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BD showcases new-generation robotic track system for microbiology labs

US-based Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) has revealed a new-generation robotic track system for its BD Kiestra microbiology laboratory solution, which will automate lab specimen processing, helping to reduce wait times and the need for manual labour.
The third-gen Kiestra Total Lab Automation (TLA) system is customisable and flexible, with multiple BD Kiestra modules.
Labs can select the automation entry point and configure the system according to their individual workflows.
It allows routine specimen inoculation to incubation, imaging and colony selection, using BD’s Synapsys Informatics solution to trace each step of the lab’s diagnostic pathway. The BD’s Synapsys Informatics solution is a life diagnostics information platform designed to aid laboratories.
BD microbiology vice president and general manager Cecilia Soriano said: “The track-based configuration options are designed to eliminate the manual sorting of plates and walking the specimen from module to module, which helps to ensure culture integrity and results in streamlined workflows. The modular tracks use a sophisticated robotic highway on/off ramp design to help eliminate bottlenecks, traffic jams and plate collisions.”
BD integrated diagnostic solutions president Brooke Story commented, “With our 3rd Generation Total Lab Automation System, labs with workflows impeded by room layouts can break free from space and configuration constraints to build the system that best meets their needs today and be ready to expand tomorrow.”