Automated, accurate, integrated reading and incubation system for AST

The Thermo Scientific Sensititre ARIS HiQ system seamlessly automates and integrates incubation, plate reading, interpretation, and reporting for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) right on your benchtop. With ARIS HiQ you can individually incubate up to 100 MIC, breakpoint, and/or identification plates, ensuring optimal growth conditions and eliminating repeat tests. Plates are read and reports generated automatically to improve lab efficiency without sacrificing the gold-standard MIC accuracy of broth microdilution.1,2


The ARIS HiQ system helps microbiology laboratories deliver accurate AST for the latest and most commonly prescribed antibiotics, as well as novel, last-resort therapies, to provide meaningful results for clinicians, stewardship teams, and public health departments. By providing critical data on antibiotic susceptibility, the Sensititre AST System supports the efforts to protect the future of healthcare, veterinary, and agriculture industries against the threat of antibiotic resistance. 

[1] Shawar R, Weissfeld A. FDA regulation of clinical microbiology diagnostic devices. J Clin Microbiol. 2011; 49: S80-S84. Full text


[2] Riedel S, Neoh KM, Eisinger SW, Dam LM, Tekle T, Carroll KC. Comparison of commercial antimicrobial susceptibility test methods of testing of Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococci against vancomycin, daptomycin, and linezolid. J Clin Microbiol. 2014; 52: 2216-2222. Full text


The ARIS HiQ shares common features with all components of the Sensititre AST System: It produces accurate, reliable, consistent, true MIC results; it offers broad coverage across clinical, veterinary, and surveillance AST domains, including the latest antimicrobials and custom AST plates; it fits seamlessly into an integrated AST workflow including manual, semi-, and fully automated options; and customers receive the benefit of premiere Thermo Scientific support and service.


In addition, the ARIS HiQ offers these additional features for plate incubation, reading, interpretation, and reporting.

Walk-up usability

Immediate and easy operation with intuitive integrated LCD touchscreen user interface. Access critical test information 24/7 with very little training.

Timely results

Integrated Thermo Scientific OptiRead technology automatically reads Sensititre microtiter plates at the time specified during plate setup in SWIN Software, giving you peace of mind.

Load and leave

Automated reads deliver worry-free results. Streamlined workflow with flexible load/unload capabilities via removable plate racks, enhanced loading and batch load/unload functions.

LIS connectivity

Sensititre software can be interfaced to most laboratory information systems (LIS) and our service and support teams have the technical expertise to support you through this process.

Efficient plate handling

A total of 100 Sensititre plates can be loaded into the Sensititre ARIS HiQ Instrument at any one time. An internal robotic arm works in tandem with advanced plate sorting algorithms to optimize read times and enable efficient plate removal.

Standard and custom AST options

Choose from a wide range of standard AST plates, or create your own plates tailored to your formulary, dilution ranges and local patient population.

Enhanced integration

Barcode reader seamlessly links your plates to the Thermo Scientific Sensititre SWIN Software System to manage plate handling, reading and reporting.

Large capacity, small footprint

Process more tests at one time while conserving valuable bench space.



Technical characteristics

Test type: MIC

Physical characteristics

Instrument dimensions: 

75.0 cm (W) x 73.5 cm (D) x 112.5 cm (H)

29.5 in (W) x 28.9 in (D) x 44.3 in (H)


System, empty (no racks, no plates): 90 kg; 198.5 lb

System, full (11 racks – 10 internal, 1 utility, 100 plates, 100 µL water per plate):

103 kg; 226.6 lb


Power requirements:

220/240 VAC, 60 Hz; 110/120 VAC, 50 Hz

Power consumption:

230 watts

Storage requirements

Temperature: 0ºC to 40ºC; 32ºF to 104ºF

Ordering information

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