Poster from xMAP (Luminex) Vienna Sept 2011: Increasing the number of samples in a multiplexed assay, that is run manually, quickly reveals bottlenecks. This can be the data handling aspect, but commonly it is the operator time required to load and unload the sample plates. A reading step for a multiple analyte experiment on a Luminex 200 can take approximately 30 minutes. Having an operator present for this activity is a waste of resources. This is obviously worse if the operator has to load and unload from multiple Luminex readers.Process Analysis & Automation (paa
) have designed and implemented an automated robotic system that provides a fully open access solution that uses two Luminex 200 units, with the capability to support up to four readers.