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The S-LAB Pro automated plated handler is an entry level automation solution designed for multiple applications and ease of use.

With its on-board computer is is capable of operating standalone, loading plates into a wide variety of automatable bench top instruments from various manufacturers. For an ever growing list of standard instruments, we can offer rapid installation. For other instruments we can provide a bespoke integration service. Control is simple. S-LAB Pro can be controlled via an intuitive user interface on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Connection is via Ethernet or LAN.

Benefits of S-LAB Pro:

  • Compact plate handler (portrait or landscape), with the reliability of a robotic arm.  Can fit within a standard laboratory safety cabinet

  • Already compatible with an extensive range of laboratory instruments, with Harmony Batch Manager™ and Overlord™ software for complete control

  • Handles up to 7 deep well plates with liquid dispensers

  • Efficient handling of microplates; capacity up to 100 unlidded/80 lidded

  • Handles lidded microplates providing sterility for cell-based or sensitive assays

  • No requirement for a separate PC-controller and software are embedded within the plate handler.  Set up can be achieved with a smartphone, tablet or PC from which smart web-based applications can be run

  • Barcode reading 

  • IQ/OQ certification available

  • Improves laboratory productivity with walk-away automation

Lead Time:  6 weeks

Dimensions:  Height: 595mm, Maximum width: 504mm, Maximum depth: 648mm (with 6 x S-LAB base units connected)

Capacity:  Up to 100 standard microplates (unlidded)

Plate Exchange Time:  Average plate exchange time is 21 seconds

Microplate gripper:  Allows presentation of microplates in either portrait or landscape orientation

Barcode Reader:  Optional barcode reader, compatible with industry standard barcode formats

User Interface:  User-friendly web application available via PC or mobile devices


1 x Ethernet RJ45

2 x USB 2.0 Ports 

Access to the S-LAB system is through a fixed, wired connection to the Ethernet Port; No external PC required

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

Remote Control: RESTful API

Compliance:  CE and cETLus marked


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


25 x unlidded ANSI SLAS 1-2004 microplates (max height 15mm)

20 x lidded ANSI SLAS 1-2004 miroplates (combined height 17mm)

Plate Park: 

A single microplate position to re-grip the microplate.

Also improving plate loading accuracy and allowing barcode reading.

Lid Park:     

A single microplate position with 2 x lid shelves to store lids

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