Life sciences2023-03-01T23:05:24+00:00

Life Sciences: Enabling the lab automation and medical innovation that will change the world

Achieving the high throughput and extraordinary precision necessary for medical technology and laboratory automation is challenging. The groundbreaking technological partnership between HEIDENHAIN, ETEL and IMT is delivering just that, speeding up life science solutions and helping make it more accurate and cost effective than ever.

A breakthrough in lab automation design

A unique combination of linear encoders and motors, motion control and microfluidics delivers unprecedented results in biotechnology

Achieving the high throughput and extraordinary accuracy necessary for lab automation, liquid handling, DNA sequencing and sample analysis to name a few, is extremely challenging. But now, a groundbreaking partnership between HEIDENHAIN, ETEL and IMT is changing lab automation design forever.

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HEIDENHAIN linear encoders

HEIDENHAIN linear encoders deliver absolute positioning accuracy to ensure the highest level of positioning at high traverse speeds.

ETEL linear motors

ETEL linear motors are perfectly suited for the most demanding scanning applications—those that require zero attraction force and outstanding speed stability.

ETEL motion control

ETEL motion control solutions deliver a decentralized architecture for consistent performance and speed.

IMT microfluidics

IMT’s glass wafer processing capabilities allow the automated production-scale manufacturing of multilayer microfluidic flow cells.

Fluid motion


The microfluidics product line includes customized micro- and nano-patterns and structures in glass, integrated electrodes, waveguides and structured functionalization, for life science applications. IMT provides flexible offerings from design consultancy, prototyping to scalable manufacturing.

  • Nanopatterning enabling high-throughput multiplex assays and next-generation sequencing
  • Structured waveguides enabling increase signal-to-noise ratio
  • Complex glass structuring enabling multiple-emulsion droplet generation
  • Electrode integration (various materials, feature sizes down to 2 µm) enabling e.g. pathogen detection

Hydrophobic nanocoating in action

The fast and simple nanocoating process offers a scalable route towards manufacturing advanced glass microfluidic devices. Application examples include the generation of double emulsions in a single chip, fabrication of phase guides, and stop-and-go structures.

Motion control

HEIDENHAIN and ETEL partner for a powerful combination of high accuracy control systems enabling improved speed, scanning and overall system throughput while avoiding standstill and slow travel.

  • High accuracy for precision measuring steps
  • Interface variety for easy implementation and low disruption
  • Scalable solutions, ranging from motor and electronic components to complete motion systems
  • Linear motors with high acceleration, patented cogging-free motion and exceptional thermal efficiency

Optical detection

Built precisely for accomplishing the short seek-and-settle time, stability and crisp images required for the rapid analysis of biomarkers.

  • Excellent surface properties, low-coefficient thermal expansion (CTE) and low auto-fluorescence
  • Linear encoders capable of exact focus and field-of-view overlap avoidance
  • Rapid, yet stable, movement from image to image
  • Reduced focus and image capture time for increased overall throughput

Life Sciences resources

IMT glass microfluidics for life science and diagnostics

Learn more about flexible process offerings that enable mircofluidic solutions in glass with design consultancy, prototyping, and scalable manufacturing.

Functionalized microfluidic devices without impact on DNA integrity

Discover the DNA integrity test results of chemical surface coatings and assembly materials in this Technical Note.

Microfluidic materials with confirmed biocompatible performance

Read more about a completed biocompatibility quality test procedure for materials that are utilized for the production of microfluidic devices.

Solutions for medical technology and lab automation

Read on for how HEIDENHAIN, ETEL and IMT technology contribute to achieving high throughput, exceptional accuracy and faster, more reliable processes.


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