cobas p 480 instrument

Automating your primary via preprocessing steps

The cobas p 480 instrument improves laboratory efficiency by allowing valuable technician time to be used more productively, eliminating repetitive, manual sample handling, improving workflow and reducing risk of contamination, human error and workplace injury.

  • Up to 376 cobas® 4800 system results in 8.7 hours
  • Up to 470 cobas® 4800 system results in 8.5 hours shift

Decapping workflow using one cobas p 480 instrument and two cobas® 4800 systems.

Automated sample handling increases efficiency while reducing repetitive tasks
The cobas p 480 instrument reduces hands-on time and offers a fast, reliable way to manage sample caps while eliminating repetitive motions that can cause injury.

  • General-purpose, stand-alone instrument for automated sample handling
  • Up to 94 specimens per run processed in less than 30 minutes

Automated uncapping of mixed samples

Removes caps from primary tubes for testing on the cobas® 4800 system.

  • cobas® PCR Media tubes
  • SurePath™ containers
  • PreservCyt® containers

Automated recapping

Recaps sample vials with new caps to avoid contamination.

  • cobas® PCR Media tubes
  • SurePath™ containers

Standardised sample handling

  • Automated barcode check and alignment
  • Automated mixing produces consistent sample homogeneity
  • Precision movement reduces the risk of cross-contamination
  • Minimises the potential for human error

Increases laboratory efficiency

  • Simple, user-friendly operation
  • Processes multiple sample types simultaneously
  • Offers the flexibility to support a variety of throughput requirements
  • High-throughput operation allows a single instrument to support more than one analytic system
  • No LIS or data connection required

Replacement caps* ensure a quality seal

  • Protect recapped samples for transport, storage or other testing needs
  • Better seal integrity compared to parafilm or cellophane over pierced or open samples
  • Packaged for easy loading and automated recapping


*PreserveCyt® caps are unavailable at this time.


Improving laboratory efficiency

  • Accepts PreservCyt®, SurePath™ liquid based cytology vials as well as cobas® PCR Media and cobas® PCR Cell Collection Media primary vials
  • Processes four vials simultaneously
  • Intuitive interface requires minimal training
  • High throughput automation allows a single cobas p 480 instrument to support up to two cobas® 4800 systems

Improves sample reproducibility and process reliability

  • Sample chain of custody is assured with primary and secondary vial barcode matching
  • All vials are spun prior to opening to remove potentially contaminating droplets from sample caps
  • Precision pipetting using CO-RE tip, Total Aspirate and Dispense Monitoring TADM and Anti-Droplet Control technologies reduce opportunities for contamination and ensure sample integrity
  • No LIS or data connection required
  • Printable reports capture all sample ID’s, sample error and reagent lot and expiration information

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