Festo Showcases at SLAS 2017 Technology Solutions that enable companies to “Win the Race to Market”

The Festo exhibit features laboratory solutions from five independent manufacturers. Each manufacturer gained cost and market advantages from a Festo technology partnership. (Festo SLAS Booth #313) (Festo AquaJellies - the bionic artificial jellyfish - also at SLAS)

Festo features at SLAS 2017, February 4-8 in Washington D.C., a show within a show spotlighting high speed screening machines from five manufacturers - Biomated Solutions, LGC, Perkin Elmer, PhyNexus, and Rheonix - each of which accelerated machine development through partnership with Festo. Festo, one of the leading automation companies in the world, supplied transformational modular and scalable positioning, handling, and control technology. (Festo SLAS Booth #313)


The Festo booth also features the AquaJellies - bionic, autonomous jellyfish - in a 500 gallon/1,900 liter tank.

Visitors to the Win the Race To Market with Festo booth begin their tour with a stop at the company's Preanalytical Sample Preparation demonstration for an overview of the EXCM Cartesian robot for X, Y, and Z axis positioning. The EXCM is scalable, modular, and designed for plug-and-play installation. This Cartesian robot moves vials and/or pipets on a planar X/Y axis with a repetition accuracy of + .002 inches (.05 mm).

The active demonstration also showcases Festo solutions for vision-system-based sample identification, capping and de-capping, pipetting, creation of buffer and serial dilutions, and replication of microplates. Following this technology overview, attendees move to:
• The TaStation by Biomated Solutions for a demonstration of automated retrieval of samples from well plates using a dockable wireless electronic pipette
• The oKtopure by LGC for automated DNA extraction from plant tissue
• The Janus Vial Handling System from Perkin Elmer for de-capping and sample preparation
• The PhyTip by PhyNexus for large scale plasmid purification - pure, low endotoxin plasmid DNA for every scale, and
• The EncompassMDx™ system from Rheonix for automated sample preparation designed to isolate DNA and RNA from a host of samples

Each company will have representatives stationed at the Festo booth to discuss the functionality of their machine and value of their partnership with Festo in terms of shortening time to market, lowering engineering overhead, allowing the company to focus on core analytic competencies, and strengthening technical field support.

Make versus buy detailed in an Exhibitor Tutorial

To give equipment manufacturers an idea of the issues involved in the make-versus-buy decision for automated positioning and handling systems, Festo presents an Exhibitor Tutorial, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. in Room 151 on Tuesday, February 7. The presenters will explore key advantages and considerations for deciding on open source automated system development, semi-customized system development, and purchase of turnkey automated platforms. The presentation focuses on liquid pipetting in order to give specific scenarios.

AquaJellies at SLAS

The AquaJellies from the Festo Bionic Learning Network are artificial, autonomous jellyfish with electric drives and intelligent, adaptive mechanical systems. Developments in the Festo Bionic Learning network inspire innovations in automation. The movements of the AquaJellies simulate jellyfish undulations. Integrated communication and sensor technology plus real-time diagnostics enable coordinated, collective behavior. When batteries need to be recharged, AquaJellies autonomously and automatically swim to a charging station. The AquaJellies are a favorite attraction whenever they are presented.

For more information on Festo's laboratory automation solutions, call Festo at 800-993-3786 and visit the Laboratory Automation industry page on the Festo website www.festo.com/us.

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About Festo
Festo is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.

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