Automation of manual lab processes

The competitive situation in many industries requires high research and development efficiency respectively less time to market. At the same time, the quality standard increases with the equally careful use of resources. If you are also looking for a solution that relieves you of time-consuming manual processes or standard methods, so that you can invest more of your valuable time in the actual challenges of your profession, then we will find an automation solution for you!

Automation of batch processes

Our portfolio includes state-of-the-art Flow Systems and microfluidic components that enable extensive automation, using innovative microfluidic technologies. In addition, we offer our unique Cobomation approach for all processes that we cannot bring into flow. By this we mean the software managed and robot-based connection of standard methods or batch processes with your existing synthesis and analysis technology. So we use our very flexible automation software CETONI Elements to control all devices in the process.

Based on our know-how in the field of automation and your individual process knowledge, we jointly develop a flexible solution that does not limit you, but opens up new possibilities for you and can be quickly adapted. It does not matter to us whether it is a standard method or a batch or flow process. We automate your established manual processes with the help of flexible cobots under the direction of our CETONI Elements software. For this, we use advanced communication standards to control the individual hardware components, including the entire process orchestration. In addition to recording all peripheral process data and user inputs, we also integrate your established analysis technology for the automated generation of measurement data, and make them available for evaluation in a database.

Data Lake and Data Integrity

With this efficient automation approach, the valuable process data is generated reliably and in a resource-saving manner. Then, it is collected in a standardized form in a “data lake” and can therefore be provided in an evaluation-ready format.. You can then access the available data with various tools and methods, in order to further process, analyze and, if necessary, archive it. The importance of data integrity and data security is always part of our thoughts. The secure transmission and making this data available for DoEsoftware, higher-level laboratory information management systems ( LIMS )or artificial intelligence (AI) is just as important to us. With the knowledge gained from externally processed data, new process parameters can be derived and transmitted to our CETONI Elements software for a new analysis run.

CETONI Elements GUI with robot, pumps, video, spectra and scripting plugin
Cobomation sheme

CETONI Elements – Closing the circle

Our CETONI Elements automation software closes the circle between physical (analog) device technology and digital data processing, i.e. it forms the connection between upstream and downstream processes. In addition to the physical linkage and control of all devices in the process, CETONI Elements also uses advanced technologies, such as DoE (Design of Experiment – statistical test planning), with the help of which the number of tests to be carried out is reduced on the upstream side, and the information obtained can be used immediately for further test planning on the downstream side. This comprehensive approach helps you use your resources effectively in a flexible way, and generate the desired results faster.

Networking of all devices via SiLA (Ethernet)

In our individual and highly flexible solutions, SiLA plays a key role in the fast and individual automation of your process. SiLA stands for standardization in laboratory automation. SiLA’s primary goal is to create an international, open connectivity standard in laboratory automation, through which devices from different manufacturers can communicate with each other in one application.

Your device does not have a SiLA interface?

No problem, we would be happy to check the options for connection via SiLA for you, or simply integrate the device into your automation solution in a different way!

Communication is based on a client-server principle and uses established network standards. The merging of devices from different origins in one application is thus uncomplicated for you as a user, since devices connected to one another with a SiLA interface (i.e. SiLA server), independently provide their functionality (feature) in the network. Now, all that is needed for the logical connection of the functionalities is a manager (in this case called “client”), which conducts the orchestra of devices.

The so-called orchestration of devices in a process, including the collection of data in a database, is done either by our intuitive CETONI Elements software , a superordinate LIMS (laboratory information and management system) or a combination thereof. If you prefer this combination in your laboratory, the setup controlled by CETONI Elements could process the necessary methods as an autarkic automation island, and make (measurement) data available to your LIMS interactively on the downstream side.

Connection to a laboratory information and management system (LIMS)

Our diverse integration options allow you to securely network your process data and research results with your laboratory software, such as laboratory information and management systems (LIMS) or data management systems