Imaging systems

EMMA | digitize microbial QC

EMMA can digitize and automate your microbial QC workflow.

The (patent-pending) optics system captures ultra-precise images and uses vision AI to analyze your samples. Perfect for environmental monitoring and bioburden applications. This unique optical acquisition system allows to acquire high resolution image of 100% of the plate surface, including the lateral wall of the Petri dish, and standardize your documentation process to ensure 100% data integrity.

EMMA is a fully integrated system: including camera, barcode reader and the computer:

  • Image acquisition of 100% of the surface while the lid is on the Petri dish to avoid contamination
  • Compatible with Petri Dishes from every supplier: Ø 55mm – Ø 90mm, both locking & standard lid.
  • Compatible with all types of media (TSA, brown, red,…)
  • Integrated 2D barcode reader to automatically identify the Petri dish in the scanner
  • Focus on Data integrity to ensure error-proof sample identification and audit trail (21 CFR part 11 compliant)
  • Reporting tools and possibility to connect to the EM software (Novatek, Moda, LIMs,…)
  • AI-models available as powerful upgrade to further automate your analysis


Microbial QC in GxP facilities

EMMA is revolutionizing the world of environmental monitoring and bioburden analysis. EMMA utilises a unique, patent-pending optical system to generate images of petri dishes that cover 100% of the surface whilst keeping the lid on. In combination with powerful artificial intelligence software enabling automated detection of positive and negative Petri dishes, CFU counting and a software platform that is CFR21 part 11 compliant, EMMA is ready to take your data integrity to a higher level and optimise your workflow.

The optical system

Microtechnix developed an entirely new optical system for EMMA ensuring the walls of a Petri dish can be imaged with the lid on. A high-resolution camera in combination with an application specific lens allows to image 100% of the Petri dish surface, including the walls, whilst keeping the lid on. This approach allows to generate high quality images for downstream analysis by an operator or vision AI.

Calibration and consistency

The calibration parameters you employ are saved in a digital file that’s valid for your system and any other Microtechnix imaging device, anywhere in the world. Just send the digital file to another lab for complete consistency and a simple, smooth assay validation. Microtechnix calibration methodology of imaging systems ensures reproducibility and repeatability of the result between systems. Consistency is then over time, between labs and operators. Combined with analysis powered by artificial intelligence, EMMA ensures a reproducible and consistent reading of Petri dishes avoiding false negatives in Environmental Monitoring.

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Microtechnix EMMA digital brochure

language english

type application

size 2 MB


Sample capacity

Single Petri dish (for extended capacity, see EMMA RL & HT)

  • Up to 2 plates per minute
  • Any type of Petri Dishes:  Ø 55mm, Ø 90mm, locking & standard lid
  • Any type of medium
  • 5 megapixel camera to acquire high resolution images
  • Image format: 2048 x 2448 and pixel size =3.5 x 3.5µm

Patent-pending hole inspection lens

Footprint(W x D x H)

50 x 50 x 42 mm


27 kg


22” inch touch screen

Operating system

Windows 10


EMdi software suite

Data format

.csv, .xls, .pdf, .mp4 video, .jpeg, .png, .bmp


21 CFR Part 11; “ALCOA+” principle for Data Integrity

Voltage and frequency





75% at 30°C


Robot, base plate & holder with a load capacity up to 25 Petri dishes


1 year warranty


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