Flexible Automation of Plate-Based Workflows

1st April 2013

The Agilent Direct Drive Robot (DDR) from Agilent Automation Solutions has been designed for applications like drug target discovery or drug screening, where reducing cycle times means drugs travelling to market faster.

"Our customers are truly challenged with getting quality targets to support their development pipeline," says Marc Beban, director of integrated systems and software marketing at Agilent Automation Solutions. "They need flexible, easy to use technology that is reliable and our direct drive technology means fewer moving parts to break down so that they can have the confidence they need to focus on the science, not the machinery."

A new demonstration video ( shows how the DDR is fast, precise, and designed with safety in mind. State-of-the-art direct drive technology reduces the number of moving parts, resulting in a robotic arm that has increased reliability and speed, moving smoothly with precision and accuracy. Innovative one-person, one-touch teaching makes the DDR extremely easy to configure to your application, minimising setup personnel and time. The Direct Drive Robot uses configurable Z-travel technology to enable greater stacking of instruments and more functionality in a smaller footprint. Best of all, the DDR provides a 100% customisable automation solution that integrates with almost any third-party instrument.

The Direct Drive Robot advances target identification and high-throughput screening for drug-discovery research and can also be used in genomics applications, including DNA extraction and PCR sample preparation. The direct drive technology combined with powerful VWorks Automation Control software enables best-in-class automation solutions.

More information on the Direct Drive Robot is available at

From stand-alone units to fully integrated systems, Agilent Automation Solutions teams key sample preparation and creative walk-away automation approaches with personalised customer service to provide complete solutions for your laboratory. Combining innovative engineering with high standards of quality, Agilent designs and manufactures high-performance equipment for processes that are revolutionizing pharmaceutical, biotech, and genomic research.





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