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Beckman Coulter, DxC 700 AU (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

Beckman Coulter, DxC 700 AU (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

Chemistry and immunoassay analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories, July 2018

Contact Information

Beckman Coulter
Wendy Rodriguez
Brea, CA

Name of instrument DxC 700 AU
Type of instrument chemistry
Operational type/Model type continuous random access/floor standing
List price/First year sold in U.S. —/2016
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume —/300–2,250 samples
Company manufactures instrument yes (also sold by Henry Schein, McKesson, Medline)
Other models in this family of analyzers AU 480, AU 5800
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries) 58/100
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 51 × 78 × 41 in./40.1 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 1,046 lbs./—
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. complete general chemistry, proteins/serology, thyroid, esoterics, TDM, DAT panels, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 63 (63 can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels 60 (60 can be active simultaneously)
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time 1,200 (63 tests in throughput)/avg. 8 min. 37 sec.
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels 3
Detection methods photometry, potentiometry
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode <9 min./80 specimens per hr.
• Basic metabolic panel <9 min./67 specimens per hr.
• Complete metabolic panel <9 min./33 specimens per hr.
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample 1 min.
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 50–1,500 per bottle/self-contained multiuse
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (4°–12°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/up to 125 specimens
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes yes/no
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 1–25 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume 120 µL/1 µL plus dead volume/50 µL or 4 mm above nonsample layer
Dedicated pediatric sample cup yes (dead volume: 50 μL)
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (primary and secondary tubes [in mm]: 11.5–16 diameter, 55–102 height; nested micro cups)/no
Protects against probe collision no
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/yes/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots yes/yes/yes/yes
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 yes (28 L/hr. consumption during operation)
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants are not stored onboard)/yes
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays 1 day/14 days/14–20 days/30 days/—
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown yes/yes
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC yes/yes
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte yes
Waste management direct to drain
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, Code 39, Code 128)/yes
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer yes
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes (operator intervention required to order parts)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring yes
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability no/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced Cerner, Sunquest, Aspyra, SCC Soft Computer, CPSI, Dynamic Healthcare, Antek, Siemens, McKesson, Meditech, more
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability yes (included in instrument price)/yes (broadcast download and host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time yes/<24 hrs.
Mean time between failures 2 service calls per year avg. (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor yes/no
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard yes
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (No. of slots contract dependent)/8–10 days (combination of vendor and customer sites)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held yes (extra charge)/customer or vendor site
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (terms: contract dependent)/contract dependent
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • standardization across the AU family of chemistry analyzers • lower total cost of ownership due to fewer consumables and concentrated reagents • most common parts can be changed in 3 steps in less than 60 seconds and without tools
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