MicroScan WalkAway plus System

Engineered for optimal performance and flexibility

The MicroScan WalkAway plus system keeps you on the forefront of ID/AST testing while streamlining workflow through intelligent automation. This microbiology system is ideal for mid- to high-volume usage.

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Your Peers Have Spoken: MicroScan WalkAway Systems Win Again

2019 IMV ServiceTrak Award for Best System Performance in the AST/ID Modality category Laboratory professionals from over 2,000 locations shared their experiences and the results are in. The MicroScan WalkAway family of instruments received the IMV ServiceTrack™ Award for Best System Performance in the AST/ID category—for the second year in a row. Read more about the system to find out why more of your peers reported being highly satisfied with the performance of MicroScan WalkAway systems than with any other AST/ID system.1

ID/AST System Advances for Your Laboratory 

Experience the benefits of proven technology

  • Delivers gold-standard accuracy for microorganism identification and susceptibility testing
  • Enables simultaneous processing of conventional, rapid and specialty panels on a single, automated platform
  • Delivers accurate emerging resistance detection for the toughest pathogens, including VISA, VRSA and MRSA2
  • Supports efficient high-volume testing when paired with the Copan WASP DT: Walk-Away Specimen Processor* and the Bruker MALDI Biotyper system
  • Processes Rapid and Specialty ID panels for reduced turnaround time when speed matters
  • Can be used with our highly rated service program experts who work closely with you to help your microbiology laboratory reach new levels of operational efficiency
  • Provides level-sensing and high-volume fluids to minimize maintenance and enhance ease of use

Achieve greater efficiency

The MicroScan WalkAway plus system includes LabPro Information Manager software designed to simplify workflow and minimize technologist interaction, while accommodating differing regional and institutional environments through extensive customization features. Our customizable LabPro AlertEX software automates detection of atypical results for quick reporting and directs staff to the most appropriate action, based on customized institutional procedures. Optional LabPro Connect software allows you to consolidate data from multiple testing systems on epidemiology reports right in your laboratory office.

The system's direct minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) detects emerging resistance as it occurs, providing accurate results without reliance on historical data or virtual MIC.2



  • WalkAway-40 plus: 29" H x 38.5" W x 34" D; 375 lbs
  • WalkAway-96 plus: 37" H x 38.5" W x 34" D; 400 lbs 
  • Color: Two-tone gray
  • Interface connector: 
    • Serial interface connector (two): daisy-chained RS 232
    • "In" port toward computer, "out" port away from computer

Power Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100/120/220/230/240 VAC selected by internal jumpers
  • Line frequency: 50/60 Hz ±5%
  • Line current:
    • 9 A (nominal), 11 A (maximum) for 100/120 VAC operation
    • 4.5 A (nominal), 5.5 A (maximum) for 220/230/240 VAC operation
  • Power loss protection: Circuitry provided to ensure fail-safe operation; power interruption will not result in a hazard; automatic restart
  • Heat generation: 3,400 BTU/hour


Recommended Laboratory Environmental Conditions

  • Temperature: (operating) 15°C to 27°C
  • Humidity: 30% to 80% RH (no condensation)

Safety Requirements

  • Ground impedance: 0.1 Ω (maximum)
  • Dielectric withstand voltage: No dielectric breakdown (at 1,400 VDC for one minute)
  • Leakage current: <0.5 mA
  • Removable power cord:
    • 3-conductor, 14 AWG (100/120 V)
    • 3-conductor, 16 AWG (220/230/240 V)
  • Interlocks: Provided on panel access door, reagent dispense drawer and service hatch
  • Power plug: NEMA type 5-15P/IEC 60320 type C14
  • Standards: Certified to conform to UL STD 61010-1 (second edition), CAN/CSA STD C22.2 Nos. 61010-1 (2004), 61010-2-081 (2004), 61010-2-101 (2004), ISO 9000, CE, IVDD, EMC STDs IEC61326-1:2005-12, and IEC61326-2-6:2005-12

Overcurrent Protection

  • Fusing: Primary fuses F1 and F2, IEC (5x20 mm size) time lag/slowblow type, 250 V rated, 12 A (100/120 V)/ 6.3 A (220/230/240 V)
  • Light source:
    • Tungsten-halogen lamp, 50 W, 12 V
    • Tungsten-halogen lamp, TL 21⁄2, 15 W, 10.5 V


 2-line, 20-character alphanumeric vacuum fluorescence display

Temperature Control

 Set by computer at 35°C ±1°C


Code 39 standard conformance


  • Panel capacity for WalkAway-40 plus System: 40 MicroScan panels with 96 wells each of any type compatible with the incubator environment; up to eight panel towers with five panels each 
  • Panel capacity for WalkAway-96 plus System: 96 MicroScan panels with 96 wells each of any type compatible with the incubator environment; up to eight panel towers with 12 panels each
  • Incubation temperature stability: ±1°C
  • Reagent type capacity: 10 reagents total
  • Reagent dispense volume (μl): 15 to 75, depending on reagent dispensed
  • Oil dispense volume (μl): 60 to 150
  • Operator interface: Front-panel controls and PC keyboard, monitor and LabPro software

We offer product training courses and guides to give you the skills and knowledge you need to operate your clinical laboratory instruments.

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Microbiology panels

Interactive Tool Discover the Right MicroScan Panels for Your Lab

Your antimicrobial testing needs are unique. Our MicroScan Panel GuIDe helps ensure you get the right solution for your laboratory. Choose the antibiotics, Gram and panel types that support your specific formulary. Our specially designed tool will quickly identify the MicroScan panel options that best meet your criteria.

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Woman in lab coat using DxM MicroScan WalkAway microbiology system

Experience the Benefits of Next-generation Microbiology 

Mid- to high-volume laboratories may benefit by opting for the DxM MicroScan WalkAway system. This new system features laboratory-inspired upgrades such as increased flexibility in reagent bottle handling, enhanced liquid sensing and easy-to-view external LED indicators that show status at a glance. 

Learn more

1ServiceTrak™ Clinical Executive Summary Report for ID/AST Systems, 2019.
2Reference applicable Procedural Manuals for performance characteristics and limitations. Refer to publications for evaluation of performance with emerging resistance.

*WASP is a registered trademark or trademark of Copan Italia SpA. 
MALDI Biotyper is the property of Bruker Daltronik GmbH.