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Aptio Automation Technical Specifications

Maximize your use of space and staff by customizing a solution that make sense for your laboratory’s workload. Aptio® Automation has been engineered to connect an unlimited number of high-performance modules and diagnostic analyzers and can accommodate multiple tube sizes simultaneously to eliminate the need to standardize tubes. Download comprehensive technical specifications for automation modules.

Input/Output Module (IOM)

  • Provides common location for sample input and output.
  • Enables rapid input and prioritization of STAT samples.
  • Integrates serum, plasma, whole-blood, and urine sample loading.
  • Manages capped/uncapped and spun/unspun samples.
  • Performs automated sample check-in.
  • Returns problem samples (e.g., misread bar code, missing work order, others) to priority lane for attention.
  • Enables operators to quickly retrieve requested samples.

Rack Input Module (RIM)

  • Allows fast sample loading onto system.
  • Supports high sample throughput.
  • Provides walk-away time.
  • Generates availability of IOM for increased sample output and sorting.

Bulk Input Module (BIM)

  • Permits extended walk-away time.
  • Allows quick (bulk) sample loading onto system without first having to place tubes in racks.
  • Accommodates multiple tube sizes simultaneously – eliminates need to standardize tubes.
Aptio TIM

Tube Inspection Module (TIM)

  • Reduces pre-analytical errors by verifying that sample type matches tests ordered by comparing work order, bar code, and cap color and confirms if tube is capped or uncapped.
  • When present, must be installed at all entry points on the track: IOM, BIM, RIM.

Centrifugation Module (CM)

  • Supports high-throughput workflow.
  • Prioritizes STAT sample processing.
  • Provides automatic protection against centrifuge imbalance by weighing tubes individually.
  • Supports multiple centrifuge setups with independent operating parameters including wait times, spin times, spin speed, and temperature. 

Decapping Module (DM)

  • Automates removal of both screw and pressure plastic caps from sample tubes.
  • Increases productivity by eliminating repetitive tasks.
  • Increases safety by reducing manual operations.
  • Decreases risk of sample contamination by means of individual decapping process.

Sample-Volume Detection Module (SVD)

  • Ensures that each sample’s serum/plasma volume is sufficient for total number of tests required.
  • Must be used with or without gel separator in spun, uncapped samples.
  • Returns samples with insufficient volume to Priority Output lane on the IOM for follow-up action.

Sample Mixer Module

  • Provides online mixing of whole-blood samples in original, capped tube for certain assay preparations.
  • Supports custom settings for the number of times a tube is inverted and the speed of the inversion.

Wide-Belt Buffer Module

  • Provides temporary parking of tubes or empty carriers.
  • Queues samples designated for lower-throughput analyzers on first-in/first-out basis.
  • Holds excess empty carriers off the track during low-volume periods.

Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of mid- to high-volume analyzers that help optimize track performance using automation-ready designs and the data-rich flow of information to Aptio Automation’s integrated user interface. Visit the following product web pages to learn more.

 

Immunoassay Systems

Chemistry Systems

Integrated Systems

Hematology System

Hemostasis System

Plasma Protein Systems

Open Connectivity Options

Please consult with your local Siemens Healthineers representative about non-Siemens analyzer interfaces that may be available in your region. The non-Siemens vendor would need to be in agreement to allow connectivity to Aptio Automation. Consult third-party manufacturers and/or vendors for technical requirements associated with non-Siemens instrumentation.

Input/Output Module (IOM)

  • Provides common location for sample input and output.
  • Enables rapid input and prioritization of STAT samples.
  • Integrates serum, plasma, whole-blood, and urine sample loading.
  • Manages capped/uncapped and spun/unspun samples.
  • Performs automated sample check-in.
  • Returns problem samples (e.g., misread bar code, missing work order, others) to priority lane for attention.
  • Enables operators to quickly retrieve requested samples.

