SiLA: Basic standards for rapid integration in laboratory automation

J Lab Autom. 2012 Apr;17(2):86-95. doi: 10.1177/2211068211424550. Epub 2012 Jan 24.


A standard (SiLA, Standardization in Lab Automation) that focuses on the connection between sample processing devices and a software system for automation gains acceptance. This article reports about the creation and contents of the first set of standard specifications developed during the first 2 years. These specifications-named Device Control and Data Interface Specification, Common Command Dictionary, and Data Capture Specification-describe how devices are connected to a software controlling the interplay of the devices, the command sets for various device classes, and the structure of result data such as data generated by microtiter plate readers. A section about SiLA-compliant products and pilot projects using SiLA-compatible devices for system integration gives an idea about the acceptance of the standard in the marketplace.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Automation, Laboratory / methods*
  • Automation, Laboratory / standards*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / methods*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / standards*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Humans
  • Software
  • Specimen Handling / methods