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Awareness Technology, ChemWell 2910 (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Awareness Technology, ChemWell 2910 (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

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

Contact Information

Awareness Technology
Jamie Ristaino
Palm City, FL

Name of instrument ChemWell 2910
Type of instrument combination chemistry/immunoassay
Operational type/Model type batch, random access/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. $32,000/1999
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume 200–500/200–400
Company manufactures instrument yes
Other models in this family of analyzers ChemWell Fusion, ChemWell 2, ChemWell 2902
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries) 10/2,393
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 18.63 × 36.25 × 21.50 in./6 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 78 lbs./78 lbs.
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. infectious disease, autoimmune, EBV TORCH, bacterial infections, childhood diseases, fertility, tumor marker
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 15 (12 can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time chemistry: 200 (27 tests in throughput); ELISA: depends on assay/6–120 min. (avg. 90 min. for ELISA)
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels
Detection methods photometry
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode
• Basic metabolic panel
• Complete metabolic panel
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample
Fully automated microplate immunoassay system yes (open system: 27–44 tests per unit; 96 wells per microplate)
Methodologies supported chemiluminescence, EIA, biochemistry, chemistry
Separation methodologies coated microwell
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 96/open reagent system
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (delta 12°C from ambient)/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/yes
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (open reagent system)/no
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run no/no
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/90 min. or 96 specimens or 12 tests/assays
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/no
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 2–200 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume 100 μL/100 μL/40 μL
Dedicated pediatric sample cup no
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]: 13 × 75, 12 × 75, others)/no
Protects against probe collision yes
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/yes
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply no (less than 1 L/8 hr. consumption during operation)
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported no (calibrants are not stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: 7 days)
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays —/—/—/7 days/7 days
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown no/no
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC yes/no
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte yes
Waste management automated collection onboard instrument, direct to drain
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (UPC, Code 39)/no
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer yes
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes (can order parts without operator intervention)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring yes
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability no/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced Meditech, Sunquest
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability no/no
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time yes/48 hrs.
Mean time between failures 180–270 days (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel daily: 10 min.; weekly: 25 min.; monthly: 25 min.
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor no/no
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard no
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (2 training slots)/3 days (at customer site)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held yes/vendor site
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/various options available
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • complete plate washing system; efficient wash time; 8-probe wash head for aspiration and dispense • flexible reagent expansion: sample positions may be used for additional reagents, enhancing customized workflow • assay editor system (AES) allows programming of analyzer to menu that best meets labs’ needs
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