Dutch company Synchron Lab Automation developed an automated DNA extraction system with very high throughput by working very closely together with Festo. As a result, customers in the seed industry can collect DNA from up to 40,000 samples per day.
Derk Wilten, owner and Managing Director of Synchron Lab Automation, explains how the cooperation with Festo came about: "In the past, we only focused on the concept of a solution, and then got a partner to build it. This is because we are originally a software company." When Niels Kruize joined the company, he told us that he strongly believed that we should be building turnkey solutions ourselves. Niels Kruize is responsible for business development at Synchron Lab Automation. He used to work in England, where he worked closely with Festo. Based on his positive experience, he suggested launching our first product designed in-house with engineering know-how and components from Festo.”
Festo provided the Synchron developers with intensive support right from the start. Key Account Manager Bert Baas from Festo explains: "Our automation experts supported us throughout the entire development of the extraction machine. For example, they suggested using the new CPX-E unit to provide real added value. They used the module in this project before it was even available on the market."
The process that takes place in the machine is used in the agricultural industry for plant breeding. The DNA is extracted from shredded plant material. Festo components carry out important functions in all phases of the extraction process. The process starts with a carrier that can hold up to 400 microwell plates – 200 for input and 200 for output.