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Robots for Laboratory Testing & Processing

Let Yaskawa Motoman's laboratory automation team step through your current up- and down-stream processes with you to identify your pain points and uncover opportunities to improve speed, capacity and accuracy with automation. From there, we will propose a custom solution for your facility capable of:

  • Managing workflow of specimens through the pre- and post-analytic sequence

  • Integrating components of the automation system (sorting, conveyance, decapping, CSS, etc.)

  • Connecting to the LIS to exchange specimen processing data and history

  • Configurating to accommodate volume increases, workflow changes and additional process equipment

 

Future-Proof your System Investment

Yaskawa Motoman's track-based process automation solutions are scalable and can easily evolve to add/change processes, throughput and configuration as business needs change. The integrated system, connected by a specimen transport conveyor, manages the workflow of over 6,000 specimens per hour.

Systems are highly configurable to accommodate a variety of workflows, including:

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Check-In / Check-Out

1,200 tubes per hour

The AutoSorter™ 1200 receives input from racks or conveyors. Reads barcode and sorts to target racks. Logs and consolidates post-analytic specimens for archive.

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Container Scanning System

900 tubes per hour

Captures image to identify specimen or analyze label contents. Cap color, tube type, data matrix codes and text may be analyzed to determine the specimen processing sequence.

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Aliquoter

360 daughter tubes per hour
Produces labeled daughter tubes, each with volume as instructed by the LIS. Automatically detects clots and QNS. Accepts a wide range of parent tube configurations.

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Decapper

600 tubes per hour
Removes rubber stopper and threaded caps from most common tube sizes. Container is isolated from other tubes during decap process to protect against cross contamination.

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Bulk Loader

1,000 tubes per hour
Tubes are hopper loaded, singulated and oriented. Barcode is read before placing tube in puck and linking to RFID.

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Recapper

1,000 tubes per hour
Closes post-analytic tubes and aliquot parent/daughter tubes with a plastic insert that may be removed manually or automatically. Many sizes and styles of tubes may be capped.

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Centrifuge

300 daughter tubes per hour
Loads tubes from track into centrifuge racks; exchanges racks at completion of centrifuge cycle; unloads spun tubes from centrifuge rack onto track.

Custom Process Solutions

Life+Science+Mayo+Line3.final.pngYaskawa Motoman offers extensive process engineering and development capabilities to address unique specimen processing and other clinical lab workflow needs. Solutions include: thaw and mix, relabeling, kitting, instrument connectivity, IT solutions and custom rack development.

Benefit from our experience in designing lab automation systems for some of the world's top clinical labs and schedule a consultation today.
 

Examples
 
 

Case Study

Sorting Through the Details of an Automation Solution

This article provides a thorough overview of Mayo Medical Laboratories' sort automation system, along with top lessons learned throughout the entire process of selecting, building, and implementing the system.

Systems

AutoSorter

 

Yaskawa Motoman offers a variety of AutoSorter specimen processing solutions that are ideal for a range of clinical laboratory environments. AutoSorter provides improved processing accuracy, specimen traceability and relieves laboratory staff of repetitive tasks and exposure to infection. Various configurations include centrifugation, decapping and sorting to instrument racks, as well as archive consolidation. They may be standalone or linked together with aliquoters, recappers and other process-specific instrumentation.

AutoSorter XN

  • Provides pre- and post-analytic specimen processing for the Sysmex XN-Series hematology line.
  • Processes up to 1,100 specimens/hour, addressing high-volume commercial lab requirements such as bulk loading and high-speed specimen sorting.
  • Large sort deck maintains increased quantities of specimens, facilitating fully automated workload balancing for extended walk-away times.

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  • Processes up to 1,200 specimens/hour for rack-based pre-analytic sorting and post-analytic sorting/archiving.
  • Operates as a "standalone" sorter or as one in a series of processing stations in a conveyorized line.
  • Configurable deck features drawers and/or flow-through conveyors to feed specimens into sorter and to present racks for sort targets.

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AutoSorter 2000

  • Utilizing the AutoSorter 1200 platform, the AutoSorter 2000 addresses common requirements for high-volume commercial labs, such as bulk loading, various container types and data connectivity.
  • Processes up to 2,000 specimens/hour for bulk-handled specimens.

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Benchtop Solutions for Automated Sorting and Archiving

Yaskawa is the U.S. representative for Aim Lab Automation Technologies sorters and archivers.  When your lab’s requirements do not reach the volume and complexity typical of large commercial labs, Yaskawa now offers a range of benchtop instruments to perform sample receiving, sorting, reformatting, foil sealing and archiving, including:

  • PathFinder 350A Archiver - a compact benchtop robotic workstation designed for post analytical management of sample tubes (either open top or capped). It is used for automating the capping, sorting and archiving of sample tubes into storage racks.

  • PathFinder 350D Decapper Sorter - a compact benchtop robotic workstation designed for pre-analytical management of incoming sample collection tubes, consisting of a sorter module coupled together with a decapper module. It is used for automating the decapping and sorting of sample tubes into different destination racks. The PathFinder 350D Plus is available for larger deck requirements.

  • PathFinder 450S Sorter - a compact benchtop workstation that registers and sorts presented specimen tubes into a number of different destination sample racks based on user defined rules. It can be used to automate any manual task in the laboratory where a decision needs to be made regarding the routing of a tube for testing or storage.

 

Assessment

 

Schedule a Lab Automation Assessment

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