The laboratory of the future

Smart lab of the future to experience, touch and test

Against the backdrop of increasing digitalization, various processes and structures will have to be rethought in the laboratory of the future. Indispensable for the start of the new era are network-capable laboratory devices with intelligent functions, complex holistic automation concepts and efficient interface solutions. The continuous availability of gigantic amounts of data places new demands on data handling and secure data storage.

At the special show "Forum Digital Transformation" at analytica 2022, a total of five use-cases for the networked and digitized laboratory will be presented. Equipment and software manufacturers will show cross-product digitization solutions using relevant practical examples. The spectrum ranges from cobot-assisted work processes for sample preparation and analysis and user-oriented process control with laboratory execution systems to horizontally and vertically networked yet modularly adaptable instrument solutions.

The focus is always on the shared laboratory infrastructure and seamless integration between sample input to quality-assured analysis results. A special highlight is the virtual journey through the laboratory of the future in the VR area.

See innovative software and devices of:

  • 2MAG
  • Better Basics
  • Düperthal
  • Essentim
  • Fluics
  • Integris Lims
  • Intergra Biosciences

  • Labforward
  • Mettler Toledo
  • Thermo-Fisher Scientific
  • TU Dresden
  • SmartLab Solutions
  • kreatiVRaum

Discover the future of digitalization at the lab

The premiere of the Digital Transformation Forum at analytica 2018 created a new crowd-puller for visitors and exhibitors. In 2020, the forum, like the entire trade fair, was conducted completely digitally. For 2022, the special show "Digital Transformation" has been redesigned in cooperation with SmartLab Solutions GmbH and allows visitors to try out the laboratory of the future.

At five hands-on islands, 13 partners will jointly demonstrate their solutions and cross-manufacturer typical analysis processes in the laboratory with the help of innovative products and software. A special highlight is the VR area, where you can walk through a mixed reality of the lab of the future yourself.


The laboratory workflows of the special show Digital Transformation

Click on the workflows to get more information.

A short description on every workflow as well as all details are available here.

Click to connect

Quality testing of a chemical by means of software-supported user guidance with comprehensive instrument control incl. solvent management and warehouse management

"Click to connect" guides the laboratory technician through the process of quality testing and analysis of a solvent with software support. The workflow is designed in such a way that, thanks to detailed instructions, the test is carried out in a maximally comparable manner, even with changing personnel.

In the first step, the test substance is taken from the smart Düperthal hazardous substance cabinet. Automatically, the warehouse management software "myDüperthal" synchronizes the location and also the consumption of the chemicals in order to trigger an automatic reordering when a minimum quantity is reached or not reached. At the same time, hazards such as insufficient ventilation of the hazardous materials cabinet are indicated to the user.

After removing the chemical container, the lab technician is guided through the steps: a) Weighing in and backweighing the chemical on the Mettler Toledo Analytical balance XPR225, which transfers its data directly to the inventory management system b) Sample preparation for analysis in the Mettler Toledo UV7 spectrophotometer c) The result of the measurement is transferred to the lab management system. A tamper-proof label for the analyzed chemical is automatically generated on the FLUICS printer to identify the chemical.

Click to connect minimizes the effort of chemical testing for the laboratory technician and supports the quality and comparability of the analyses through an intuitive software solution.

Connect the lab

Pipetting 96 well microplates can be so easy with an INTEGRA electronic wireless pipette, Labforward's Laboperator universal instrument control, FLUICS CONNECT sample labeling and BETTER BASICS SmartRacks.

Lengthy pipetting protocols are tedious and error-prone. This is especially true when the protocol involves sample transfers into microplates such as 96- or 384-well plates.

In the integrated solution from Better Basics Laboratory Supplies, FLUICS CONNECT, INTEGRA Biosciences and Labforward, the sources of error have been minimized: SmartRack organizes consumables and tools. The VOYAGER and VIAFLO multichannel pipettes have multi-dispensing capabilities and are adjustable in tip spacing; FLUICS CONNECT printers create instant QR codes to label your MTP in a retrievable and unique way. You will be guided through all work steps in the lab operator.

Try out the smart lab of tomorrow for yourself. At the "Connect the lab" hands-on island, you can experience how modern technology and connectivity can support your daily lab work.

ELISA connect

The workflow guides the user through an ELISA assay. In addition to protocol management, Labforward's lab operator controls the process-relevant devices, calculates consumables and stores the measurement data for automated documentation.

