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A Robot By Any Other Name…

A number of lab systems incorporate robot arms to manipulate consumables (plates, lids, tip boxes, troughs).   Robots, insofar as lab automation is concerned, can be broken down into three categories: Liquid Handling Robots– Ten years ago or more, if someone … Continue reading

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Have I Got A Tip For You…

“I want to say one word to you. Just one word.  Are you listening ? Plastics.” – The Graduate, 1967 Automated liquid handlers are very quickly (if not already there) becoming commodity products.   While every liquid handling manufacturer claims certain … Continue reading

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Nervous…System Support

My last post about standardization and open source scheduling software for integrated systems got me thinking more about the post-sales support side of those systems. As many of you know, systems can be very expensive so end-users are making critical … Continue reading

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SiLA Love Songs

Time to take a break from talking about instrument support and wax philosophically about a bigger support challenge – integrated systems.    A colleague asked me my opinion of the SiLA, a consortium that is creating standards for lab automation … Continue reading

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Liquid Handling Questionaire (‘questionaire’ is French for…questionaire)

If you or your lab currently use liquid handlers, or are planning to purchase liquid handlers please take a few minutes and fill out this labX survey. (click on the image below and you will be redirected to LabX) Looking … Continue reading

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IT’s an IT Thing

We’ve been hearing a lot of our customers ask about various lab instruments being compatible with Windows 7 lately.   Seems  IT groups everywhere are struggling with the eventual demise of Windows XP.  Already unavailable for new PC’s since 2010, Microsoft … Continue reading

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Aye Robot…

The first lab robot was introduced by Zymark Corporation in 1982.   The Zymate robot was used to move labware between various instruments in a ‘pie’ shaped work area, simulating the same procedures followed by theoretically higher priced lab researchers and … Continue reading

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