The Growing Need for Laboratory Automation
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The Growing Need for Laboratory Automation

Edwin Rodriguez,Manager, Analytical Science & Technology,Ipsen

Edwin Rodriguez,Manager, Analytical Science & Technology,Ipsen

Automation provides the benefit of improved hands-off capacity together while improving the accuracy and precision of common laboratory activities.

Companies in various industries are seeing the advantages of incorporating some level of automation into their laboratories, whether it's for a single step or the full workflow. Robots, in particular, ensure consistency, accuracy, and hence dependability, as well as the ability to function at higher speeds and for longer periods of time, resulting in improved quality and production.

Automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) offer enormous potential in the pharmaceutical business, where high-quality and efficient procedures are less of a bonus and more of a necessity. Automation plays an increasingly important role in accomplishing corporate goals across the industry, enabling more consistent laboratory behavior across different facilities. It's easy to see why an increasing number of pharmaceutical quality control laboratories are investing in autonomous sample preparation, handling, and testing solutions as the importance of such technology grow year after year. Not only can robots accomplish tasks with significantly higher precision, but they also contribute to a more sterile laboratory with fewer contaminants as a result of fewer humans.

Safety with automated laboratory equipment

All manufacturers face a constant challenge of keeping their staff safe. Mistakes can be minimized using procedural safeguards and personal protective equipment (PPE), but removing people from the process is the only way to eliminate the danger totally. Automation is important in laboratories because, unlike people, automated systems do not get weary or make mistakes. There's no need to be concerned about being fatigued near the end of a shift. Indeed, a completely automated system can eliminate shifts and run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Errors and mishaps are unlikely to occur as long as they are programmed appropriately. Instead, consistent precision is ensured, raising the quality of the operation while also removing the burden from workers and allowing them to focus on other tasks.

Fully automated systems relieve workers of burden

Many of the tasks in laboratory analysis are recurring. They can be laborious and time-consuming for human workers, and they have the potential to induce repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the fingers and hands, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. In the pharmaceutical industry, frequent handling of vials, including capping, uncapping, filling, and labeling, is a major culprit. Filling and labeling methods that are automated reduce the danger of workers suffering from injuries.

There are numerous reasons to embrace laboratory automation, but the benefits to worker safety should not be underestimated.

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