UK Companies Tackle the Challenge of Large Scale Covid-19 Testing
16 Apr 2020
Ziath Ltd is preparing for rapid production of its tube readers to support the effort for greater Covid-19 testing.
With thousands of samples now arriving at the UK Government’s new testing laboratories in Milton Keynes, Alderley Park and Glasgow – as well as University labs switching to Covid-19 testing – it is vitally important to keep track of all samples. Using tubes which have a small 2D barcode, such as a QR code, on the base enables scientists to keep track of individual swabs and test results. Ziath instruments can read such codes, decode them and send the data to the laboratory central computer in just two seconds. With the UK government aiming to achieve 100,000 tests per day, the ability to track these samples is clearly crucial to the success of the Covid-19 screening campaign.
Ziath is positioned to achieve such fast turnaround and scale up its business thanks to the support of its key suppliers, including Photofab Ltd, which specialises in chemically etched metal components. This includes intricately cut and etched metal shields for the Ziath scanners that prevent the on-board computer from interfering with other sensitive instruments in the laboratory.
Steve Knight, Ziath Commercial Director, said: “Without trusted suppliers such as Photofab in St Neots and our wiring loom supplier, Powerwise Ltd in West Wratting, we would not be able to respond to this global crisis as quickly as we have. Thanks to their efforts and support we are now building and delivering tube scanners for Covid-19 testing not just in the UK, but to Norway, Israel, Germany, Austria, and through a United Nations programme, to Myanmar, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and El Salvador.”
For further information on high performance tube readers contact Ziath on +44-1223-855021 / +1 858-880-6920 / email@example.com