PAA launches new S-LAB automated plate handler at ELRIG Drug Discovery

Small, affordable and reliable S-LAB plate handler makes lab automation more accessible

Peak Analysis & Automation (PAA), a global leader in laboratory automation, announces the launch of its S-LAB automated plate handler on stand B15 at ELRIG Drug Discovery, ACC Liverpool, October 3-4th 2017. Breaking the mold of traditional solutions to make it easier for labs to automate, S-LAB is an easy-to-use, compact, and affordable single instrument loading solution, with the same reliability as a robotic arm.

Automation can often be costly and difficult for laboratories looking to upscale workflows. Robotic arms, while reliable, are expensive, large, and require complicated installations. On the other hand, many cheaper, smaller plate handlers lack the same level of reliability, especially when dealing with lidded plates. Recognising this challenge, PAA developed S-LAB to bridge the gap and make automation more accessible. Compatible with a wide variety of bench top instruments, the S-LAB easily fits standard lab benches and most safety cabinets, delivering reliable automation that accommodates varying workflows and lab space, without stretching budgets.

PAA has used its expertise to re-define automation, harnessing the very best of laboratory robotics to deliver a truly easy-to-use system, while eliminating complicated installations and robot teaching. An on-board camera system enables easy instrument alignment and verification and there is no requirement for a separate PC thanks to an embedded controller and software. S-LAB is easily controlled via a smart, web-based application with a simple, intuitive user interface that can be run on any device - including a smartphone.

S-LAB also boasts efficient and reliable handling of lidded microplates - essential for sterile cell-based assays. S-LAB’s capacity is up to 100 unlidded/80 lidded plates and can handle most standard and deep well microplates. There is also an optional barcode reader, compatible with industry standard formats.

Rob Harkness, Business Development Manager at PAA, commented:

We’re excited to bring our S-LAB plate handler to market - it has huge potential to open up automation to many more labs. From speaking to our customers and listening to the market we realized there was a need for an affordable, reliable and compact solution that could handle lidded plates, and was easy to set up and use. We designed S-LAB to break the mould of traditional solutions, meeting all of these requirements. I’m happy to say that the end result ticks all the boxes and more.

PAA is showcasing the new S-LAB at stand B15 at ELRIG Drug Discovery. Delegates of the show can get a personal demonstration and speak to experts on the stand. In addition, PAA is running a prize draw to win a £200 (or equivalent) Amazon voucher.

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