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Robotic Lab Automation

Looking to automate laboratory biotech testing and pharmaceutical manufacturing? Mecademic robot arms are affordable and precise lab automation solutions for sample handling and analysis. Learn more below on improving operating efficiency, scalability, quality, and time-to-market.

Lab Automation
Lab Automation
Lab Automation
Lab Automation

Why choose Mecademic for robotic lab automation?

Handle repetitive tasks with precision

When dealing with sensitive operations, minimizing human error is a high priority to avoid extra costs and potential delays. By working with reliable lab automation robots, companies can avoid such errors and improve productivity. Mecademic robot arms are the most precise on the market, making them ideal for maximizing consistency while saving operator time on performing repetitive tasks.

Make the most of small work spaces

Reducing space consumption in expensive laboratory and pharma environments is a frequent challenge in lab automation. Our robots’ tiny size and their ability to be mounted in different orientations allow users to easily fit several robots into any installation. As such, Mecademic robot users can maximize throughput by replicating compact robot cells within a reduced footprint.

Choose simplicity

Low familiarity with lab automation solutions and the use of traditional robotics can result in longer integration time. Scientists with limited experience in operating lab automation processes may require more development time to configure and iterate traditional automation machinery. Luckily Mecademic robot arms are easy to use and simple to interface with other equipment, letting users to get started in minutes. Mecademic robots can be commissioned via any PC and any programming language of your choice. They require no maintenance, making them effortless to re-tool and refit from task to task. Our clients enjoy being able to accommodate a variety of products with varying system configurations and tool changers.

Reach higher lab automation throughput and flexibility

Unlike low mix and high volume applications where ROI is calculated based on throughput, lab automation processes are more complex. KPIs cannot be measured purely on yield and workflows change frequently. As a result, lab automation robots must offer higher flexibility to handle such dynamic environments. Our clients have reported that using Mecademic robot arms enabled them achieve more flexibility in their automation processes and build higher-throughput systems compared with other solutions. Applications featuring our Meca500 or SCARA robots can also accommodate multiple workstations, which speeds up analysis and data acquisition.

Achieve cleanliness and avoid human contamination

Mecademic robot arms are clean by design, free from particle generators or belts. With speed reducers that are sealed and lubricated for life, the robots can be used in quarantined areas where human access is limited. They are commonly applied in highly sensitive operations and environments (including clean room and sterile applications). We also offer third party testing to verify our robots’ ISO cleanroom class compliance.

Improve equipment interoperability

One of the main challenges in lab automation is ensuring that multiple pieces of equipment speak the right language to one another and to the user. Lab automators often struggle to configure every major automation component to work with life science equipment and build the interfaces connecting them. With Mecademic’s plug and work robot arms, users spend less time on integration, manipulation, and maintenance, opening more opportunity for data analysis and innovation.

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Common Applications in Robotic Lab Automation

Sample Handling

Automated sample or solution preparation as well as analysis tasks can be easily accomplished with both our six-axis and four-axis robot arm models. These robots are used for operations such as extracting, weighing, adding reagent, dosing, as well as tending centrifuges, thermocyclers and incubators.

Dispensing

Our robots are often used for precision dispensing. Whether it’s continuous dispensing over a complex path rendered in CAD or precise dispensing at specific points, our robots are a flexible and low-cost lab automation solution for such tasks. Watch this example of a benchtop dispensing demo using the Meca500 robot arm.

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Automated Pipetting

Flexible and fully automated pipetting is facilitated by precise positioning with fine resolution movements of up to 1 micrometer. With its ability to be mounted in any orientation, the Meca500 further adds simplicity and flexibility to pipetting processes.

Capping and decapping vials

The Meca500 can rotate its end-effector with three degrees of freedom. This is ideal for capping and decapping vials. Integrate the robot with a force/torque sensor to get precise force and torque control of your decapping operations!

Robotic loading/unloading

Our clients benefit from integrating multiple robots with equipment such as mass spectrometers, microplate readers, luminometers, and fluorometers. Such setups make ideal automation solutions for sample analysis, cell culturation, and other sample preparation tasks.

Liquid Handling

Our robots are commonly used in various liquid handling applications to create and mix samples from various liquids as well as transfer between various life science equipment.

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