Mobile, Modular Lab Automation

Historically, the design and use of laboratory automation has been built around large static systems that have consumed a lot of lab space. Troubleshooting or reconfiguring systems has always been a labor intensive, time consuming process that required operators to dismantle and carefully reinstall each system device and its associate shielding.

Now, through client feedback and clever design, HighRes is evolving its MicroDock/Microcart™ technology to create a link between workstation technology and fully integrated lab automation systems. that changes the face of laboratory automation.

Welcome to the next generation of lab automation technology: CoLAB Flex! With the CoLAB Flex it is now possible to construct a laboratory automation system in three dimensions and move it around the laboratory wherever automation may be needed. Instead of reconfiguring individual devices, the CoLAB Flex allows you to move entire processes, not just individual devices . The CoLAB Flex offers a number of benefits to the user including:


Real Estate Go up, not out

Re-design automation with the CoLAB Flex. Accommodating up to 4 levels of devices, the CoLAB Flex allows you to get the maximum functionality for your assays by using the minimal amount of valuable floor space. With this innovative design, the ACell's vertical integration capabilities with multiple devices is fully realized.


Roam Roll with the Changes

Sometimes you have equipment that you can't move easily that is required for an assay. Rather than trying to move a mountain, the CoLAB Flex allows you to move your automation to the mountain. This unique mobile design removes the requirement for you to take the time and resources to reconfigure a static automation system. The CoLAB Flex allows you to take your fully configured automation process and bring it to where automation is needed in your laboratory.

Amaze As Flexible as You Need to Be

HighRes Biosolutions has built our reputation on providing flexible automation systems that can be easily changed as your needs change. The CoLAB Flex is no different. Continuing our legacy of sophisticated system integration, the CoLAB Flex fills the gap between workstation level automation and fully integrated automation systems with a modular concept that is flexible and easy to use.


Lab Automation Evolutionary Timeline

Evolve Make Intelligent Changes

Today's laboratory needs to be more efficient than ever. With the CoLAB Flex, your downtime in changing from assay to assay can be significantly reduced as the need for system reconfiguration drops dramatically. The CoLAB Flex allows you to set up an entire or partial assay process (plate replication, reagent mixing, cell plating, etc.) and move it to where it's needed again and again. Instead of traditional static automation where you are moving single operations (dispensers, readers), the CoLAB Flex allows you to think and work much more quickly and efficiently to respond to your changing assay needs.


Moving a Process vs. Moving a Device


CoLAB Flex Features

  • Use up to four levels for device integration
  • Entire platform mounted on wheels for easy movement
  • Scalable labware storage capacity (22-172 plates or tip boxes)
  • Random or non-Random access carousel options
  • Cellario software control with automatic error recovery
  • Device drivers for over 100 devices available
  • Free floating robot position teach mode
  • High visibility operational mode signaling

CoLAB Flex System Components and Specifications

• Platform

Dimensions (LxWxH): 35-40 in x 45-48 in x 48-84 in
Weight (unloaded): ~200 kg (441 lbs)
Power 120/240 V; 50/60 Hz

• ACell

Horizontal reach: 576-731 mm
Vertical reach: 400-1240 mm
Precision: +/- 0.2 mm
Plate Weight: Up to 0.5 kg
Power: 120/240 VAC; 50/60 Hz
Communication: Ethernet

• Lid Manager

Plate Capacity: Up to 4 plates; 2 De-lidding positions

• PicoServe

Carousel: 4 slots for hotels/stackers
Storage Capacity: Non-random access stackers:
     118 96/384 well plates
     172 1536 well plates
     22 deep well plates/ tip boxes
  Random-access hotels:
     48 96/384/1536 well plates
     24 deep well plates/ tip boxes

• Cellario

Download the CoLAB Flex Flyer.

Download the Device Drivers listing sheet.