Robots in lab­o­ra­tory automation

Higher through­put with less sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to errors

Despite typ­i­cal assem­bly task lab­o­ra­tory appli­ca­tions are also becom­ing increas­ingly auto­mated. The goal is a higher through­put, faster and more repro­ducible results, and reduced sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to errors. Deploy your robot with the soft­ware ArtiMinds RPS, in a flex­i­ble way and eas­ily adapt it to new tasks. Based on the broad set of com­mu­ni­ca­tion inter­faces, you can quickly inte­grate other lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment into your process and run pro­grams directly from ArtiMinds RPS. If required, this can even elim­i­nate the need for a PLC.

Today, robots are able to per­form numer­ous dif­fer­ent lab­o­ra­tory activ­i­ties and take over work that is too dan­ger­ous or monot­o­nous for humans.
The advan­tage: even with a large num­ber of sam­ples, exact repro­ducibil­ity, i.e. recur­ring process sta­bil­ity and qual­ity, is guar­an­teed and lab­o­ra­tory per­son­nel are relieved.

For lab­o­ra­tory appli­ca­tions with small batch sizes, the focus is less on high through­put and more on high vari­abil­ity.

ArtiMinds RPS pro­vides an exten­sive tem­plate data­base for all types of robot move­ments and tasks as well as a wide vari­ety of inter­faces. This makes it easy to imple­ment even com­plex move­ments such as shak­ing or rotat­ing test tubes or flasks, as well as force-con­trolled fill­ing and emp­ty­ing of pipettes.

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Appli­ca­tion exam­ple: Effect-related assay for the analy­sis of envi­ron­men­tal samples

Effect-based analy­sis can be use to make a state­ment about a spe­cific effect in an envi­ron­men­tal sam­ple. Instru­men­tal ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods are used to iden­tify the com­pounds respon­si­ble for the spe­cific effect, which are very labor-inten­sive and time-con­sum­ing due to the many man­ual steps involved.
In order to min­i­mize the effort and increase repro­ducibil­ity, the Ger­man Insti­tute fuer Umwelt & Energie, Tech­nik & Ana­lytik (IUTA) has devel­oped a flex­i­ble robot-based automa­tion con­cept. It was impor­tant that the imple­men­ta­tion could be car­ried out by the lab­o­ra­tory staff themselves.
To achieve this, the IUTA uses the ArtiMinds Robot Pro­gram­ming Suite (RPS) to pro­gram the robot and to con­nect a pro­gram­ma­ble logic con­troller (PLC). The soft­ware enables the lab­o­ra­tory staff to auto­mate even com­plex work­flows with­out hav­ing to have any knowl­edge of text-based pro­gram­ming languages.
The indi­vid­ual process steps and sta­tions are linked to form an entire work­flow via an exter­nal con­troller. Thanks to a suit­able inter­face to the TIA Por­tal, the inte­gra­tion of the PLC and cor­rectly timed exe­cu­tion of the robot oper­a­tions is also very easy to imple­ment with ArtiMinds RPS.

You need sup­port in automat­ing an elec­tron­ics assem­bly process? At ArtiMinds you get soft­ware & project sup­port from a sin­gle source!

You would like to imple­ment a robotics project? Use our free robotics check­list to select the right hard­ware & soft­ware and to orga­nize the most impor­tant project steps!

Appli­ca­tion exam­ple: Pipet­ting and dis­pens­ing liquids

With ArtiMinds +Vision and a vision sen­sor, the robot is able to detect which test tube needs to be picked up dur­ing pipet­ting and dis­pens­ing. The con­tents are then filled into an Erlen­meyer flask. After­wards the robot lifts the flask and shakes it, to mix the dif­fer­ent contents.
For fill­ing or drain­ing the pipette, the grip­per is closed until a cer­tain force is reached to press the flex­i­ble ball head.

Which mod­ules were used to pro­gram this application?

>> ArtiMinds RPS Basic Mod­ule |more

>> ArtiMinds RPS +Vision Mod­ule |more

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Fur­ther appli­ca­tion examples:

  • Han­dling of lab­o­ra­tory glasses, tubes and sam­ple vessels
  • Open­ing and clos­ing screw caps
  • Pipet­ting and dis­pens­ing liq­uids or powders
  • Test­ing procedures
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You want more? We sup­port you in the robot-based automa­tion of your lab­o­ra­tory applications

You want more? We sup­port you in the robot-based automa­tion of your lab­o­ra­tory applications

You want to inte­grate new and flex­i­ble automa­tion processes into your work­flows and need e.g. sup­port with the pipet­ting and dis­pens­ing of liq­uids? Our Automa­tion Engi­neer­ing team of engi­neers and robotics experts will be happy to advise you and take over tasks such as the pro­to­typ­ing.

ArtiMinds is a leader in the devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive and sophis­ti­cated robot automa­tion solu­tions, whether as a par­tial or over­all con­cept. Our experts will be happy to pro­vide you with advice and sup­port from con­cep­tual design to implementation.
Get in touch – our spe­cial­ists will pro­vide you with com­pre­hen­sive advice and develop an ini­tial con­cept or carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study in close coop­er­a­tion with you.

Indus­trial exam­ples – short videos of real cus­tomer applications

Why ArtiMinds Robotics?

With ArtiMinds RPS, you can eas­ily and quickly cre­ate robotic appli­ca­tions for fil­i­gree and demand­ing automa­tion processes and adapt the robot to new tasks with­out much effort. Because of the auto­mated exe­cu­tion, a high and con­sis­tent qual­ity is achieved and your lab­o­ra­tory staff is opti­mally sup­ported and relieved.

>>READ THIS BLOG POST: Stan­dard­ized robot programming

High­lights of ArtiMinds RPS for lab­o­ra­tory automation:

  • Fast pro­gram­ming of new tasks
  • Broad set of inter­faces to lab­o­ra­tory equipment
  • Reduces need for PLCs

As an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion and ser­vice provider in the field of robotics, ArtiMinds offers out­stand­ing sup­port when it comes to imple­ment­ing your automa­tion solu­tion. See for your­self in an online demo!

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Just get in touch. Our appli­ca­tion experts will be happy to advise you on your indi­vid­ual auto­mated robot appli­ca­tion. Make an appoint­ment right now for an online demo and learn how ArtiMinds can help you to imple­ment a flex­i­ble robotic automa­tion project.


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The non-bind­ing free online demo is the per­fect way to get a first impres­sion of the soft­ware, the appli­ca­tion port­fo­lio and if it suits your needs.

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