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PathFinder 350D Plus

The PathFinder™ 350D Plus Decapper Sorter is a benchtop robotic workstation designed for the pre-analytical management of incoming sample collection tubes.

The PathFinder™ 350D Plus Decapper Sorter is a benchtop robotic workstation designed for the pre-analytical management of incoming sample collection tubes. It consists of 2 sorter modules on either side of a decapper module.

The system is used for automating the decapping and sorting of sample tubes into different destination racks – either analyser racks (such as those used on various chemistry or immunochemistry analysers), PathFinder™ sample racks or third-party racks (including Hettich centrifuge inserts). The PF350D Plus registers the receipt of incoming tubes and relays this information to the LIS.

Key Benefits

    • Automates repetitive manual processing.
    • Takes away tube processing decision making.
    • Eliminates RSI injuries from manually decapping tubes.
    • Reduces manual handling errors.
    • Reduces biohazard exposure to lab staff.
    • Automatically records and distributes incoming tubes.

Technical Specifications

Wide range of tube types
The PF350D Plus has the ability to decap primary tubes from all major tube manufacturers, be these screw type or plug type caps. Incoming primary tubes of varying sizes are presented in an input rack from where they are transferred to a processing carousel – first for identification and then, if required, for decapping. The tubes, whether decapped or not, are then sorted into various destination racks ready for testing or distribution.

Improved Safety 
Automating the unloading and processing of tubes not only reduces handling of tubes but eliminates RSI injuries from manually removing caps from primary tubes.

Increased Capacity
The PathFinder™ 350D Plus has been designed for higher pre-analytical workloads than the PathFinder™ 350D. It has twice the deck capacity along with a higher sample throughput up to 600 tubes per hour. The extra deck capacity allows for additional input and destination racks, which increases the walk-away time and maximises the overall system throughput.

Tube Bar code alignment
The PathFinder™ 350D Plus has the ability to not only place samples tubes into analyser racks but also to align the tube bar code label on the sample tube with the viewing window in the analyser rack if required.

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“With our PathFinder 350D Pluses, it’s reading the barcodes and sorting them from there. So, the sample’s never going to be put in the wrong place. And we’ve always got a track event to say where it’s actually been.”

– Daniel Head, Assistant Manager, Preanalytical SRA Department at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology

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