1. Key Functions and Menu Choices
    • Login of specimen tube into next available slot (with or without bar codes)
    • Quickly and Easily find specimen tube, save 10 or more hours per week
    • Remove specimen tube (read accession number bar code), records operator id
    • Return specimen tube (read accession number bar code) to original slot, records oper id
    • Operator Login / Logout with two levels of security
    • Management Functions
      • Maintenance of system tables, e.g., coded comments, operators, etc.
      • Ability to do batch clear of entire rack or set of racks
      • Rack report, date and time stamp of current contents
      • Backup / Restore on all standard media
      • Rack definition maintenance
      • Modify Container Code Default

     

  2. Design Characteristics
    • Handles duplicate accession numbers, e.g., aliquoted specimens
    • Network ready, users at PC1 can locate specimens stored at PC2, and vice-versa
    • Separation of specimens from different areas of the lab, e.g.,
    • fluids / frozen specimens
    • Flexible rack dimensions, each rack is defined separately
    • Easy to use menuing system
    • Uses any lab computer (PC)
    • Virtually unlimited number of specimens can be tracked
    • Capacity to track specimens for as long as necessary
    • Records operator associated with key operations
    • Provides two levels of identification, e.g., accession number and container code
    • Automatic location of next available slot across racks sequentially

     

  3. Indications for the use of a Specimen Locator Type solution
    • Too much time spent looking for specimens
    • As in a library where the book is always placed back on the shelf so with lab specimens
    • On hand specimen volume exceeds 100,000 specimens
    • Critical need to quickly find all specimens