S-LAB™

At PAA, we’ve developed an automated plate handler, S-LAB™, that re-defines how automation works for you


Here’s how we’re re-defining automation..

  • Budget Friendly– Reliable lab automation shouldn’t cost the earth, and it won’t have to! Our new plate handler has the reliability of a robotic arm at a price that won’t break your budget.
  • Small footprint – We know that space is at a premium in the laboratory. That’s why our new compact automated plate handler will easily fit standard lab benches and safety cabinets.
  • Keeps a lid on it – Finding it difficult to affordably automate sterile cell-based assays? Lidded microplates are important for sterility and most plate stackers can’t handle these reliably. Our affordable plate handler can!
  • Easy to use and set up– We believe that automation should be easy and accessible. That’s why our new ‘plug & play’ automated plate handler is as easy to set up and use as a printer, and it’s compatible with up to 300 different lab instruments.

A reliable and affordable automation solution

Please contact us for further information.

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Application Notes

Downloads and files available to download

Product Description

The S-LAB™ Automated Plate Handler is an entry level automation solution that has been designed for easy installation and use. With its on-board computer it is capable of operating standalone, loading SLAS/ANSI microplates onto a wide variety of benchtop instruments, from any manufacturer. For an ever growing list of standard instruments we can offer an “off the shelf” package that can be installed in less than an hour. For other instruments we can offer a bespoke integration service. Control is simple. S-LAB™ is controlled via an intuitive easy to use software interface on either a tablet, laptop or smartphone.

General Specification

Dimensions Height: 595mm, Maximum width: 504mm, Maximum depth: 648mm
(with 6 x S-Lab™ base units connected)
Capacity: Up to 100 standard microplates (unlidded)
Up to 30 deep well microplates (unlidded)
Plate exchange time <15 seconds, using throughput configuration
Microplate gripper Allows presentation of microplates in either portrait or landscape orientation
On-board alignment VGA camera with inbuilt lens for system alignment
Plate detection Photo-optical plate sensor with tolerance ±0.25mm
Barcode reader Optional barcode reader, compatible with industry standard barcode formats
User interface User-friendly web application available via PC or mobile devices
  Connectivity 1 x Ethernet RJ45

2 x USB 2.0 Ports

Access to the S-LABTM system is through a fixed wire connection to the Ethernet port
No external PC required

Instrument connectivity: USB, RS232 using USB/RS232 adaptor (supplied) or SiLA Web Service Provider

Remote control: RESTful API

Compliance CE and cETLus marked

Storage Components

Six slot-in S-Lab™ base units are supplied and can be mounted around the plate handler. Each base unit can
accommodate the following S-Lab™ storage components.

Stacks (Last in first out) 25 x unlidded ANSI SLAS 1-2004 microplates (max height 15mm)
20 x lidded ANSI SLAS 1-2004 microplates (combined height 17mm)
Deep well stacks (Last in first out) 6 x ANSI SLAS 1-2004 deep well plates (max height 50mm)
Shelves 4 x lidded or unlidded ANSI SLAS 1-2004 microplates
(maximum height (random access) 15mm)
Plate park A single microplate position to re-grip the microplate,
improving plate loading accuracy and allowing barcode reading.
Lid park A single microplate position with 2 x lid shelves to store lids