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LabAutoBox Manual

While it is designed to work with the LabBot, this is a controller designed can also work with different types of robotic gantries. The box is positioned inside this aluminum extrusion frame that includes modules used for liquid handling 8-channel pipettes.

LabAutoBox assembly. The electronic box and computer is positioned in the aluminum extrusion frame that supports the microfluidics (multichannel syringe, 4-way valves, peristaltic pumps and pressure compensation vessel)

Components for 8-channel pipetting

  • XYZ motion control
  • 8-channel syringe pump that uses disposable 1ml syringes
  • 8 4-way servo stop cock valves for individually controlling pipettes
  • Pressure compensation vessel and liquid level sensor for stabilizing liquid level in pipette tips
  • Wash, dry and pressure compensation peristaltic pumps

LabAutoBox electronics

  • Re-ARM RAMPS motion controller for XYZ motion
  • Microfluidics controller for controlling the wash, dry and pressure compensation pumps (including liquid level sensor)
  • 4-way valve servo controller
  • Syringe pump motion controller
  • RaspberryPi that runs the LabAutoBox user interface

LabAutoBox software

This is a browser-based user interface hosted by the RaspberryPi. The architecture is based on Internet-of-things (IoT) that uses a messaging protocol that streamlines synchronized interfacing with other devices (ie., cameras and other robotics).

This online technical resource serves as a reference for learning how to work with the LabAutoBox whether it be to control a LabBot or upgrade another liquid handler system or repurpose a 3D printer to do liquid handling.

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