Automation Systems manage hematology testing processes.

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Available in 12 configurations, Series LH 1500 helps high-volume laboratories manage pre-analytical sorting, testing and analysis of results, and post-analytical storage. Each includes automation track line to link up to 4 COULTER® LH 750 hematology analyzers or COULTER LH 755 workcells. Systems manage rerun and reflex testing requirements without operator intervention based on programmable decision rules such as age, gender, physician, and location.


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Beckman Coulter Rolls Out Standard LH 1500 Series Systems for Automated Sample Handling, Testing and Post-Analytical Processes

FULLERTON, Calif. (November 15, 2005) - Beckman Coulter, Inc., the world leader in hematology and clinical lab automation, has released 12 standard configurations of its LH 1500 series hematology automation systems. Previously available only as a custom system, the LH 1500 series helps high-volume laboratories manage all hematology testing processes, including pre-analytical sorting, testing and analysis of results, and post-analytical storage. The standardized configurations simplify system ordering, delivery and installation for laboratories. Each of the 12 systems includes an automation track line in various combinations to link up to four COULTER® LH 750 hematology analyzers or COULTER® LH 755 workcells, which feature integrated SlideMaker and SlideStainer modules. All configurations include sample tracking, sorting, automated cassette loading and unloading, and automatic repeat and reflex testing capabilities. The systems manage rerun and reflex testing requirements without operator intervention based on programmable decision rules such as age, gender, physician, location and other criteria. With an LH 1500 series, technologists place samples directly in the inlet module. The tubes are then routed automatically to a connected hematology analyzer via a track system and robotics. After analysis, the tubes are moved from the analyzer and sorted into either an outlet for additional testing or stored in a stockyard module, where they may be easily recalled in response to add-on test requests from physicians. The 12 LH 1500 configurations include the: LH 1520, which features two LH 750 hematology analyzers; LH 1511, with one LH 750 hematology analyzer and one LH 755 workcell; LH 1502, with two LH 755 workcells; LH 1530, with three LH 750 analyzers; LH 1512, with one LH 750 analyzer and two LH 755 workcells; LH 1521, with two LH 750 analyzers and one LH 755 workcell; LH 1503, with three LH 755 workcells; LH 1540, with four LH 750 analyzers; LH 1513, with one LH 750 analyzer and three LH 755 workcells; LH 1522, with two LH 750 analyzers and two LH 755 workcells; LH 1531, with three LH 750 analyzers and one LH 755 workcell; and LH 1504, with four LH 755 workcells. The LH 1500 series also will continue to be available in custom configurations based on specific laboratory needs. In addition, Beckman Coulter's automation family includes the scalable Power Processor, the most widely used clinical lab automation system in the world. The Power Processor performs sample login, cap removal and centrifugation, as well as features optional modules such as the Intelligent Aliquotter, a recapper, various instrument connectors, and a large-capacity refrigerated stockyard, which accommodates up to 3,060 samples, and a non-refrigerated model, which holds 1,020 samples. Beckman Coulter, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes. Spanning the biomedical testing continuum - from pioneering medical research and clinical trials to laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing - Beckman Coulter's 200,000 installed systems provide essential biomedical information to enhance health care around the world. The company, based in Fullerton, Calif., reported 2004 annual sales of $2.4 billion with 64 percent of this amount generated by recurring revenue from supplies, test kits and services. For more information, visit www.beckmancoulter.com or call (800) 352-3433. Please send reader inquiries from this news release directly to: Juan-Carlos Yubero, Marketing Manager, Automation, Beckman Coulter, Inc., 200 S. Kraemer Blvd. Brea, California 92821. Phone: (714) 961-4860. Fax: (714) 961-3825. E-mail: jcyubero@beckmancoulter.com.

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