Advanced Instruments, Norwood, Mass, an authority in osmometry, has released the newest member of its Advanced family of freezing point osmometers, Osmo1, for clinical laboratories that directly draw and test small sample volumes. The new instrument replaces the company’s Advanced 3320 osmometer, currently used in thousands of laboratories in the US and worldwide.

Designed for sample-limited applications, the Osmo1 uses a 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; the process is facilitated by the instrument’s operating cradle, which enables tests to be run directly from the Ease-Eject Sampler, eliminating any loss of sample.

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

The Osmo1 uses the industry-preferred freezing point depression method to deliver results in 90 seconds. It can be used for a variety of clinical diagnostic applications, including critical care, endocrinology, surgery, and urology/renal function testing.

Byron Selman, MBA, Advanced Instruments.

Byron Selman, MBA, Advanced Instruments.

A versatile laboratory instrument suited for any laboratory setting, the Osmo1 also features a dedicated space to hold the newly repackaged Micro-Sample test kit that now includes sampler tips, chamber cleaners, and replacement plunger wire conveniently packaged together.

“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, CEO 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.”

To learn more, visit Advanced Instruments.