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Awareness Technology, ChemWell (Immunoassay 2015)

Awareness Technology, ChemWell (Immunoassay 2015)

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Awareness Technology Inc.
Jamie Raistano (US)
1935 SW Martin Hwy.
Palm City, FL 34990

Name of instrument/First year sold/Where designed ChemWell/1998/U.S.
Country where manufactured/Where reagents manufactured U.S./—
Number of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. 80+/4,350+
Operational type/Model type/Sample handling system batch, random access/benchtop/rack
Dimensions in inches (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint in sq. feet 16 × 34 × 20/4
Tests available on instrument in U.S. unlimited (open system)
Tests not available in U.S. but submitted for clearance
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries unlimited (open system)
Tests in development
Tests not available on other manufacturers’ analyzers
Fully automated microplate system yes
Number of each analyte performed in separate disposable unit up to 12
Number of wells in microplate minimum strip, 8; maximum full plate, 96
Methods supported/Separation methods enzyme immunoassay/coated microwell
Number of different measured assays onboard simultaneously up to 12
Number of different assays programmed, calibrated at once unlimited
Number of user-definable (open) channels unlimited
Number of different analytes for which system accommodates reagent containers onboard at once/Tests per container set 27/assay dependent
Shortest/Median onboard reagent stability/Refrigerated onboard assay dependent/assay dependent/yes (10°C below ambient)
Multiple reagent configurations supported yes
Reagent container placed directly on system for use yes
Reagents bar coded/Information in bar code no/—
Same capabilities when 3rd-party reagents used/Susceptibility to carryover no/zero
Walkaway capacity in minutes/Specimens/Tests-assays assay dependent/96/12
System is open (home-brew methods can be used)/Liquid or dry system yes/liquid
Uses disposable cuvettes/Maximum number stored yes/96
Uses washable cuvettes/Replacement frequency yes/assay dependent
Minimum specimen volume required 2 µL
Minimum sample volume aspirated precisely at once/Minimum dead volume 2 µL/—
Supplied with UPS (backup power)/Requires floor drain no/no
Requires dedicated water system/Water consumption no/—
Noise generated
Has dedicated pediatric sample cup/Dead volume no/—
Primary tube sampling/Tube sizes/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes/12 × 100 mm/no
Sample bar-code reading capability/Autodiscrimination no/—
Bar-code placement per CLSI standard Auto2A
Onboard test auto inventory (determines volume in container) yes
Measures number of tests remaining/Short sample detection no/no
Auto detection of adequate reagent or specimen yes
Clot detection/Reflex testing capability no/yes
Hemolysis detection-quantitation/Turbidity detection-quantitation no/no
Dilution of patient samples onboard/Automatic rerun capability yes/no
Sample volume can be increased to rerun out-of-linear range high results/ Increased to rerun out-of-linear range low results yes/yes
Time between initial result and reaspiration of sample for rerun assay dependent
Autocalibration or autocalibration alert no
Number of calibrators required for each analyte assay dependent
Calibrants can be stored onboard/Average calibration frequency yes/assay dependent
Multipoint calib. supported/Multiple calibs. stored for same assay yes/yes
How often QC required shortest interval: each run; longest: daily
Onboard real-time QC/Support multiple QC lot Nos. per analyte yes/yes
Automatic shutdown/Startup is programmable/Startup time yes/yes/2 minutes
Stat time to completion of β-hCG test assay dependent
Time delay from ordering stat test to aspiration of sample 30 seconds
Throughput per hour for three analytes on each specimen, in number of specimens/Number of tests (cycle time) assay dependent/—
Can auto transfer QC results to LIS/Onboard capability to review QC yes/yes
Data-management capability/Instrument vendor supplies LIS interface onboard/yes (included)
LIS interfaces up and running in active user sites
LIS interface operates simultaneously w/running assays no
Bidirectional interface capability yes (broadcast download and host query)
Interface available (or will be) to auto specimen handling system no
Modem servicing/Can diagnose own malfunctions/ Determine malfunctioning component yes/yes/yes
Can order (via modem) malfunctioning part(s) without operator no
On-site response time of service engineer within 48 hours
Mean time between failures/To repair failures
Average time to complete maintenance by lab personnel daily: <10 minutes; weekly: <10 minutes; monthly: <10 minutes
Onboard maintenance records/Maintenance training demo module no/no
List price/Targeted bed size or daily volume $25,000/up to 500 tests per day
Annual service contract cost (24 hours/7 days) $4,000
Training provided with purchase/Advanced operator training 3 days on site/no
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) ability to perform general biochemistries; optional reagent cooling module
Tabulation does not represent an endorsement by the College of American Pathologists.