BD (NYSE:BDX) introduced its third-generation BD Kiestra total lab automation system.
The next-gen BD Kietstra system includes a new robotic track system that automates lab specimen processing. The result helps reduce manual labor and wait time for results, the company said in a news release yesterday.
Laboratories can create a custom and flexible total lab automation configuration, according to BD. In fact, they can connect multiple BD Kiestra modules, making the system scalable to fit their evolving needs. With multiple track options and a choice of instruments to employ, labs can choose their automation entry point. Then, they configure the system to fit their individual workflow and physical lab space.
“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,” said Cecilia Soriano, VP and GM of Microbiology for BD. “The modular tracks use a sophisticated robotic highway on/off ramp design to help eliminate bottlenecks, traffic jams and plate collisions.”
In addition, it is possible to trace each step of the lab’s diagnostic pathway. BD Synapsys informatics power BD Kietstra to enable integrated workflows and on-demand insights. The system empowers laboratory staff to boost turnaround time, expedite laboratory decision-making, improve productivity, and support compliance requirements, according to the company.
“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,” said Brooke Story, president of Integrated Diagnostic Solutions for BD.