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New Automated Chemistry Analyzer Presented at IBMS 2015

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 11 Oct 2015
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The new Altair 240 bench-top clinical chemistry analyzer with LIS bi-directional connectivity
The new Altair 240 bench-top clinical chemistry analyzer with LIS bi-directional connectivity (Photo courtesy of EKF Diagnostics)
A new clinical chemistry analyzer provides an automated bench-top platform with an integrated chemistry system supported by a broad menu of ready-to-use, bar coded reagents.

EKF Diagnostics (Cardiff, UK) announced the UK launch of its “Altair 240” clinical chemistry analyzer at the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress 2015 (IBMS, September 28-30, 2015; Birmingham, UK). Also highlighted was the latest additions to its range of Stanbio liquid-stable, LiquiColor and Liqui-UV reagents, including an assay for Procalcitonin.

Altair 240 fulfills a need for an automated, cost-effective bench-top platform supported by the reliable Stanbio Chemistry liquid reagent menu for routine and special chemistries. Altair 240 also provides the flexibility to configure open-channel applications for many esoteric assays. Built on 54 years of expertise, the system with LIS bi-directional connectivity is easy-to-use, as either a main or back-up analyzer, and is capable of performing up to 480 tests/hour (double-arm functionality yields up to 480 tests/hour).

Also presented at IBMS 2015 was the Stanbio Chemistry - Procalcitonin (PCT) LiquiColor Assay, a new rapid test enabling the quantitative determination of PCT in serum samples, EDTA, or lithium heparin plasma samples by latex-enhanced immunoturbidimetric methodology. PCT is a marker for bacterial infection and sepsis and has been recognized as an important adjunct marker in the diagnosis of sepsis. The test provides a precise result that correlates well with established methodology, within 10 minutes and requires only 20 µL of sample. The reagents may be used on almost any liquid-based chemistry analyzer with open-channel capability. Reagent kit, calibrator, and control sets are available separately.

Other products showcased at EKF’s IBMS booth included: B-Hydroxybutyrate (B-HB) LiquiColor Assay for ketosis testing; Glycated Serum Protein (GSP) LiquiColor Assay – a 2-3 week indicator of average blood glucose; Quo-Lab and Quo-Test devices for HbA1c measurement; and Hemo Control hemoglobin analyzer.

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