Gel Card Spinner
Gel card technology is used to determine blood type and has become a well-established and widespread standard method. Gel cards on laboratory machines are automatically processed in high throughput applications. Together with a medtech company, Helbling has developed a gel card spinner module deployed on one of the most up-to-date platforms for laboratory devices.
Driven by a customer project and a new application, a new gel card spinner module was to be designed and developed in minimal time. The fixed space ratios on the laboratory machine deck, the transfer positions to the gripper and the xyz robot as well as control via a defined electronics and software interface needed to be accounted for.
Since the company’s own development department was working to capacity on other projects, our customer took the decision to develop the product with an external partner that had the required know-how. Experience in agile system development, the design of rotating machines, electronics and software was particularly important. On the basis of these criteria, the customer chose Helbling and thus to continue the successful collaboration which had already begun many years before.
Key data and technical details
- Four spinners per module
- Independent centrifugation of four gel cards
- n modules stackable
- 0 – 2,500 rpm
- Low noise, statically balanced
- Position-regulated EC drives
- Robotic loading/unloading positions
- Hermetically sealed through protective guards
- Free of contamination
- CAN bus interface