SiLA 2 hands on : bringing automation to the laboratory

Let’s set the scene

  • Your equipment was not designed to be integrated into any IT system and you are left with no choice than to live with it or purchase new equipment
  • Your equipment has some kind of interface but very few of its capacities are exposed to interact with. You may not even be able to extract the data it produces
  • In the best case, you have a set of integration points covering most of the device functionalities, well documented and written in modern, non-proprietary language

Solving the integration issues with SiLA 2

Client - Server concept

Feature definitions

  • Properties: data values that can be static (e.g. serial number) or dynamic (e.g. current temperature)
  • Commands: an interaction to control or pass information to/from the SiLA Server
  • Parameters: expected information required to execute the command
  • Return values: expected output of the command
  • Errors: expected errors that might occur during the operation

Automated server and feature discovery

And many more…

  • Data types and transport
  • Encryption and authentication
  • Property subscription
  • Command progress updates
  • Instrument locking etc.

Building a simple storage system SiLA 2 driver

Creating a feature

Adding the feature to the server

Implementing the feature

Launching our server

Automatically created interface of our server feature within SiLA Browser

Wrapping up

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Software engineer with a focus on manufacturing and laboratory automation , scientific software

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Matthieu Croissant

Software engineer with a focus on manufacturing and laboratory automation , scientific software

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