Often, the post-detection flow path is one of the last areas considered by instrument designers, and comes to attention only after all other more “critical” design features have been settled. Issues in the waste pathway (e.g., clogging, pressure fluctuation, backflow, air bubble issues, etc.), usually become serious hindrances on overall system reliability if they aren’t mitigated during these design and testing phases. In extreme cases, otherwise-reliable analyses can be thwarted because of unforeseen problems stemming from the waste pathway in an instrument. IDEX Health & Science works closely with OEM developers on the proper selection and integration of components in the pathway.