Automation in the Lab New International Standard for Laboratory Equipment Communication
Today's laboratory infrastructures are made up of many highly specialised devices from a wide range of manufacturers. To simplify the workflow in laboratories, OPC Foundation and the industry associations Spectaris and VDMA announced the new “Laboratory Agnostic Device Standard (LADS) based on OPC UA” as a “Joint Working Group” (JWG).
Scottsdale/USA — Specatris has therefore been working on an answer to this challenge since 2016 in its working group “Networked laboratory equipment”. The first foundations have already been laid in recent months. With the creation of a working group together with the OPC-Foundation and the VDMA, the involvement of all international and national interested stakeholders is now beginning. Together they established the “Laboratory Agnostic Device Standard (LADS) based on OPC UA”.
The goal of LADS is to create a manufacturer-independent, open standard for analytical and laboratory equipment that comprehensively reflects the different customer industries and their respective workflows, is sustainably applicable and also meets future requirements of digitalization and automation. LADS will be based on OPC UA which is the open communication platform for cross-vendor communication and interoperability in industrial automation processes developed and promoted by the international non-profit organization OPC Foundation.