Symyx Automation Studio
29 January 2008
Symyx Technologies has launched its Symyx Automation Studio, an enterprise software solution that accelerates experimental workflows and improves R&D productivity by automating and controlling multiple laboratory instruments.
The software also allows data collection, real-time data processing, analysis, searching and reporting.
Automation Studio combines the capabilities of Symyx Epoch and Symyx Impressionist laboratory execution software into an application that integrates powder dispensing, liquid handling, heating, stirring, chromatography, spectroscopy as well as imaging functionalities.
Automation Studio is configured for easy, turnkey control of more than 150 different laboratory instruments from more than 50 vendors. The tedium of having to learn multiple software/hardware interfaces is eliminated, and scientists can manage entire workflows with a single application.
Automation Studio captures experimental data in a standard database that scientists can access across multiple sites, facilitating the retrieval and sharing of experimental protocols and data by globally distributed project teams. Powerful out-of-the-box searching and reporting capabilities, both at runtime and post-experiment, enable researchers to search the database and share reports with team members using Microsoft Excel (with pivot capability) or Adobe PDF.
With Automation Studio, R&D organisations can develop application-specific interfaces to turn even the most complex workflows into 'walk-up' applications requiring minimal training and effort to use. The system's simple flowchart interface gives scientists and programmers control over all aspects of an experiment, enabling them to customise experimental protocols easily based on project requirements.