Success Stories

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“Without SiLA we would continue to have increased development costs, time, and project risks for integrated systems as we deal with proprietary instruments and data interfaces.”

Inken Plitzko, Scientist, F-Hoffmann-La Roche AG

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“Having a SiLA standard will allow us to have a much more modular and versatile system.”

Geoffroy Bourquin, Senior Research Expert, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd

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“SiLA gives scientists more time to innovate because it makes automation possible for every lab.”

Oliver Peter, Director, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

End Users

Reduced project cost & risk

SiLA thinks of everything as services. This enables flexible interaction, connection processes and great agility. Lab systems benefit from the elegant core concepts SiLA was developed with in the short term – and in the long term too. Changing the lab setup is easy with SiLA. No big integration process, no data formatting problems, no communication complications. SiLA enables the vision of a future lab today. 

Increased efficiency & sustainability

SiLA will always be in a process of evolution. Maintained by it’s members, it already accomplished great efficiency and is expected to be around for decades. SiLA consists of a time saving process. It let’s everybody concentrate on the actual science – From the start until the end of your project.

Vendor independence

SiLA is a standard able to support all device or software vendors. Through it’s core concepts, it allows to choose a software system or device based on quality instead of its origin and facilitates integration between different vendor devices enormously.

Uniform data formats

Working with different data formats can be a major problem in modern labs. SiLA standardizes data formats and refers to existing standards such as AnIML (Analytical Instrument Markup Language). Together, true end-to-end-communication is accomplished. 

Combine your systems

SiLA 2 can link services in a peer-to-peer fashion, allowing different systems or devices to communicate to each other (e.g. automation software oversees the process & ELN records data automatically)! 

True plug & play

True plug & play is one of SiLA’s biggest advantages. As the integration process happens automatically, lab devices can be put together in whatever way needed.  

Quick success

When using SiLA, first results are quickly achievable. The SiLA quickstart takes around 5 minutes. 

High flexibility

SiLA 2 runs over common Internet infrastructure (ethernet, wifi, …)

No license fees

SiLA is a non-profit organisation. Therefore, there is no license fees, no royalties, no membership needed for using it. It’s simply free!

System Engineers

Service oriented

One of SiLA’s core concepts is it’s service oriented structure. Therefore, it is possible to configure SiLA in many different ways – the explicit and strict standard allows quick understanding and can be used to fit individual needs.

Compliance

Everything in the SiLA core is strictly and explicitly defined. No ambiguities, no unforeseeable and no implicit behavior.

Data integrity

SiLA ensures full data integrity during the process of communication. It will transport data safely and structured from any SiLA Server to any SiLA Client.

Uniform data formats

Working with different data formats can be a major problem in modern labs. SiLA standardizes data formats and refers to existing standards such as AnIML (Analytical Instrument Markup Language). Together, true end-to-end-communication is accomplished.

Human understandable

The Feature concept of SiLA 2 is human read- and understandable! Encapsulating complexity as much as possible, SiLA augments accessibility and the development process enormously.

Simple integration

The whole integration process of SiLA can be made automatically through SiLA Discovery. Alternatively, SiLA allows the integration process to be carried out manually.

Hardware Manufacturers

Intelligent and elegant concepts

SiLA is based on outstanding and intelligent concepts. The basis of all is SiLA’s service oriented structure. A stable core defined in the SiLA specification ensures a solid ground to work on. On a service (Feature) level however, a flexible evolution is always in process.

Easy integration in existing ecosystem

In SiLA 2, a big part of our work consisted of making integration easy for everyone. Whether you are an End User, System Engineer or Hardware Producer, SiLA 2 will be on your end – and on the other ends too!

Readily accessible

SiLA is programming language independent. Supported reference implementations are available in Java, Python, C# and C++ for easier accessibility. Use our basis to develop your ideas.

No license fees

SiLA is a non-profit organisation. Therefore, there is no license fees, no royalties, no membership needed for using it. It’s simply free!

Define Features individually

Vendors can define own Features whenever wanted. Use what already exists when it suits and add own content when needed!

Core Competencies

Connect

Connect your analytical balance to your Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

Interface

Interface your plate reader with your liquid handler

Integrate

Integrate your control software with your Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)

Merge

Merge your data with John’s data from the lab next door

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