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Optimize Your Clinical Lab Workflow with Automation

Optimize Your Clinical Lab Workflow with Automation

Posted: 5/9/2022 12:31:29 PM by Craig Rubenstein
Topics: Laboratory Automation, Trade Shows

A growing number of clinical diagnostic and genetic laboratories continue to implement automation solutions to expand capacity, while improving labor-intensive jobs for high-throughput areas. Recent demand for standalone workcells for “task-specific” process automation and integrated solutions for pre- and post-analytic sequencing continue to boost the U.S. Clinical Laboratory Services Market1, helping more laboratories than ever to achieve transformative benefits.

Key among these, is the ability to streamline specimen workflow. Not only does this facilitate timely test results to assist important clinical decisions, but also, it maintains specimen status and traceability for overall lab integrity. That said, automated systems that are leading the way in this regard provide:
  • Quality – robust systems, featuring high-speed robots and/or other performance-driven components for high duty cycles, require little maintenance and facilitate reliable laboratory environments for the utmost specimen quality.
  • Efficiency – extremely efficient systems help to achieve high consistency in Turn Around Time (TAT) and maximize specimen throughput with existing laboratory staff.
  • Flexibility – automated laboratory processing solutions should feature space-efficient, modular systems that can easily adapt to operational needs and facility constraints.
  • Compatibility – operating an efficient and reliable lab requires workflow intelligence. Cutting-edge solutions with multiple connectivity and configurability options enable smooth data exchange with LIS/LIMS systems for specimen processing and traceability.
  • Scalability – the growing complexity of patient care combined with the rapid pace of scientific change requires highly adaptable systems that can quickly adjust to add/change equipment and workflow to accommodate process requirements.
  • Performance – specimen workflow and throughput requirements can quickly change, placing greater demand on a facility and staff. Laboratory automation helps to meet the needs of moderate volume labs up to large, commercial operations.

Learn More at AACC 2022

To explore the impact laboratory automation can have on your specific operation, you are invited to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago, Illinois (July 26-28), at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The largest exposition for clinical laboratory solutions and services, this meeting will feature nearly 300 speakers and cover over 200 product categories.

At the show, look for our Yaskawa experts in Booth #4019, where you will see the following specimen processing systems:

AutoSorter™ XN – designed for the Sysmex® XN-Series hematology line, the high-performance AutoSorter XN platform provides pre- and post-analytic specimen processing for demanding laboratory environments. Well-suited for bulk loading and high-speed specimen sorting, AutoSorter XN is capable of loading/unloading a fully populated line at capacity, processing up to 1,100 specimens per hour. At the show, the AutoSorter XN will be shown in a scalable Sysmex automated hematology system.

AutoSorter 1200S/Sealer – ideal for meeting stringent demands for high throughput commercial labs and reference laboratories, the AutoSorter 1200 can process up to 1,200 specimens per hour for rack-based pre-analytic sorting and post-analytic foil sealing, sorting/archiving. Capable of operating as a standalone instrument or as one in a series of processing stations in a conveyorized line, this flexible workcell is customizable to meet lab requirements. A high-performance Yaskawa robot optimizes system uptime and reliability.

Register to discuss these solutions and more with our experts at AACC. Whether your specific requirements revolve around sorting, aliquoting, decapping/recapping, thawing/mixing, centrifugation, or archive storage and retrieval, our experienced employees can help.

1 Clinical Laboratory Services Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report, Grand View Research, 2021   

Craig Rubenstein is a Life Science Technology Leader at Yaskawa America, Inc. Motoman Robotics Division

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