An increasingly important topic in laboratory automation is the supply of IT solutions in laboratories. These range from single device controllers through process management, data analysis and administration systems to superior laboratory administration solutions. To fulfill today’s expectations for real data and knowledge factories, such IT structures are essential in modern laboratories.
Fraunhofer IPA has decided to tackle this problem and is actively involved in the SiLA initiative (Standardization in Lab Automation). Through this, standards are becoming available for device drivers, communication interfaces and laboratory consumables. This will enable devices and systems from different manufacturers to be easily integrated into the laboratory environment. In development projects concerned with the automation of processes that were previously considered impossible to automate, integration technology is the second most important element after the creative solution for key process steps.
Our experienced team from the Department of Laboratory Automation and Biomanufacturing Engineering develops software solutions tailored exactly to customer requirements. Wherever possible, we use available standard solutions, such as LACS, and further develop them to fulfill specifications. In doing so, we ensure compliance with FDA or MPG regulations by applying the relevant industrial norms, e.g. IEC 62304.