Adding Value Through Automation
The incoming sample tubes (EDTA, citrate, serum) mostly arrive in two batches during the day and the PathFinder 900 Plus easily copes with these peak workloads. The PathFinder 900 distributes the incoming tubes into their respective analyser racks, ready for testing. After testing is complete, it then organises these tubes for further testing or storage. So, for example, the serum tubes are decapped and sorted directly into one of several Architect rack destinations corresponding to the analysers in the chemistry lab (2 x ci8200, 1 x i2000). After the serum tubes have been processed by the Architects, they are re-loaded onto the PF900 for subsequent sorting. If further testing is required, they are sent to the next highest priority destination rack or, if there are no pending tests, they are archived in 128-well PathFinder racks for storage at -20 deg C.
In addition, the PF900’s capability for aliquoting specimen into labelled secondary tubes also really adds value to the operations.