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Throughput and Flexibility Maximized with Choice of Two Olympus OLA2500™ Lab Automation Models

Orlando, FL, July 26, 2005 - Olympus now enhances productivity in medium- to high- volume laboratories with two automation systems, the OLA2500™ Lab Automation System and the new OLA2500™ High Speed Sorter.

As a front-end sample processor, the OLA2500 saves time and labor during pre- and post- analytical sample processing. It decaps, aliquots, and sorts multiple sample tubes to any analyzer rack, saving time and labor, and reducing sample handling errors. In addition, it can handle a wide variety of tube sizes and types including screw caps and rubber stoppers. In a standard configuration, the OLA2500 can process as many as 650 tubes per hour.

The OLA2500 High Speed Sorter provides high speed decapping, sorting and archiving at a maximum throughput of 1,200 tubes per hour, making it one of the fastest systems available in the market place.

Both systems are designed to be modular, enabling a wide variety of laboratories to use the systems and grow with the OLA technology while addressing staffing shortages and other demands for productivity gains. Using a Windows® 2000 operating system, Pentium® processor, touch screen graphic user interface and image recognition software, the system is user-friendly and intuitive to operate.

For additional information about the OLA2500 Laboratory Automation System and OLA2500 High Speed Sorter, contact Hiroshi Sekiya, Senior Product Manager, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at 1-800-628-7152, extension 2636.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, comprehensive patient safety systems, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, enhance patient safety, maximize productivity, and deliver fast, reliable results.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.