The mobile test lab

The mobile test laboratory from Waldner is a fully functional microbiological (virological, bacteriological and diagnostic) laboratory in a very small space, for example for genetic identification and examinations, molecular biological identification tests and many other diagnostic methods. The flexible and versatile laboratory containers offer a turnkey, self-contained system that requires only electricity, water supply and a place to set up. The layout of the mobile laboratory can of course also be adapted for other requirements - as a temporary or permanent solution to expand your laboratory capacities in research, development and analytics.

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Test capacities on site worldwide

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The concept was developed to support the establishment of SARS-CoV-2 testing capacities on site worldwide - not only for simple antigen testing stations but for complete PCR testing procedures on site. The laboratory is fully equipped with the necessary infrastructure and automated high-tech diagnostic tools. Our solution is based on standard laboratory equipment, which achieves an optimal cost-benefit ratio, thus reducing dependence on expensive manufacturer-specific consumables. Waldner can support the use of trained laboratory technicians through on-site training.


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Mobile and flexible

Mobile and flexible module laboratory in accordance with the international guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 tests. On request also according to local requirements of the health authorities.

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Easy installation

Minimum requirements for the location: level surface or floor plate, connection possibilities for electricity and (waste) water. Ideal location: hospital car park.

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Plug and Play

Immediate commissioning possible through plug-in solutions for electricity, (waste) water and data connection.

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Fully equipped

Including all necessary equipment for analysis (rRT-PCR). Sufficient cooling and freezing capacity for the intermediate storage of samples.

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Scalable concept for different pathogens. The basic constellation of two container modules offers a capacity of up to 4,000 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests in 24 hours and can be expanded as required.

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Can later be used for other tests (e. g. tuberculosis, doping tests, measles, influenza, SARS), enables most molecular biological identification tests to be performed.

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BSL-2 laboratory in accordance with the recommendations of the RKI (Robert Koch Institute, Berlin) with regard to diagnostics and safety. This enables certification/accreditation by the operator.

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Standardised according to TRBA-100 (Technical Rule on Biological Agents).

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Waste disposal

Waste management, optional autoclave for inactivation of samples and wastes.

Process description

Due to the high volume of samples and material in the mobile SARS CoV-2 diagnostic laboratory, a central, upstream area is used for sample and material logistics for collection and temporary storage. Only then do the samples enter the preparation (extraction) area via an airlock, where they are opened under BSL-2 safety criteria and prepared for the actual analysis. Afterwards, a maximum of four rRT-PCR devices with a test capacity of approx. 45 tests per hour each are available in the diagnostics department. In this way, a high test capacity is achieved in a very small space.

  • Dimensions: 6 m x 6 m x 3 m
  • Weight: approx. 8 t (for a total of 2 containers)
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Building capacity worldwide

„We need to significantly ramp up not only the number of tests, but the capacity to perform them.“

- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States


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20 ft double container

Basic double container, ideal for setting up near a hospital with use of the local infrastructure.

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40 ft sea container

Highly flexible and autonomous sea container to operate worldwide in locations without existing infrastructure.

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Vaccination centre

For the effective and location-independent implementation of vaccination campaigns.

Questions? With pleasure.

Can the system be energy self-sufficient?

The system can be equipped with a diesel generator or solar panels / battery buffer as an option.

May the lab be transported on bumpy roads?

Yes, the construction is robust and made for remote locations.

Does the laboratory have any internal decontamination system?

An internal decontamination system is not intended for a BSL-2 laboratory. The usual surface disinfection methods are used. Other decontamination systems e.g. Fumigation is only required for BSL-3.

How about fire suppression system for the container lab?

The container does not have its own fire alarm or fire extinguishing system. Fire protection varies greatly from country to country and cannot be generally maintained. Space and brackets for fire extinguishers are provided in the container. Fire extinguishing units can be specified according local guidelines and are optional.

How is the treatment of contaminated material carried out?

Contaminated material is packed in special waste bags inside the container / laboratory. These waste bags are either autoclaved in the laboratory in an optional autoclave or in a nearby infrastructure (e.g. hospital). An external disposal company can also take over these bags and handle them appropriately.

If there are any technical problems after the handover, who will help us solve them?

Our technical team will provide remote support. Where possible, we could also involve our local service partner.

Can the lab be networked?

The solution is equipped with a container internal LAN.

Is an air conditioning system included?

Yes, for heating and cooling, no humidity regulation.

Does the container have footstep or elevated platform for protection from weather?

The container is built up slightly so that a natural step is created. It also has a canopy and is therefore, protected against usual weather influences.

What safety measures should be taken by the technical staff?

The recommended personal protective equipment is safety glasses, liquid-tight long-sleeved lab coat with tight cuffs, protective gloves, respiratory mask / mask (N95) and laboratory shoes.

What type of certification does this laboratory have?

This diagnostic laboratory has no special certification. Accreditation must be arranged by the operator. Waldner designed the container lab as a BSL-2 laboratory. All technical requirements are considered. Furthermore, the recommendations of the WHO, the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the rules of the German TRBA 100 (protective measures for activities with biological agents in laboratories) are taken into account. These are the prerequisites for a possible certification.

What type of test kits can you provide?

RNA extraction and QPCR kits.

Are there training opportunities for laboratory staff, clinical staff and all those who will work on the team?

Training can be arranged for all designated persons to allow them to perform the tests using the systems supplied.

Can you train our technicians for maintenance?

We can train them for troubleshooting, maintenance and standard repairs.

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