LabHand Payload for Continuous Autonomous Indoor Transport of Laboratory Consumables

Under a program from the National Institutes of Health, Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) is developing a complete, autonomous sUAS (small unmanned aircraft system)-based tool for moving microplates (and similar lab consumables) within High Throughput Screening (HTS) laboratories. This technology is intended to first augment, and then ultimately replace, robotic arms that currently perform HTS autonomous processing.

This innovative application of small, autonomous drones to HTS facilities will provide the speed, accuracy and reliability of robotic arms without the associated cost, prohibitive safety requirements, limited work envelope and operation/repair expertise required by existing robotic infrastructure. This system will utilize PSI’s own commercial advanced sUAS drone technology, in conjunction with a new robotic arm payload containing a specialized gripper mechanism.

PSI’s goal is to provide the HTS industry with a microplate transport tool at lower costs than current robotic arm systems that provides additional capabilities for longer-distance travel and easily-modifiable operational procedures. This multipurpose tool can also be adapted to similar applications involving transport of other types of lab consumables.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Michael Frish
Area Manager, Industrial Sensors
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 738-8252