Laboratory automation is the integration of automated technologies into the laboratory to enable new and improved processes.
Typically, lab automation solutions eliminate the most repetitive tasks in a lab, such as library preparation or liquid handling, that have typically been performed manually by lab technicians or scientists. However, as the technology advances, more and more complex processes, and even whole workflows, can be automated. And, increasingly, automated technology is a requirement in today’s laboratories to remain competitive and meet demand.
Today’s busy laboratories face increasing pressures to improve both throughput, efficiency and quality, while their resources and manpower are often stretched to the absolute limit. The need to manage complex tests, multiple workflows and time-consuming sample preparation presents significant challenges to labs of all shapes, sizes and specialities.
As a result, many labs utilise laboratory automation to replace manual, repetitive tasks, increase throughput and improve quality. Whether a single piece of equipment, such as a pipette machine or automatic aliquoting machine, or a full workflow automation, lab automation can be a gamechanger for these labs.