S-CEL™ – laboratory robotic workcells

S-CEL is the complete solution for your integrated laboratory workcell

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A workcell is an arrangement of resources in a manufacturing environment to improve the quality, speed and cost of the process. Workcells are designed to improve efficiency by maximising process flow and eliminating waste. – Wikipedia

The S-CEL enclosure system provides a flexible design that accommodates all types of laboratory automation applications, ranging from simple instrument loading to complex cell based science. With modular workcells, containment options and environmental control, S-CEL is tailored to your individual needs.

A complete solution typically includes the following:

  • A robotic plate handler
  • A microplate store/incubator
  • A number of laboratory instruments required by the process you wish to automate

The process workflow is optimized and controlled by Overlord™, our advanced scheduling software. Overlord is an easy-to-use scheduler that lets you define a procedure once, for one plate, and then use it for all the plates in the batch.   This reduces development time and providing reliable run-time operation. The extensive Overlord driver library provides access to over 300 commonly used laboratory instruments (robots, liquid handlers, plate readers, incubators – as well as many peripheral devices), allowing us to deliver the most comprehensive automation solution available.


  • User and environmental protection, Class II type protection available
  • Configurable sizes to fit the required instrumentation
  • Advanced safety system – interlocked doors or light curtains for easy access
  • TRESPA® chemical resistant, easily cleanable, bench tops
  • Modular configuration, allowing multiple S-CEL™ workcells to be linked for large automated processes
  • Includes an ergonomic support arm for monitor, keyboard and mouse (or touch screen)
  • PAA is 'vendor neutral' enabling you to choose exactly what instruments you want to integrate

Find out more about the solutions we can offer to automate your process

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S-CEL Features and Benefits

S-CEL is our prestige range of laboratory robotic workcell enclosures

S-CEL robotic workcell systems are designed for cell based science and other demanding biotechnology applications. With modular workcells, options for various enclosures, and environmental control, S-CEL systems are tailored to your individual needs. Rectangular and hexagonal designs are available.

3D-modelling is used to design, simulate the operation of the work cell, manage the production and document the system. This ensures that an optimum design is reached quickly, the workcell is manufactured efficiently and that rework is eliminated, providing a cost effective solution and short delivery time.

All systems comply with all European and international safety legislation regarding the safe use of robots
and other pharmaceutical equipment CE and ETLus certificates provided.

Connect docking station increases flexibility

  • Increases the productivity of high value equipment ensuring maximum return on investment
  • Seamless integration of third-party equipment
  • True plug-and-play docking of instruments using connect, enabling your instruments
    to be used in multiple applications
  • Benefit from full 360˚ unrestricted access to the system for instrument calibration and servicing
  • With S-CEL capable of running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – science never stops

Software Control

  • S-CEL is powered by Overlord, PAA’s advanced scheduling and control software allows the widest range range of robots and instruments to be incorporated into the workcell
  • Overlord incorporated powerful error recovery – minimizing downtime
  • Overlord allows batches of samples to be queued, multiple assays to be run – all through a simple user interface
  • Use the Harmony touch screen interface for intuitive workcell control


  • Safe to use with easy access
  • Ideal for cell based science applications – cell line development
  • Instant emergency stop on incursion into the workcell (interlocked doors or light curtains)
  • Reliable safety system conforming to all relevant safety standards
  • Emergency stops mounted strategically around the enclosure
  • Safety and/or environmental enclosure (user protection/sample protection) options available
  • TRESPA chemically resistant bench tops
  • S-CEL can be monitored and controlled remotely with the latest camera technology and web-based access

Product Range

Safecel is available in a number of versions

  • Safecel – interlocked doors and Plexiglas screens
    This Safecel offers complete protection from all moving equipment.
  • Safecel L – light curtain protection.
    Safecel L provides light curtain protection surrounding the working area. Break the light curtain and the robot stops instantly. This is quicker and safer than reaching for the e-stop. The light curtain provides full access to the system, when the robot is not operating.
  • Safecel H – environmental control / Class 2 protection
    Safecel H has fully interlocked doors, with integrated environmental control. Safecel H guarantees sample preparation in a controlled environment. This type of workcell can incorporate an exhaust hood incorporating a HEPA filter to protect the user from biological contamination (CLASS 2 protection).

