AllnexPeter van den Berg, Senior Engineer High-throughput Technologies
Cheap and robust 3D printed applicators for use in robotic high-throughput film application
Film application of paint is normally applied by a draw-down bar, also known as "bird” or "doctor blade” applicator, with a well-defined gap size. Automation of this process by using such a metal applicator yields a difficult and costly cleaning process especially when applying waterborne coating. Since the development in 3D printing technology has rapidly evolved the technique is now a days a bog-standard. Because of the latter, design, manufacturing and use of low cost 3D printed applicators with its 3D printed supports used in robotic high-throughput film application becomes within reach. In our laboratory we have developed such applicators with well-defined and reproducible gap sizes for the use in our automated application robot. All ins and outs of the automated film application development by 3D printing technologies will be evaluated in this presentation.
Agilent TechnologiesMichel Elshof
OpenLAB Sample Scheduler: `connecting your CDS data to LIMS`
In the presentation, we will have a look at a typical lab workflow where a LIMS and a Chromatography Data System (CDS) is involved. New incoming sample information from the LIMS can be automatically transferred to the user interface, which is the OpenLAB Sample Scheduler. After the data acquisition, the data can than automatically be exported and sent back to the LIMS so that the LIMS operator can just import them without manual transcriptions. 


Beckman CoulterDr. Stefan Overkamp
Consistent Cell Maintenance and Plating through Automation
We will discuss how automating the maintenance and assay plating of cells can help save time, increase throughput, and improve the consistency of cell cultures.  The Biomek i7 hybrid is particularly powerful because of its ability to fully automate a complete cellular workflow by using its Span-8 pod to work with low density plates, its 1200uL head to rapidly process high density plates for higher throughput applications, and its ability to integrate analyzers such as the ViCELL and MiniMax to make the cell counting and imaging part of a cellular workflow part of a data-driven hands-free workflow.  Finally we will touch on some of the hardware and software tools that make it easy to schedule and execute multi-day workflows.


Festo Peter Jaschke
The Quality Triangles - How to find the right balance between quality, PAT requirements and costs

The US FDA defined PAT (Process Analytical Technologies) as a mechanism to control pharmaceutical manufacturing processes through the measurement of Critical Process Parameters (CPP) that affect Critical Quality Attributes (CQA). Therefore reliable and fast sample preparation processes for subsequent analyses by e.g. chromatography, mass spectrometry or other analytical detection processes are key for the achievement of timely and correct analytical results about the CQA . 

Target of this  presentation is to rivet on a new approach where drug manufacturers (end user), machine builder and automation specialists are collaborating closely defining all required sub-processes. As an outcome the end user gets a modular design concept which allows reliable measurements of different CQA´s in a fully automated analytical system including all sample preparation steps. Through the opportunity for selective integration of any required functionality at any time because of its modularity, this design concept offers maximum flexibility, thereby granting best protection of the financial investment. 


SampleQDr. Tom Vercammen
Survival of the fittest: How to successfully streamline your processes in the lab?

Efficiency, work pressure, profitability, staff turnover, competition. Only a few key words that describe the current situation of the laboratory with painful accuracy. It is certain that this mantra will keep repeating itself for the upcoming years. More than ever before, it is necessary to continuously adapt to the rising challenges, but … how do you approach this in the best possible manner as an analytical lab?

Much like the rise of robotics in the automobile sector, a full-fledged automation approach seems the obvious solution. The technical evolution of the past few years has made it possible to implement these principles in an analytical laboratory environment, but there are a few important points to be beware of. Furthermore it is of vital importance that the flexibility of the lab is preserved and the costs are kept under control. During this presentation, we propose a progressive scheme to successfully streamline the processes in your laboratory. 


Lab-Lims Consulting Geert Azou
Market trends and key drivers in future-proof Lab Automation
Emerging technologies and tools are rapidly changing the way we live and work. Products and technologies beyond the wildest dreams of innovators just a decade ago are now commonplace realities. This presentation will first provide an update on the key market trends and technological drivers, and then will provide advice on how to successfully apply these in your day-to-day laboratory practice. Practical tips and valuable insights will be shared that should be taken into account when selecting a future-proof Lab Automation solution. 


