Aim Lab Automation Technologies Tube Sealer Module (TSM) is specifically designed to automatically foil seal the contents of plastic sample tubes in readiness for storage or transportation. The TSM is compact in size, fully electric and generates no waste.
Speaking about the latest addition to its product range, Aim Lab’s CEO Chris Whitaker said, “Aim Lab pioneered foil sealing technology in its PathFinder tube management automation products back in the early 90’s for sealing opened blood collection tubes after testing was complete. Foil sealing a plastic sample tube is a cheaper alternative to a push on cap and can be easily removed and re-applied if further testing is required. What’s more, foil sealed tubes can be stored down to a temperature of -80 deg C without leakage. It made sense to make this technology available as a module suitable for integration into an analyser or track based system.”
Key improvements with the new TSM include a higher throughput (up to 600 tubes/hour) with lower energy usage and without the need for pneumatics or vacuum. The laminated foil tape is clamped onto the uncapped tube before it is cut in-situ from a roll and then welded on to the tube. There are no hot surfaces to touch and the weld time can be configured by tube type to optimise seal quality. The TSM has an on-board capacity of up to 20,000 foil seals before the capping roll needs to be replaced.
A Pathology lab in a regional hospital in New South Wales is the first lab to install both the PF350D and PF350A.
The PF350A was first installed 12 months ago, and we received some great feedback on it:
“Sorts very well and cap seal is terrific and easy to use.”
“No more manual capping, No more sore hands!”
“Access to the GUI interface for tube lookup from another PC in the lab is so handy!”
The PathFinder 350A Archiver is a compact bench top robotic workstation designed for the post analytical management of sample tubes (either open top or capped). The system is used for automating the capping, sorting and archiving of sample tubes into storage racks.
We have received some encouraging feedback after the 350D installation, including how well both systems compliment each other:
“Both instruments side by side compliment each other perfectly.”
“Looks impressive.”Customer Feedback
“Our mini track looks amazing.”
“Really happy with the outcome and cannot wait to start using them both.”
“We want one (350D) for bloodbank and Haem(sic) now! I have to make a case to get another one.”
“Excellent training, thank you for all you have done, David!”
The PathFinder 350D is a compact benchtop robotic workstation which consists of a Sorter Module coupled with a Decapper Module for automating the decapping and sorting of incoming specimen tubes directly into various analyzer or sample racks.