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Category:Laboratory automation system architectures

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The fundamental, high-level architecture of laboratory automation has not changed significantly over many decades. It has always involved applying technology to the transport of samples amongst various experimental conditioning, processing, or treatment stages, followed by gathering, storing and analyzing data resulting from the conduct of the experiment. Of course, the mid-to-low level architecture has changed significantly and will continue to change as technology and science evolves. Lab automation technology is generally adopted from other fields, which have stronger market forces driving fundamental technology research. The key to lab automation innovation is often built upon an awareness of developments in other fields and an insightful perspective toward adapting those developments to the automation of laboratory processes. Development of such insight begins with an understanding of the fundamentals of lab automation architecture, which consists of the following components.