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Networked Robotics' Device Talks to Temperature-Based Instruments

December 5, 2007

The palm-size network hardware learns to speak the data communication language of each instrument.

EVANSTON, IL /Marketwire/ -- Networked Robotics' engineers have developed a palm-sized network hardware device that "learns" to talk to a wide range of temperature-based scientific instruments by speaking the data communication language specific to each instrument. Biotech, medical, and food companies use the temperature data collected through computer networks to enhance FDA regulatory compliance, quality, and loss prevention for their operations.

The latest capability allows Networked Robotics hardware in the field to communicate directly to the Cryoplus brand of liquid nitrogen cryofreezers from Thermo-Fisher. Cryofreezers are used to store stem cells and other biologically important samples at temperatures lower than 100°C.

"All of Networked Robotics' current customer base has the option to directly connect Cryoplus freezers to our Tempurity System through the same Networked Robotics hardware units that are now in the field collecting temperatures from refrigerators, incubators, and ultracold freezers," said John Vedo, Assistant Vice President of Quality for Networked Robotics. "Other temperature monitoring systems provide their customers temperature sensors for devices that are already measuring temperature, so that they are duplicating a function that is already provided by the instrument. Networked Robotics hardware communicates directly to instruments, a function that is enabled for new types of devices through net-upgradeable firmware. Our hardware is essentially a scientific machine-language converter. It talks to the equipment in its own language but standardizes the language that is spoken on the network."

Networked Robotics also manufactures a line of digital sensors that collects temperatures from rooms and some types of refrigerators and freezers.

Cryoplus and Thermo-Fisher are registered trademarks of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

About Networked Robotics
The founders of Networked Robotics worked for almost 20 years in the automation of scientific processes for the pharmaceutical industry, and since 1998 have concentrated on diverse network collection from scientific devices. They engineered the first system to collect real-time raw data from a wide-area network and have extensive experience in developing FDA-compliant procedures. As a network device manufacturer and software developer, Networked Robotics strives to establish a new benchmark in scientific data collection. Networked Robotics was incorporated in 2004 and is located in Evanston, IL.

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