Safebench 1000

Safebench 1000 is a rugged bench system for instrument or automated instrument in your laboratory.

Key features of the Safebench

  • Standard bench for an instrument and robot GE Healthcare IN Cell 2000/2200/6000
  • Rugged and stable
  • Mobile or stationary (wind down feet)
  • 400kg max weight (feet down position)
  • TRESPA® chemically resistant and heavy duty bench top, facilitates easy cleaning

Safebench bolts to existing instruments/benches

  • Robustly supports laboratory robots and instruments
  • Use an PAA KVM accessory, Overlord laboratory automation software, automate instruments to support the PC peripherals
  • Lock together with strong locating catch and handle and/or spigot to connect utilities

Add an enclosure

  • Enclosure are built on standard S-CEL designs
  • Use an PAA KVM accessory, Overlord laboratory automation software, to support the monitor and other PC peripherals
  • Lock together with strong locating catch and handle

Find out how the safebench 1000 can intergrate into your laboratory

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Whether your application is: • automated ELISAsample preparationcell based assaysdrug discoveryDNA sample preparation, there is a Safecel option for you!


Connect instrument docking system

Connect™ docking system – the instrument mobility solution for busy laboratories!

Connect instrument docking systems enable you to maximise your investment in expensive instruments by using them in multiple applications.   Easily remove the high-value instrument from the workcell for use elsewhere.  When finished  return them to their original without having to reteach the robot.

Connect Features and Benefits

  • Add and remove instruments from your robotic workcell in seconds
  • Easily remove an instrument from a PAA S-CEL™ for; standalone operation, use in another workcell or for maintenance
  • Add flexibility to your workcell – retask by changing the instrumentation
  • Compressed air/ nitrogen, water, power and communications are connected automatically
  • Self-locating and self-levelling – just push the cart in and press the ‘Connect button’
  • No reteaching of robot positions required after cart removal and reattachment
  • Automatic cart identification – fully compatible with Overlord software
  • Re-configuring your system for different assays is easy – simply wheel up the instrument you require and ‘Connect’!
  • No trip hazard with unsightly floor mounted docking stations
  • Robust carts support the heaviest instruments (e.g. PerkinElmer ViewLUX, Forté Bio Octet)

Connect™ instrument docking system

The Connect docking system consists of a removable Connect cart (holding the instrument) and a docking station (located in the automation workcell or standalone location).  Connect automatically connects all communications and utilities to the instrument and locking the instrument accurately in position so that you don’t have to reteach the robot.  Connect docking systems can support any automatable instrument. Connect enables you to make the most of your valuable instrumentation using them in multiple workcells or other locations.  It also enables to you re-purpose your workcell by easily changing the instrumentation. Instruments are easily removed for servicing and returned to the workcell when they are ready for use. We have supplied Connect docking systems to support a number of high-value instruments:

  • Labcyte Echo 550/555
  • HighRes Biosystems Microserve
  • GE Healthcare IN Cell 2000/2200/6000
  • Forté Bio Octet
  • Synentec NyOne

Carts can be supplied with a UPS to keep the instrument powered-up when moving the cart.

Connect cart wall docking stations

  • Wall docking stations allow the instrument to be used in manual mode.

Connect cart instrument turntables

  • This optional turntable allows the instrument to be rotated for easy access, when it is removed from the workcell.
  • Release the lock, rotate the instrument and lock in the 180° position to access the instrument rear panel.

Connect 7000 carts

  • Simpler cart system that offers mechanical connections only.
  • Can include KVM (keyboard/vdu/mouse) support accessory.

Find out how Connect will improve into your laboratory operations

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