The disposable Bio Plas Astral® Inoculation System is color coded and consists of the following; 1 uL yellow Astral Loop, 10 uL blue Astral Loop and white Astral Streaking Needle. During manufacturing, these Astral Loops are inserted into racks which have 96 individual tubular chambers. When the 96 chambers are filled with the Astral Loops they are then hermetically sealed with a thin foil membrane. A dust cover is placed over this 96 chamber rack, heat shrunk and sterilized by electron beam. Additionally all Astral Loops are certified to be free of RNase, DNase, DNA, pyrogens and PCR inhibitors.
The handle is designed to be used with one hand and will easily puncture the membrane attaching itself to the hub of the Astral Loop. It may then be withdrawn from its individual sterile chamber ready to be used for inoculation or streaking. When the inoculation or streaking process is complete, the Astral Loop or Astral Streaking Needle may then be ejected off the Astral Handle.
This easy to use and ruggedly designed Astral Handle may be autoclaved repeatedly, without damage to the handle.