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Lab automation products showcased

8th February 2018


Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced new laboratory automation technologies designed to streamline workflows, optimise productivity, and speed time to results. The new solutions are on display at the 2018 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference, in Sand Diego, California.
 
“Laboratories are constantly seeking new ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their processes to advance scientific research,” said Hansjoerg Haas, senior director and general manager, laboratory automation. “Thermo Fisher is positioned to deliver a range of advanced laboratory automation solutions that build on years of customer feedback and incorporate innovative technologies, such as cloud connectivity, robotics and vision control. By designing systems that can be used by experts and novices alike, we’re helping customers to drive scientific innovation.”
 
New products at SLAS 2018
The new inSPIRE vertical modular robotic platform is designed to integrate multiple instruments in an easy-to-use, space-saving solution. It provides intuitive control of all integrated systems, both online and offline, and uses the company's Spinnaker XT robot. As a microplate mover with built-in vision capability, Spinnaker XT can identify potential positional issues and take corrective actions to improve sample safety without interrupting the system’s operation. The platform operates on the company's Momentum software, which enables users to define, execute and monitor multiple workflows through a simple yet powerful interface.

Designed to address the high throughput needs of pharmaceutical and biotechnology laboratories, the Cytomat SkyLine microplate storage and sequential delivery device can hold up to 728 microplates and/or lids in 14-stackers. Providing rapid plate access in under 12 seconds, its built-in plate sequencer is designed to allow for the safe separation and precise centering of labware for optimal transfer placement. Following use, plates can be loaded back into the system and stored at ambient conditions, eliminating the need for any additional storage. With laboratory space at a premium, an optional plate lift device enables up to 150mm of transfer position range, allowing flexible placement of the Cytomat SkyLine in laboratory automation systems.

For researchers looking to optimise results and accelerate throughput using less time and budget as is needed to develop and program customised systems, the company is introducing a series of automated turnkey workflow-based solutions. The first in a series of systems is a cell-free DNA (cfDNA) extraction device, which combines the Spinnaker robot, KingFisher Presto purification system and MagMAX Cell-Free DNA Isolation Kit with Analytik Jena’s CyBio FeliX liquid handling system. Leveraging Thermo Fisher’s genomics expertise, this end-to-end solution is easily configurable and expandable, offering a complete sample-to-knowledge workflow for next generation sequencing (NGS), reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) sequencing applications.
 
“We are excited to integrate our deep knowledge in automation and liquid handling into a complete solution package with Thermo Fisher’s workflow-based solutions for new application areas in the world of Life Sciences,” said Ulrich Krauss, CEO of Analytik Jena.






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