Aliquotter Module (AM)

  • Allows the production of multiple secondary tubes (daughter tubes) from a primary sample to be used on off-line analyzers or to be used as send-outs to other departments or external laboratories.
  • Improves operator safety by avoiding manual splitting of the sample.
  • Saves operator time and increases workflow productivity by eliminating manual steps.
  • Avoids sample carryover by utilizing disposable tips.
  • Assigns identical or different sample identifier numbers to aliquots to facilitate continued testing. 

Tube Sealer Module (TSM)

  • Applies foil seal to help maintain sample integrity during storage.
  • Reduces exposure to biohazards by decreasing manual handling.
  • Saves operator time by eliminating manual tasks. 

Storage Retrieval and Disposal Module (SRM)

  • Increases productivity with automated storage retrieval and disposal.
  • Improves operator safety by reducing manual handling.
  • Automates disposal of samples according to their preset time limit.
  • Reduces time to locate and retrieve samples.
  • Fits workload and space requirements with multiple-size modules. 

Desealer Module (DSM)

  • Increases safety by automating tube desealing process.
  • Reduces manual operations for better staff utilization.
  • Supports fully automated reruns, reflexes, and add-on testing requests.

Aliquot Capper Module (ACM)

  • Closes secondary tubes with plastic screw caps to allow transportation to other departments or external labs (send-outs).
  • Reduces manual operations for increased safety, productivity, and better staff utilization. 

Rack Output Module (ROM)

  • Allows fast sample unloading from the system.
  • Supports high sample throughput.
  • Works with multiple tube sizes simultaneously—eliminates need to standardize tubes.

High-capacity Waste Module§

  • Supports bulk accumulation of disposed samples.
  • Allows longer intervals between biohazard disposal.
  • Increases convenience for better staff utilization.

L-Turn, T-Intersection, and U-Turn Modules

  • Allows solution configurations to meet individual laboratory needs.
  • Offers customized, efficient sample workflow.
  • Provides for space-efficient layouts.
  • Helps minimize renovation costs.

Automation Module Divert Lane

  • Reroutes samples as needed to task-oriented modules.
  • Prevents congestion of samples by bypassing module processing that is not required.

 

Rules-based informatics to increase productivity and provide consistent quality**

  • Intelligent routing: test prioritization, tube type, sorting, disposal
  • STAT prioritization
  • Reflex testing criteria
  • Integrated QC
  • Add-on test management
  • One-click sample retrieval
  • Autoverification
  • Exception management
  • Instrument status
  • Module status, and more
Inpeco

Position your laboratory for rapid access to innovation

Aptio® Automation solutions are customized and delivered by Siemens Healthineers and engineered and manufactured by Inpeco. Our collaboration combines expertise in workflow analysis, project management, and ongoing customer support with intelligent clinical diagnostic and automation technologies to help you achieve your business and healthcare goals. This alliance between leaders in their respective fields enables Siemens Healthineers to bring enhanced automation features to market faster—positioning your laboratory for rapid access to innovation.

Inclusive solutions for a rapidly changing healthcare landscape
For nearly two decades, Siemens Healthineers has successfully designed track-based automation solutions that effectively combine clinical disciplines, test methodologies, and analyzer capacities using our portfolio alone. Now, by collaborating with Inpeco, we can provide an expanding range of options in analyzer connectivity and specialty testing. Inpeco has already established numerous interface connections from multiple vendors to Aptio Automation. Please consult with your local Siemens Healthineers representative about non-Siemens analyzer interfaces that may be available in your region.

Customized IT hardware architecture may be required.

§Under development. Not available for sale. Future availability is not guaranteed.

**Some functionality may be subject to LIS capabilities or require CentraLink® Data Management System.

Aptio Automation is manufactured by Inpeco and is exclusively distributed by Siemens Healthcare. Inpeco is a trademark of Inpeco SA.

The products/features (mentioned herein) are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for further details.

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