cobas p 501 / p 701 post-analytical units

The automated archive

  • Designed for customised blood sample archiving
  • Helps laboratory professionals to simplify workflow processes, mornitor sample quality and reduce/minimise operator biohazard exposure
  • Designed for the automated archiving and retrieval of up to 27.000 tubes
  • Reduces time spent on low-value activities like sample archiving, retrieval and sample disposal
  • Laboratory staff can spend more time on value-adding activities

Efficiency, simplicity and security for the modern laboratory

The cobas p 501 and cobas p 701 post-analytical units offer benefits in a number of areas:

Workflow Efficiency

  • Accelerated workflow with automated disposing of samples
  • Connected to cobas® 8100 automated workflow series or cobas® connection modules: direct sample transportation line into cobas p 501 / cobas p 701 post-analytical units for archiving

Reduced complexity

  • Reduction of manual interventions and single tube handling
  • Reduction of labour intensive steps


  • Streamlined and standardised processes with one archive area
  • Automated delivery of samples for add-on testing

Control and security

  • Complete sample and data traceability
  • Reduce risk of biohazard exposure
  • Continuous control of storage conditions and specimen integrity
  • Can be operated as standalone or connected to cobas® 8100 automated workflow series
  • Storage throughput: up to 850 tubes/hour
  • Retrieval throughput: up to 85 tubes/hour (retrieval, without influence on storage throughput)
  • Anytime easy access of samples due to the walk-in refrigerator area
  • Storage capacity:
    cobas p 501: 13,500 tubes
    cobas p 701: 27,000 tubes
  • Retrieval of samples within three minutes after ordering
  • Identification of primary sample tubes
  • Automated storage, retrieval and disposal of sample tubes
  • Selective recapping of tubes for storage
  • Selective decapping of tubes for retrieval


cobas p 312 pre-analytical system
cobas p 512 / p 612 pre-analytical systems
cobas® 8100 automated workflow series
cobas® connection modules (CCM)

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