PRESS RELEASE – AIM LAB to launch new compact pre-analytical workstation at AACC Expo in San Diego

At the AACC Expo 2017, Aim Lab Automation Technologies will unveil our latest PathFinder automation platform – the PathFinder 350D – for automating the de-capping and sorting of incoming blood collection tubes directly into various analyzer racks ready for analysis.

To read more please find attached Press Release: AIM LAB to launch new compact pre-analytical workstation

Aim Lab receives Australian Export Award

After winning the 2016 Premier of Queensland Export Award for Manufacturing on 20th October 2016, Aim Lab Automation Technologies was subsequently awarded the 2016 Australian Export Award for Manufacturing at the national awards ceremony held in Brisbane, 23rd November.

This was totally unexpected as Aim Lab was up against some exceptional manufacturers who had taken out the respective awards from other states of Australia. Judges described Aim Lab Automation Technologies as “a great export success story” with the company having a diversified business by both geography and end user industries.

Aim Lab is quite honoured to receive the 2016 Australian Export Award for Manufacturing and we’d like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their contribution to our business. It is you who have made this award possible.

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Pieter Kuiper (CEO) Aim Lab Automation Technologies

Pieter Kuiper (CEO) Aim Lab Automation Technologies

2016 Australian Export Awards

2016 Australian Export Awards

2016 Australian Export Award Winners

2016 Australian Export Award Winners

 

For more information on the Australian Export Awards or the Queensland Export Awards please follow these links:

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Manufacturing Export Award 2016

Aim Lab Automation Technologies won the Premier of Queensland’s 2016 Export Awards for Manufacturing and was a finalist in the Health and Biotechnology Sector at the annual awards ceremony in Brisbane on 20th October 2016. The Awards program acknowledges those businesses engaged in international trade and rewards their dedication to being the best at what they do within the State and around the world.

We’d like to thank our customers and our suppliers for being an integral part of this award.

The Premier of Queensland's Export Awards - October 20, 2016: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards – October 20, 2016: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Analytica 2016

Aim Lab exhibited at Analytica in Munich in May 2016 for the first time. The primary reasons for attending Analytica were to introduce the new AIM4000 autosampler and to look for new OEM opportunities in the European market. The exhibition was well attended with around 35000 visitors and over 1200 exhibitors.

 

Pieter Kuiper, Aim Lab's CEO, ready for action on Aim Lab's booth at Analytica 2016.

Pieter Kuiper, Aim Lab’s CEO, ready for action on Aim Lab’s booth at Analytica 2016.

New Rack Adapters for Blood Bank Applications

Aim Lab has recently developed several new PathFinder rack adapters for sample racks specific to various analyzers used in blood bank applications – the Grifols Procleix Panther for NAT, the Bio-Rad IH-1000 blood screening system, the Olympus PK7300 blood group analyzer and the Grifols SP Pooling system.

The Panther rack is a linear 15 well sample rack (shown below). The corresponding rack adapter holds 8 x Panther racks and sits lengthwise along a sorter module due to the length of the Panther rack.

The rack adapters for the Bio-Rad IH-1000 (also shown below), the Olympus PK7300 and the Grifols SP Pooling instruments hold 4, 5 and 4 analyzer racks respectively and each adapter has the same footprint as a PathFinder PF50 sample rack (though the Grifols SP Pooling rack requires an extended rack fence assembly). This means these rack adapters can be interchanged into the same loading/unloading positions as a PF50 rack.

All these new rack adapters have been developed for a PathFinder 900 Plus installation at the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service in Helsinki.

Rack Adapter Bio Rad IH-1000

Rack Adapter for Bio-Rad IH-1000

Adapter for Procleix Panther Racks

Grifols Procleix Panther rack

 

Aim Lab In Europe

In April 2016, Aim Lab set up a European office to provide locally based sales and service support to our European distributors and OEM customers.
Ryan Turner-Smith, Sales/Support Manager, relocated to Wiesbaden Germany to establish the new operations.
In the new facility, Ryan has set up a PathFinder demonstration lab with working PathFinder 900 Plus and PathFinder 350A systems for training distributors and customers as required and for demonstration to new prospective customers.

