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Instrumentation Laboratory, ACL ELITE Series (Coagulation 2019)

Instrumentation Laboratory, ACL ELITE Series (Coagulation 2019)

Coagulation analyzers, January 2019

Contact Information

Instrumentation Laboratory
Venita Shirley
vshirley@ilww.com
Bedford, MA
800-955-9525


Instrument name/First year sold ACL ELITE Series/2006
Number of units installed in U.S./Outside U.S. 4,000+/8,000+ (all ACL models combined)
Number of contracts signed between 1/1/18 and 11/15/18
Country where analyzer designed/Manufactured U.S./U.S.
Operational type modified random access
Reagent type open reagent system
Operates on whole blood or spun plasma spun plasma
Sample handling system tray, primary tubes
Model type benchtop
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Weight/Instrument footprint 24 × 37 × 24 in./139 lbs./6 sq. ft.
FDA-cleared clotting-based tests PT, APTT, fibrinogen, TT, factors
FDA-cleared chromogenic tests anti-Xa
FDA-cleared immunologic tests D-Dimer, VWF (Act. and Ag.), free protein S, factor XIII Ag., homocysteine
Other FDA-cleared tests
User-defined tests in clinical use
Tests submitted for 510(k) clearance
Tests in development but not yet submitted
Methodologies supported clot detection, LED optical (nephelometric), chromogenic, immunologic
Operator must load sep. reagent pack per specimen/Test run no/no
Number of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 22
Number of different assays programmed and calib. at one time 300
Number of user-definable (open) channels 100
Of those defined, number active simultaneously 20
Factor assays require manual manipulation or dilutions no
Number of reagent containers onboard at once/Tests per container/Reagents refrigerated onboard 22/varies/yes
Multiple reagent configurations supported yes
Reagents, consumables loaded without interrupting testing yes
Same capabilities when third-party reagent used yes
Maximum time same lot number of reagents can be used 18 months
Walkaway capacity: Number of specimens/Number of tests 40/260
Minimum sample volume aspirated precisely at one time 5 µL
Standard specimen volume required to run PT or PTT/ Factor VIII activity 60 μL/18 μL
Disposables used/Price of each cuvettes/varies
Supports direct-from-track sampling no
Primary tube sampling supported/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes/no
Sample/Reagent barcode reading capability yes/yes
Onboard test automatic inventory yes
Measures No. of tests remaining/Short sample detection yes/yes
Clot detection as preanalytical variable in plasma sample no
Auto. detects adequate reagents for aspiration and analysis yes
Hemolysis/Turbidity detection-quantitation no/no
Dilution of patient samples onboard yes
Automatic rerun capability/Auto reflex testing capability yes/yes
Lag time during which hypercoagulable sample not detected yes (PT and PTT: 3 seconds)
Read time extended for prolonged clotting times yes
User can set different-than-standard:
• Reagent volumes/Sample volumes yes/yes
• No. and sources of reagent yes
• Incubation times/Reading times yes/yes
Autocalib. or autocalib. alert/Multipoint calib. supported no/yes
Auto shutdown/Auto startup programmable not needed/not needed
Stat time to complete all analytes/Throughput per hour for:
• PT alone 4 minutes/175 specimens
• PT, PTT 8 minutes/270 specimens
• Fibrinogen 4 minutes/175 specimens
• Factor VIII activity assay 8 minutes/125 specimens
Time delay from ordering stat to aspiration of sample 15 seconds
Automatic transfer of QC results to LIS yes
Data-management capability yes
Interface supplied by instrument vendor no
Interfaces in active user sites for: most major vendors
Bidirectional interface capability yes (broadcast download and host query)
Results transferred to LIS as soon as test time complete yes
LOINC codes transmitted with all results no
How labs get LOINC codes for reagent kits
Electronic interface available (or will be) to automated (or robotic) specimen handling system no
Modem servicing no
Time required for maintenance by lab personnel daily: <5 minutes; weekly: 10 minutes; monthly: 5 minutes
Onboard maintenance records yes
Training provided with purchase 4 days at vendor offices
Approximate number of training hours needed per tech 24
List price
Annual service contract cost (24/7)/Warranty with purchase various options available/1 year
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) test menu featuring D-Dimer; barcoded reagent management; ACL family harmonization; HemosIL INR plasma sets for INR test system validation or calibration, or both; HemosIL liquid anti-Xa with universal calibration curve for UFH and LMWH
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