Why should lab automation be used in testing?

Getting a test result has always been important. So why should be consider automation within the lab?

But over the last two years the need for a faster, more accurate response time has been imperative. So why is the use of automation within the lab important?


By using robotics to automate lab testing, one of the most common reasons is due to the ability to process samples more efficiently. Due to these robotics being programmed with an algorithm, they can handle more samples than many humans can.

Minimal human intervention

Since humans are not required for the entirety of the process and that the robotics are automated by a set code, we can eliminate human errors such as cross contamination of samples.

No sick days

These robotic automations do not have any set rules on the number of hours they should work. They also don’t succumb to any ailments human experience. Meaning they can operate for prolonged periods of time.

Do we still need humans in a lab?

Simply put, yes. For now, robotic automation within a lab operates on a basic level, offering an end result. Also due to the cost in them, some only offer basic handling properties such as transporting one test sample to a specific area and cross referencing with a control sample.

What humans have that automation doesn't, is the ability to act upon a result in an informed way, using results to provide an interpretation. Humans also help with the running of the automation, ensuring that no errors occur in the algorithm and monitor the overall performance of the machine.

Eventually, the entire lab process may be handled by automation. However, since automation doesn’t include A.I learning, humans are still required to make sense of the results to provide information to the general public or to the end recipient as and when required.

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