Covid-19-eBook - Flipbook - Page 9
THE DISADVANTAGES OF
AUTOMATED LIQUID HANDLING
WITH COVID-19 TESTING
Always consider the disadvantages as well. Which resonate with your lab setup?
Skill loss: When you just press
a button, you risk losing the
understanding or mastery of how to
do the task yourself. However, you
gain new skills related to labs of the
Environmental impact: More
sustainability needs to be thought
into both automated and manual
liquid handling – for example,
how to limit the impact of plastic
Difficulty: Some automated systems
are difficult to install, learn how to
program and/or to run.
- Cost: Some systems are
prohibitively expensive – either
upfront or in total cost of use.
Inflexibility: Some systems can be
used only for one task and/or require
you to use only a particular type of
Is the automated system
easy to use? If it’s going to
take a long time to get staff
up and running, it might not
be worth the investment.
Can you install
quickly and get
Will you ever need or want to use different
types of pipette tips? Some robotic systems
can only use one specific type. Make sure your
system easy can change consumables - for
flexibility and in supply chain shortage periods.