Software for Designing Generic Pipetting Protocols

Andrew Lab is a software program generated for the purpose of designing common pipetting protocols, and designed to work in harmony with the Andrew suite of liquid handling robots (Figure 1). Andrew Lab’s purpose is to optimize and document the entirety of the pipetting process.

The software itself makes the various stages of the pipetting process vastly easier to accomplish, facilitates the easy importation and exportation of concentrations and combinations of compounds, and makes protocols easier to share and teach.

Andrew Lab’s instinctual drag-and-drop methodology permits easy definition and verification of the destinations, volumes, modality and concentrations for every stage of liquid handling. Training new team members can be achieved with minimal time and effort with its easily shareable and readable protocols, with no execution ambiguities. Andrew Lab offers help to define your work bench accurately and to stay organized in a variety of tasks, from the simplest aliquotting to the most complicated ELISA or Next Generation Sequencing library preparation.

Introductory screen describing the main features of Andrew Lab. A full user guide of the software can be downloaded by clicking at the bot-tom left of the screen.

Figure 1. Introductory screen describing the main features of Andrew Lab. A full user guide of the software can be downloaded by clicking at the bot-tom left of the screen.

Serial dilution calculations which can be exported to the clipboard for the creation or .txt or .xls files

Figure 2. Serial dilution calculations which can be exported to the clipboard for the creation or .txt or .xls files

  • Instinctive drag-and-drop technology permits training-free protocol design and clear documentation (Figure 1)
  • Getting off to the right start is made easy with the automatic calculations of required reagent volumes, consumables and tips
  • For an integrated and error-free data analysis, you can export your concentrations, contents and sample positions in multi-well plates or tubes racks (Figure 2)
  • Simplified and more effective teaching, transmission and documentation of bench work activities, facilitated through multi-language protocols sharing and translation
  • Increased traceability and version management made possible through the ability to annotate, edit, store and print protocols in pdf format
  • Andrew Lab software is freely available for download and use, and without limitations on its functionality for widespread use and adoption

Three Simple Steps to A Free Download of Andrew Lab

You can download the Andrew Lab software off the Andrew Alliance website, www.andrewalliance.com and start designing protocols with just a few simple steps.

  1. Use a valid email address to fill in the contact information, and you will receive the download link directly to your email inbox.
  2. Adhere to the instructions in the email, which require the downloading of Adobe AIR first, followed by Andrew Lab second.
  3. Click to open the software and the possibilities await of designing your pipetting protocol in Andrew Lab!

The user manual contains all the relevant information about how to maximize your time on Andrew Lab, which can also be accessed once you start editing an existing (or designing a new) protocol (Figure 1, bottom left) with features like normalizations, magnetic separation or one-step dilutions wizards.

Quick Start Towards Achieving Protocol Design - With No Programming Skills Required

The first visible icon once you click ‘design a new protocol’ will be a virtual bench overview, at which point you can drag consumables from an extended library. Simply drag and drop with your finger or cursor among the consumables as though you were pipetting, once you are ready to start designing a protocol. Instructions for the protocol are automatically created for you, the user.

To determine more advanced operations other than those detailed in the user guide there are short tutorial videos posted in the Andrew Lab section of their website (http://www.andrewalliance.com/#protocol-design).

Guided steps for creating the example of a simple serial dilution are included in the figure below, which demonstrate the simplicity of designing experimental protocols with Andrew Lab in a different way (Figure 3).

Under the “Protocol description” window under the “protocol parameters” section, comments or feedback can be written. You can find the master view of your protocol in a logbook format by clicking on the arrow at the top left of the protocol design window, which summarizes the protocol steps in addition to stock solutions and materials required for the execution.

Under the “Preferences” section at the bottom right of the screen, any of 10 possible languages for the protocol can be selected. If you wish to share, print or attach the protocol to physical or electronic lab notebooks, you can easily export it to a PDF document by clicking on the orange printer icon at the top right of the screen, which will automatically capture all protocol details.

Follow these instructions to create a serial dilution in a 96-well microplate, with screenshots of the end result viewed in Andrew Lab.

Figure 3. Follow these instructions to create a serial dilution in a 96-well microplate, with screenshots of the end result viewed in Andrew Lab.

Is the Andrew Lab Really Available, Fully Featured, For Free?

Andrew Lab is available, entirely free, for download and use. The entirety of the software, with no cost-based limitations, is freely available to download online. The reason for this is Andrew Lab’s priority and commitment to improving scientific research through robotic solutions for liquid handling.

User input is the most valuable resource, in order to make Andrew Lab even more effective and intuitive, and so Andrew Lab believes that a free stand-alone Andrew Lab software is the best way in which to meaningfully contribute to this objective. Together, Andrew Lab and its users will make protocol design easier and error-free so that the focus can remain on accurate science, one of the most important and valuable tools at our disposal.

About Andrew Alliance S.A.

Andrew Alliance is an independent, privately financed company, based in Geneva, Boston and Paris. The company was created in March 2011.

Andrew Alliance is dedicated to advance science by working with scientists to create a new class of easy-to-use robots and connected devices that take repeatability, performance, and efficiency of laboratory experiments to the level required by 21st-century biology.

Start with meeting customer needs, end with customer feedback.

Andrew Alliance delivers solutions that are focused on customer needs, both today and in the future. Our products are manufactured to the highest standards, using a range of carefully selected, proven, and sustainable technologies, that ensure both high performance and reliability. We actively seek continuous customer feedback, in order to guarantee the best possible design outcomes.


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Last updated: Jul 22, 2019 at 8:02 AM

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