Thermo Fisher unveils new lab automation technologies
- Published: Feb 8, 2017
- Source: Thermo Fisher Scientific
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Thermo Fisher Scientific recently announced new technologies designed to automate and standardize workflows, helping to boost productivity and efficiency for laboratories working in a range of research environments. The new solutions were unveiled at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. on 4–8 February 2017.
“Laboratories today are under mounting pressure to find ways to increase productivity and standardization within a reliable and cost-effective model,” said Hansjoerg Haas, senior director and general manager, laboratory automation at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Automation has become an effective tool to achieve this objective. We are committed to providing innovative breakthroughs to exceed our customers’ laboratory needs with our diverse product portfolios, cutting-edge technologies, superior services and strategic partnerships.”
The new Thermo Scientific SmartStor unit is a controlled-temperature benchtop microplate storage device with a temperature range of 4–40°C and a plate capacity of 20 standard microplate or 9-well deep blocks. SmartStor features an internal inventory where, after loading and closing the unit door, the unit scans every location and updates inventory. In addition, the system’s internal robot can be integrated with OEM instruments to streamline instrument loading and unloading.
The Thermo Scientific Orbitor RS2 Microplate Mover, which is designed to improve laboratory throughput and operational flexibility, now has a built-in barcode reader for rapid sample identification and tracking. This additional functionality is designed to allow the Orbitor RS2 Microplate Mover to easily integrate into automated processes, combining rapid plate delivery with a more intuitive workflow and a reduced footprint.
The Thermo Scientific Momentum 5.0 Workflow Software now features additional inventory controls to allow users to maximize use of microplate consumables by automated systems. The new inventory controls provide users with a robust and powerful way to see their entire system inventory and to direct its use as their scientific needs require. Momentum can now query the inventory of SmartStor and update the systems master inventory, enabling users to be more productive.
For researchers seeking to streamline their sample storage processes with an end-to-end solution for sample storage workflows, Thermo Fisher and Hamilton Storage have partnered to offer the fully automated Thermo Scientific Decapper 500 and 550 Series tube capping systems. These are perfect for use in medium- to high-throughput biotech, pharmaceutical and clinical laboratories doing compound storage, high-throughput screening, biobanking and genomic storage. For the first time, users can cap and decap both Thermo Scientific Matrix and Nunc automation tubes without owning multiple pieces of equipment.
Thermo Scientific KingFisher Presto is a new sample purification instrument solely designed to integrate into automated workflows for isolation of target nucleic acids and proteins for pharmaceutical, biotech and research projects in high-throughput laboratories. The system reduces purification processing time, and offers high quality and quantity of extracted materials.
The Applied Biosystems Automated Thermal Cycler offers the flexibility, reliability and performance needed in a complete PCR automation system. The design provides easy integration with a robotic platform, a small footprint with flexible control module installation location, and the ability to run as a standalone instrument for PCR optimization prior to integration.
With more than 490 kinase targets, the new Thermo Scientific Kinase Targets makes finding the right partner for research easier. Profiling results in as little as 48 hours and a dedicated project manager will help ensure excellent service with a quick turn-around.