Siemens recently announced that it has joined forces with industry leader Inpeco to build a customized ‘lab of the future’ for Quest Diagnostics in Marlborough, MA. According to the terms of this exclusive contract, Siemens Healthcare and Inpeco will be responsible for automating the new clinical laboratory which will be the first comprehensive automation solution Quest Diagnostics has deployed in one of its major regional laboratories in the United States.
This one-of-a-kind lab of the future is expected to become fully functional in the second quarter of 2015. The new facility will enhance and automate Quest’s entire manual workflow by making it a continuously operating laboratory plant. One of the main features of this automation solution is a 200-meter high-speed track, one of the largest ever built. A state-of-the-art technology-driven process will facilitate sample flow through processing, testing and storage. Other advantages of this innovative lab include
- Ability to process thousands of blood samples in an hour
- Fully integrated, customized data-management software
- Supports Quest’s Six Sigma quality goals
- Faster and more consistent turnaround times
- Enhanced operational efficiency
“Imagine the power of the combination of Siemens’ expertise in clinical and workflow excellence, Inpeco’s capabilities in laboratory automation, and Quest’s leadership in laboratory testing”, said Franz Walt, CEO, Chemistry, Immunoassay, Automation and Diagnostics IT Business Unit, Diagnostics Division, Siemens Healthcare. “The automation solution that we are creating will be one of the most sophisticated in the industry, and not only benefit Quest, but help to drive innovation forward as we strive to deliver diagnostic solutions that ultimately advance human health”.
Siemens Healthcare helps healthcare providers deliver better quality of care with its vast array of medical technologies. In addition to DNA analyzers, blood gas analyzers, hematology analyzers, Siemens offers immunoassay, chemistry, molecular and urinalysis systems. Incorporating world class automation, informatics and services, Siemens products are designed to meet the needs of laboratories of any size. The company’s technological edge will surely help it deliver, in conjunction with Inpeco, a total lab automation solution tailored to Quest’s needs.