Note: Most biotech, genomic and medical device automation is highly proprietary
and is omitted here.
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical
Kit Assembly Machine. Biotechnology industry. Multi-station rotary table
indexer sequentially assembles punched glass fiber and other material into the
plastic housing of a consumer cholesterol test kit. Custom precision die punches
and reel material feeders. FDA cGMP. Allen Bradley PLC.
NAP Tube Rinser. Genetic discovery industry. Six stations each accept a
rack of 96 NAP tube syringes and applies a set amount of DI water into each
tube, waits for the tubes to drain and continually repeats to rinse tubes. Each
station independent. Keyence PLC control, low voltage and safety devices for wet
Tube Column Press. Biotech materials. Device fully presses plastic columns
and internal frits onto 96 column trays. Adjustable for various column heights
and frit sizes.
Net Weight Checker. Pharmaceutical application. Automation for an existing
filling line of small glass vials to remove a vial before filling, and swap it
with a pre-weighed vial using dual gripper design on a moving conveyor at 300
vials per minute. Picked vial then gets weighed on Mettler balance, tare weight
computer recorded, and placed back into line and filled with injectable drug.
Second arm removes same vial, now filled, weighs it and records net weight of
liquid. Shielded digital balances on pneumatically dampened granite blocks to
eliminate vibration and air currents affecting 0.001 gram resolution. Strict FDA
cGMP guidelines followed for particulate generation and bio-contaminant
suppression in a very critical injectable drug production aseptic environment.
Genetically engineered drug demands close supervision of fill weight. Various
alarms, color graphics control screens, dual operator stations, PLC controls.
FDA approved. UL approved. Software FDA validated.
HST Block. Biotech analysis. High throughput sequencer block holds multiple
needles for sequencing operations. Locks directly onto bio-robot systems.
Processing Line. Biotechnology industry. Silicon wafer processing line for
placing a bio-active chemical reagent onto wafers. Completed wafer die is used
in a diagnostic kit to detect strep. Remove water submerged wafers from a 25
slot quartz carrier resting in a tank and singulate into a spin rinsing station.
Spin dry the linearly pass wafer on to next station. Apply bio-chemical reagent
onto center of individual dies using high speed servo XY stage and modified
inking head. Detect die streets using laser scanner for alignment. Next station
is simply a buffer to allow a drying time and uses an elevator to hold 50
wafers. Next station is a spin rinser applying a liquid stabilizer in a
controlled pattern on the wafer. Final station loads wafers into a 25 slot
standard wafer cassette. Computer control over all process parameters.
Oligo Patch Printing Machine. Biotechnology & genetic discovery. Prints
ultra small dots of 10 different oligos into spiral channels of a plastic sample
card. High speed Aerotech platen control, Coreco and Sherlock machine vision
integration, real-time control of micro XY paths, real-time control of 32
individual and separate micro valves handling aspiration and dispense, clean and
wash process of ceramic pipette tips and fully automated running control to
handle 10 cards at a time.
Fluid Filling and Capping System for Drug Analysis. Pharmaceutical
industry. Automatically picks six glass vials from a box and singulates into an
escapement. Vials then filled with liquid simultaneously. Capping station is
next. All six vials then picked and placed into a tray holding 300 vials. Tray
is automatically indexed to next available position. System operates at 100
glass vials per minute.
Drug Analysis Cards & Dots. Pharmaceutical industry. System de-coils
fragile litmus paper and either prints data on the entire paper section index or
just on a small area intended to be a dot. Next station punches holes. If for
dot type analysis, the dots are collected in an anti-static funnel and deposited
into a glass bottle, and eventually capped and sealed. A third station trims
scrap from the litmus paper card. Operates at 40 bottles per minute.
Development. Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry. We have a vast
amount of experience in developing just your software for various types of
projects. From re-writes of simple software to make a machine easier to operate,
to integration of plate readers with handling machines and pipettors, to fully
automated robotics handling sample preparation or clone picking using various
well plates or slides. We develop Visual Basic applications for your operators
in production environments allowing them to not worry about complex scripted
processes, and instead simply and efficiently run equipment. Link your programs
with corporate databases, perform automatic emailing of alerts and archived
logged equipment info, and perform remote monitoring of production floor