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Automated Liquid Handling

Transitioning to Automated Liquid Handling

Transitioning to Automated Liquid Handling

Virtually every lab manager experiences the dominant pressures of optimized workflows that reduce inefficiencies on all fronts to achieve organizational goals and remain competitive in the dynamic scientific landscape. Adopting automation technologies—and automated liquid handling (ALH) in particular—promise to enhance lab efficiency, throughput, and reliability, enabling labs to meet goals faster and more easily. Many labs have yet to adopt these technologies, for a variety of reasons including cost, lack of expertise, and the difficulty in assessing the best options for their lab and the most relevant considerations amidst incredibly wide-ranging technologies on the market. 

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Successful ALH integration requires thoughtful consideration beyond the initial investment. The primary considerations for ALH adoption include evaluating the entire workflow to understand how automation affects both upstream and downstream processes, ensuring compatibility and integrity of samples within automated systems, and effectively managing the transition to accommodate staffing and data processing needs.

  • Key considerations and strategies for successfully integrating ALH systems into your laboratory workflow.
  • How to evaluate and address the impact of automation on sample integrity, throughput, and quality control.
  • Practical insights into overcoming common challenges, including staffing adjustments and data management in an automated setting.
  • Insights into the balance between cost and functionality, emphasizing the importance of flexibility, scalability, and strategic investment in automation for long-term benefits.

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