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Biomedical / Laboratory automation

Laboratory automation includes processes such as high-throughput screening, combinatorial chemistry, automated clinical and analytical testing, diagnostics, large-scale biorepositories, and many others. These processes would not exist without an important progress in laboratory automation. Improving health care treatment like diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy requires more and more automation process equipment. Laboratory robotics assure the automatic handling of specimens, for example for mixing or incubation. However, automatic handling requires the fast and reliable detection of specimens.

Panasonic provides technologies based on high speed and contactless object detection to increase productivity, reduce lab cycles, and enable experimentation that otherwise would be impossible. To increase the speed for conducting millions of chemical, genetic, or pharmacological tests Panasonic is the right partner.

Electrostatic charge also plays a role when it comes to handling very small quantities of specimens because the weight of the electrostatic charge has a higher percentage of the total weight. Here Panasonic responds with a large range of industrial ionizers for various applications.

The key factors that speak for Panasonic are:

  • Long-term availability of products
  • High quality of products and services as required in the biomedical sector
  • Well established and experienced in this sector
  • Customized and standard products available
  • Industry-specific development

 

Detecting the liquid level in a tube

EX-F1: Pipe-mountable liquid level detection sensor

Liquid/air (bubbles) can be detected simply by mounting the sensor onto the tube (ø 4mm). Also ideal to detect leaks of liquid reagents or cleaning solutions.

 

Space-saving mounting

BE-A: Built-in amplifier

Optical bubble detection in liquid for tubes with a diameter of 3mm or 4mm. Easy installation and combination of several sensors in a small space.

 

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Detection of chemical solution leaks

EX-F60 Series: Leak Sensor

Even small liquid leaks can be detected by simply installing and connecting  the sensor. No sensitivity adjustment is required. This compact and space-saving sensor can also be used in narrow spaces.

 

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Workpiece positioning

EX-L200 Series: Ultra-compact laser sensor

Distinctive features of these laser sensors include their high degree of directionality and beam visibility. Ultra-compact in size, yet provide high-precision detection performance. Ideal for positioning microplates.

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  • EX-10 series 
    This ultra-slim photoelectric sensor (only 3.5mm in thickness) can be mounted in a very small space. Ideal for detection in test tubes in a rack.
  • PM-24 series
    This ultra-small photoelectric sensor helps to save space. Ideal for detecting overrun and starting points in mobile units.
  • GX-F/H series
    This IP68-rated sensor has strong water and environmental withstandability. Resistant against considerable shocks and vibrations, it is ideal to confirm chucking operations performed by robot arms, etc.
  • PM2 series
    This convergent reflective sensor detects miniature objects, e.g. copper wires with a diameter of only 0.05mm. Sensing performance is hardly affected by background.

 

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Detection of remaining liquid in a sample vial

FX-500 series ver. 2: Contact liquid level detection fiber & digital fiber sensor

This sensor features a fluorine resin coated fiber head and can be used for different types of solutions. With a 1.5 mm fiber head, the sensor can also be used for small bottles.

 

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Static elimination in test tubes and microplates

ER-X series: Area Ionizer
This airless operating ionizer can eliminate static electricity on the target object without the worry of volatilization of valuable reagents or dispersion of contaminants.

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  • ER-Q series
    This fan-type ionizer is palm-sized and can be mounted just like a sensor.

 

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Height control of the dispenser nozzle

HG-C series: Micro laser distance sensor

Due to improvements of light detection this sensor achieves a high-precision measurement with a repeatability of up to 10µm. It is among the smallest in the industry and therefore ideal for installation on moving parts.

 

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Safety for operating personal

SF2C series: Ultra-slim safety light curtain

This safety light curtain automatically stops a production line whenever a person is detected inside the protected area. The slim design (thickness 13mm) does not take up much space, leaving the access to the machine as wide as possible.

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