BD introduces automated robotic track system for microbiology labs

Franklin Lakes-based BD recently introduced a new, robotic track system that automates lab specimen processing — a game-changer that may help to reduce manual labor and wait time for results.

Known as BD Kiestra, the system allows laboratories to create a custom and flexible total configuration to connect multiple BD Kiestra modules and is scalable to meet labs’ unique and evolving needs. With multiple track options and choice of instruments to employ, labs can choose their automation entry point and configure the system to fit their individual workflow and physical lab space.

“The track-based configuration options are designed to eliminate the manual sorting of plates and walking the specimen from module to module, which helps to ensure culture integrity and results in streamlined workflows,” Cecilia Soriano, vice president and general manager of microbiology for BD (also known as Becton, Dickinson and Co.), said. “The modular tracks use a sophisticated robotic highway on/off ramp design to help eliminate bottlenecks, traffic jams and plate collisions.”

From routine specimen processes to advanced incubation, imaging and colony selection for pathogen identification, the workflow can be fully automated and is customizable to fit the physical lab space.

In addition, each step of the lab’s diagnostic pathway is traceable and enable integrated workflows and on-demand insights that help empower laboratory staff to impact turnaround time, expedite laboratory decision-making, improve productivity and support their compliance requirements.