The BWB AFHS

The next generation of automation

Simple, robust & reliable Automated Fluid Handling System that works seamlessly with BWB’s range of
Flame Photometers.

 

BWB customers rely on our instrumentation that may run throughout the day processing tens or even hundreds of samples. Until now this operation has been a manual process and requires an operator present to introduce each sample. Many organisations are striving for greater efficiency and automation of their laboratory processes and in response BWB have a solution. The new Automatic Fluid Handling System (AFHS), which for the first time offers fast, reliable and effective automation
of the flame photometry process.

New “Auto Read” Technology is the foundation for automation
The goal of an automated system is to perform tasks accurately, reliably and autonomously without the need for human intervention. By clever software/firmware handling of the input from our multiple channel detectors, stability of readings are analytically determined and no longer a subjective user decision. 

Printer
This ultra reliable thermal printer sits atop the main flame photometer enclosure for footprint reduction in valuable lab space. The printer is supplied with print stock derived from recycled paper, has a 10 year shelf life and comes with soy based ink as standard.


The dimensions of the unit were also designed to offer compatibility with standard calculator print paper available globally from any high street.

Autosampler
The BWB auto sampler is available as an optional extra for all the latest models of the BWB flame photometer.

Autodiluter
BWB has introduced an operator configurable 1:6 to 1:100 auto-diluter for the latest models of the BWB flame photometer.

FEATURES

 

  • BUILT AROUND BWB’S PROPRIETARY “AUTO READ” TECHNOLOGY 
     

  • “IRS” (INTERNAL REFERENCE STANDARD) AVAILABLE 
     

  • COMPATIBLE WITH ALL 2014 AND FORWARDS BWB FLAME PHOTOMETER MODELS 
     

  • 5 USER SELECTABLE TRAY CALIBRATION CORRECTION POINTS
     

  • USER SELECTABLE DILUTION RATIO
     

  • PURPOSE BUILT AUTO DILUTER 
     

  • ON DEMAND PRINTING OF KEY ANALYSIS DATA WITH BWB’S INTEGRATED PRINTER
     

  • A SINGLE SHARED POWER SOURCE FOR THE AUTO SAMPLER AND AUTO DILUTER
     

  • UP TO 89 SAMPLES 
     

  • INTERCHANGEABLE SAMPLE TRAY
     

  • ADDITIONAL SAMPLE TRAYS AVAILABLE FOR 1ML & 3ML SAMPLE CUPS
     

  • LARGE STOCKS OF SAMPLE CUPS HELD FOR SAME DAY DISPATCH TO PREVENT DELAYS

BWB BIO with AFHS Technical Data

Sample rate 

4ml/min
 

Tubing materials 

Translucent PTFE and Tygon®  

Amount of fluid used per sample
based on dilution ratios, 

DR1 – 5ml
DR10 – 0.5ml 

DR100 – 0.05ml
 

Specificity 

Na/K/Li = <0.5% to each other when
equal in concentration at <100ppm
 

Required desk space for Instrument  

50cm (H) x 65cm (W) x 63cm (D)

*BIO Flame photometer with BWB Recommended set up positioning. For Safety reasons the Flame photometer requires 1m of unobstructed space above to allow dissipation of heat from the chimney.
 

Instrument size 

BIO Flame Photometer
51cm (H) x 38cm (W) x 41cm (D)
(20in x 14in x 16in)
 

Auto Diluter
30cm (H)  x 30cm (W) x 43cm (D)*
(12in x 12in x 17in)
 

Auto Sampler
30cm (H)  x 18cm (W) x 11cm (D)**
(12in x 7in x 4in)
 

Shipping
62cm (H) x 55cm (W) x 47cm (D) x 2 boxes
(24in x 22in x 19in)

*Inclusive of Cannula operating arm.
** Excluding Dilution Reservoir. 

 

Weight 

BIO Flame Photometer – 15.3kg
Auto Diluter – 3.75kg
Auto Sampler – 6.9kg
 

Shipping
BIO Flame Photometer – 25kg
AFHS unit – 17kg 

 

Optimal range

Multi-point calibration

Na – 0.2 – 300mmol/l*

K – 0.2 – 200mmol/* 

Li – 0.2 – 20mmol/l*

Ca – 1 – 20mmol/l*

*With required Dilution Ratios
 

Reproducibility 

<1.5% Coefficient of variability for 10 consecutive samples within optimal range.
(After instrument stabilisation).
 

