Erba Mannheim Launches Electrolyte Analyser With Maintenance-free Electrodes at MEDLAB …

Many laboratories experience difficulties when using ion-selective electrode (ISE) analysers with traditional electrodes, as the electrodes must be replaced periodically. Failing electrodes can give erroneous results, interrupt workflows and are expensive to replace.To address this problem, Erba Mannheim launches EC 90, a new electrolyte analyser with maintenance-free electrodes in an all-in-one sensor cartridge, aimed at labs of all sizes. The EC 90 directly measures Na , Cl-, K and Ca2 from whole blood, plasma, serum and pre-diluted urine using a sensor incorporating thick film technology.A “plug and play” sensor cartridge is integrated into a new reagent pack capable of performing up to 3,000 samples, with a market leading on-board lifetime of 3 months. No maintenance or cleaning of the pack is required, and waste is self-contained. The EC 90 can analyse samples in 35 seconds, with a typical throughput of 90 samples/hour, and has 35µL and 70µL sample volume measuring modes. Results can be given with a resolution of 0.1mmol/L for Na[ ] and Cl-, 0.01mmol/L for K[ ] and Ca[2 ] and are reproducible with CV< 1%.Small and lightweight (337 x 273 x 422mm,

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