Advanced Instruments, Norwood, Mass, has announced the Osmo1, the newest member of the company’s family of freezing point osmometers. Suited for clinical laboratories that prefer to draw and test small sample volumes directly, the device was specifically designed to address the changing needs of today’s busy laboratories. It replaces the Advanced 3320 instrument currently used in laboratories in the United States and worldwide.

Supporting sample-limited applications, Osmo1 uses a small 20 ?L sample size and can measure the osmolality of body fluids, including feces, plasma, serum, sweat, tissue homogenate, urine, and whole blood. Samples are analyzed one at a time, and the entire process is streamlined via an operating cradle that allows the test to be run directly from the Ease-Eject sampler, eliminating any loss of sample.

Osmo1 uses the industry-preferred freezing point depression method to deliver results in 90 seconds. The Osmo1 features a dedicated space to hold the newly repackaged Micro-Sample test kit that now includes the sampler tips, chamber cleaners, and replacement plunger wire in one package.

The instrument redesign also includes an interactive touchscreen, an onboard printer, and a 2D barcode scanner to provide positive sample identification and reduce transcription errors. Data management and transfer can be handled through an onboard printer or by exporting the data using the Ethernet connection or multiple USB ports.

Byron Selman, MBA, Advanced Instruments.

Byron Selman, MBA, Advanced Instruments.

“The Osmo1 was designed with a set of usability, connectivity, and software control features consistent with the demands of today’s overworked, highly regulated laboratories,” says Byron Selman, chief executive of Advanced Instruments. “It represents Advanced Instruments’ commitment to innovation in the field of osmometry, while maintaining the same product quality and reliability. We have expanded the product’s data management and communication features in response to evolving daily requirements in busy laboratories around the world.”

Osmo1 can be used in a variety of clinical diagnostics applications, including critical care and surgery, endocrinology and internal medicine, and urology and renal function.

For more information, visit Advanced Instruments.