Automation that caters to all types of laboratories is a relatively new solution, and plenty of myths linger from way back when the instruments were large and rigid.
We did a little investigating to boil it down to the basics. Let us address some of the most common myths and their realities, based on conversations with our customers.
The programming is time-consuming and difficult
This is among the most common misconceptions about lab automation.
Fortunately, some modern automation solutions can be programmed by anyone in a matter of minutes and save a large amount of time.
Each robot needs a superuser or programmer
This is another common misconception. Most robots are carefully designed to be intuitive and user-friendly.
Some systems can even be learned by anyone, no matter their prior experience.
Lab automation is only worthwhile in laboratories with a large throughput
All laboratories can benefit from automation if they are doing time-consuming and repetitive manual pipetting tasks at least once a week.
In fact, smaller facilities with limited staff can have even more need for it to keep up with demand and utilize the staff’s full potential.
A robot does not give as much flexibility as handheld pipetting when laboratory protocol change
Many systems are quite flexible and can easily adjust to new laboratory protocols. On top of that, some solutions can be customized to change between the procedures in specific laboratories.
But it is not always necessary to automate the entire lab. Sometimes it might make more sense to automate part of the workflow and only have a robot to do the heavy lifting so lab technicians can stay on top of other things.
Automation is an expensive investment
While a robot might seem like an expensive investment, you will most often save money long term when you factor in the manpower of manual pipetting and the increased productivity in the laboratory.
In fact, most laboratories find it to be a significant return on investment.
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