Modules

Automated modules for pre- and post-analytical phases

Full suite of robotic modules for a safe and speedy workflow

Inpeco has an ever-expanding suite of modules for automating the routine tasks in the Laboratory workflow. Our r&d is daily working on the development of new solutions, often driven by specific requests that we get from the customers. 
Inpeco TLA solutions (FlexLab, Aptio and A3600) are open and flexible automation systems, able to manage the whole analytic workflow, from pre- to post phases: tubes loading, check-in, sorting, centrifuge, decapper, aliquoting, sealer and storage.
Inpeco TLA modular architecture allows for systems integrations and expansions, thus meeting the evolving needs of modern labs

Input Modules

DIFFERENT TUBES
DIFFERENT TUBES

Inpeco TLA can process glass and plastic tubes, of various sizes, with removable caps, pressure caps or plastic screw caps. Some pediatric/microvette tubes with standard adaptor have been already validated for use on the automation system.

TRACK COMPONENTS
TRACK COMPONENTS

The transportation system is composed by standard modules that can be organized to meet the specific needs and various layouts of the labs. Many solutions are available (U-turn T-Turn, Vertical transportation) to create highly customized systems, to match with specific lab purposes (samples workflow optimization, working area organization, ecc..)

VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION
VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION

A very advanced module, the Vertical Transportation Module (VTM) allows for the connection among two different automation systems located in different building floors. This module automatically, safely and rapidly transports the tubes from system to system (for example from the Acceptance room to the Corelab, or from the general lab system to a dedicated specialty room).

Pre-analytical tasks

INPUT MODULES
INPUT MODULES

All Inpeco TLA systems allow for various tube input modalities, depending on the specific needs of the lab; IOM (versatile Input/Output Module for loading, sorting and unloading tubes, STAT dedicated input, non-conformity tubes downloading, etc..), BIM (Bulk Input modality), RIM (Rack Input modality) and Pneumatic Post input

TUBE IDENTIFICATION MODULES
TUBE IDENTIFICATION MODULES
Thanks to a hi-def camera and an advanced software recognition interface, the Tube Identification Module (TIM) can detect the sample ID barcode, the tube type, dimension, cap presence and color - in all Input modules. These data are collected at each tube check-in and areused to verify the proper alignment among tests order and tube type and to direct all process steps. An additional dedicated camera mesures the sample volume immediately after the centrifugation.
DECAPPER
DECAPPER
The Inpeco automation Decapper module allows for the selective removal of screw and pressure caps from different tube types and sizes.
CENTRIFUGE
CENTRIFUGE

The Centrifuge Module automates centrifugation processing, with the possibility to easy set all operating parameters (speed, time, temperature, batch size). The module weights all sample tubes before centrifugation, allowing for the selective detection of tubes containing insufficient sample.

ALIQUOTING
ALIQUOTING

The aliquoting process is completely automated on board of Inpeco TLA. The primary tube which needs to be partitioned in secondary tubes is sent to the Aliquoter Module where the specific number of aliquots is automatically labeled, loaded on track and dispensed with the sample volume determined by the configured test purpose. An advanced Liquid Handling Robot platform allows for the aliquoting process in microtiter plates and microvials for Biobanking and other purposes.

Post-analytical tasks

SEALER, DESEALER AND SECONDARY TUBE CAPPER
SEALER, DESEALER AND SECONDARY TUBE CAPPER

After the analytical processes, the sample tubes can be automatically closed with a special aluminum foil sealed on each plastic tube top. The Sealer Module can process simultaneously different tube types and sizes. The aluminum foil can be automatically removed by Desealer Module, in case of specific needs of rerun. The secondary tubes produced by the Aliquoter can be safely closed with dedicated plastic cap (pressure or screw) for further long term storing or sending out.

STORAGE
STORAGE
Sample tubes storing is completely automated on board of Inpeco TLA. The Storage Modules is available in two different sizes: 9,000 to 15,000 tubes capacity for standard laboratory workload, and high volume capacity (up to 500,000 tubes) for mega-labs workload. Sample storing is done in a protected and refrigerated environment; tubes can be automatically retrieved in any moment, based on possible rerun/reflex rules management.
DISPOSING
DISPOSING

Inpeco TLA manages the sample tube process up to the end of its life. Based on sample type and tests need, the tube is maintained in the automated storing modules for a set time that (defined by the Lab); once the deadline is met, the tube is automatically and safely disposed in the customized laboratory biohazard bins, without any further user intervention.