Collaboration within reach


CoLab arm

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.

CoLab arm

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 Comparison

CoLAB Systems Traditional Systems Semi-Automated Systems
User Interaction  Direct Indirect Indirect
Safety Measures  No Shielding Required Device and System Shielding Required Device Shielding Required
System Reconfiguration Very Fast
Minimal Effort
Significant Effort
Some Effort
Degree of Automation Full system automation Full system automation Device level automation
Trouble Shooting Immediate Slow
Kill Switch
Shielding Removal
Power down
Shielding Removal
Configuration Availability CoLAB Microstar (6-sided)
CoLAB NanoCell
CoLAB Flex
All Systems Device Level Only


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.

Safety Features

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
Safety 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


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

MicroStar CoLAB NanoCell CoLAB CoLAB Flex ACell
Robotic Arm CoLAB CoLAB ACell or CoLAB ACell
Number 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
Shielding Requirement None None None None
System Control Software Cellario
Cellario Connect
Cellario Connect
Cellario Connect
Cellario Connect
Time to Reconfigure System Minutes Minutes Minutes N/A


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.

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