Robotic Sample Handling

November 2021 - Vol.10 No. 10 - Page #14
Category: Robotic and Automated Systems

Laboratories continue to employ robotic sample handling systems at increasing rates, with 34% of facilities now utilizing this technology; an all-time high for this survey. Skilled and committed laboratory technologists and technicians remain necessary to the vast majority of labs, but the concept of total laboratory automation (TLA) is intriguing in concept, and there are many benefits to robotic sample handling throughout all three analytical phases.


The vast majority (98%) of users are satisfied with their robotic sample handling systems, yet the highest marks remain somewhat elusive.

Adoption rates in the largest facilities held steady this year with encouraging growth among facilities with less than 400 beds.

Roche Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers, Beckman Coulter, and Abbott are the leading systems in use, with a variety of additional vendors providing automation solutions.

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There is excellent growth in projected implementations among facilities with fewer than 400 beds—those with 1-100 beds are up from 3% last year, and 101-200-bed and 201-400-bed facilities are up from 18% and 25%, respectively.

Among the 25% of all facilities planning to implement a new robotic handling system, 51% plan to do so within the next 2 years.

Roche, Beckman Coulter, Siemens Healthineers, and Abbott are garnering strong consideration, yet numerous well-known vendors are also in the mix for a custom solution.

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