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Clinical Laboratory Automation with Yaskawa system

Optimize and Automate Workflow

Yaskawa Motoman offers automation solutions for labor-intensive, high throughput areas of the clinical diagnostic lab. Standalone workcells provide "task-targeted" process automation, while integrated systems with a specimen transport conveyor process each specimen as needed to complete the full pre-analytic sequence. Ready-to-load specimen racks are delivered to the diagnostic instruments. Following completion of the analytic sequence, specimens may be recapped, logged and racked for archive storage.


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Pre- and Post-Analytic Processes

Let Yaskawa Motoman's laboratory automation team step through your current up- and down-stream processes with you to identify your pain points and uncover opportunities to improve speed, capacity and accuracy with automation. From there, we will propose a custom solution for your facility capable of:

  • Managing workflow of specimens through the pre- and post-analytic sequence
  • Integrating components of the automation system (sorting, conveyance, decapping, CSS, etc.)
  • Connecting to the LIS to exchange specimen processing data and history
  • Configurating to accommodate volume increases, workflow changes and additional process equipment


Future-Proof your System Investment

Yaskawa Motoman's track-based process automation solutions are scalable and can easily evolve to add/change processes, throughput and configuration as business needs change. The integrated system, connected by a specimen transport conveyor, manages the workflow of over 6,000 specimens per hour.

Systems are highly configurable to accommodate a variety of workflows, including:

Check-In / Check-Out

Throughput: 1,200 tubes per hour


The AutoSorterâ„¢ 1200 receives input from racks or conveyors. Reads barcode and sorts to target racks. Logs and consolidates post-analytic specimens for archive.

Container Scanning System

Throughput: 1,000 tubes per hour


Captures image to identify specimen or analyze label contents. Cap color, tube type, data matrix codes and text may be analyzed to determine the specimen processing sequence.


Throughput: 340 daughter tubes per hour


Produces single or multiple labeled daughter tubes per parent, each with volume as instructed by the LIS. Automatically detects clots and QNS. Accepts a wide range of parent tube configurations.


Throughput: 600 tubes per hour


Removes rubber stopper and threaded caps from most common tube sizes. Container is isolated from other tubes during decap process to protect against cross contamination.

Bulk Loader

Throughput: 1,000 tubes per hour


Tubes are hopper loaded, singulated and oriented. Barcode is read before placing tube in puck and linking to RFID.


Throughput: 950 tubes per hour


Closes post-analytic tubes and aliquot parent/daughter tubes with a plastic insert that may be removed manually or automatically. Many sizes and styles of tubes may be capped.

Custom Process Solutions

Life+Science+Mayo+Line3.final.pngYaskawa Motoman offers extensive process engineering and development capabilities to address unique specimen processing and other clinical lab workflow needs. Solutions include: thaw and mix, relabeling, kitting, instrument connectivity, IT solutions and custom rack development.

Benefit from our experience in designing lab automation systems for some of the world's top clinical companies and schedule a consultation today.

Schedule a Workflow Assessment

Laboratory Automation System Examples


Case Study

2-Yaskawa-Mayo-Medical-Laboratories-engineering-application.jpgSorting Through the Details of an Automation Solution
Mayo Clinic

This article provides a thorough overview of Mayo Medical Laboratories' sort automation system, along with top lessons learned throughout the entire process of selecting, building, and implementing the system.

  • System Selection Process
  • System Overview
  • Lessons Learned
  • Results

Robotic Specimen Processing Systems


Yaskawa Motoman offers a variety of AutoSorter specimen processing solutions that are ideal for a range of clinical laboratory environments. AutoSorter provides improved processing accuracy, specimen traceability and relieves laboratory staff of repetitive tasks and exposure to infection. Various configurations include centrifugation, decapping and sorting to instrument racks, as well as archive consolidation. They may be standalone or linked together with aliquoters, recappers and other process-specific instrumentation.

AutoSorter 1200

  • Processes up to 1,200 specimens/hour for rack-based pre-analytic sorting and post-analytic sorting/archiving.
  • Operates as a "standalone" sorter or as one in a series of processing stations in a conveyorized line.
  • Configurable deck features drawers and/or flow-through conveyors to feed specimens into sorter and to present racks for sort targets.

AutoSorter 2000

  • Utilizing the AutoSorter 1200 platform, the AutoSorter 2000 addresses common requirements for high-volume commercial labs, such as bulk loading, various container types and data connectivity.
  • Processes up to 2,000 specimens/hour for bulk-handled specimens.

Schedule a Lab Automation Assessment

Ready to explore the impact that automation can have for your specific laboratory operations?
Contact our team of specialists to help you conduct a needs assessment.

Contact Yaskawa Motoman - Life Science Div.