SimPlate® Total Plate Count CI

BioControl, Quantitative results for total aerobic bacteria from food and environmental samples in just 24 hours

TPC-CI (Color Indicator)


plastic vials (containing dehydrated culture media)


dry powder

shelf life

6‑18 mo.


BioControl Systems 66002-100
BioControl Systems 66002-500

storage condition

dry media


cell quantification: suitable (total aerobic microorganisms)

Featured Industry

Food and Beverages


for use with SimPlate (65009BC)

storage temp.

room temp

General description

SimPlate Total Plate Count Color Indicator (TPC-CI) method is used for the detection and quantification of total aerobic microorganism populations. It is based on Binary Detection Technology (BDT) which equates the presence of total aerobic microorganisms to the presence of a color change in the medium. The medium/sample mixture is dispensed into a SimPlate device and incubated for 24 – 28h. The medium changes color in the presence of aerobic microorganisms. The total aerobic plate count is determined by counting the wells with changed color and referring to the SimPlate Conversion Table. The SimPlate device is packaged separately.


AOAC Official Method 2002.07

Features and Benefits

  • Proprietary chromogenic media and patented plating device with isolation wells combine to produce easily counted results and eliminate problems associated with food particle interference or liquefying of gels caused by certain bacterial enzymes.
  • While other methods require duplicate plating of samples, SimPlate has been validated to provide equivalent results with just a single plate. Combined with the reduction of necessary sample dilutions, made possible by the broad counting range of the plate (1-738), SimPlate reduces the number of tests required for each sample, helping to reduce overall testing costs.


2 packages of 50 single-test vials (66002-100), or 1 package of 50 multi-test (10 tests/vial) vials (66002-500)

Testing Method

Binary Detection Technology

Other Notes

Required for use: SimPlate Device (65009BC), Recommended for use: Supplement A (63011BC)

Legal Information

Binary Detection Technology is a trademark of BioControl Systems, Inc.
SimPlate is a registered trademark of BioControl Systems, Inc.

Kit Components Also Available Separately

Product No.

  • SimPlate Total Plate Count-Color Indicator (TPC-CI) Single Dose Fill, Irradiated, 100 test

  • SimPlate Total Plate Count Color Indicator (TPC-CI) Multi Dose, Pre-Irradiated, 500 test

Certificate of Analysis

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