The use of information technology in the laboratory is changing the lab’s role within organizations
Sample preparation can be a labor-intensive and expensive process. What are the factors that should be considered when evaluating the possible transition from manual to semi-automated or fully automated systems? How do they impact your return on investment?
An IT department alone can't plan, implement, and support today's laboratory systems
In the digital era, data is tied to the instrument’s data system, unlike before when an instrument could change but users could still access its data in paper charts and notebooks. That means that in today’s world, careful planning is needed in order to avoid data system changes that can impact access to important instrument data.
Understanding each other's needs and priorities is key to a good working relationship
Where We Are vs. Where We Need to Be
In September 2012, the Institute for Laboratory Automation and Lab Manager — as part of the Lab Automation University program— will offer a series of webinars under the heading “Lab Automation Is Inevitable: Are You Ready?
With the architectual basis for integration still undeveloped, users must focus on their own requirements.
Lab automation projects have become cooperative activities between lab and IT groups. This is part of the evolution of lab systems.
In order to be successful, a company needs to build a lab automation team that takes advantage of the skills of different groups. This article looks at how the work involved in lab automation programs can be managed by a team.