Laboratory Automation

Astech is an award winning systems integrator and bespoke machine builder of complex laboratory automation systems. We offer a turnkey service from design concept to project completion. Our team of highly qualified engineers, design, build, integrate, test, deliver, install and commission complete automation solutions within an ISO9001 quality driven environment. Our REACTS® planned maintenance and technical support service offers complete peace of mind for the lifetime of your laboratory automation system.

Astech are recognised as a leading laboratory automation specialist due to our innovative, intelligent design and capability to produce quality, fully automated solutions for complex applications.

Astech perform the integration of commercially available instruments for common laboratory processes through the use of our proprietary software platform, Relovex®. We are certified with ISO9001 TickITplus for our software development capabilities.

Our solutions have included novel lab automation techniques that Astech have invented, developed and industrialised to meet unique customer requirements. This has enforced Astech’s reputation as an innovative and creative technology company. Developing quality, robust solutions for novel applications has become our speciality. Always at the forefront of technology, Astech are able to implement Industry 4.0, ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ solutions for your laboratory environment.

Astech’s experience and expertise in laboratory systems integration enables us to work with all the major automation manufacturers, including specialist liquid handling robot suppliers. We are proud to have strong relationships with leading robotics and components companies such as Tecan, ABB, Staubli, Keyence, Omron and Festo. These partnerships allow us to offer flexibility in specification and the best possible customer support. All of these companies are active in developing the latest Industry 4.0 technologies to enable SMART laboratory implementation.

Industry sectors we operate in include Pharmaceutical, Life-Sciences, Petrochemical, Chemical, Consumer Goods, Nuclear, Forensics, Government Health Agencies and many more. Our clients are predominantly the world’s largest and most well-known companies.

Custom Robotics & Automation

Research laboratories are often, by definition striving to break boundaries and make new discoveries; however, they are also part of a business that needs a return on that R&D investment. The success of that research often depends on being able to scale up routine operations and workflows as well as collect and interpret the resultant data efficiently. Laboratory tasks may present hazards for humans or must be performed with an accuracy and precision that is hard for humans to replicate repeatedly for long periods.

For applications such as these, robotics and lab automation are the solution. Commercially available off the shelf systems are available for discrete tasks and analyses; however, your overall workflows are probably as unique as the research methods and experiments your success depends on.

Astech designs and builds bespoke lab automation systems for such unique requirements. We have over 25 years’ experience of taking lab automation projects from concept to completion, using well-proven engineering methods to deliver quality turnkey systems that meet the specification on time and budget. 

Our mature quality management system including design and project management frameworks ensure your costs are controlled, timescales met and risk mitigated. Our proprietary workflow scheduling software Relovex® is elegant and simple to use. Relovex® allows complete control over an integrated system of robots, instruments and devices along with any connections that maybe required such as data collection or notification services.

Creative, thoughtful and intelligent design have established Astech’s reputation as a dynamic and innovative engineering company in the lab automation sector.

Developing robust, quality solutions for novel applications is our speciality. The diversity of our clients is one of Astech’s key differentiators and helps us to look at problems differently. We have experience from highly regulated and advanced manufacturing industries such as aerospace, nuclear and pharmaceuticals and adopted best practice from each one.

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