Export Awards Finalist 2015

Aim Lab Automation Technologies was one of four finalists in the Health and Biotechnology sector at the Premier of Queensland’s 2015 Export Awards announced in Brisbane on 7th October 2015.

The award recognises the talent and innovative spirit of the State of Queensland’s top Exporters and the important role they play in boosting the Queensland economy.

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Elegant new Autosampler design

Aim Lab Automation Technologies has released its latest autosampler design, the AIM4000 autosampler. The AIM4000 is Aim Lab’s 4th generation autosampler and represents a culmination of over 25 years of design experience and field performance. With the new model, there has been a strong emphasis on aesthetics and user appeal while retaining the performance and reliability for which AIM autosamplers are renowned for.

The slick new model incorporates several design innovations including:

  • Electronics in the upper gantry away from sample and wash fluids.
  • Standard racks and wash station centrally located to minimize probe travel between samples and wash.  Also allows sample racks to be easily replaced on the run.
  • Protective cover integrated into the autosampler chassis.
  • Maximising the use of the instrument’s footprint for samples and standards.
AIM4000 fitted with sampler cover

AIM4000 fitted with sampler cover

Aim Lab has moved !

Aim Lab moved offices in December to a bigger and better facility. The new office address is 15 Lisgar St, Virginia QLD 4014, about 15km away from the previous location. The shipping address, at the rear of the building, is 443 Bilsen Rd, Geebung QLD 4034. All phone numbers will remain the same.

The new office is closer to the CBD and transport hubs and is purpose built with twice the production area and a much larger storage area. These points were key considerations in selecting the new site as the Company prepares for the introduction of a major new product line in 2015.

 

New PathFinder destination racks

Aim Lab has developed both a 12 well and 24 well sample rack option specifically for situations requiring an increased number of destination locations on a sorter module (for use with the PathFinder 900 Plus, PathFinder 450S or PathFinder 350A). Both racks can be used as a destination rack for either capped or uncapped sample tubes with a diameter of 12 – 13mm.

The custom racks, referred to as the “PF12” and “PF24” racks, have part numbers PS-SRT-P394 and PS-SRT-P395 respectively. In comparison with the PF20 rack, the PF24 rack has a smaller footprint (and uses one less slot position on the sorter tray). The maximum number of rack locations on a sorter module is 10 plus an Error/Stat rack.

New Destination racks

New Destination racks (12)

 

PathFinder now supports TCP/IP interfacing

Aim Lab has recently released a TCP/IP socket transfer interface that conforms to CLSI/NCCLS LIS1-A (ASTM1381). The TCP/IP interface was developed to help reduce the time and effort required when developing a new interface for PathFinder in LIS systems which do not currently support PathFinder systems. Previously, the PathFinder products only communicated to the LIS or Middleware through a file transfer method – CLSI/NCCLS LIS2-A (ASTM1394). Although the file transfer method works well, LIS companies were often unfamiliar with this interfacing method and development sometimes proved to be more of a challenge.

We continue to support the file transfer method so there is no need to update any PathFinder drivers that have already been developed in existing LIS or Middleware solutions.

The new TCP/IP interface was first implemented on a PathFinder 350A unit installed at Middlemore hospital in Auckland New Zealand earlier this year.

PathFinder 350A

PathFinder 350A

Export Awards Finalist 2014

Aim Lab Automation Technologies was one of two finalists in the Health and Biotechnology sector at the Premier of Queensland’s 2014 Export Awards announced in Brisbane on the 16th of October.

The award recognises the talent and innovative spirit of the State of Queensland’s top Exporters and the important role they play in boosting the Queensland economy.

 

 

 

New Rack Adapter for PathFinder systems.

