Robotic Sample Handling

November 2020 - Vol.9 No. 10 - Page #27

The number of facilities utilizing robotic sample handling systems has steadily risen in the last few years, with a third (32%) of laboratories now making use of this efficient, safe, and time saving technology. Automated lines that transport samples and link related instruments and technology are now prevalent throughout all testing phases, including robotic sample transportation to and from the laboratory, and to and from short- or long-term storage. A “fully automated” clinical laboratory remains impractical, as the input and activities of skilled staff members are at the core of laboratory operations, and manual elements are built into most laboratory testing functions in some capacity. However, a governing principle of reducing human error is a goal of all clinical services, and robotic systems enable such goals.

The majority of users (77%) assign high marks to their robotic sample handling systems.

While most robotic sample handling systems are found in large facilities, it is encouraging to see a growing number of small facilities utilizing these systems.

Roche Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, and Siemens Healthineers lead under systems in use, with a handful of other vendors contributing to a custom automation solution.


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