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Beckman Coulter, Unicel DxI 600 (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

Beckman Coulter, Unicel DxI 600 (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

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

Contact Information

Beckman Coulter
Shallon Hagen
Chaska, MN

Name of instrument Unicel DxI 600
Type of instrument immunoassay
Operational type/Model type continuous random access/floor standing
List price/First year sold in U.S. —/2007
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume —/40,000–80,000 annual
Company manufactures instrument yes (also sold by McKesson, Henry Schein)
Other models in this family of analyzers Access 2, Unicel DxI 800
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries)
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 67 × 61.5 × 37.5 in./—
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. ferritin, folate, vitamin B12, testosterone, CEA, EPO, 25(OH) vitamin D total, ostase, troponin I, CK-MB, rubella IgG, toxo IgG, AFP (ONTD), DHEA-S, AMH, TPO Ab, AFP, PSA, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 50 (50 can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels 0
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time up to 200/13–55 min.
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels
Detection methods
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
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 per pack or 100 per kit/self-contained single use
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/—
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (closed reagent system)/yes
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run no/no
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/180–240 min. or 60 specimens
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/yes (can store up to 1,000 cuvettes)
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 5 µL minimum
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume —/specimen container dependent/100 µL
Dedicated pediatric sample cup yes (dead volume: 100 µL)
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]: 12 × 75, 13 × 75, 13 × 100, 16 × 75, 16 × 100)/no
Protects against probe collision
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/yes/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots no/—/—/—
Dilutes patient samples onboard/Susceptibility to carryover yes (can be programmed to perform dilutions prior to analysis)/—
Automatic rerun capability no
Sample volume can be diluted to rerun out-of-linear-range high results/concentrated to rerun out-of-linear-range low results no/no
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply no
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants are not stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: 28 days)
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown no/no
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte
Waste management
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, Code 39, Code 128)/yes
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions no (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
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability no/yes (broadcast download)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time yes/—
Mean time between failures — (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel daily: >10 min.; weekly: 12 min. at 5,000 tests; monthly: 17 min. at 10,000 tests
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor yes/—
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard yes
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (2 training slots)/—
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d)
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • load on the fly consumables • ProService remote diagnostic service capability
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