Chemistry analyzers are among the most versatile of lab tools and used for a variety of applications. While the efficiency of non-automated analyzers depended on the skills of the operator, modern automated analyzers rely on sophisticated hardware and software to analyze bodily fluids for lipid, protein, carbohydrate, and enzyme activity. After processing specimens, these instruments routinely perform processing functions, calculations, monitoring and display functions. Automation extends to the generation of printed reports. Modern automated chemistry analyzers are also linked to lab information systems for easy tracking of tests as well as management of storage and retrieval of specimens when necessary.
Automated chemistry analyzers have revolutionized laboratory operations with benefits such as faster processing times, constant speed, and consistent performance. They have also improved operator safety by reducing the need for excessive chemical handling.
However, these are challenging economic times and clinical and research labs are faced with budgetary constraints. In addition to speed and quality, there is an increased demand for increased consolidation to reduce costs. Modern analyzers therefore come with superior throughput capabilities and can conduct a wide variety of chemistry and electrolyte tests. There are models that have a throughput capacity of more than 800 tests per hour and total sample capacity of 65 samples with continuous loading.
One of the greatest advantages for labs with budget constraints is that quality recertified chemistry analyzers are available. This is equipment that has been repaired and tested to meet original manufacturer specifications. Leading suppliers of laboratory equipment offer these instruments with a warranty and purchase can offer considerable savings.