Aim Lab has released new rack adapters to support sample racks from Thermo Scientific’s Phadia® 1000 analyzer for allergy testing. The sample rack used on the Phadia 1000 is a linear 10 well rack. Separate rack adapters for both 2 and 4 Phadia sample racks are available which share the same footprint as the PathFinder PF20 and PathFinder PF50 sample racks respectively so they can be used interchangeably in the same rack positions on a sorter module.

The Phadia rack adapters can be used on all current PathFinder systems – the 450S, the 350A and the 900 Plus. The first PathFinder installation using Phadia rack adapters is a PathFinder 350A in a private lab in Sweden.

For more detailed information, please request the Information Note for the Phadia 100 rack.

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Rack adapter, 2 x Phadia 1000 racks

Rack adapter, 2 x Phadia 1000 racks

4 x Phadia 1000 racks with rack adapter

4 x Phadia 1000 racks with rack adapter

 

Medlab Exhibition, Dubai, January 2015

Aim Lab will be exhibiting at the Medlab exhibition, which is part of Arab Health, from 26th – 29th January 2015 at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. This will be the first time we have exhibited at Arab Health. Our purpose for exhibiting is to present our bench top tube automation products into the region and identify new locally based partners to work with.

We will be demonstrating our PathFinder 350A-HC Archiver system, a unique, compact workstation that automates the capping and archiving of sample tubes from various analyzer racks.

We would welcome you to visit us on booth 8H26 if you are attending Medlab in Dubai. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your specific automation requirements or to explore possible collaboration opportunities, please feel free to email us at aimlab@aimlab.com to make arrangements. We look forward to seeing you in Dubai!

 

PathFinder 350A Archiver

PathFinder 350A Archiver

PathFinder 350A Archiver Case Study-Molde Hospital, Norway

Molde Hospital in Norway had a PathFinder 350A installed in their biochemistry lab about 10 months ago and process approximately 1200 sample tubes per day on the system.

Molde’s application of the PathFinder 350A is different from the other case studies we have published in that they use the system as a means of streamlining the way samples are managed after analysis on a range of different instruments across several disciplines.

Case Study PathFinder350A Molde Hospital, Norway

PathFinder 350A

PathFinder 350A Archiver

 

 

To access other case studies on the PathFinder 350A Archiver follow the attached link.

http://www.aimlab.com/products/pathology-automation/pathfinder-350a-archiver/

 

Clinical Lab Expo,29-31 July 2014

Aim Lab will again be exhibiting at the forthcoming Clinical Lab Expo 2014. This year the conference is being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, USA from the 29th until the 31st of July 2014.

We will be demonstrating our High Capacity PathFinder 350A-HC bench top Archiver system and how it automates the capping and archiving of sample tubes from various analyzer racks.

We would welcome you to visit us on booth 1943 or if you would like to make an appointment with one of our sales people then email us aimlab@aimlab.com to make arrangements. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

PathFinder 350A HC

PathFinder 350A HC

 

Ryan rides to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.

Recently Ryan Turner-Smith, our Pathology Sales Manager, braved an early foggy start in Brisbane to participate in a 50km bike ride to raise money for MS Queensland.

Congratulations Ryan on completing the ride and raising money for such a worthwhile cause.

Ryan ready to ride.

Ryan ready to ride.

Ryan coming home strong.

Ryan coming home strong.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us at Aim Lab

Aim Lab’s Manufacturing facility will close over the Christmas period, from midday on Friday 20th December 2013 until Monday the 6th January, 2014. Over this time, any incoming enquiries will still be responded to and Aim Lab’s Global Support Team will continue to be available for any support via the normal contact numbers:

Australian callers: 1300 805 185

International callers: +61 7 3897 1600

Email: support@aimlab.com

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MEDLAB Asia Pacific 18-20th February, 2014

MEDLAB Asia Pacific

Aim Lab will be exhibiting at the forthcoming MEDLAB Asia Pacific Conference at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 18th – 20th February 2014. We will be demonstrating our High Capacity PathFinder 350A-HC bench top Archiver system and how it automates the capping and archiving of sample tubes from various analyzer racks.

