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Cutting-Edge Lab Automation System Supports High-Volume Needs and Provides Faster Results

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 19 Dec 2023
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Image: The GLP systems Track is a total laboratory automation solution that meets high-volume needs (Photo courtesy of Abbott)
Image: The GLP systems Track is a total laboratory automation solution that meets high-volume needs (Photo courtesy of Abbott)

A new, innovative automation solution for clinical labs featuring smart technology can boost lab performance and flexibility, reduce turnaround time, and eliminate 80% of manual steps, thereby increasing reliability and minimizing errors to provide quicker lab results

Abbott’s (Lake Forest, IL, USA) GLP systems Track is a cutting-edge technology and scalable automation solution that helps laboratories meet high-volume demand and maximize productivity. This system introduces innovative features that boost safety, productivity, and capacity to meet increasing laboratory demands. The flexibility of the GLP systems Track is a standout feature, offering laboratories the ability to tailor the system’s configuration to their specific requirements. A key innovation in this system is the CAR, a smart, self-propelled single sample carrier, which allows samples to move independently, not attached to rigid, fixed mechanized track systems. This innovation minimizes mechanical breakdowns that could halt operations, ensuring continuous functionality and adaptability to the lab's evolving needs.

Laboratory results influence up to 70% of medical decisions, and Abbott’s GLP systems Track significantly enhances healthcare quality by automating laboratory processes and aiming to reduce healthcare costs. Its state-of-the-art technology streamlines and simplifies lab tasks. This automation solution transforms sample sorting and transportation, allowing for automatic sample movement throughout the system. It is tailored to meet each lab's unique requirements, effectively managing demand and boosting overall output. The system integrates seamlessly with lab staff workflows, enhancing efficiency and safeguarding lab worker health by reducing direct contact with patient blood samples and lessening exposure to biomedical waste. Capable of handling up to 25,000 test tubes daily across various care settings, this system improves patient test result turnaround times. It also aids in decreasing operational expenses and minimizing manual errors. Abbott's GLP systems Track has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now available in the United States.

“We know that our customers are seeking flexibility and scalability in their laboratory operations so they can meet ever-growing demand,” said Louis Morrone, executive vice president for Abbott’s core diagnostics business. “GLP systems Track addresses those needs, enabling labs to increase performance and improve the overall quality of their operations.”

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