Lab Automation Markets Canvasses in Cutting-Edge Research Report by Kalorama Information22 Apr 2013 • by Natalie Aster
Laboratory automation tools range from simple semiautomated liquid handling devices to fully integrated automated systems that include robot arms, pipetting stations, incubators, plate washers, and detectors. According to the report “Lab Automation Markets, 3rd. Edition (Systems, Key Companies, Forecasts and Trends)” by Kalorama Information, many laboratories start their move away from manual techniques by purchasing semiautomated work stations that can pipette and deliver small volumes of reagent or wash the samples in microwell plates or other vessels on a virtually continuous basis.
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On a related front, to make effective use of automation options in the lab will require managers to take an active role in developing policies that guide automation projects, including the purchase of intelligent instrumentation, so that they can plan for systems integration. It is not enough to purchase products to solve a specific immediate problem. Managers have to look at product life cycles to see where each product fits within a vendor’s plans and how it fits within the lab’s informatics planning. They must question whether they may commit resources to a product past the midpoint of its life cycle and discover they have boxed themselves into a system that may need replacement or updating. In addition, policies should be developed on process management, change management - keeping those in the lab informed and providing training to maintain skill sets - project scheduling, and systems retention.
Outsourcing will not be successful unless an overall plan is in place to show how the components and systems in labs fit together. Some of the work specifications will come from the need to provide connections to other systems. In addition, there is an increasing need to develop data interchange and communications standards to move the implementation of lab systems from isolated data stations and database systems to more effective, integrated, laboratory-wide systems, working toward integrated laboratory automation. It is clear that a structured approach to the planning, design and development of laboratory automation systems will benefit the lab and the organization, reducing the cost of operations and streamlining the workflow so that people can be more effective.
More information can be found in the report “Lab Automation Markets, 3rd. Edition (Systems, Key Companies, Forecasts and Trends)” by Kalorama Information.
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