The project aims to investigate whether modern robot arms – working together with laboratory staff – can help to streamline the processing of samples in a hospital laboratory.
Robots in the work place have so far operated in
screened off areas for reasons of staff safety. Modern robot arms now have builtin sensors which stop the movement before the robot touches the person. The project is also a cheaper and more flexible alternative to the costly total automation solutions offered by the large reagent companies.
Illustration of manual workflow for handling blood samples
Illustration of robot arms. The project aims to investigate whether modern robot arms, which could work alongside laboratory staff, can help to automate the processing of samples in a hospital laboratory.
This is a public-private innovation partnership. The project involves the Clinical Biochemical Department at Gentofte Hospital, DanskRobotTeknik and Universal Robots. Relevant healthcare professionals and other users who are currently part of the process of handling blood samples are also taking part.
- The project encompasses the development of a “proof-of-concept” for robot arms, to be connected to the Clinical Biochemical Department’s current blood line in order to test staff safety, blood sample tube capacity, operational stability and the reduction in response times for blood samples.