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The New Olympus AU2700™ High-Volume Chemistry-Immuno Analyzer

Olympus Diagnostic Systems Division debuted the new AU2700™ chemistry-immuno analyzer as the newest member to its standardized line during the 1999 CLMA and AACC annual meetings. Designed for the demanding environments of high volume laboratories, the Olympus AU2700™ streamlines diverse chemistry-immuno testing, provides extended walkaway time, and processes up to 2,133 tests per hour. This high-speed automated analyzer combines the proven technology of the Olympus AU400™, AU600™, and AU640™ systems with the newest Olympus advances to increase ease of use and provide more powerful performance.

The new Olympus AU2700™ has the flexibility to meet the needs of the core laboratory as a high volume primary analyzer with rapid response. Featuring true random access testing, pediatric sampling and immediate STAT processing, the AU2700 is especially suited for the hospital laboratory and its varied workload. The analyzer can perform a STAT basic metabolic panel of seven tests in four minutes.

Increased walkaway productivity is a major benefit of the Olympus AU2700. It has a 300-sample loading capacity and continuous sample rack feed. Hands-on time is eliminated with automated repeat testing, reflex testing, sample pre-dilution, auto-QC, and auto-calibration. The AU2700 also incorporates several safety features, such as probe crash prevention and sample clot detection, not currently available on other high-volume analyzers.

One of the primary advantages of the Olympus chemistry-immuno systems is the standardization integrated throughout the product line. The systems have a broad 118-test menu featuring general chemistries, special chemistries, urine chemistries and the Syva Company Emit® TDMs, DATs, and thyroid assays. Olympus bar-coded reagents are liquid and ready-to-use. These high quality reagents are manufactured at Olympus Diagnostica, an ISO 9001 registered site.

Operation of the AU2700 is simplified using its flexible Microsoft Windows NT® software. Operator training and system maintenance are made easy with an on-line operator's manual, context-sensitive HELP functions and computer-displayed video clips. Modem-linked Technical Support provides the laboratory with a virtual on-site engineer around the clock. CLIA, NCCLS, CAP compliance is supported by software documentation QC features.

Olympus meets the needs of any sized laboratory or network with its broad line of chemistry-immuno analyzers. Compatible standardization between the AU400, AU600, AU640 and AU2700 systems include similar user-interfaces, standardized results and reference ranges. The analyzers also use the same reagents, consumables and parts to provide for the lowest cost per reportable in the healthcare market today.

The Diagnostic Systems Division draws on Olympus America Inc. expertise and financial support to offer customers a variety of acquisition plans. One such program is a unique cost management plan. Olympus guarantees a Cost Per Reportable rate based on the laboratory's monthly test volume. Customers are offered a full line of financial services, information technology, and laboratory automation solutions as part of the Olympus package to help customers optimize laboratory operations.

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