Plant Grinder and Preparation System for Aberystwyth University

Robert Hodgson Labman News, Projects, Technical

At Labman we are currently working hard on the production of one of our latest systems for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University. The University currently performs a number of biomass grinding, dispensing and preparation processes which they wish to automate.

The system that Labman is manufacturing, comprises of three separate bespoke robots which are used together to automate the required processes.

Cryogenic Grinder System

The cryogenic grinder system is an automated plant sample grinding and dispensing system that is built around a chest freezer which maintains an operating temperature of -60°C. The system is used to grind plant samples into a fine powder, which is then dispensed into a number of output vial.

Cryogenic Grinder s

Room Temperature Grinder System

The room temperature grinder system performs the same grind and dispense operations as the cryogenic grinder system, however all actions are performed at room temperature.

Room Temperature Grinder s    IBER - Dispense station


Sample Extraction System 

The sample extraction system is used to perform a number of operations on pre-ground plant samples that are output from one of the Labman grinder systems. Due to flexible nature of the system the operator is able to select the operations that are performed from the following list:

  • Dispense Liquid
  • Dry Sample
  • Transfer Liquid
  • Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Incubate

Liquid Extraction s   IBEL - Centrifuge module



The following diagram shows how operationally the three systems are used:

IBERS - process


The project is scheduled for delivery to Aberystwyth in November 2013.