Novel software increases the throughput of sample weighing system at GlaxoSmithKline's centre of excellence for drug discovery in Stevenage, UK
Aitken Scientific has created a novel software solution for a new
sample weighing system developed in association with
GlaxoSmithKline's technology development department and the
University of Warwick.
The new system is in use in the centre of
excellence for drug discovery at GSK in Stevenage, where it is
taking care of the repetitive and time-consuming weighing of
compounds and providing a throughput more than twice that of a
traditional weighing system.
Aitken developed the software from
its highly modular A-S Automate package and has included a
customised user interface specifically designed to be very easy
The user need only load the bar coded vial holders and
press a button for the system to automatically weigh every vial
and record the results in the appropriate folder.
Aitken is able
to create customised solutions like this from its A-S Automate
package in a very short space of time because it is extremely
flexible and separate modules control each item of hardware.
weighing system consists of an industrial robot, a rugged
balance, a bar code reader with 2D capability and a novel sensor,
which detects the type of vial holder by its physical features.
Together with the software, these features mean that the whole
system runs quickly and all possible collisions and errors are
Alan Stanley from GSK commented: "Introducing
automation into this kind of environment presents a set of
demands different to the ones found in traditional manufacturing
"We are very pleased with the results of our
collaboration with Aitken and Warwick".