Covid-19-eBook - Flipbook - Page 8
THE ADVANTAGES OF
AUTOMATED LIQUID HANDLING
WITH COVID-19 TESTING
Some of these will be obvious to you; others may not.
Which resonate with your lab setup?
Competitiveness: Reducing the
cost per sample by minimizing
hands-on time can be beneficial
whether your lab is operating in
a commercial enterprise, public
health or research capacity.
Throughput: Automation allows
you to stay on top of the huge
demand that the pandemic has
caused (plus, some systems are
also relevant post-COVID-19).
Fewer repetitive strain injuries: An
injured lab tech is not a satisfied or
productive lab tech.
Traceability: Keeping track of
samples and generating reports
are faster, easier and more accurate
Stress reduction: When you know
a test must be done correctly but
you’re asked to do it faster than is
reasonable, it’s extremely stressful.
eliminates human error and
ensures that every sample goes
where it should. (When you need
to transfer liquid from 96 tubes
that look alike to another 96 tubes
that look alike, you can’t think
about the shopping list or what’s
happening in the news for long
before you lose track.)
Safety: With automation the
exposure to live SARS-CoV-2
materials is significantly reduced.
Employee satisfaction: Automation
replaces tedious manual activities
and frees up scientists’ time to
design experiments, analyze data
and generally do great science.
Recruitment: Automation positions
your lab as a modern workplace
that eliminates repetitive tasks and
enables staff to do the interesting,
valuable science they’ve been
Flexibility: If the system can handle
multiple applications and offers
compatibility with a wide range of
labware, you’ve probably made a