Specimen handling robot

Introduction
The performance and capacity of a robot that transports test tubes were tested using a functional model of the robot. Costs and the technology were optimised using a subsequent functional model. 

Task
The performance and capacity of a robot that transports test tubes were tested using a functional model of the robot. Costs and the technology were optimised using a subsequent functional model.

Results
Test tubes have to be picked up individually from a transport system by a robot with a gripper system and transferred to racks of five or ten. Empty racks have to be supplied to the robot from a magazine and racks that are no longer required have to be returned to the magazine. Then the loaded racks have to be transported to an analysis unit, analysed and returned to the transport system.

Advantages
The first functional model confirmed the feasibility of the project. It was revised to reduce costs and improve the functionality. Now the functional model serves as the foundation for the feasibility study within the overall system for the project.