Automated PCR assay setup -Seamless integration with QIAsymphony SP
The QIAsymphony AS is a module that directly interfaces with QIAsymphony SP. Any samples that have been purified with QIAsymphony SP can be automatically transferred to the QIAsymphony AS module for PCR assay setup, a so called integrated run. In order to make sure that the process is fully traceable, a bar code system is utilized, labeling the samples all the way from crude starting material to the final PCR sample. This is enabled by the complete bi-directional data exchange capability between the modules, which also ensures that all the data are fully traceable and available to the user.
Since manual pipetting steps are eliminated, the quality and efficiency of the assays can be ensured even for complex PCR assays that need to be set up on a routine basis. With dedicated software and validated protocols, it is easy to use and allows high-throughput, reproducible workflows at the highest possible quality standards.
Accurate and flexible workflow
The accuracy of the system is additionally ensured by featuring a full temperature control, which actively cools the templates, reagents and reactions mixes. An inventory scan is performed before each run, checking the consumables and liquid levels, reading the bar codes of the reagent cartridges and preventing loading errors. All these functions are combined with features that enhances QIAsymphony flexibility. For example, several different PCRs, like multiplex PCR, pathogen identification, food safety assays or STR tests can be set up during each run and the system can even normalize/dilute the eluates to given target concentrations.