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 working every day on the development of new solutions, often driven by specific requests from 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: tube loading, check-in, sorting, centrifuge, decapper, aliquoting, sealer and storage.
Inpeco TLA modular architecture allows system 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. More than 360 different tubes have already been validated for use on the automation system, among which BD, Greiner, Sarstedt,  Vacutest Kima, Kabe, Qiagen and FL Medical ones - on top of some pediatric/microvette tubes with standard adaptor.

TRACK COMPONENTS
TRACK COMPONENTS

The transportation system consists in 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 (sample workflow optimization, working area organization, etc.)

VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION
VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION

The Vertical Transportation Module (VTM) - a very advanced module - allows to connect two different automation systems located on different floors in a building. 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 various tube input modalities, depending on the specific needs of the lab, such as IOM (versatile Input/Output Module for loading, sorting and unloading tubes, STAT-dedicated input, unloading of non-conforming tubes, etc.), BIM (Bulk Input modality), RIM (Rack Input modality) and Pneumatic Post input.

TUBE IDENTIFICATION MODULES
TUBE IDENTIFICATION MODULES

Thanks to a high-definition 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 are used to verify the proper alignment among test order and tube type and to direct all process steps. An additional dedicated camera measures the sample volume immediately after centrifugation.

DECAPPER
DECAPPER
The Inpeco automation Decapper module allows to selectively remove screw and pressure caps from tubes of different types and sizes.
CENTRIFUGE
CENTRIFUGE

The Centrifuge Module automates centrifugation processing, with the possibility of easily setting all operating parameters (speed, time, temperature, batch size). The module weighs all sample tubes before centrifugation, allowing to selectively detect tubes containing insufficient sample.

ALIQUOTING
ALIQUOTING

The aliquoting process is completely automated on board Inpeco TLA. The primary tube which needs to be divided into 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 to aliquot 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 simultaneously process different tube types and sizes. The aluminum foil can be automatically removed by the Desealer Module if a re-run is specifically needed. The secondary tubes produced by the Aliquoter can be safely closed with a dedicated plastic cap (pressure or screw) for further long-term storing or sending out.

STORAGE
STORAGE
Sample tube storing is completely automated on board Inpeco TLA. The Storage Module is available in two different sizes: 9,000 to 15,000 tube capacity for standard laboratory workloads, and high-volume capacity (up to 500,000 tubes) for mega-lab workloads. Sample storing is done in a protected and refrigerated environment and tubes can be automatically retrieved in any moment, according to possible rerun/reflex rule management.
DISPOSAL
DISPOSAL

Inpeco TLA manages the sample tube process up to the end of the tube’s life. Based on sample type and testing needs, the tube is kept in the automated storing modules for a set time (defined by the Lab). Once the deadline has passed, the tube is automatically and safely disposed of in the customized laboratory biohazard bins, without any further user intervention.