In order to offer high-quality laboratory diagnostics, medical laboratories have established innovative and economical solutions in the sample reception area as well as pre- and post-analytics in addition to the actual analysis. However, there is still potential for improving processes, process safety and the avoidance of waste and its disposal when transporting patient samples from the sender to the laboratory.


The challenge

The collection and transport of patient samples has an influence on the quality of the test results. The coagulation of serum tubes may be insufficient. Samples may be lost on the way to the laboratory. The possible use of plastic bags is harmful to the environment, cost-intensive and generates additional high process costs when samples are received in the laboratory.

Our solution

With TriCollect, T&O LabSystems offers a well thought-out concept in accordance with UN 3373 for transporting samples from the sender to the laboratory while completely avoiding plastic waste. The interaction of rack box, collection box and transport box guarantees safety and economy. The processes are simple and perfectly coordinated.


  • Simple procedures through coordinated and interlocking processes
  • Elimination of unnecessary process steps such as unpacking plastic bags
  • Environmentally friendly without additional effort for the user


  • According to UN 3373
  • Patented concept avoids possible loss of tubes
  • Safe transport of samples and request forms
  • Coagulation of serum tubes by upright storage before transport


  • No costs for plastic bags
  • No costs for disposal of plastic waste as potentially infectious material
  • Space saving by commissioning of tubes
  • Saves time when unpacking samples in the laboratory
Explained step by step



The innovative transport system from T&O LabSystems consists of three components.

Rack Box

  • After blood draw at the sender, the tubes are positioned upright in the rack box.
  • One rack box holds 30 tubes.
  • The rack box is closed before its pickup. It cannot be opened without tools.
  • The corresponding request forms are collected in a transparent folder.
  • At the retrieval the rack box and the collection folder for the request forms are replaced with empty ones.

Collection Box

  • The tubes from the rack box are put together in the collection box. This is done by placing the rack box on the collection box.
  • A patented mechanism unlocks the lock of the rackbox.
  • One collection box holds 250 to 300 tubes.
  • A bag for the request forms is attached to each collection box, so that tubes and request forms remain together.

Transport Box

  • For safe transport to the laboratory, the collection boxes are fixed in a lockable transport box.
  • This fulfills the requirements of the UN3373 directive for the transport of biological substances, category B.
  • The temperature can be controlled by generous insulation and recessed cool packs.
  • The transport box has a recess in which standard data loggers can be placed. This allows laboratories to maintain their existing processes.
  • One transport box holds 500 to 600 tubes.