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The world’s first automated laboratory comes on line

Tony Evans (Affordable Automation)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 September 1995


Reports on the opening, in May 1995, of North West Water’s new water testing laboratory in Warrington. It is the first automated laboratory in the world, with 85 per cent of the company’s water tests involving the use of robots and providing 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year production line testing. Uses standard industrial systems and robots and which have been customized to carry out more than 60 water sampling tests. Outlines the sampling procedure from collection through analysis to storage of the test results on a central computer.



Evans, T. (1995), "The world’s first automated laboratory comes on line", Sensor Review, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 28-30.




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