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Olympus Announces Release of New Laboratory Automation Solution

Features automatic aliquotting, high throughput performance.

Melville, N.Y. (March 18, 2003) - Olympus America Inc. today unveiled a next generation version of its Olympus OLA2500™ laboratory automation solution, the high performance system designed for use within medium to high volume clinical labs and sample processing departments.

The modular Olympus OLA2500 features advanced aliquotting and pre- and post-analytical sample processing capabilities. As a front-end sample processor, the system automatically decaps, aliquots and sorts tubes to any analyzer sample rack- saving time, labor and eliminating sample handling errors. The Olympus OLA2500 utilizes an on-board digital imaging system to check sample volume as well as identify tube size, cap type and color.

As a modular system, the Olympus OLA2500 can be configured for expanded capability to keep pace with individual lab needs and growth. In a standard configuration, the system typically processes as many as 650 tubes per hour, making it ideal for peak workload periods in medium and high volume labs. The system handles a wide variety of sample tube sizes including screw caps, rubber stoppers and aluminum seals.

The new Olympus OLA2500 uses a Windows® 2000 operating system, Pentium® processor, graphic user interface and image recognition software. It also comes with a high-reliability touch screen and membrane switch for easier man-machine interface.

For additional information about the Olympus OLA2500, please call Hiroshi Sekiya, Senior Product Manager, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at 1-800-628-7152, ext.2636, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems, Olympus' solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity and deliver fast, reliable results.

Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group also offers rapid response technical support nationwide through Olympus Technical Services. Service and support are available to customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by calling 1-800-223-0130. From telephone troubleshooting and remote modem diagnostics…on-site customer training and service for hardware, software, application support…as well as training and field support at Olympus' Irving, Texas facility…Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides comprehensive customer-tailored solutions to ensure maximum system uptime with reliable results.

For additional information about the Olympus product line, and other services, please call the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group at (800) 223-0125, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems; and
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use.