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2016 Product Resource Guide: Automated Liquid Handling

Our guide to purchasing an automated liquid handling system for your lab.

by Lab Manager

6 Questions to Ask When Buying an Automated Liquid Handling System

  1. What is the system’s volume range, and how many different sample vessel types can be used?
  2. If you are interested in a manual system, can automation be added to it down the road?
  3. What kinds of dispensing technology does the system use?
  4. Can the liquid handler accommodate plastic bead-based or magnetic assays?
  5. What is the flow rate spectrum?
  6. Is the system’s software easy to use? Does it allow for both custom and pre-programmed protocols?

What Kind of Automated Liquid Handling System Is In Your Lab?

Individual Benchtop Workstations54%
Self-Contained Multi-instrument Workstations28%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look For When Purchasing An Automated Liquid Handler

Accuracy and precision for a wide range of compatible fluids81%
Safe sample handling--No cross-contamination80%
Maintenance/service/availability of accessories and replacement parts62%
Rapid throughput49%
Pipetting flexibility--pipette with 384, 96, 24, 16, 12, or 8 tips41%
Maximum operator safety37%
Sample tracking34%
Size--small footprint30%
Ability to expand on instrument as requirements change29%


Looking for a New Liquid Handler?

Lab Manager’s Automated Liquid Handling Product Finder utilizes a query-based system to quickly narrow the field of available automated liquid handlers to those that specifically meet the requirements demanded by your application