key technical benefits – sample automation

TTP Labtech’s lab2lab provides a reliable, secure and rapid means of sample automation by transporting samples and resulting analytical data around research facilities. It can maximize the use of your analytical equipment and to enhance lab automation.

lab2lab has been developed from TTP Labtech’s proprietary pneumatic technology deployed in its comPOUND® sample storage system.

how does lab2lab work?

In its simplest configuration, lab2lab comprises a bench-top microtube sender, connected to a router which then leads on to a receiver unit attached to analytical instrumentation. The router manages the flow of sample microtubes and has a buffer for temporary sample storage. The flexible delivery tubing connecting the system together is used to transport microtubes by low pressure compressed air.

secure and simple transportation for analysis

The scientist scans a bar code, selects the analytical method or methods required and assigns an ELN reference number. The microtube is then placed in the sender which transfers it to the router for scheduling. When a microtube is received by the router, its barcode is read and it is either transferred to the receiver unit of an available instrument or held in the buffer for analysis at a later stage.

The receiver unit transfers the microtube directly to the autosampler of the requested analytical instrument. Once the sample has been processed, the microtube is returned to the router for disposal, storage or further analysis.

The results of the analysis are sent via the network to the ELN referenced as soon as they become available. This is usually within 15 minutes of the sample being submitted.

flexibility and versatility

TTP Labtech’s receiver units can be easily linked to a wide range of analytical equipment including HPLC, LC/MS, GC/MS, UPLC and NMR.

The buffer unit provides a queuing station so that samples can be scheduled to visit more than one instrument, or can be run overnight if the results are not required immediately. The ability to schedule samples for analysis at times when the demand on analytical equipment is less maximises access to the most commonly used instruments. The buffer can easily be connected to an integrated rack handling robot.

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TTP Labtech’s lab2lab is easy to expand as each router can connect up to 30 sender/receiver units and multiple routers can be easily linked together. lab2lab’s flexible delivery tubing can be run within the superstructure of a building or on the surface of walls and ceilings, as determined by the end user. There is no theoretical limit to transport distance and a single 6 bar compressed air supply can easily transport sample microtubes up to 1000 metres. Longer distances can be achieved using intelligent boosters.

The flexibility of these units makes it possible to customise a lab2lab network across additional floors, buildings, to a central lab or even disparate rooms housing analytical equipment, thereby maximising laboratory sample automation throughout the research site.

TTP Labtech’s lab2lab can be integrated into any laboratory management system in any research facility where rapid, traceable sample analysis is required.