Limit of detection (LOD) and
limit of quantification (LOQ) displayed 

LOD                                 LOQ        

Na – 0.0013mmol/l       Na – 0.0043mmol/l 

K – 0.0005mmol/l         K – 0.0013mmol/l 

Li – 0.003mmol/l           Li – 0.0072mmol/l 

Ca – 0.0075mmol/l       Ca – 0.025mmol/l 
 

Time to stability 

Less than 15 seconds after sample
is introduced into the flame

Single sample time  

With Auto Diluter: 130 Seconds including Sample Preparation, Acquisition and flush 

Without Auto Diluter: 80 Seconds
including Acquisition and flush

Amount of samples measured per hour 

With Auto Diluter: 25
Without Auto Diluter: 40

Ions measured
Serum Na and K or Li and Ca
Urine Na and K or Li and Ca
 

Dilution reservoir size
2.5L with inbuilt low level control 
Optional 5L tank available

Amount of samples per
dilution reservoir

2.5L – 120*       5L – 240*

*dependant on idle times between traysand sample
set-ups. 

Amount of samples per tray
89 with additional interchangeable trays
to speed up sampling time. 
 

Calibration concentrations 

URINE    

Point 1                Point 2               Point 3
Na 25mmol/l     Na 50mmol/l     Na 100mmol/l
K   25mmol/l      K   50mmol/l     K   100mmol/l
Li   2.5mmol/l    Li   5mmol/l       Li   10mmol/l
Ca 2.5mmol/l     Ca 5mmol/l       Ca 10mmol/l

Point 4                 Point 5    
Na 200mmol/l    Na 300mmol/l    
K   150mmol/l    K   200mmol/l    
Li   15mmol/l     Li   20mmol/l    
Ca 15mmol/l      Ca 20mmol/l    

SERUM    

Point 1                Point 2                Point 3
Na 120mmol/l   Na 130mmol/l   Na 140mmol/l
K   3mmol/l        K   4mmol/l        K   5mmol/l
Li   0.5mmol/l    Li   0.5mmol/l    Li   1mmol/l
Ca 1.5mmol/l     Ca 2mmol/l        Ca 2.5mmol/l

Point 4                Point 5    
Na 150mmol/l   Na 160mmol/l    
K   6mmol/l        K   7mmol/l    
Li   1.5mmol/l    Li   2mmol/l    
Ca  3mmol/l       Ca 3.5mmol/l
 

Recommended minimum warm up
time based on ambient temperature

21°C – 40 minutes     
    

Power requirements 

100V – 250V AC at 50 or 60Hz
 

Fuel requirement 

Propane, Butane or Natural Gas*
regulated to 19Bar. Flow rate of 0.4l/min

*with modifications. BWB Technologies recommends either Propane or Butane for optimum results. 
 

Readout

LCD, four line, alpha numeric, back lit.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

 

  • PC Leads USB and RS232

  • Power lead to suit your region

  • Gas Hose

  • Aspiration Kit

  • Manuals covering all aspects
    of the BIO FP and AFHS

  • Quick Start guides 

  • Warranty Registration Form 

  • Certificates of analysis for all provided Fluids 

  • Material Safety Data Sheets for all provided Fluids 

  • IQ, OQ, PQ On-line Documentation. Certificate of Compliance will be issued upon completion of the
    PQ testing.

  • The FP-PC Software installation CD 

  • 150ml of BWB recommended
    cleaning solution 

  • Complete set of calibration fluids including Diluent Concentrate 

  • 250 x 5ml AFHS screw top
    sample Vials

  • 100ml conical flask with screw lid

  • 100 disposable sample cups 

  • 1L of De-Ionised water

  • 2m of waste tube    

  • Set of spare fuses

  • 10 x 10ml pipettes 

  • 10 x 1ml pipettes

Check out the AHFS system in action with the BWB BIO flame photometer

BWB XP with AFHS Technical Data

Sample rate 

4ml/min
 

Tubing materials 

Translucent PTFE and Tygon®  
 

Amount of fluid used per sample
based on dilution ratios,  

DR1 – 5.0ml
DR10  – 0.5ml
DR100 – 0.05ml
 

Specificity   

Na/K/Li = <0.5% to each other when equal
in concentration at <100ppm
 

Required desk space for Instrument  

50cm (H) x 65cm (W) x 63cm (D)*

*XP Flame photometer with BWB

Recommended set up positioning. For Safety reasons the Flame photometer requires 1m of unobstructed space above to allow dissipation of heat from the chimney.
 

