Avoid injuries, save time, and increase throughput with semi-automated decapping.

Workplace ergonomics. In broad terms, it’s the science of designing the workplace to help employees perform comfortably so they avoid injury and burnout. In this specific case – it’s about minimizing highly repetitive actions in the lab to decrease occupational injuries, save time, and maximize throughput.

A common issue that creates injury and lost workdays in the lab is a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This is especially true when it comes to highly repetitive manual tasks such as decapping and recapping racks of sample tubes.

Besides the harm this kind of work can inflict on lab workers and the downtime it creates, it also has a negative effect on time and throughput – and could lead to cross contamination from mistakes that come with fatigue.

In whole numbers, the manual act of decapping and recapping a rack of 96 tubes requires 384 twisting movements (2 to open and remove, 2 to ensure closure, per tube) in approximately 14 minutes. Using a semi-automated tool cuts that time to under 4 minutes. And that’s just one rack.

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Think about all the tubes your lab decaps and recaps in one year – and then flash forward: A semi-automated tool can save one worker up to 117 days a year as well as untold injuries. To say nothing of the positive effect it could have on throughput.

Designed for use on a benchtop, the FluidX™ Aperio™ Semi-Automated Vial Capping and Decapping System offers efficient tube capping in labs with medium to high throughput. The Aperio system can cap a single column of tubes in under 10 seconds – and will cap or de-cap a complete rack of 96 tubes in under 2 minutes.

Download our latest whitepaper to read full details on how FluidX Aperio makes quick work of decapping and recapping full racks of sample tubes – and decreases occupational strain and injury.