If there’s one thing the corona pandemic has taught us, it’s that laboratories place tremendous importance on high sample throughput rates. Even with highly qualified laboratory personnel, this demand can no longer be met. There’s no getting round the automation of laboratory processes. That’s why MolGen in the Netherlands has developed PurePrep TTR, which can prepare 320 patient samples per hour for molecular processing. And the Dutch company uses laboratory-specific automation technology from Festo.
“I’ve already been working together with Festo for ten years, especially with Festo’s national company in the Netherlands,” reports the CEO from MolGen. He describes this collaboration as exceptional, because Festo is always prepared to do more than just sell standard products. “Their Innovation Unit caters to our requirements and provides us with modules for pilot projects. This was the case with the CPX-E controller and now again with the Magic Box, as we call it – the decentralized pressure and vacuum generator PGVA,” says Kruize and adds: “We were among the first, maybe even the very first, to use it.”
Decentralized pressure and vacuum supply
“This is more or less hidden in the machine housing,” explains Bert Baas, Dutch sales engineer for laboratory automation at Festo. The PGVA integrates compressor, air preparation including filter system, reservoir and electronic pressure and vacuum control in the smallest of spaces. “In order to meet huge demand during the corona pandemic, we turned the pressure and vacuum generator over to MolGen while it was still in the technical approval phase,” reports Baas.
“The PGVA reveals the passion for automation demonstrated by Festo’s various teams, which results in successful collaborative solutions for us. This builds confidence in the supplier’s ability to produce prototypes and systems much faster and more flexibly,” concludes the MolGen CEO.
MolGen is a global total solution provider of DNA/RNA technology, with hardware, reagents, consumables, software and services human and animal diagnostics, and the agriculture and biotech industries. The company's automation solutions are developed according to the specific needs of customers and always take into account the latest state of the art technology in life sciences.