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Binding Site, Optilite (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

Binding Site, Optilite (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

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

Contact Information

Binding Site
Tami McCarthy
San Diego, CA

Name of instrument Optilite
Type of instrument chemistry
Operational type/Model type continuous random access/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. $109,500/2015
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume >100/>50
Company manufactures instrument no (manufactured by Thermo Fisher)
Other models in this family of analyzers
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries) 139/177 (Spain, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, more)
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 24.4 × 37 × 27.6 in./7.09 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 242 lbs./~260 lbs.
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. Freelite Kappa, Freelite Lambda, Hevylite IgGk and IgGλ, Hevylite IgAk and IgAλ, Hevylite IgMk and IgMλ, IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD, IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, IgG4, IgA1, IgA2, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries IgE, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein A-1, apolipoprotein B, more
Tests in development for analyzer C2, fibrinogen, ferritin, C1q, soluble transferrin receptor
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 34 (34 can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time 108 (108 tests in throughput)/8–23 min. (avg. 13 min.)
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
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 100/self-contained multiuse
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (8°–10°C below ambient)/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/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/90 min. or 54 specimens or 180 tests/assays
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/yes (can store up to 360 cuvettes)
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 2–200 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume 120 µL/assay dependent/150 µL
Dedicated pediatric sample cup yes (dead volume: 150 µL)
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]: 16 × 100, 13 × 100, 13 × 75, 12 × 75)/no
Protects against probe collision yes
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/yes/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots no/no/no/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 no (2 L/hr. consumption during operation)
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported no (calibrants are not stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: per lab protocol and every new lot)
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 yes/yes
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte no
Waste management automated collection onboard instrument
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes (Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, Code 39, Code 128)/no
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer no
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions no (operator intervention required to order parts)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring no
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability yes/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced Epic, Sunquest, Orchard, Cerner, SCC Soft Computer
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability yes (additional cost)/yes (broadcast download and host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time no/next business day
Mean time between failures 240 days (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel daily: 10 min.; weekly: 15 min.; monthly: 30 min.
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor some records (log)/no
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard no
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes (2 training slots)/2 days (at customer site)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held no/—
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/$12,950
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • reduced carryover due to disposable cuvettes • dilution cascade to final result • intuitive software that includes 3 different antigen excess protection methods, optimized by assay
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