analytica 2020: The digital laboratory live and tangible


  • Globally unique special show Digital Transformation in Hall B2
  • The world’s most practice-oriented laboratory-of-the-future concept to date
  • Forum Digital Transformation with top experts

Visitors to analytica 2020 can experience the laboratory of the future in a special show that is unique in the whole world: 18 partners from science and industry have joined forces to demonstrate device networking, collaborative robotics and user interaction, using the example of eight workflows from real-world applications. In the associated Forum, experts give lectures on the current state of digitization in the laboratory.

From laboratory planning through sample logistics to data management, digital technologies will revolutionize the laboratory world – experts are unanimous about that. However, the new opportunities that this change will actually open up often remain vague, even for industry experts. In the special show Digital Transfor- mation (Hall B2), analytica will therefore demonstrate in specific terms how daily work in the laboratory will change. The special show consists of an Action Area and a Forum.

“Key topics in the laboratory of the future are going to be digitization, miniaturiza- tion and automation,” explains Dr. Felix Lenk, head of the SmartLab Systems research group at the Technical University of Dresden (read an interview with Dr. Lenk here). With his team, he is organizing and designing the Action Area dedicated to the topic of Laboratory 4.0 at analytica 2020. A total of 17 industrial partners could be enlisted, who are for the first time working together on this scale to implement lab-of-the-future workflows. They include companies such as eppendorf, Düperthal, LAUDA, Merck, Mettler Toledo, Olympus, and innovative start-ups.

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Action Area with flexibly convertible workflows

At the center of the Action Area, in alternating demonstrations they show two com- plex laboratory workflows. For this purpose, the area is converted several times a day. “The laboratory of the future must be able to adapt flexibly to ever new tasks. We are demonstrating here how this can work in practice,” explains Dr. Lenk. This setup includes robot arms that support the laboratory staff in manual activities. Semi-transparent data glasses, so-called mixed-reality glasses, make information and data easily available. The networked equipment – including pipettes, dispens- ers, pumps, scales and centrifuges – guarantees a consistently digitalized and standardized workflow. All data converge in a digital lab journal.

Six smaller hands-on workflows are grouped around this central workflow. Visitors can actively take a hand there and try out laboratory-of-the-future processes. These workflows show, for example, networked temperature controls in biopro- cesses, digitized optical analyses, and control of exothermic reactions.

To ensure flexibility of the smart laboratories, at analytica modules in honeycomb form are used, which can be newly combined again and again. In recent years, this design has proven advantageous for use in the laboratory, since it allows for particularly space-saving combinations. For analytica, the honeycomb modules are equipped with extensive engineering and fitted with interfaces that make them universally connectable. analytica visitors will thus experience what is currently the world’s most flexible laboratory-of-the-future concept.

The Action Area is complemented by the Forum Digital Transformation. In lectures and discussion rounds on all days of the fair, manufacturers, associations and in- stitutions will give an overview of the current status and future applications of digiti- zation in the laboratory.

Networked know-how: analytica 2022 simultaneously with automatica

“We expect that the digitization trend will continue to keep the laboratory industry busy in the coming years and will again be the focus of analytica 2022,” says ana- lytica Exhibition Director Susanne Grödl. Visitors can then benefit from particular synergies: For due to a tight schedule on the Munich exhibition grounds, analytica 2022 will take place at the same time as automatica, the world’s leading trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics. As the leading event for the automation and robotics industry, automatica will occupy seven halls with over 900 exhibitors and welcome more than 45,000 visitors.

Date for both events: June 21 – 24, 2022.

About analytica

analytica is the world’s leading trade fair for the laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology industries and their users in research and business. The trade fair will be complemented by the analytica conference, where the international scientific elite meet for discussion of current topics in chemistry, biochemistry and labor- atory medicine. At the analytica 2018, there were 35,626 visitors and 1,163 exhibitors. Since 1968, analytica has been held biannually in Munich. The next event will be from March 31 to April 03, 2020.

analytica worldwide

Messe München is the world’s leading trade fair organizer for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnol- ogy: The analytica network comprises – in addition to the world’s leading trade fair analytica – analytica China, analytica Anacon India with India Lab Expo, analytica Vietnam, and analytica Lab Africa.

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