We would welcome you to visit us on booth A19.

PathFinder 350A

PathFinder 350A

PathFinder Registration Update

In August 2013, Aim Lab’s PathFinder 350A and PathFinder 450S received ANVISA registration required for sale of these products in Brazil. The PathFinder 900 Plus already has ANVISA registration.

Earlier in the year, the PathFinder 900 Plus received SFDA (now CFDA) approval for sale in China.

Increased Capacity on the PathFinder900 Plus

The PathFinder 900 Plus now supports the PF128 high capacity sample rack. The PF128 sample rack is a sample rack that holds 128 x 13mm OD sample tubes in a compact footprint making it ideal for storage. Because of the high density of samples in the rack, it is only suited to foil capped, uncapped or tubes with the same OD cap as the sample tube. The use of the PF128 sample rack on the PathFinder 900 Plus increases the maximum on board tube capacity to 1858 tubes (13mm OD).

 For more information please send us an email:

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PF128 way rack

PF128 way rack

PathFinder 350A making an impact

The first PathFinder 350A Archiver unit was installed into a laboratory in Brisbane, Australia in October 2012, in May 2013 Aim Lab will ship its 10th PF350A unit.

The PathFinder 350A Archiver is a bench top solution for the post-analytical capping, sorting and archiving of sample tubes. The 10th PF350A unit will be installed into a lab in Denmark. Three (3) of the first 10 units were supplied into Scandinavia, six (6) into Australia and one (1) into New Zealand. It is hoped that the next ten PF350A units will be seen in more countries!

For more infromation please send us an email:

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AACC 2013 Houston, Texas.

The PathFinder 350A Archiver is going to the USA!

Aim Lab Automation Technologies will be exhibiting their new High Capacity PathFinder 350A-HC Benchtop Tube Archiver at the AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2013.

In addition, Aim Lab will also be displaying the latest video on the PathFinder 900 Plus Automated Tube Management System.

The AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2013 will be held in Houston, Texas from the 30th of July to the 1st of August. Come and see us at our booth # 1705.

For more information please send us an email:

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Tube Barcode Orientation

Barcode Orientation has been added as a new function for the PathFinder 900 Plus system to align the barcodes on tubes placed into a destination or output rack.

The angle of orientation is selectable for each specific rack. The feature can be fitted to one or more of the sorter modules and is available as an option with a new PathFinder 900 Plus or as a retrofit kit for existing PathFinder 900 units.

For more information please send us an email:

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Barcode Orientation

PathFinder 350A Archiver at the 2012 AACB

Aim Lab will be exhibiting their new High Capacity PathFinder 350A Benchtop Tube Archiver at the 2012 Australian Association of Biochemist’s Conference (AACB) from 15th – 18th of November at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The system was released in July and has been developed locally in Australia in collaboration with a major private pathology laboratory.

PathFinder 350A

In addition, Aim Lab also be displaying a short video on the recently released PathFinder 900 Plus Automated Tube Management System.

New Tube Archiver has been released at the AACC conference.

Aim Lab have exhibited their new PathFinder 350A Bench top Tube Archiver along with the PathFinder 450S Bench top Tube sorter at the 2012 AACC Annual meeting held in Los Angeles.

“This was the first time Aim Lab have exhibited at the AACC and have received strong interest at the Clinical Lab Expo.  We are excited that releasing the product at such an important international conference has been well received!” said Business Manager, Ralph Donaldson.

Aim Lab also used the AACC Conference to preview the new PathFinder 900 Plus Automated Tube Management System.

  

Aim Lab at the Clinical Lab Expo (Los Angeles, USA) July 2012

 

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*NEW* PathFinder 350A Archiver

Do you have a problem in your laboratory with RSI injuries from capping tubes?  How about staff tied up in the mundane task of manually archiving samples?

