This huge area has been fitted out and transformed to create a laboratory space with, for example, evidence recovery and manual DNA processing laboratories, administrative offices and support space. It also houses the automated GSPS, which covers three different laboratory spaces over a 40 m long by 6 m wide footprint.”
Christo Weitz, Project Manager for the GSPS, commented: “With regard to our requirements for a robotic sample processing system, we didn’t have to compromise at all on any of the specifications, because when we looked at Tecan’s proposal for the GSPS, it was abundantly clear that they understood exactly what it was that we wanted and they provided us with exactly that solution.”
The Tecan SAPS team, headed by Beat Glauser and largely based in Munich, has been working on this project since early 2004 and this massive platform was hardly a straightforward installation. The 37 m process line inhabits three restricted access spaces that operate in a cleanroom-like manner, each with ante chambers and its own separate, climate-controlled environment, to prevent chain of evidence breaches and cross-over contamination – the GSPS- related hardware alone took four weeks to install. However, the biggest challenge for Tecan was the inclusion of a number of third party instruments, such as DNA analyzers from Applied Biosystems, into the GSPS; all of these required full LIMS and control software integration, achieved by the Tecan team through rethinking, redesign and consultation. The final set-up is documented in 162 controlled Tecan documents and, incredibly, 149 third party manuals!