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Labman to Create the Formulation Engine at the University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory

John Hesford Labman News, Projects

The Formulation Engine Labman is proud to announce a major order worth £2.5M to develop the Formulation Engine at the University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory. Due to open in 2017, the University of Liverpool’s Materials innovation Factory is a £68 million facility set to revolutionise materials science research and development by drawing together world-leading, multi-disciplinary research expertise, unparalleled technical …

Quad Rotor Development

Robert Hodgson Just For Fun, Projects, Technical

While studying and working a Labman, I designed, built and developed a Quad Rotor including the frame, electronics and flight control software as I thought it would be an interesting challenge and learning exercise. The software is written in C++ and runs on an on-board micro-controller called an mBed. I used the Quad Rotor in my University dissertation, developing semi-autonomous …

An Automated Handbag Knitter (nearly!)

Andrew Whitwell Just For Fun, Projects

Claire Nixon of Lana Knitting recently commissioned an automated knitting system from Labman Automation. As a local company she met some of the Labman team and expressed an interest in being able to add some automation to her trusty but manual Empisal Knitmaster knitting machine. Her business provides knitted handbags to the world’s haut couture. With the masterful aid of …

MIRACLE annual conference update

Robert Hodgson Labman News, Miracle, Projects

Labman hosted the annual Miracle conference last month. Labman has been an active partner in the European Consortium of Miracle for the last 3 years. During the conference, Labman had the opportunity to portray its multi talented engineering capabilities demonstrating a prototype DNA amplification and detection system to the European board of reviewers. The current Miracle system comprises of three …

Fraction Collector and Re-formatter system for Bayer CropScience

Robert Hodgson Labman News, Projects, Technical

The mechanical and electrical build phase of the Bayer CropScience Fraction Collector and Re-formatter system is nearing completion. This is a first for Labman as we are fitting a new robotic system in to an existing enclosure that was originally installed by Labman in 2002. The new system is capable of collecting up to 500 fractions and reformatting them into …

Good news for fruit juice producers

Jo Batey Labman News, Projects, Technical

An EU research project is under-way to develop an automated method for identifying and tracking mould contamination during fruit juice production. Moulds exist naturally in fruits. Some mould strains can defer the quality and shelf-life of the juice. Some mould strains are also hazardous to the health of the consumer. For fruit juice producers, this can prove expensive in terms …

Plant Grinder and Preparation System for Aberystwyth University

Robert Hodgson Labman News, Projects, Technical

At Labman we are currently working hard on the production of one of our latest systems for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University. The University currently performs a number of biomass grinding, dispensing and preparation processes which they wish to automate. The system that Labman is manufacturing, comprises of three separate bespoke robots which …

METABOLITE EXTRACTION SYSTEM OUT FOR DELIVERY!

Robert Hodgson Labman News, Projects, Technical, Uncategorized

A high throughput metabolite extraction system designed and developed by Labman is due for delivery this week.  The system has fully automated the process of extracting polar and non-polar metabolites from lyophilised plant material.  Tissue samples and materials collected directly from the plant is loaded into the system which processed them into output vials ready to be loaded onto GC …

Water Filtration System Successfully Completed

Labman Automation Labman News, Projects, Technical

Last week saw Labman install a semi-automated bench top water filtration device at Thames Water Laboratories in Reading. The system filters dirty & final effluent water samples pre-analysis, which have been brought in from the field. The team at Thames Water initially kicked off investigations into a filtration product after a number of concerns were raised over their current method …