Aim Lab Automation Technologies new bench top PathFinder 350A Archiver is an easy-to-use, fully automated capper and sorter for the post analytical archiving of specimen tubes.  What’s more, it automatically pulls out any samples that have outstanding tests before sending them to storage.

At last, an affordable solution to the capping, sorting and archiving of samples.

PathFinder 350A

  

To find out how the PathFinder 350A Archiver can automate your sample tube management, please send us an email:

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*New* High Density Automation Rack

Aim Lab Automation Technologies have now released a new storage rack that holds 128 x 13mm OD sample tubes.

The sample tubes are closely spaced to maximise the number of samples in a typical rack footprint yet still with sufficient room for the tubes to be picked or placed on a PathFinder automation system. The high density of samples will significantly reduce costly freezer storage space, however due to the close density of the sample wells the rack is only suitable for foil capped or uncapped tubes.

Like existing PathFinder automation racks, the new PF128 racks are moulded from durable plastic and are will be available in a range of colours.

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To find out more information,  please send us an email:

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Block Digestion business announcement

Aim Lab Automation Technologies Pty Ltd (‘Aim Lab’)  announced on  December 6th, 2011 that it had sold its block digestion business to SEAL Analytical Ltd. The block digestion business comprises the AIM600 block digestion system and accessories. These complementary products are typically used in environmental analysis which is SEAL Analytical’s core market. SEAL Analytical has been successfully selling these products under licence for a number of years (under branding BD28S/50S) in support of applications for their range of Discrete and Segmented flow analyser products.

The block digestion business has transfered to SEAL Analytical Inc. in Mequon, Wisconsin USA. New orders should be sent to Seal Analytical Inc. at the address below marked for the attention of Lalicia Potter or by email to LPotter@seal-us.com .

Aim Lab would like to thank you for your custom and support and having been closely involved with SEAL Analytical over many years believe that they are equipped to continue to serve you well. Aim Lab’s business will continue to focus on the design, manufacture and supply of its laboratory automation products which include the AIM autosampler range and PathFinder tube management systems.

SEAL Analytical welcomes all customers of block digestion systems and looks forward to serving you in the future.

SEAL Analytical Inc.
Mequon Technology Centre
10520-C Baehr Road
Mequon WI 53092
USA

Telephone 001 262 241 7900
Fax number 001 262 241 7970
www.seal-analytical.com

Case Study – PF350S at Clinipath WA

A case study provided by Clinipath in WA, Australia. Clinipath has been using the PathFinder 350S since August 2010, and now enjoy reduced error rates and greater staff retention.

Case Study – PF350S at Clinipath WA

USB option for autosampler range

An optional USB interface is available for all of Aim Lab’s range of autosamplers (AIM3200,  AIM3300, AIM3600 and AIM1250 autosamplers). The USB port on the autosampler allows connection to PCs or laptops that don’t have a legacy 9-pin serial port. It requires the installation of a daughter part onto the main PCB along with a modification of the autosampler chassis.

When installed, the Autosampler will behave like it is connected to a standard serial port. So the analyzer software that expects the Autosampler to be connected to a 9-pin serial port can still be used despite the change in hardware.

Optional USB interface

Software update enhances throughput

The new 0.9 software improves the throughput of the PathFinder 900 to over 1250 tubes per hour when sorting. Aliquoting throughput has also been increased through both the optimisation of the decapping, aliquoting and secondary tube preparation processes as well as the introduction of new workload balancing feature (known as Dynamic Throughput Optimisation) which takes advantage of the PathFinder 900’s parallel processing.

By monitoring input, Dynamic Throughput Optimisation automatically limits work to slower modules (for eg, the aliquot module) to a level that allows those modules to perform at maximum throughput while leaving the remaining conveyor capacity available for parallel sorting up to the full output performance.