Lab automation: Similar to the rapidly changing technological developments, the opportunities within automated laboratory processes are infinite and increasingly accessible. Automated equipment and robotic systems are becoming a vital part of the lab. What is lab automation exactly and how can lab automation improve your research?

What is lab automation?

Lab automation is the use of clinical instruments that assay large numbers of samples with minimal human intervention. Automation can be used on a small or large scale, depending on the different steps in the workflow. Most laboratory automation systems are run by robots and customized software.

The professionals working in a lab are mostly academic researchers, scientists and engineers who conduct research. Whereas lab automation specialists develop new technologies to increase productivity and data quality, while reducing lab process cycle times which frees up time for new experimentations or research. With the help of laboratory robotic systems this becomes reality.

Robots play a vital part in lab automation and can communicate with many laboratory instruments on a small or large scale to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the research.

Lab automation: why do we need it?

Lab automation will improve the efficiency of a research by speeding up the process and cutting waste. Resulting in less running costs. Also the time gain when Laboratory robotic systems are being used is a great benefit. Now researchers have much more time to focus on other parts like analyzing the result or starting new projects. 

Automation of a lab can also increase data reliability, as a possible error can be detected more easily. Besides that, laboratory robotic systems are also designed to work safely side by side. Several safety barriers are developed on the platform to guarantee the safety of the researchers as well as a the dynamic force detection of the robot. Resulting in inherently safe robots that can be deployed without shielding without slowing down.

What are the costs of lab automation?

A large obstacle for laboratories to automate their processes is the high cost. Many laboratory instruments are very expensive. In many cases, this is justifiable, as such equipment can perform very specific and precise tasks employing cutting-edge technology. However, there are devices, which perform tasks that could easily be done by simpler and low-cost devices like robotic arms, universal electronic modules, or 3D printers.

Lab Services can help you to make your organization become more sustainable by looking at exactly what automation is needed in your laboratory. After that, we make a tailor-made offer. This means that you never pay for unnecessary equipment.

Lab automation by Lab Services

Regardless of whether you work within the Pharmaceutical, Crop Science, CRO or non-sbs market, Lab Services can provide the most suitable solution for your automation and / or integration issue. Lab Services is your independent partner for integrated robot and laboratory equipment. Developments in laboratory automation started blossoming in the 1980s, closely monitored by Lab Services and resulting in the first fully automated microtiter plate system installed in 1996.

Our experience learned us that flexibility, simplicity and speed are essential when developing customized software. Something the market did not provide at that time. That's why we developed our own flexible software: PlateButler®. A product which is still innovative today. Based on your needs and changes in the market, we continue developing the PlateButler® software. By doing so we guarantee that you can keep using your laboratory robotic system in the future.

In addition to fully integrated automation, there is an increasing demand for the automation of single devices. Because to this, we developed Heron: a flexible, user-friendly and, universal automation solution. Besides that, Lab Services is also the supplier of a wide range of innovative tools such as pipettes, washers, dispensers, readers and incubators. Our product range is also available outside the Benelux. We work together with carefully selected distributors with high knowledge in the field of laboratory automation.

Are you curious how Lab Services can help you and your laboratory with the best lab automation system to increase the efficiency, flexibility and accuracy of your process? Please fill out our contact form. We are more than happy to help you!

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