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Beckman Coulter, Power Express


Beckman Coulter, Power Express

Laboratory automation systems and workcells, September 2017

Contact Information

Beckman Coulter
Raymond Tecotzky
rhtecotzky@beckman.com
250 S. Kraemer Blvd.
Brea, CA 92822
714-961-3753


Name of system/First year installed/No. of contracts signed in 2016 Power Express/2013/60
No. of live sites installed in N. America/Europe/Asia, Australia 35/20/25
Automation products that are available:
• Preanalytical processor/Total laboratory automation yes/yes
• Automated functions: Accessioning/Track load/Centrifugation/Decapping yes/yes/yes/yes
• Automated functions: Rack specific sort/Aliquot/Tube relabeling/Resealing yes/yes/no/yes
• Automated functions: Storage retrieval/Intelligent sample routing yes/yes
• SW: Dedicated process control/Middleware control using LIS/Architecture yes/yes/open
Company has dedicated automation support team/Remote system monitoring yes/yes
Software features/functionality:
• Patient demographics and insurance data/Rules-based architecture —/LIS feature
• Supports data retrieval/Internet connectivity automation SW feature/—
• Online real-time help system/QC/Stats and management reports —/—/automation SW feature
• Evaluates validity and releasability of results from automated analyzers
• Specimen tracking/Priority processing/Random-access spec. movement automation SW feature/automation SW feature/automation SW feature
• Supports accession number redundancy (duplicate specimen ID)
• Supports specimen carrier and level identification automation SW feature
• Unique barcode number per container required automation SW feature
• Specimen routing/Multistop routing (one tube to multiple workstations) automation SW feature/automation SW feature
• Specimen scheduling/Instrument scheduling automation SW feature/—
• Routes test to workstation/Automatic reflex, repeat, dilutions automation SW feature/automation SW feature
• Supports multiple HW configuration/Supports other proprietary transport. HW automation SW feature/—
• Sample storage and retrieval SW/Supports approved CLSI standards automation SW feature/automation SW feature
LIS(s) and versions interfaced and live with LAS/How LIS(s) are interfaced with LAS/Can use LOINC to identify tests when communicating with LIS SCC, Siemens, Cerner, McKesson, GE, Meditech, Per Sé, others/ASTM/yes
Transportation systems available yes
• Model/Dimensions (H × W × D)*/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5 300, 600, 900, 1200 mm tracks/depends on length/yes
• Containers device accommodates/Average throughput in cm per second 16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75/12.5
• Supports automatic rerouting for reflex, repeat, dilutions yes
• Modular HW/Installed options/Device can operate in track and manual mode yes/floor mounted/yes
• Required utilities/Required maintenance electricity, compressed air/daily
• Carrier type/Scalable system single specimen container per carrier/yes
Automated centrifugation available yes
• Model/Dimensions (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5 Power Express Centrifuge/—/yes
• Maximum throughput per hour/Containers device accommodates 300/16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75
• Can identify tube types for custom programmed rate and spin times per run yes
• More than one centrifuge can be connected to track system yes
• For multiunit centrifuge: each centrifuge operates independently for rate and time yes
• Maintenance required daily
Automated input/accessioning available yes
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** Dynamic Inlet/—/yes/1,450
• Containers device accommodates/Dedicated lanes for stat samples 16, 13 × 100; 13 × 75/yes
• Maximum No. of samples that can be loaded/Maintenance required 400/daily
Automated decapping available yes
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** Decapper/—/yes/1,200
• Containers device accommodates/Maintenance required 16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75/daily
• Removes multiple size tube caps per run/Removes screw type sample caps yes/yes
Automated sorting available yes
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** —/—/yes/600
• Containers device accommodates/Software can sort by 16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75/method, output
Specimen integrity monitor available no
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput**
• Containers device accommodates/Maintenance required
Automated aliquotting available yes
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** Aliquotter/—/yes/1,200
• Containers device accommodates 13 × 100, 13 × 75
• Inspects samples for barcode/Detects and reports clots in specimen yes/yes
• Detects and reports quantity not sufficient specimens/Maintenance required yes/daily
Instrument (analyzer) interfaces:
• Rules-based instrument interface control subsystem
• Process control of instrument via control subsystem
Physical/hardware (instrument/specimen) interface:
• Hematology/Chemistry/Coagulation robotic arm interface/point-of-reference sampling, robotic arm interface/point-of-reference sampling, robotic arm interface
• Immunoassay/Urinalysis point-of-reference sampling/—
Instruments to which your system or product is interfaced
Other robotic products, components to which system or product is linked
Automated recapper or sealer available recapper
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** —/—/yes/1,200
• Recaps, seals multiple size tubes simult./Containers device accommodates no/16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75
• Maintenance required daily
Automated storage and retrieval available yes
• Model/Dimen. (H × W × D)/Conforms to CLSI Stand. Auto 1-5/Avg. throughput** 3K and 5K/—/yes/600
• Containers device accommodates/Connects to the track 16, 13 × 100; 16, 13 × 75/yes
• Room temperature/Minimum and maximum number of tubes stored per module yes/1–5,440
• Multiple size tubes can be stored in the same module/Maintenance required yes/daily
• Refrigerated storage and retrieval capability yes
Longitudinal upgrade pathway or plan to protect users’ investments
Average time to install/Who provides service, support/Hours support is available depends on site size/Beckman Coulter/—
On-site biomedical engineer required/User group meets regularly no/yes
List price
Individual list prices for components:
• Process control SW/Transportation systems/Auto. centrifugation
• Auto. input, accession/Auto. decap/Auto. sort/Auto. storage and retrieval
• Specimen integrity monitor/Automated aliquot
• Instrument (analyzer) interfaces/Automated recap
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) consistently short turnaround time; random access storage; open multidiscipline system
* For basic building block unit
** Average throughput in specimen containers per hour per device
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