Mecademic: The Challenges and Benefits of Laboratory Automation
A Thriving Quebec Company
Mecademic is a young and rapidly expanding Quebec company that recently became a BIOQuébec member. Founded in Montréal in 2013, Mecademic is known for its miniature industrial robots: more than 700 of them have already been sold in the last five years.
But How Do These Robots Contribute to the Life Sciences Sector?
The answer: by allowing companies to automate their laboratory processes. The Meca500, Mecademic’s top product, is not only the smallest but also the most accurate six-axis industrial robot available on the market. It has a sealed mechanism which ensures clean usage and acts with a remarkable 5 micrometer accuracy. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Zymergen, Medtronic, NovoNordisk, and Agilent have integrated this robot into their daily activities, such as handling microplates, dispensing liquid microdoses, and assembling medical devices. Biological processes and space constraints are continually evolving in the life sciences industry. For maximum flexibility, the Meca500 is designed to be integrated into modular and reconfigurable systems.
This Product Is 100% Made in Quebec
Mecademic’s technology is not only innovative, but it is also more cost-effective than other options currently available on the market. These robots, which are manufactured in Quebec, are competitively priced and maintenance-free, two significant challenges for SMEs and start-ups that are interested in automating their processes. The use of high-quality components such as Maxon motors and Harmonic Drive gears ensures unparalleled reliability and durability. In addition, simple programming and easy integration with the devices a company currently uses further streamlines the automation of everyday tasks.
Process Automation: A Key to Optimizing Operations
Mecademic’s ultimate mission is to integrate the use of industrial robots universally. Its objective is to enable scientists and companies in the life sciences field to optimize their time by delegating their repetitive and monotonous tasks to robotic “colleagues” so they can increase their focus on science, innovation, and discoveries.