Modular solutions for pre- & post-analytics

Modular solutions for pre- & post-analytics

HSS 1625 – The efficient and flexible High Speed Sorter

• Sample accesioning
• Decapping
• Sorting into analyser racks
• Decapping after analysis
• Sotring tubes into archiving racks
• Pre- and post-analytics in one compact system
• High throughput of up to 1,200 tubes/hour
• Compatible with most racks or carrier types
• Barcode reader & camera for tube identification
• Recapping with archiving push cap or screw cap
• Retrofitting of decapper or recapper modules is possible
• Recapping Sarstedt tubes of 13 or 15 mm diameter with screw caps

At a throughput of up to 1,200 tubes/hour, the HSS is ideally suited for rapid and efficient sorting of sample tubes before they are placed into analyser systems.

Depending on the sample material, centrifuged or noncentrifuged tubes are placed directly onto the HSS feeder platform in their respective racks.

The HSS registers the barcode and cap colour, opens the sample tubes according to the respective workstation and sorts them into the specified rack types (e.g. Abbott, Beckman, Roche, Siemens etc.) for analysis.

After routine analysis, the tubes can be sorted or taken directly from the analyser racks, recapped and transferred to archiving racks.

The standard layout designed for one configuration of carriers can be easily and completely modified with a FlexPlate,  enabling the use of a variety of source and target carriers for routine or archival processing.

Sample distribution system PVS 1625

• Full function pre- and post-analytical system
• Ideal in combination with any analytical platform
• Modular configuration according to customer needs with:
              o Loading platform and/or Bulk Loader
              o ID Module
              o Decapper
              o Recapper
              o Aliquoter
              o Sorter
• For all common tube types
              o 13–16 mm diameter
              o 65–100 mm length
• Compatible with most racks or carrier types

The PVS 1625 is a tailor made automation system for pre- and post-analytical processing of samples. It is able to handle any kind of rack and tray type. As an open system, it is complementary to any analytical platform or can be used independently.

Loading of unracked or racked sample tubes is via the Bulk Loader or in racks via the loading platform,  which is suitable for closed and open tubes.

ID modules for reading barcodes, identifying tube types via camera and detecting the fill level are available.

Barcoded secondary tubes are prepared and the requested volume is dispensed at the Aliquoter. No more sample mix-ups will occur and the available volume will be used in the most efficient way.

There are two versions of recapper modules for archiving or for sending samples. Tubes are either closed with an archiving cap (all diameters from 13–16 mm) or with a screw cap (Sarstedt tubes with a diameter of 13 or 15 mm, e.g. S-Monovette®).

Function modules – The choice is yours

Sample loading

Closed samples are loaded by feeding them into the Bulk Loader module. Just dump the specimen tubes into the bulk loader – no sorting or handling required.

Bulk Loader

Alternatively, open or closed sample tubes can be placed in any rack or tray on the loading platform and fed into the system from there. 

Linear racks


Platform (example)

Using the FlexPlate provides the maximum number of options for sample carriers.


Each tube must be identified by the barcode for targeted sample distribution. The barcode can also contain information about the type of sample material. Lastly, the tube type plays an important role to ensure trouble-free processing. ID modules are available with a variety of functions to read the barcode, identify the tube type via a camera and determine the filling level.

• Barcode
• Tube type
            o Length
            o Diameter
            o Cap colour
• Filling Level


The decapper module opens screw cap and stopper tubes. All tubes from 13–16 mm in diameter and 80–110 mm in length (including the cap) are processed in a mixed operation without pre-sorting (different sizes upon request). The stoppers and screw caps are safely removed and hygienically disposed of.

• Stopper cap
• Screw cap

DC 1200 – キャップ外しモジュール


The aliquoter prepares barcoded secondary tubes and dispenses the required volumes into them. Sample mix-ups are eliminated and the available sample amount will be used in the most efficient way. See information on page 28 regarding available secondary tubes.

Sampling from a primary tube (PVS1625)


There are two versions of recapper modules available. Tubes are either closed with a universal stopper for all diameters from 13–16 mm, or with a screw cap for Sarstedt tubes (e.g. S-Monovette®) with a diameter of 13 or 15 mm.

Screw cap (RC 1200 S)
Archiving cap (RC 1200 S)


The sample tubes are sorted according to analysis requests from the LIS (laboratory information system) or according to strict distribution rules, e.g. cap colour. All existing rack and carrier systems can be used (see also FlexPlate). For the Bulk Loader BL 2000, tubes are sorted into bins for individual working areas.

Sorting platform (BL 1200)
Bins (BL 2000)

Tubes sorted for archiving are recorded with the tube ID, position and time stamp. Complete sample tracking enables immediate access to all samples.

HCTS 2000 MK2

HCTS 2000 MK2

Systematic Workflow

Systematic Workflow

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