Instrument size 

XP Flame Photometer
51cm (H) x 38cm (W) x 41cm (D)
(20in x 14in x 16in)
 

Auto Diluter
30cm (H)  x 30cm (W) x 43cm (D)*
(12in x 12in x 17in)
 

Auto Sampler
30cm (H)  x 18cm (W) x 11cm (D)**
(12in x 7in x 4in)
 

Shipping
62cm (H) x 55cm (W) x 47cm (D)  x 2 boxes
(24in x 22in x 19in)

*Inclusive of Cannula operating arm.
** Excluding Dilution Reservoir.

 

Weight 

XP Flame Photometer – 15.3kg (33.7lbs)
Auto Diluter – 3.75kg
Auto Sampler – 6.9kg

Shipping
XP Flame Photometer – 25kg
AFHS unit – 17kg 
 

Optimal range

Single point calibration

Na 0.1 – 60ppm 

K 0.05 – 100ppm 

Li 0.05 – 50ppm 

Ca 1.0 – 100ppm 

Ba 1.6 – 100ppm
 

Multi Point Calibration

Na 0.1 – 1000ppm 

K 0.05 – 1000ppm 

Li 0.05 – 1000ppm 

Ca 1.0 – 1000ppm 

Ba 5.0 – 3000ppm 
 

Reproducibility 

<1% Coefficient of variability for 10 consecutive samples within optimal range. (After instrument stabilisation). 

Limit of detection (LOD) and
limit of quantification (LOQ) displayed 

LOD                     LOQ        

Na – 0.1ppm      Na – 0.3ppm

K – 0.05ppm      K – 0.15ppm

Li – 0.05ppm     Li – 0.15ppm

Ca – 1ppm         Ca – 3ppm

Ba – 1.6ppm      Ba – 15ppm
 

Time to stability 

Less than 15 seconds after sample
is introduced into the flame
 

Single sample time 

With Auto Diluter: 130 Seconds including
Sample Preparation, Acquisition and flush 
 

Without Auto Diluter: 80 Seconds including Acquisition and flush. 
 

Amount of samples measured per hour  

With Auto Diluter: 25
Without Auto Diluter: 40

 

Dilution reservoir size  
2.5L with inbuilt low level control standard.
5.0L available.
 

Amount of samples per dilution reservoir
2.5L – 120*       5L – 240*

*dependant on idle times between trays
and sample set-ups.

 

Amount of samples per tray  
89 with additional interchangeable trays
to speed up sampling time.
 

Interfaces  

USB

0-2.5 volt output (based on sample concentration linked to element of users choice)

Optional 4-20mA output in place of the above

Optional integrated printer

.csv and .pdf generated reports and files via FP-PC software
 

Recommended minimum warm up
time based on ambient temperature  

21°C – 40 minutes
 

Power requirements   

100V – 250V AC at 50 or 60Hz 
 

Fuel requirement    

Propane, Butane or Natural Gas*
regulated to 19Bar. Flow rate of 0.4l/min

*with modifications. BWB Technologies recommends either Propane or Butane for optimum results.
 

Readout  

LCD, four line, alpha numeric, back lit.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

 

  • PC Leads USB and RS232

  • power lead to suit your region

  • Gas Hose

  • Aspiration Kit

  • Manuals covering all aspects of the operations of the instrument and accessories

  • Quick Start guides 

  • Warranty Registration Form 

  • Certificates of analysis for all provided Fluids 

  • Material Safety Data Sheets for
    all provided Fluids 

  • The FP-PC Software installation CD 

  • 150ml of BWB recommended cleaning solution 

  • Complete set of calibration fluids including Diluent Concentrate 

  • 250 x 5ml AFHS screw top
    sample Vials

  • 100ml conical flask with screw lid

  • 100 disposable sample cups 

  • 1L of De-Ionised water

  • 2m of waste tube

  • Set of spare fuses

  • 10 x 10ml pipettes 

  • 10 x 1ml pipettes

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