Astoria-Pacific International is committed to providing the customer with the best available software for segmented flow and discrete analysis. We are proud to say that we work hand-in-hand with our customers to make sure that their input leads to even better versions of our software in the future. Currently there are three software packages offered by Astoria-Pacific: FASPac 1.35 for the Spotcheck; FASPacII for the Astoria and Astoria2 analyzers; and rAPID for the Astoria Discrete. The Advanced Reporting Module (ARM) is an optional audit tracking program that can be added to FASPacII.
The latest version of the Spotcheck’s data acquisition software is a dynamic tool to help Newborn Screening labs process thousands of samples per year. Sample IDs are easily entered into a convenient Sample Table. A Run Table provides real time information concerning sample probe location and data retrieval. Channel windows provide a real time “trace” of the baseline and subsequent “peaks” of concentration values of calibrants, samples, check calibrants, wash cups and other values. A QC Chart is incorporated into the software to monitor the performance of the system over time and to alert the operator if maintenance is required. And security levels are available to provide the lab control of what functions of FASPac its personnel will have access to. Sample results can be flagged if they fall within the lab’s cutoff limits, alerting the operator to take appropriate action.
This software package was developed for our digital detectors to run harmoniously with the 311 XYZ Sampler. Many of the features of FASPac 1.35 are available in FASPacII; however, with the advent of the digital detector, the new software allowed the operator to have access to greater dynamic ranges of chemistries (i.e. Post Dist Cyanide of 0.0005 - 0.50 mg/L), automatic gain settings to eliminate truncated peaks, multiple calibration curves, and other convenient features for monitoring samples over such broad ranges. Meanwhile, more compatibility was established with the 311 XYZ Sampler, allowing for true random access; multiple sampling from a single cup; a fully integrated RACK WIZARD, which the operator can use to customize the layout of the sample racks; and the use of an optional dilutor that can automatically dilute above-range samples and also prepare your calibrants from a single stock standard. Also, it offers more control of the Astoria and Astoria2 analyzers, by giving the operator pump, heat bath power, lamp power and other component control directly or through “time-events” features.
The development of our new discrete analyzer required a hard look at what current software was available for this equipment. Our research team found many versions and discovered how cumbersome and problematic most of the current software was. Therefore we wanted to take a different approach–Ease of Use. By following the guidelines of what has made Astoria-Pacific’s earlier versions of software successful, we wanted to apply this to discrete analysis. Things we wanted to tackle were to make the input of Sample IDs … easy; the access to the system’s operations (configurations, reagent layout, sample layout, etc.) … easy; the access to data and reports … easy. rAPID provides this and more, while also incorporating much of the same “feel” of FASPacII, thereby giving Astoria and Astoria2 operators a good place to start if they purchase our discrete analyzer as well.
This complementary software is used in concert with FASPacII, and was developed for the Pharmaceutical market so that FASPacII would be compliant with CFR, specifically electronic signature. Essentially, ARM creates an audit trail that traces events, configuration changes, and errors that occurred during a run–allowing the operator to produce reports with user defined variables and parameters. Needless to say, despite initial interest generated by the Pharmaceutical industry, we quickly realized that other markets would be interested in ARM, because of its excellent audit features. Therefore please let Astoria-Pacific know if you would like to add this software module to your FASPacII software.