The "ELISA connect" guides the user in performing the antibody test for Sars-Cov-2.

First, a robotic arm autonomously sorts the unordered sample input according to analyses to be performed; samples that need to be centrifuged in the first step are placed directly by the cobot into the centrifuge and this is started via the Laboperator software; other samples are arranged in a rack for the upcoming analysis.

In parallel, the lab operator prepares the experiments: The ELISA kit is checked in, the number of samples is set. The required chemical volumes and their availability are checked independently by the system.

In the guided process instructions, a dilution series of the samples in microtiter plates is created. Here, too, the software automatically sets the required volumes on the automatic pipettes from INTEGRA Biosciences. Pipetting is made particularly time-efficient by the multi-dispenser function of the pipettes. After a series of working and washing steps, the assay is examined in a photometer. The measurement results are recorded in the software and a copy of the performed assay is stored in the system as a digital twin.

FlowLab - with LADS to the plug-and-play capable laboratory of the future

FlowLab enables the automated and quality-assured consolidation of all data from the devices and sensors required for the process in the LIMS - from sample receipt to the finished invoice. In addition, the user is guided through the process fully automatically. This reduces time and costs as well as possible operating errors such as non-compliance with defined times or process sequences.

In routine laboratories, the recording and process monitoring of a wide variety of parameters is essential. The consolidation and evaluation of the data is usually time-consuming and largely manual. FlowLab simplifies this process by automated and quality-assured information harmonization using the new OPC UA-based laboratory interface LADS (Laboratory and Analytical Device Standard) directly into the iLIMS from INTEGRIS.

Even before the sample arrives at the laboratory, the temperature is continuously monitored during transport with essentim Spot sensors. The recorded data is read out at the sample entrance of the laboratory with the LADS interface and merged with all other data centrally in the iLIMS. During the further processing of the sample, the environmental parameters in the laboratory such as temperature and humidity are continuously recorded by the essentim Sphere and wirelessly transferred to the LIMS.

Cherry-pit sized, wireless sensor spheres, the Sens-o-Spheres developed at the TU Dresden, are used as an innovative solution for online temperature measurement in liquids during sample processing for data acquisition. The data of the Sens-o-Spheres, which weigh only 0.5 g, are also stored directly in the iLIMS based on LADS. The integrated actuators, such as the wear-free 2mag magnetic stirrer MIXdrive 15 with the control unit MIXcontrol 20, are also controlled process-oriented via LADS and return their current status to the LIMS.

After the experiment has been carried out, the results and monitoring data are stored in the log and an invoice is generated automatically.


The "single" in the iHEX system is the "Lab2go". This autonomous laboratory honeycomb gives you maximum mobility. Roll the honeycomb to the place where it is needed. Powersupply and Wifi are integrated, as is the interface to the lab management system. On the touch display, pipetting and the work step are displayed simultaneously. The software directly records the performed workflow - wherever you are experimenting.

Moveatory - Flexibility and connectivity for working with microplates

The "moveatory" workflow follows its name: A robotic arm from Thermo Fisher Scientific has been integrated into the SmartLab Solutions mobile honeycomb to guarantee flexible and functionally integrated handling of microtiter plates.

The Thermo Scientific™ Spinnaker™ robot is a four-axis SCARA robot. It is optimally adapted to the work processes for a variety of biotechnological applications, e.g. in high-throughput screening (HTS) or for enzyme assays.

The robot integrated on the mobile platform enables the transport of MTP to different stations in the laboratory. In addition, an MTP hotel was built into the body of the mobile laboratory furniture, which can be loaded by the robot. The hotel can be tempered by a built-in incubator.

The incubator with the loaded plates can be moved flexibly, e.g. from the warehouse to the preparation station to the photometer, without loss of time and quality of the incubation. The software connectivity is perfected on the device level and allows the barrier-free interface to the local laboratory management system.

Future Reality Lab

Virtual reality is already familiar from the world of games and entertainment. Playful work in mixed reality also offers completely new possibilities for the laboratory world: Complex processes and infrastructures can be experienced here before the expensive implantation. Together with customers all over the world, work results can be experienced in a handy way.

Dive into mixed reality in the "Future Reality Lab" with the iHEX system from SmartLab Solutions and the virtualized hazardous materials cabinet from Düperthal. Experience the new reality as it can soon become the new everyday life.