Food Safety Laboratory Automation

Increase the productivity of your lab with food testing hardware and software that utilises breakthrough technology to help streamline your operation. The 3M portfolio of food testing products features automated solutions to help you improve productivity and keep moving forward.

Petrifilm Plate Reader

Fast, accurate colony counting.

Accurately enumerate plates in 6 seconds or less with the 3M™ Petrifilm™
Plate Reader Advanced. Discover how you can advance your lab's
productivity and testing capacity.


Advance the productivity of your lab with 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced

There's no slowing down with automated 3M Petrifilm Plate enumeration using the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced. It’s time to advance the efficiency of your lab by
automating the imaging, interpretation and tracking of results. This system achieved up to 94% reduced time to enumerate 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates (observed on the 3M Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plate with High Counts).

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    • Improve laboratory efficiency and maintain accuracy in a space saving design
    • Plate enumeration in 6 seconds or less
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    • Standardised technology for accuracy and easy to use software
    • Accurate colony counting
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    • Software simplifies results storage and offers data analytics
    • Automated reports and data trending for actionable insights
See the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced in action

See the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced in action

Duration: 1:01 min

Explore the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced

See how food testing solutions from 3M can help you automate and streamline your operation with features designed to help improve productivity and maintain accuracy.


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Actionable Insights

Stores results and allows for result analysis by trending and reporting features.

Advanced capabilities

Enables plate annotation, editing, and colony reclassification.

Advanced counting algorithms

Advanced counting algorithms developed using fixed artificial intelligence.

Barcode reading

Reads 10 types of barcode symbologies.

At-a-glance LED

At-a-glance LED status indicator light.

Automated enumeration

Automated enumeration for nine 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates.

How to use 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced

See how easy it is to get your lab up and running using the 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced.

  • 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced Unboxing
    3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced - Initial set up

    Duration: 3:24 min

  • 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced Cleaning
    3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced Cleaning

    Duration: 1:29 min

  • 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced Inventor Interviews
    3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced Inventor Interviews

    Duration: 3:45 min

Dive deeper on how to improve your lab's productivity

Learn more about how 3M food testing technology can help your lab improve productivity and efficiency.

See how 3M Petrifilm could help your business.

See how 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates could help your business.

With significant productivity and performance advantages over traditional agar plates, it’s no wonder that 3M Petrifilm Plates have become a standard method in microbial indicator testing for companies all over the world.
Explore our standard 3M Petrifilm Plates for consistent, accurate and validated indicator testing or our rapid 3M Petrifilm Plates, with a faster time to result.


Automation technology for pathogen detection

  • Automation technology for pathogen detection

      The 3M™ Molecular Detection System uses a single post-enrichment protocol for pathogen testing. This means you can run 96 tests of multiple types in one run. Coupled with the automation technology from the Hamilton® foodInspect™ NIMBUS®, food safety labs can automate key steps in their pathogen testing process – freeing up time to take on more value-added tasks.

      The benefits of automation are clear: Increased productivity, reduced hands-on time and greater flexibility

      All the advantages of the 3M Molecular Detection System are now available with automation by Hamilton® foodInspect™ NIMBUS®, bringing productivity and flexibility to your process. See what your lab could accomplish with this powerful partnership.
      Duration: 1:00 min

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    Automatically equivalent

    Relax knowing it performs the same as a human operator.

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    Automatically simple

    Follow a single post-enrichment protocol for all 3M Molecular Detection Assays.

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    Automatically productive

    Allow personnel to take on additional value-added tasks.

Is your lab automated?

Is your lab automated?

Learn more about 3M Molecular Detection System automated by Hamilton® foodInspect™ NIMBUS and the advantages of pathogen testing automation (PDF 1MB).

Ready to give 3M Lab Automation solutions a try?

Ready to give 3M Lab Automation solutions a try?

  • Contact 3M Representative

      Talk to a 3M Food Safety expert to discuss how 3M Lab Automation solutions could automate and support your indicator and pathogen testing process.

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Petrifilm Plate Reader

Find where to buy 3M Lab Automation Solutions

View 3M Lab Automation products in our online product catalogue for 3M ordering information or view all your where to buy options.

Support you can count on

Support you can count on

Protecting the world’s food supply is a big responsibility — but we’re here to help. We’ve got people to support you locally with technical advice, software support, and exceptional service.

From purchase, through to installation and ongoing support, we’ll help you mitigate risk and improve operations — every batch, every shift, every day.

Choose the right food safety solution for your needs

  • Free up your lab to focus on quality and efficiency with our ready to use, validated and accurate testing solution.

  • Accurate and reliable pathogen testing with our ready-to-use assays, single post-enrichment protocol for all pathogens and same- or next-day results for most matrices.

  • Better samples create better results. Standardise your sampling procedure and drive consistency and efficiency.

  • 3M offers a broad range of products - from separation, filtration & purification products to personal protective equipment, surface & floor cleaning products to durable label and packaging solutions - that support food and beverage manufacturers. Take a look at how 3M can support you. (PDF 6MB)

  • Learn more about the science of food safety. Free webinars and resources that help you deepen your expertise and improve food safety and quality in your business – anytime, from anywhere.

  • 3M Food Safety products are available direct from 3M or from our authorised channel partners. Visit our 'Purchasing information' page to contact a 3M representative, view our online product catalogue or to find a local channel partner.

  • We are here to help! Get in touch with our food safety support team for advice about our solutions and how to use them. Contact us!