Lab automation refers to a broad array of devices that employ robotics, software, and mechanical systems to accelerate laboratory processes, reduce errors, and free up laboratory staff to do other important tasks. Motion control technology is at the heart of several lab automation design functions that require uncompromising high precision, such as pipetting, liquid handling, mixing, and stirring. Over half of the world's largest lab automation manufacturers use PMD motion control solutions - ICs, modules, and boards – to meet their requirements for high precision, safety, and long-term supply stability.

Motion Applications Used In Lab Automation Design Systems

Gantry Control

Mechanical devices that move orthogonally in three dimensions.

CAM Profiling

A general purpose motion technique utilizing a pre-stored look-up table of desired positions driven by an incoming command encoder datastream.

Indexer Control

General purpose devices that operate in the vertical dimension and form the basis of storage and retrieval systems as well devices such as Semiconductor SMIF-pod access systems.

Microscope Control

Motion control of automated microscopes, also called automated digital microscopes or more broadly automated microscopy.

Robotic Gripper Control

Control methods associated with getting a robotic 'hand' to grip an object safely - applying neither too much or too little force.

Robotic Wheel Drive

Controlling wheels used to propel robotic devices such as warehouse robotics, rovers, agricultural robots, robotic lawn mowers and a wide array of mobile devices.


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