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Advanced software is the key to successful laboratory automation. This article first describes a process known as high throughput screening used in the discovery of new drugs. The automation of high throughput screening is then outlined at three different scales of investment and resultant...
Discusses process automation in bakery manufacturing. States that although automation has occurred in the preparation and process areas, packaging has remained a manual operation. Presents a flexible automated packaging system which can cope with the demanding variables encountered when dealing...
Discusses the use of robots in pharmaceutical laboratories for repetitive tasks and dealing with dangerous substances such as radioisotopes. Presents a project undertaken by BNFL, Amercare Ltd and Middlesex University to develop a fully automated radiopharmaceutical dispensing system. Discusses...
Robot calibration and metrology systems vary widely in performance, but, as a general rule, they are considered to be expensive systems that are normally beyond the budget of the average company. A market survey involving some of the leading systems available reveals that the leading performers...
Industrial robots have found great potential in applications to assembly‐line automation. Programmable robot‐based assembly systems are often needed, in particular for circumstances in which special assembly equipments is not available or well‐trained operators could not be employed...
The accurate measurement of the position and orientation of a robot end‐effector is the most critical issue for calibrating of robotic devices. Calibration methods provide tools to improve the accuracy of robots without modification to the mechanical unit or its control architecture. However,...
Reviews the application of industrial robots in cleanroom environments. Outlines how trends in electronics design are increasing the demand for cleanroom robots. Reviews how cleanroom robots can be used in disk drive and semiconductor production. Outlines how cleanroom robots are also necessary...
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