The Use of a Mobile Robot for Complete Sample Management in a Cell Culture Pilot Plant

  • Martin Wojtczyk
  • Rüdiger Heidemann
  • Klaus Joeris
  • Chun Zhang
  • Mark Burnett
  • Alois Knoll
  • Konstantin Konstantinov

Abstract

A mobile robot system was developed that is capable of automating the complete sample management in a biotechnological laboratory. The robot consists of a wheeled platform and a mounted industrial robot arm with an attached gripper tool. The proper interaction with the biotechnological devices is accomplished by the use of a color camera for object recognition, a force/torque sensor to prevent damages and laser scanners for precise localization in the plant. Furthermore necessary changes to the environment of the robot are kept to a minimum. By providing a scripting language, the robot system can be easily adapted to new devices and further tasks. The use of this autonomous robot was successfully implemented and a fully automated sample management system established.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Wojtczyk
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rüdiger Heidemann
    • 1
  • Klaus Joeris
    • 1
  • Chun Zhang
    • 1
  • Mark Burnett
    • 1
  • Alois Knoll
    • 2
  • Konstantin Konstantinov
    • 1
  1. 1.Bayer HealthCare, Biological Products, Process Sciences R&DBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Informatics, Robotics & Embedded SystemsTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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