Infectious Disease—WASP Laboratory

ARUP Laboratories’ Bacteriology Laboratory brought on a second WASP (Walk-Away Specimen Processor) and connected both via conveyor track to three smart incubators, forming the WASPLab. WASPLab moves samples from front-end processing to automated incubation. Within high-capacity incubators, the system places plates on individual shelves to ensure correct temperature conditions. The WASPLab likewise removes plates from the incubator at set intervals, in order to record high-resolution images of culture growth. A technologist can then view those digital images on a computer at an analysis workstation. This automation will bring new efficiencies and shorter turnaround time. Take a look!