Tecan’s Cavro Omni Robot has been incorporated into Applied Photophysics’ new protein discovery solution, the Chirascan-plus CD Spectrometer. This newly created system combines Tecan’s sample handling with measurement reproducibility.
The expanding breadth of automated applications requires simpler technology.
DENSO announced a new 2011 product catalog featuring the company’s entire line of compact, high-speed, industrial robots. The 62-page catalog, which can be downloaded as a PDF from the compay's Website.
Agilent Automation Solutions has announced the BenchBot Robot—a new mid-sized microplate handler designed to meet the automation workflow needs of diverse laboratories.The BenchBot Robot incorporates the functionality of Agilent Automation's larger automated microplate handlers into a compact design for use in small lab spaces.
Hamilton Robotics announced a successful collaboration with Peak Robotics to integrate the KiNEDx robot series with Hamilton’s MICROLAB STAR automated liquid handling workstation. The KiNEDx 4- and 5-axis robots increase the STAR’s access to microplate samples and third-party devices.
Drug discovery and testing, with their need for speed, repeatability and verification, are ideally suited to benefit from robot automation. It is therefore not surprising that robots have been at the forefront of automation developments in both these areas.
The new DENSO VP-G2 six-axis articulated aseptic robots offer Class 100 cleanroom performance in a space-saving, ultracompact design. Anodized aluminum coverings, a protective outer coating and specially sealed joints allow the robots to be safely cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, enabling them to be used in applications where biocontamination control is required.
Hudson Robotics offers the PlateCrane 360—a robot with full 360° rotation of the main rotation axis, allowing users to optimize arm movement between any positions in the workcell. The PlateCrane 360 is designed to move SBS-footprint microplates around a workcell, place, and remove them from stacks and other devices.
ASI’s Wellplate-Transfer Robot System is an automated platform designed to handle multiwell microplates. At the center of the system is the breadboard mountable WPTR?01 three-axis robot, which automatically transfers standard wellplates from eleven-slot hotels to an ASI automated XY stage.
Current automation projects follow two major trends: customized technologies and smaller dedicated systems. In labs from academia and industry, researchers automate an increasing number of tasks. To serve these trends, vendors face a range of challenges, such as developing software to drive sample handling.
Hamilton Robotics and Promega will collaborate in the development of an automated system for the isolation of genomic DNA from large-volume blood samples.
I-STEM is an organization formed by INSERM, the French national institute of health, with AFM, the French muscular dystrophy association, to validate the feasibility of using human embryonic stem cells for therapeutics.
Robotics systems are offered for high-throughput pharmaceutical and biotech applications. The Motoman HP3JC Robot provides the transportation foundation for these systems, while SAMI Workstation EX Software provides features tailored to specific applications.
RapidPick fully automated high-throughput colony-picking workcell (Hudson Control Group, Springfield, NJ) allows researchers to automate the selection and growth of cells grown on a colony plate, and will retain a record and image of the specific colony and which plate/well it inoculated.
VaryVac , a robotically-controlled vacuum nest for filter plates used in DNA prep, protein purification, solid-phase separations and other microplate-based filtration, combines automated lid opening and sealing with closed-loop control of programmable vacuum levels.