WASP®: Walk Away Specimen Processor

Automated microbiology specimen processing instrument

WASP® — the Walk Away Specimen Processor — is the only automated instrument that addresses most aspects of microbiology specimen management. Empowered by bioMérieux, you can be sure it meets your unique needs.

  • High standardization and traceability
  • Planting & streaking, plus Gram slide preparation, broth inoculation, and much more
  • Modular system to seamlessly fit your lab and grow with it
  • Flexible: adjusts to your way of working
  • Exclusive bioMérieux services to make the most of your automation

WASP Overview

The WASP (Walk Away Specimen Processor) instrument is the smart solution for truly comprehensive automation – taking you far beyond planting and streaking to address all aspects of pre-analytical automation. WASP is an open platform that automates protocols for high quality processing regardless of container or specimen type, such as swabs, liquid specimens, urine, or feces.

When you combine the Liquid Based Microbiology (LBM™) range with WASP automation, you ensure even more efficient laboratory workflow, improved quality and decreased turnaround time for microbiology testing.

  • Redeploy skilled staff: high autonomy, requires less user intervention
  • Cost & time savings: high productivity (24/7 operation possible), fewer consumables and modular options to grow with your needs
  • High standardization and traceability
  • Hepa filter and camera control ensure safety for the specimen and the user
  • Empowered by bioMérieux: complete service package, including lab performance assessment, training & education, and technology integration to boost your flexibility.

WASP Features

Flexibility without limits

WASP offers a uniquely flexible approach to automated streaking, with versatile protocol options and familiar streaking patterns. While other systems cannot transfer volumes under 10 µl, WASP uses loops of 1µl, 10µl and 30µl, so you can adapt to various sample sizes. Staff retraining is minimal, since the streaking pattern can be customized to suit you – WASP performs different classic patterns that reproduce familiar human gestures. Taken together, this means you can use the combination of loop and streaking pattern that best fits with your lab’s internal procedure for specimen handling to optimize your colony isolation quality. Finally, the loops are reusable – automatically sterilized after use – so they’re more ecological and economical.

We adapt to you. You don’t have to adapt to us.

WASP lets you build your own sample management workstation, customized to your needs. This modular design even grows with you as your needs change, prolonging the life of your investment.

Gram Slide Prep Broth Inoculation Disk Dispensing Twin Loop Urine Turntable
Inoculation of glass slides for Gram stain testing - inoculation, barcoding, barcode reading & reconciliation, fixation Transfer an aliquot of the specimen from a primary vial into an enrichment broth tube and label the tube Automatically place 6 antibiotic paper discs onto plates (up to 4 different dispensers available Streak simultaneously both sides of bi-plates with a dual loop Allows continuous loading of large screw cap containers
Traceable, consistent and quality slide preparation Full traceability Regular spacing of the disks, no risk of contamination Maximized efficiency Higher productivity

WASPLab®: Taking your lab to the next level

WASPLab takes the added value of the WASP automated instrument to the next level. This integrated lab automation system makes the full cycle of specimen and plate processing faster, easier and more reliable.

WASP Specs

Inoculation/streaking tool Traditional reusable nickel chrome loop
Volume for streaking 1µl, 10µl, 30µl
Configurable streaking patterns Yes
Input for media 9 silo carousel (up to 378 plates)
Output for media Sort out carousel with 4 sorting options
Sample capacity Continuous loading of pallets
Sample vortex Yes
Sample centrifugation Yes
Automatic Gram slide inoculation, barcode labeling and dry out of the slide Yes
Automatic broth inoculation Yes
Automatic disk deposit Yes
HEPA filter Yes
WASP dimensions 43.5 in wide x 81.5 in long x 76 in high
WASP weight Approximately 1,300 lbs
GRAM SlidePrep™ dimensions 28 in wide x 23 in long x 49.5 in high
GRAM SlidePrep weight Approximately 221 lbs


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