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Automation Including Liquid Handling for Microbiology Labs - a rapidmicrobiology Special Focus


Automating areas of the microbiology laboratory can offer many advantages such as increased accuracy, improved efficiency, reduced turnaround time, and decreased risk of contamination. It also enables the processing of a large number of samples simultaneously, reduces the need for manual labor, and provides consistent and reliable results. It can also help address shortages in skilled staff and improve traceability of the test process from sample to result.

How Does Automation in Microbiology Improve Results?
Reduces human input: such as mislabeling samples, incorrect reagent addition, misinterpreting results and mitigate Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

Standardization: all samples are processed in the same way, this reduces variability and improves the consistency of results.

Increases throughput: process a larger number of samples in a shorter amount of time than manual methods, leading to faster turnaround times and more timely, actionable results.

Improves sensitivity and specificity: some systems are specifically designed to detect the presence of even low counts or specific genetic markers with high sensitivity and specificity.

Facilitates Traceability and Accountability: who did what, where, when and how are easily recorded and stored for complete data integrity.

What are the challenges associated with the implementation of automated systems in microbiology laboratories?
One of the main challenges is the capital cost of purchasing, installing and staff training. Subsequent to that are the annual maintenance and repair costs, plus some platforms will require higher cost reagents. Also, during the installation phase the lab will mostly likely need to run tests in parallel with existing techqniues to validate results. Systems newly introduced to the lab may not always be compatible with existing laboratory protocols and procedures, so some modifications in workflow and processes may be needed modify to accommodate the instrument. Initial start up errors in data input or equipment malfunction can lead to inaccurate results, . Despite these challenges, the advantages of automation in microbiology normally outweigh the costs and difficulties associated with implementation.

In this rapidmicrobiology special focus on automation in the microbiology laboratory we explore solutions for improving liquid handling from electronic pipettes to fully automated instrumentation plus many options to automate specific tests such as endotoxin, mycoplasma, NGS and sample prep for chromatography.

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Maximize Lab Performance with the Power of Automation 

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Liquid Handling:

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INTEGRA Biosciences Streamlines Serial Dilutions

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Tecan Launches Resolvex® Prep: A Leap Forward in Automated Sample Prep for Chromatography

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Date Published: 24th October 2023