Some of the robotic tasks include barcode scanning, capping, de-capping, stirring, shaking, weighing, heating, pipetting and combining samples, as well as interfacing with other laboratory testing equipment. These robots are very unique because in addition to their functional abilities, they process large amounts of data. The robots can create files, read and write data to file, transfer files or interact with office computers on a network. This ability to robustly control the flow of data helps guarantee the traceability of the samples. For example, relating a sample back to a particular animal on a particular farm.
While current laboratory automation work focuses on herd testing laboratories, this is seen as an entry point into wider laboratory automation.