Most lab equipment is automated these days. Automated processes yield a large quantity of data in short turnaround time. There are many different types of automated chemistry analyzers available to suit the needs of both small point-of-care facilities and high-throughput clinical laboratories with extensive demands. Important factors to consider when choosing an automated chemistry analyzer for your lab:
- Laboratory size and type: Consider the throughput capabilities of the device and whether it is high enough to meet your lab’s expected turnaround time. A STAT mode is crucial for urgent samples.
- Test menu: What are the tests offered and do they meet the requirements of your lab. A large clinical lab that handles multidisciplinary samples would require tests that are different from those of a small pediatric lab.
- Space limitations: If space is a constraint, your lab is better off with a stand-alone benchtop model.
- Future requirements: It is relevant to project the sample numbers that the analyzer can provide during its life as well as the additional tests that your laboratory will be offering within the next few years. You would be better off investing in an analyzer that can meet your potential requirements.
- Budget: Check out a recertified model if your lab has serious budget limitations. Many suppliers of laboratory equipment offer recertified models that are priced less than new but work equally well.
Most chemistry analyzer models come with several customizable functions and options to meet individual lab requirements. A few popular models include the Roche Hitachi 912, Chem Well T and Mindray BS-200.