The newest member of the high-performance Beckman Coulter laboratory analyzer series is the AU680 Chemistry System. Based on in-depth customer consultation, the AU680 Chemistry System is intended to help medium to high throughput laboratories meet ever increasing pressures on time and productivity. The benefits of the AU680 Chemistry System can be divided into three main categories – improved user convenience including automation options; extended analytical reach and reduced operating costs. Regarding convenience, the AU680 Chemistry System is operated through a new and highly intuitive graphical user interface, including embedded videos to support key maintenance steps. Flexibility is assured with a menu capacity of up to 63 different assays on board. A new special priority lane performs re-runs quickly. To increase automation levels, samples can be loaded via a new standardized rack tray for direct transfer from the Beckman Coulter AutoMate 2500 peri-analytical workstation.