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Olympus Exhibits New Olympus OLA1500™ Lab Automation System At AABB (Automation for Blood Processing Laboratory)

Orlando - (American Association of Blood Banks Annual Meeting) Oct. 26, 2002.

Adding to its line of timesaving lab automation solutions, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group is exhibiting the new Olympus OLA1500™ automated pre- and post-analytical blood sample processing system at the annual AABB meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Designed to meet the needs of medium to large transfusion services, small donor centers and reference laboratories, the Olympus OLA1500 streamlines workflow and reduces costs associated with sample processing by automating sample identification, decapping, output sorting and archive preparation of sample tubes.

The system sorts, decaps and archives up to 1,500 tubes per hour. It selectively sorts and decaps most sample tube sizes and closures, and automatically sorts sample tubes into most manufacturers' instrument sample racks. Sample tracking enables quick specimen identification and automated cap removal reduces exposure to biohazards and blood-borne pathogens.

For easy use and maximum efficiency, the Olympus OLA1500 uses a Windows NT® operating system, Pentium processor, touch screen user interface and image recognition software.

For additional information about the Olympus OLA1500, please call the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, Immunohematology Systems at 1-800-628-7152, ext. 2681, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympus.com For additional information, please contact Candace Williams, Director/Immunohematology Systems, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at (800) 628-7152, ext. 2681. Fax: (972) 432-9532. Email: Candace.Williams@olympus.com

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems, Olympus' solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity and deliver fast, reliable results.

Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group also offers rapid response technical support nationwide through Olympus Technical Services. Service and support are available to customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by calling 1-800-223-0130. From telephone troubleshooting and remote modem diagnostics…on-site customer training and service for hardware, software, application support…as well as training and field support at Olympus' Irving, Texas facility…Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides comprehensive customer-tailored solutions to ensure maximum system uptime with reliable results.

For additional information about the Olympus product line, and other services, please call the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group at (800) 223-0125, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems; and
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.