Technological innovation is nothing without human collaboration. That’s why, from the first prototype to the most recent lab to adopt Wasp®, COPAN has solicited input from the Microbiology community. New modules and improvements are a direct result of COPAN’s roots in the Microbiology lab.
Traditional Reusable Loops
Microbiology labs have always used traditional, reusable, metal loops, and so does Wasp®. With 1µl, 10µl and 30µl sizes, Wasp® can plant the inoculum sizes that the lab needs. Other automated systems use pipet tips, which can clog with viscous samples or floating particles and cannot transfer volumes less than 5µl, and the difference is clear.
Automatically Open and Close Specimens, and Perform All Specimen Processing Tasks
Wasp® automatically opens the sample and recaps. In order to minimize user intervention, the Wasp® is equipped with modules to perform all upfront specimen processing, including planting and streaking, Gram slide preparation and broth inoculation, Kirby Bauer and ID disk application without user intervention or manual labeling.
The Wasp® loop and tool change system allows it to automatically switch between 1µl, 10µl or 30µl loops depending on specimen type. Samples can be loaded continually onto the instrument without batching, and the container grippers and decappers adjust automatically to any specimen container type. Load, and walk away!
Classic Streak Patterns
Microbiology lab staff have been reading the same classic streak patterns for years. Wasp® uses a library of classic streak patterns honed by years of expertise in reading plates. Wasp® also allows users the freedom to independently program custom patterns! These classic streak patterns mean that there’s no need for staff retraining due.
Open Platform for All Specimen Types, Sample Containers and Plated Media*
Wasp® automatically plants and streaks most specimen types in almost any plastic container.
- Body fluids
- Pre-enrichment broths
Wasp® has a nine silo media carousel, which can hold any manufacturers plated media (up to 370 plates).
Automatic Loop Check
The automatic loop check guarantees delivery of sample onto the culture plate, as well as the integrity and accuracy of the loop. If the sample is not visible in the loop, the system will attempt to obtain a sample two more times, moving the loop lower into the container each time. If no sample is detected, the container is sent to a rejection bin making specimens with non-sufficient volume very easy to find by the Technologist.
Standard Swabs and Solid Samples
While COPAN strives for a liquid-based specimen approach in the Microbiology lab, with products like ESwab®, Snot Buster™ and FecalSwab™, sometimes solid samples and traditional wound swabs cannot be avoided. WASP® is easily programmed to handle these samples with minimal user interaction.
Standard Linear Bench Top Design and Individual Specimen Handling
The Wasp® is designed like a standard Microbiology bench. Specimens are never open next to each other. With no racks of open containers, there is no risk of cross contamination.
Barcode Driven System and Simple Intuitive Software
The barcode-driven system reduces errors, improves accuracy of specimen processing, and eliminates transcription and transposition errors. Intuitive software and touchscreen commands make all operations fast and simple, minimizing hands on time.
COPAN has integrated Wasp® with all major LIS providers using a bi-directional or uni-directional interface.
State-of-the-Art Technology Driven by COPAN’s Unique Resources and Expertise
The Wasp® system was conceived, designed, built and is supported by the COPAN Group, which has a unique and broad range of assets that include an in-house microbiology team, experts in robotics and automation, mechanical and software engineers. Users have total confidence and peace of mind of COPAN’s in-depth knowledge of clinical microbiology and the demands for a reliable and fully automated specimen processing. All knowledge and experience is in-house and never outsourced.
*In order to grant the reliability of the diagnostic results to which WASP® and WASPLab® contribute and allow the safe and correct functioning of the system, spare parts, consumables and technical support must be provided by Copan (or by our authorized distributors); above all, any third party’s containers and culture plates to be used on WASP® and WASPLab® instruments must be approved by Copan.