst facilitates this reaction and any excess water condenses on a chilled plate and is automatically removed from the workstation.


M35 Microaerobic Workstation used in Campylobacter jejuni research 


For more information – email us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 1274 595728

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The Whitley A135 HEPA Anaerobic Workstation

Don Whitley Scientific is proud to present the new Whitley A135 HEPA Anaerobic Workstation: the tallest, deepest, widest anaerobic workstation in our extensive range. It is specifically designed to maintain strict anaerobic conditions within a controlled environment.
 
The Whitley A135 HEPA has an enormous capacity of almost 600 litres, perfect for working and incubation. It will accommodate a variety of items of equipment such as microscopes, plate readers and colony pickers. (Be sure to discuss your requirements with us at the earliest opportunity).

With a volume twice that of a Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation, the A135 also comes fitted with a large removable front – ideal for the transfer of equipment in and out of the workstation. Other great DWS features include:

•           Anaerobic conditions monitoring system
•           Internal HEPA filtration system with enhanced biological containment
•           Rapid 12 litre airlock for sample transfer
•           7” full colour touch screen, Ethernet-enabled for remote access.

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Internal dimensions (w x d x h): 1100mm x 750mm x 710mm
External dimensions (w x d x h): 1452mm x 1056mm x 993mm

Without compromising quality or precision, this innovative product allows you to take your research to new heights whilst maintaining confidence in your results.

 

For more information – email us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 1274 595728