LabWare: Mark Gonzalez, Technical Director LabWare Europe
Update on Data Integrity regulations and Advice for Compliance
Emerging regulations and guidelines related to Data Integrity have forced organizations to re-examine their approach to handling analytical data. This presentation will first provide an update on the current state of these regulations, and then will provide advice on how to comply with them. Practical tips will be presented and discussed, in particular from the perspective of Laboratory Automation software. The audience is encouraged to provide scenarios for discussion and analysis.


Metrohm Belgium: Steven Broeckx
More efficiency & Better results – Tailor-made automation solutions
Metrohm has over 30 years of experience in Ion Chromatography. Always inventing new ways to make lab tasks easier, Metrohm is worldwide known for its wide range of automation techniques for IC. The possibilities of these MISP (Metrohm Inline Sample Preparation) techniques are shown by 2 solutions developed by the application lab of Metrohm Belgium for their customers.


NucomatRenaat Van Geel, Business Development Nucomat 
Evaluation Automated Sample Splitter for Used Oil Analysis 

Analysis for used oil are becoming more and more important, since the use of lubrification oil is more and more versatile. Not only marine engine applications, but also f.e. gearbox lubricants for windmills,  requires more precise and accurate preparation and analysis. Analysis preparations and methods are well known and described according ASTM into norms and qualifications. Because of the manual preparation,  consistency in quality implicates a difficult requirement to control,  especially in combination with large sample volumes Preparation for large sample volumes with viscosity differences are a design challenge for automation in order to pre-conditionate this for each work-station/analyzer. Therefore, NUCOMAT has developed the UOSS,  Used Oil Sample Splitter,   an intelligent sample splitting system, based on gravimetric controlled dilution ,  and capable for integrating and preparing samples for PQ, FT-IR,  Visco, ICP and KarlFisher titrations, according ASTM quality needs and requirements. The system is designed into a ‘green’ perspective,  to operate without disposables and to minimize solvents consumption.

In this session, you will get data presented about performance, results and reliability for a system, up & running for 3 years.    


RIC: Bart Tienpont, Gas Phase Specialist
A new generation of robotic systems for automated sample preparation
Modern laboratories are showing more and more interest in the implementation of automated sample preparation in-line or parallel to chromatographic analysis. Manufacturers have done large efforts to respond to the need of higher sample capacities combined with increased speed and improved robustness. This presentation will show the latest developments in sample preparation technologies illustrated with relevant applications.


Screening Devices - Porvair Sciences: Stephen Knight, Director of Sales & Marketing
Automating the dry-down bottleneck

Steve Knight from Porvair Sciences will demonstrate how the new Ultravap Mistral & Levante families of blow-down evaporators can help speed up your workflow and remove the dry-down bottleneck in high throughput sample preparation for LC/MS analysis. Using the Ultravap Mistral Steve will explain how you can quickly easily and reproducibly prepare plasma, serum, whole blood and urine samples for analysis by LC/MS.

Synchron: Niels Kruize & Derk Wilten
The use of robotic systems for lab automation
Synchron develops custom-made laboratory automation solutions and specializes in automated liquid handling. Within its branch of industry, Synchron is renowned as a progressive and innovative company. Since 1986, we have been developing custom projects based on excellent relationships with manufacturers and users of laboratory instruments.  Our products, both software and hardware, are now widely used in many laboratories all over Europe. Synchron offers expertise in all areas of automation and has a wealth of experience in developing and marketing flexible robotic automation      
UMC Utrecht: Eric Strengman, Senior Research Associate Molecular Pathology
Liquid handling in molecular pathology diagnostics
The age of precision medicine is pushing molecular pathology labs to send out reports on tumour mutation status as soon as possible. At the same time more and more targets to be investigated become available, and molecular pathology labs need to adjust their workflow accordingly. Our lab uses massive parallel sequencing in an ISO-certified lab since 2013. This dynamic era in oncology must be used to homogenize the workflow jn the diagnostic lab to be able to provide best care for the patient.

Exposanten Lab Automation Day