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Labvolution

August 26th, 2020
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For anyone keen on experiencing the very latest in lab technology, LABVOLUTION was the place to be. Three major trends – automation, digitization and big data – featured prominently throughout the show, as reflected by a proliferation of robots and monitors at exhibitors’ stands.

Data was among the hot topics covered at the show. Given the advent of automation and the widespread deployment of sensors and interconnected equipment, smart laboratory containers, instruments and equipment are now the order of the day, as operated and monitored using tablets and smartphones.

In overall terms, LABVOLUTION demonstrated it had successfully made the transition to a trade fair serving the innovative lab tech needs of the chemical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, food and medical equipment industries. More than 100 of the approximately 300 lab tech businesses present – in other words, well over a third – were first-time exhibitors.

Three major trends – automation, digitization and big data – featured prominently throughout the show, as reflected by a proliferation of robots and monitors at exhibitors’ stands.

Data was among the hot topics covered at the show. Given the advent of automation and the widespread deployment of sensors and interconnected equipment, smart laboratory containers, instruments and equipment are now the order of the day, as operated and monitored using tablets and smartphones. “The success of tomorrow’s laboratories will hinge on how well the various pieces of equipment perform in digitally transformed, connected scenarios,” explained Gruchow.

In overall terms, LABVOLUTION demonstrated it had successfully made the transition to a trade fair serving the innovative lab tech needs of the chemical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, food and medical equipment industries. More than 100 of the approximately 300 lab tech businesses present – in other words, well over a third – were first-time exhibitors.

The event’s profile was also reflected by the mix of visitors it attracted, with an upswing in attendance by professionals from the chemical, pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical equipment and food industries. The official visitor survey also revealed a greater turnout by companies active in lab technology and infrastructure, lab automation, analytics, quality management, information technology, digitization and big data.

Attendance by trade visitors – running at a rate of 99 percent – was found to be on a par with that of the previous event (2017). The survey also revealed a significantly greater focus on business aspects, with a notable upswing in attendance by top managers. Over 60 percent of the show’s attendees were found to play a major role in their organizations’ investment decisions. Just over half of the visitors were attending LABVOLUTION for the first time. The share of visitors from other countries was slightly up over previous events. Roughly two-thirds of all visitors indicated they intended to return for the next edition of LABVOLUTION. “We are very content with the caliber of the show’s attendees,” remarked Gruchow, adding: “Now it’s our mission to hold course on our chosen trajectory while at the same time boosting attendance.”

A major attraction at the third edition of LABVOLUTION was once again the smartLAB showcase , where visitors could take a close look at the intelligent laboratory of the future. This joint project on the part of 14 business and R&D partners attracted big audiences right from the start, treating them to a rich array of presentations, panel talks and live demos of real-world applications.

During breaks in the program, visitors had the chance to gain hands-on experience with the technologies presented within the smartLAB showcase.

Human-machine interaction was the featured theme at smartLAB 2019. In a new, hands-on laboratory at the smartLAB display, visitors were able to activate the robot arm using spoken commands like “robot, give me some adrenaline”. In fact, it was not chemicals the robot was handing out, but rather candy, packed in boxes labeled “adrenaline”, “citric acid” or “caffeine” – but that made no difference to the delighted recipients.

“You can see that digitization, automation and robotics have now become ingrained in people’s consciousness,” says PD Dr. Sascha Beutel, smartLAB project manager at the Institute of Technical Chemistry from Leibniz University Hannover. “Businesses have now embarked on the journey – and smartLAB has played a role in making that happen.”

This year’s LABVOLUTION significantly beefed up its supporting program. With a total of more than 150 presentations, workshops and panel discussions, visitors from research and industry had a wide range of topics to explore. New formats included a r esearch symposium devoted to current topics from the molecular life sciences, user workshops in the Lab USER Dialogue , and conferences organized by the Berlin-based Life Science Learning Lab Academy . Also well attended was the new LIMS & Software Area , dedicated to displays and discussion of the options offered by laboratory information systems. Established formats like the BIOTECHNICA FORUM and the Life Science Spotlight were also popular hubs for knowledge transfer and networking.

Another key focus at LABVOLUTION was on jobs and careers . Many next-generation professionals took advantage of the show’s training and job placement offerings as a way to make valuable new contacts and explore promising careers in the lab industry.

Ample opportunities for casual networking were provided at the close of the first two days of the show – namely at the smartLAB Reception and the LABVOLUTION After Work event – and the lab tech community made good use of these two occasions for fruitful dialogue.

And finally, LABVOLUTION also had a prizewinner to announce: First place in the first LABVOLUTION AWARD went to the Jülich Research Center (FZJ), for its outstanding success in creating a more sustainable and efficient daily work environment at its own lab. The study group “Bioprocesses and Bioanalytics” has developed new processes for the production of metabolites, intermediates and proteins with the aid of microbial systems. R&D projects in industrial biotechnology typically suffer from insufficient capacity in the area of microbial cultivation.

Second prize was awarded to the Swiss Interlabor Belp for its “PicWatch” software, which helps lab workers to match images accurately to experiments. And third place went to the team working on the APRONA project, who have developed a twin-arm robotic system for the fully automated production of nanoparticles.

All three will be benefitting from consultancy services and training courses specifically designed for laboratory workers, as provided by LABVOLUTION AWARD partner Geniu – FZ Jülich (valued at €10,000), Interlabor Belp (valued at €2,500) and the APRONA cluster (valued at €1,000).

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