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Switzerland: Lab Automation This is How You Can Automate Pre-Analytical Processing of Whole Blood Samples

Editor: Alexander Stark

Tecan has launched the Fluent Mix and Pierce Workstation to provide end-to-end automation for whole blood pipetting in clinical environments. This newly developed instrument configuration is intended to standardize pre-analytical sample handling and mixing, and is part of an ongoing collaboration with Qiagen to optimize sample preparation for latent tuberculosis (TB) testing with the Quanti Feron-TB Gold Plus assay.

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Tecan’s Fluent Mix and Pierce Workstation with newly developed Tube Rotator automates pre-analytical processing of whole blood samples.
Tecan’s Fluent Mix and Pierce Workstation with newly developed Tube Rotator automates pre-analytical processing of whole blood samples.
(Source: Tecan)

Männedorf/Switzerland — The Fluent Mix and Pierce Workstation from Tecan provides a fully automated workflow, using a Flexible Channel Arm equipped with Tecan Piercing Tips to aliquot whole blood samples directly from vacuum blood collection tubes or septum-capped tubes — without the need for manual lid removal. This reduces the risk of laboratory staff coming into contact with infectious materials, and saves valuable time when performing tube-to-tube or tube-to-plate transfers and whole blood assays. The workstation also features the newly developed Tecan Tube Rotator — which provides 360° tube mixing to maintain whole blood samples in suspension without hemolysis — and includes barcode scanning for both primary and secondary tubes to ensure full process traceability for clinical settings.

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