When it comes to automating processes in laboratories, the potential is significant, but the challenges are many. Robotic systems must be able to handle delicate goods, work in the absence of humans as well as alongside them, and be flexible enough to adapt to regularly changing environments and tasks. Therefore, the ability to perceive the environment and precise localization are key in such sensitive environments. At the same time, reliability and robustness are absolutely essential in order not to jeopardize the often sophisticated processes.
Founded in 2003, laboratory automation specialist Biosero’s first project was to help a pharmaceutical company automate its laboratory. Since then, Biosero’s teams have been working to support scientists with “automation that works”, with accessibility and robustness as the cornerstones of their solutions.
While developing a mobile robotic solution for moving labware between workstations and instruments within laboratories, the team encountered a challenge: The 5 cm position repeatability of their mobile base was sufficient for navigating the robot through the lab environment. However, it was simply not precise enough to support the pick-and-place operations of highly sensitive labware. For this, they needed a much more precise localization, with an accuracy of 1 mm (!).
“The rc_visard is an essential element in guiding our Mobile Robot product.
Its reliability in the ever-changing laboratory environments we operate in has been crucial, and we are confident that we made the right choice for this task"
In addition to the sensor’s meeting their precise localization requirements, Biosero’s teams appreciate that “the documentation from Roboception is fantastic and we have always found the support team to be very responsive”. They believe that “Roboception’s products will continue to be valuable in our future endeavors, as they allow us to develop innovative and efficient lab automation solutions for a wide range of applications”.
Biosero is a leading provider of lab automation solutions, specializing in the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology to optimize laboratory workflows. The company’s innovative solutions are designed to increase throughput and minimize human error in various laboratory environments.
The rc_reason TagDetect Module is part of the standard software package of the rc_visard. It provides robust detection of QR codes and AprilTags and calculates the 3D position and orientation of each tag relative to the sensor.
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