CoLab

Co LABTM

Collaboration Within Reach.

The CoLAB Concept

Working with laboratory automation has always required that, for safety reasons, the operators of the system needed to be physically isolated from the automation and robotics. This safety issue has necessitated the use of extensive, bulky shielding to protect and isolate people from their laboratory automation.

This requirement for shielding has not only wasted a lot of valuable lab space, but it has also made the interaction between users and their laboratory automation systems less than ideal. Trouble shooting, moving or reconfiguring a system or any of its components has always been a major undertaking, resulting in significant laboratory downtime and loss in productivity.

Evolving Automation with CoLAB

Now, HighRes Biosolutions has built upon its innovative history of laboratory automation flexibility to develop the CoLAB concept of laboratory automation. Simply put, CoLAB automation allows safe, direct interaction with laboratory automation. This change in philosophy enables operators to work more closely with their automation systems than ever before, and obviates the need for extensive shielding for a laboratory automation system.

The CoLAB concept allows operators to:
• Interact with lab automation like never before
• Utilize advanced automation style and safety capabilities
• Respond quickly to changing requirements

The CoLAB Family

Built around truly collaborative robotics, each member of the CoLAB family is designed to be used in the same laboratory space as its operator. Well equipped with a variety of automatic safety features, these systems are available for either new lab automation systems or as dynamic extensions of an existing system.

The CoLAB systems utilize hyper-intelligent motion and load sensing technology to slow, and even stop, when they detect a change in their operating environment or come into contact with even the slightest amount of resistance. The previously released ACell system has similar safety features that also make it for use without shielding.

 

CoLAB System vs. Traditional Automation Systems

   User Interaction   Direct   Indirect   Indirect
   Safety Measures   No Shielding Required   Device and System
  Shielding Required
  Device Shielding
  Reqiured
   System Reconfiguration   Very Fast; Minimal Effort   Slow; Significant Effort   Moderate; Some Effort
   Degree of Automation   Full system automation   Full system automation   Device level automation
   Trouble Shooting   Immediate   Slow; Kill Switch and
  shielding removal
  Power down and
  shielding removal
   Configuration Availability   CoLAB Microstar (6-sided)
  CoLAB NanoCell
  CoLAB Flex
  ACell
  All Systems   Device level only

 

 
Friendly Interact like never before

Traditional laboratory automation has always required extensive shielding and safety measures that have isolated users from their systems. A CoLAB system changes that requirement. Light weight, safe, and powerful, with built in automatic safety features, a CoLAB enabled system allows you to get closer to your automation than ever before without any fear.

   Robotic Arm Environment Sensors Integral laser sensors constantly monitor robotic arm operation in a 360° hemisphere up to 2 meters in radius
   User Defined Slow Speed/ No Go Zones Robotic arm can be programmed to operate at <250mm/sec speed in any area. Robotic arm can be programmed to not operate in a defined area
   Safely Styled Robotic Arm Smooth external surface with no sharp edges or pinch points
   Robotic Arm Motion Brakes All 7 axes have pressure sensors and individual brakes
   Automatic Robotic Arm Stop Robotic Arm completely stops in less than 0.25 secs (~7mm distance) when encountering any resistance >0.1 lb
   Repeatability Robotic arm will repeatedly return to the same position within +/- 0.1mm

 

 
Inspire A quantum leap in function and style

The core robotics of a CoLAB system were designed for Space. But you don’t have to be an astronaut to utilize the automation capabilities of this system. With a long reach and a 7 axis range of motion, a CoLAB system provides a high load capacity robotic arm that can integrate a whole host of devices and form the core of an extremely capable automation platform.

 

The CoLAB Systems Availability

   Robotic Arm   CoLAB   CoLAB   ACell or CoLAB   ACell
   No. of integrated Devices   Up to 6 Devices   Up to 4 Devices   4 levels of
  devices;
  1-8 devices
   1-3 Devices
   Mobility   Not Mobile;
  6 sided pod
  with docks
  Not Mobile;
  4 sided pod
  with docks
  4 levels of
  devices;
  Mobile Cart
   N/A
   Shielding Requirement   None   None   None   None
   System Control Software   Cellario
  Cellario Connect
  Cellario
  Cellario Connect
  Cellario
  Cellario Connect
  Cellario
  Cellario Connect
   Time to Reconfigure
   System
  Minutes   Minutes   Minutes   N/A

 

 
Respond Make system changes effortless

Automation technology does not stand still. To answer the challenge brought on by changes in assays and technologies, a CoLAB system builds upon the HighRes Biosolutions philosophy of flexibility and mobility in automation system design and implementation. Another useful feature of a CoLAB system is its ability to use a free floating teach mode for the robotic arm to teach it new positions when the system configuration is changed. With a CoLAB system in place, changing system configurations is fast and easy.

 

Comparison of Requirements for System Reconfiguration

Static Automation System

CoLAB Automation System

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