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Alfa Wassermann Diagnostic Technologies, ACE Axcel (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Alfa Wassermann Diagnostic Technologies, ACE Axcel (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Chemistry and immunoassay analyzers for point-of-care and low-volume laboratories, June 2018

Contact Information

Alfa Wassermann Diagnostic Technologies
Tanya De Boer
West Caldwell, NJ

Name of instrument ACE Axcel
Type of instrument chemistry
Operational type/Model type batch, random access, continuous random access, discrete/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. —/2012
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume —/15–50 comprehensive metabolic panel/lipids
Company manufactures instrument yes (also sold by McKesson, Henry Schein, Medline)
Other models in this family of analyzers ACE Alera
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries)
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 33 × 28 × 26 in./10 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 150 lbs./150 lbs.
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. ALT, ALB, ALP, AMY, AST, DBILI, TBILI, BUN, calcium, CO2, chloride, CHOL, CK, CREAT, ferritin, GGT, GLU, HbA1c, HDL, PHOS, iron, LDH, lipase, LDL, magnesium, potassium, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 40 (200 can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels 15 (15 can be active simultaneously)
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time 165/—
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels 3
Detection methods photometry, potentiometry, turbidimetric homogeneous EIA
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode 4 min./35 specimens per hr.
• Basic metabolic panel
• Complete metabolic panel
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample 10 sec.
Fully automated microplate immunoassay system
Methodologies supported
Separation methodologies
Stat time until completion of a ß-hCG test
Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Stat time until completion of a cTn test
• Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Approx. No. of tests per reagent set or pack/Reagent type 30–900/closed reagent system with open reagent channels
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (10°–14°C)/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/yes
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (open reagent system)/yes
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run no/no
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/75 min. or 75 specimens or 248 tests/assays
Design of sample handling system ring
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/yes (can store up to 248 cuvettes)
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 3–200 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume 150 µL/53 µL/50 µL
Dedicated pediatric sample cup no
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]:13 × 75, 13 × 100, 16 × 75, 16 × 100)/yes
Protects against probe collision no
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample no/yes/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots no/no/no/no
Dilutes patient samples onboard/Susceptibility to carryover yes (can be programmed to perform dilutions prior to analysis)/—
Automatic rerun capability yes
Sample volume can be diluted to rerun out-of-linear-range high results/concentrated to rerun out-of-linear-range low results yes/no
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply no
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants are not stored onboard)/yes
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays 3 hrs./—/—/30 days/—
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown no/no
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC yes/yes
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte yes
Waste management automated collection onboard instrument
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC, Codabar, Code 39, Code 128)/yes
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer no
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes (operator intervention required to order parts)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring no
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability no/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced CGM LabDaq, Orchard Harvest, Schuyler House SchuyLab, J&S LabTrak, Merge LIS, Apex Healthware
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability no/yes (host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time yes/24 hrs.
Mean time between failures 240 days (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel daily: 15 min.; weekly: 20–30 min.; monthly: 30–40 min.
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor yes (includes audit trail of who replaced parts)/no
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard no
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (1 training slot)/4.5 days (location based on sales contract)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held no/—
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/various options available
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • self-contained analyzer; closed-tube sampling; stat interrupt capability; onboard sample and reagent refrigeration • onboard reagent inventory management; ready-to-use reagents; integrated ISE module; no external water source or waste drainage • Internet connectivity allows for external technical support, remote access, and laboratory integration
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