What does the Autoprep™ or MiniprepPlus™ do?
Both Instruments prepare peripheral blood films on standard microscope slides (1" x 3" or 25mm x 75mm) using the wedge technique. These slides are then stained using a staining protocol, and are then available for viewing and study or reporting using either manual or automated microscopy systems.
Can I use bone marrow or other fluids?
Yes, in limited circumstances.
What is the difference between the Autoprep™ and Miniprep™?
The Autoprep™ has been manufactured since 1995, and is currently in production with several new models under development. The Miniprep™ was in production from 1979 until 1987 when Geometric Data Corp. was closed and absorbed by an affiliate of then Smithkline Beckman Corp. The Miniprep was intergrated into the Autoprep production in 2006 and has since been known as the Miniprep Plus™ since. Autoprep and Miniprep Plus™ are now identical.
What are the actual design differences between the two units?
The Autoprep™ incorporates a "Unibody" design and uses 40% fewer parts. It also incorporates a stainless steel case, a more stable "platen" area for holding the slides in place. The Miniprep uses a 30 year-old design based on continual upgrades or "Kluges", we have found over 7 versions in our 20 year service history of the Miniprep. Both instruments perform extremely well in all types of labs and environments. The newer MiniprepPlus™ incorporates all previous design revisions of Autoprep™ (Unibody, fewer parts) with the smoothness of the old Miniprep. a design breakthrough and patented technology.
Why are they priced differently?
The Autoprep™ and MiniprepPlus ™ are new and come with a one-year warranty. The older Miniprep™ and older Hemaprep™are refurbished devices that may not be suitable for all situations. These units must be disassembled, refurbished, and reassembled. Therefore, these older units can only be warranted for 90 days.
Should I purchase extra glass spreader blades when I purchase either unit?
It is recommended that a five set packet of spreader glass (10 pieces) be purchased with each unit. Each unit comes with one extra set of spreader glass from the factory, and extra "O" rings.
Is changing the replaceable Glass Blades difficult?
No, See the Operators Manual for the proper procedure.
What about the Automated devices?
There are several automated systems made by Coulter, Bayer, Abbott, and Sysmex that perform well. These automated systems are combined with their larger cell counting counterparts and allow staining as well as slide prep for specimens that need to be reviewed. The costs average between $20,000 and $100,000 for these add-on systems. At $800 USD the Autoprep™ or MiniprepPlus™ is an excellent choice for back up or as an accessory to these units.