Safety - 2.1 Hazard summary

electric shockDanger: electric shock Do not open or attempt to open any of the power supply units for the devices. There are no user serviceable parts in any of the devices.


The system uses compressed air at 6bar (87PSI). Ensure the compressed air supply is isolated before carrying out any maintenance.


Danger: moving machinery The Router contains automatically controlled moving mechanisms.

2.1.1 Chemical safety

hazardous materials

Danger: toxic materials The system may contain small volumes of hazardous liquids if there has been a leak from a vial.

You must ensure that vial caps are securely fixed to prevent leakage of hazardous substances. SPT Labtech Ltd can supply a capping tool if required which will ensure caps are fitted correctly.

2.1.2 Accessing lab2lab  

In normal use, you use Sender units and lab2lab Client software to introduce vials to the lab2lab system, and the Waste Bin or vial Collection Point to remove them after all analyses have run. In addition, the Director software is used to oversee the complete lab2lab system, monitor use and resolve problems.  

See the 'lab2lab Owner's Maintenance Manual' for details of how to access lab2lab devices for maintenance or repair. 

2.1.3 EMC

You do not need to implement any EMC precautions before using lab2lab.  

High static discharge can sometimes cause a device to reset. Devices will therefore be earthed appropriately when they are installed. If an EMC discharge causes a device to reset, the system will automatically recover.

2.1.4 Noise levels

The continuous A-weighted sound pressure level at the devices does not exceed 70 dB(A).  

The peak C-weighted instantaneous sound pressure value at all Senders, Receivers and Buffer is < 70dB during sending.  

The peak sound pressure at the Router does not exceed 80dB(A) when sending a vial, for a duration of:  

  • Between Router and Receiver, Collection Point and Buffer typically 3 seconds or less 
  • Between Router and Sender between 3 and 12 seconds 
  • Between Router and building2building 1 second 

Consider noise level when deciding where to site the router (see 'lab2lab Installation Requirements' for suggested suitable locations). 

2.1.5 Weight and handling issues

All devices are fixed installations and are not designed to be moved once installed. Items should only be moved after consulting SPT Labtech and would depend on ceiling space transport Pipes being close to the new position.  

There are no special handling requirements necessary for the individual parts except the Router which must be installed by trained personnel only.

2.1.6 Transport pipe safety

The lab2lab system blows vials from station to station at velocities of up to 10m/s. The transport Pipes are securely fitted into each station and require a tool to remove them.  

Do not operate a lab2lab device if the transport Pipes have been removed or loosened: vials and their contents would be ejected at high speed and could cause injury.