Category:Practicing laboratory automation
The practice of laboratory automation is a complex, multidisciplinary endeavor. The field has borrowed heavily from practices and technology used in other industries - automotive manufacturing, electronics fabrication, printer technology, computer development, systems engineering and government / military technology development, to name just a few. This initially led to automation of segments of laboratory operations that matched available technology, creating islands of automation, but rarely to an overall strategy for applying technology laboratory and enterprise wide. We continue to experience boom/bust technology cycles as early, often overly optimistic and perhaps naive expectations of automation technology give way to disillusionment and a technology backlash. Eventually both technology and expectations mature, and true productivity improvements begin to emerge. Laboratory automation must be approached with a systems concept, enterprise awareness, realistic expectations, adequate experience and sound project management practices if the optimal benefit is to be achieved. The following articles describe that approach.
This category has the following 8 subcategories, out of 8 total.