Quality control (QC) in genomics workflows

The challenges

Quality control is a crucial step in any genomics workflow to ensure the best outcomes from sequencing data.

While benchtop automation improves reliability and efficiency of processes in the lab, highly trained staff still need to conduct some manual work such as pipetting and moving consumables between instruments in the QC workflow. This can result in contamination, errors, limits to labs’ ability to scale and – most critically – means lab workers are locked into doing laborious tasks, day in and day out.

This is why we’ve developed a new approach to lab automation that enables true walkaway time; open, integrated automation.

Our solution: Open, integrated automation for QC steps

From 1388 manual touchpoints to 7 for 200 samples a day

This system, designed for a customer to enable scaling to 200 samples a day from 200 samples a week. The QC workflow consisted of a flowbot ONE liquid handler, a plate sealer, a plate peeler, an Agilent Microplate Centrifuge and a PHERAstar FSX plate reader from BMG LABTECH.

We calculated 1388 manual touchpoints for 200 samples, and through our platform of 4 smart benches, connected through 2 robotic arms and a magnetic transport layer, these touch points were brought down to 7.

The time needed for manual setup for 200 samples was reduced from 6 hours 10 minutes to just 15 minutes.

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