HELMED Automated System for IFA
Technical Detail Specification
Slide capacity Similar to ELISA, except solid phase uses nitrocellilose membrane
Test capacity Up to 4 different tests with 4 different substrates and 4 different conjugates per slide
Sample capacity
  • With barcode: up to 120
  • Without barcode: up to 150
Sample tubes
  • Height: 75-100 mm (2.95-3.94 in)
  • Diameter: 13 mm (0.519 in)
Sample microtubes Yes, 2 mL (0.07 fl oz)
Sample identification Built-in multi-type barcode reader for sample detection and identification
Sample and reagent support Customized multi-format extractable racks
Slide support
  • 26.1 x 76.1 mm (1.03 x 2.9 in)
  • 25 and 26 mm (0.98 and 1.02 in) slide thickness within the same run
Sample dilution capacity
  • Free titration ratio programmable from 1:1 to 1:25.600
  • 1-step dilution: 1:1 through 1:160 using a MTP well
  • 2-step dilution: 1:161 through 1:25.600 using MTP wells
Sample dilution capacity
  • Free titration ratio programmable from 1:1 to 1:25.600
  • 1-step dilution: 1:1 through 1:160 using a MTP well
  • 2-step dilution: 1:161 through 1:25.600 using MTP wells
Dilution fluid User choice of wash solution or dedicated diluent solution in the carousel
Positions available for IFA sample dilution 192 (performed in 2 x 96 MTP)
Pipetting station
  • 3 low-carbon stainless steel needles (2 fixed and 1 retractable)
  • The third retractable needle provides an independent reagent pipetting channel
  • One peristaltic pump for aspiration of fluids
  • One peristaltic pump for slide well and MTP well washing
  • One 50 mL syringe (1.69 fl oz)
  • One 1 mL syringe (0.03 fl oz)
Level detection Continuous level tracking by conductivity
Precision
  • CV <3% @ 5 µL
  • CV <1% @ 10 µL
Minimum sample volume pick-up 1 µL
Minimum sample volume required 50 µL
Reagents capacity Several reagent racks can be combined in the outer ring, each of them with capacity for 16 reagent and control bottles
Wash solutions 2 different wash solution
Wash type Free slide and well wash programming (well-by-well wash)
Incubator For slides and MTP programmable from RT to 40°C
Software requirements
  • PC (not included) with 32 & 64 bits compatible processor
  • Runs on Windows Vista, 2000 & XP, Windows 7
  • PC communication port is bidirectional USB
LIS link
  • Uni-directional. HELMED can query LIS to automatically select test & dilution
  • Conforms to ASTM standards
  • Bi-directional with the HELPS+
  • IFA data management software
Modularity Up to 3 HELMED systems controlled by a single PC
Programming User-friendly software interface including an intuitive slide and test designer that supports different slide thickness, different well formats, multiple substrates in the same slide, multiple sample dispensing points, and multiple number of well rows within the same slide
Certifications CE mark and FDA approved
Dimensions
(W x D x H)
57 x 62 x 75 cm (22.4 x 24.4 x 29.5 in)
Weight 25 kg (55.12 lb)
Voltage 100-240 V
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Power
  • Without incubator: 50 W max
  • With incubator: 250 W max

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