The growing trend towards digitalization is becoming ever more apparent in pretty much every area of life. The demand for innovative applications in the laboratory is also constantly increasing. An intelligent and automated laboratory setup results in optimized workflows and increased process efficiency and safety. Interlinking various aspects of the laboratory in an appropriate, digital and modular manner also simplifies laboratory procedures and the associated documentation.
Effective microscopy platforms require the complex control of all components in order to guarantee not only reproducible outcomes but also software that can easily be operated by the end user. A modular software solution has been created that features a supreme level of automation yet low application complexity for the specially developed light sheet microscope (SPIM). A high level of reproducibility is ensured as the software is able to put together protocols for a specific experiment or study which can then be loaded as presets at a later date. Moreover, every microscopy image can be recorded using parameters created in real time, such as position, temperature, local pH values and partial pressures (smart capillary). This gives way to wide-ranging analyses of the captured images. Due to the software’s modular character, new analysis algorithms can be integrated at any time and the subsequent results can be incorporated into the process operation or exported separately for documentation purposes.