AutoMate 2500 Family Sample Processing Systems

High-impact pre-and post-analytical laboratory automation

When you need to improve efficiency, turn to the AutoMate 2500 family of sample processing systems. The AutoMate 2500 family features Intelligent Sample Banking (ISB) software to deliver an automation system that fits your laboratory’s unique needs. The AutoMate family of sample processing systems allows you to streamline pre- and post-analytical processes to help you gain optimal performance and use of resources, eliminating steps between sample receipt and analysis. ISB enhances your automated solution by enabling you to build and manage a sample bank with maximum efficiency and security and increased control over sample traceability.

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Advanced capabilities

  • Minimize manual handling with automated sample loading and sorting
  • Simplify measuring with through-the-label sample volume detection
  • Enable fast processing with sorting speeds of 800–1,200 tubes per hour
  • Reduce manual sample preparation errors and ensure faster, more accurate secondary tube preparation with intelligent aliquoting* and tube labeling
  • Experience ease of use with intuitive software
  • Transfer sample to archiving safely and conveniently with recapper technology

Single point of entry

  • Manage sample tubes from entry into the laboratory until archiving
  • Re-sort samples for pending test routing or for storage when samples have volume remaining
  • Sort STATs to separate locations
  • Provide sorting flexibility with up to 24 dynamically configurable rack locations
  • Unload and load instrument-specific racks

Tube inspection unit cap color recognition

  • Validate sample type against test ordered to prevent errors with cap color analysis 
  • Detect the newest generation of coded caps

Volume determination

  • Gain better sample control with automated measurement of each sample’s volume prior to dispensing into aliquot tube or for storage
  • Ascertain whether all aliquots can be created through automated measurement of plasma or serum volume
  • Allow infrared volume detection of up to three layers of labels on the tube with read-through labels


  • Process up to 900 total samples per hour
  • Create up to seven aliquots per primary tube
  • Measure filling level accurately through conductive tips with graphite fraction
  • Transfer the proper volume for samples with single or multiple tests
  • Prioritize aliquots to ensure most critical samples are created first, if sample volume is minimal
  • Detect clots and route clotted samples for manual processing

Sorting to sample racks

  • Sort to generic 50-tube racks or analyzer racks to accommodate transfers to instruments, other laboratory sections or send-out test requirements through an open system architecture
  • Create up to 150 sorting locations by subdividing 1,200-sample capacity and up to 24 generic racks
  • Freely define and dynamically configure drawers; select the standard 50-position rack or instrument-specific racks
  • Re-sort samples from personality racks after analysis, either to next analyzer or sample storage; determine routing by duration or user-defined destination



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Sorting Rate:

  • AutoMate 1200: 800 samples/hour
  • AutoMate 2500: 1,200 samples/hour

Aliquotter*(1+1 aliquot):

  • 600 samples/hour (300 primary, 300 secondary)
  • AutoMate 1250: 700 primaries with 10% aliquoted to a daughter tube
  • AutoMate 2550: 900 primaries with 10% aliquoted to a daughter tube

Sample Container Sizes

Processes tube sizes from 10.5-17 mm in diameter; 70-110 mm in height (with cap)

Environmental Requirements

Heat Output:

  • AutoMate 1200/2500: 1,030 BTU/hour
  • AutoMate 1250/2550: 1,480 BTU/hour

Room Temperature: 18-32°C (64-89°F)

Relative Humidity: 40-80% non-condensing

LIS Integration

LIS Interface: Dynamic download or host query


  • AutoMate 1200/2500: 480 kg (1,058 lbs)
  • AutoMate 1250/2550: 720 kg (1,587 lbs)
Thanks to the ISB software, we have started to build our sample bank very quickly on the AutoMate 2500 family system in our laboratory without any worries. We have put the sample bank as a major component of peri-analytics on AutoMate, which has enabled us to optimize workflow and ensure this mandatory task is completed.

The system provided by Beckman Coulter is not operator-dependent. Risks associated with aliquoting and patient demographics are eliminated because the processing and data transfer is fully automated.
Jean-Francois Gayrel & Eric Viala
Biologist and Laboratory Manager & Manager of Hub Laboratory
Interlab 81 – Val de Caussels, Albi (Tarn – France)
*Optional feature (only available for AutoMate 1250 and AutoMate 2550).