WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.— Minalex Corporation is playing a pivotal role in shortening the time needed to process RT-PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 by supplying a component essential for the automation of the workflow, the company said in a release.
The Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based aluminum extruder manufactures a component used in PerkinElmer’s JANUS® G3 Primary Sample Reformatter workstation, reported to provide safe and traceable barcode scanning and reformatting of samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing. The JANUS G3 Primary Sample Reformatter is said to increase labs’ testing throughput globally, while reducing human error. It is widely used by research labs, universities, hospitals, and other related facilities.
WPA Works LLC, a machine shop/production facility based in Addison, Illinois, initially prototyped and developed machining processes for pathogen response and antibody testing.
Minalex extrudes a part that serves as a piece of rail-and-plate assembly that slides into the JANUS G3 Primary Sample Reformatter. The aluminum extrusion must be high-quality and extremely precise so that it can withstand a large amount of movement, chemicals, and bodily fluids during operation. Once WPA receives the extrusion, it’s machined for final use in the testing machine and specially coated to help prevent degradation.
“Minalex has a long history of providing precise aluminum extrusions with extremely tight tolerances used in many types of medical equipment,” said Jim Casey, founder and CEO of Minalex, in the release. “We’re proud to support the medical community every day, and especially during this unprecedented time.”
By significantly ramping up its production, Minalex is doing its part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by helping eliminate equipment shortages, which have been hindering labs from processing samples in a timely manner.
Prior to the pandemic, WPA purchased roughly 300 extrusions at a time from Minalex, on average, two to three times per year. Since March, WPA has purchased more than 7,000 extrusions and currently has another 10,800 on order, the release said.
Minalex Corporation (http://www.minalex.com) manufactures high-tolerance, small profile aluminum extrusions and specializes in custom production. The company is fully AS9100 and ISO9001 certified, with AMS Specs, MIL Spec and QQ Specs.
WPA Works LLC (www.wpaworksllc.com) designs, manufactures, and aids in the development of high-precision machined components, tooling, fixtures, complex sub-assemblies, and specialty machines. The company serves markets that include aerospace and defense, medical, biotech, and life sciences.