In simple terms, laboratory automation is the use of technology and systems to automate various processes and tasks within the lab. For LogicOil, our primary focus is on fluid condition and health. Our solutions include the application of robotics, software and other advanced technologies to streamline and enhance laboratory workflows. The result being a measurable increase in efficiency and productivity and vast improvements in precision and reproducibility for scientific experiments and analyses.
While laboratory automation can be implemented in almost any area of the lab, our focus is on sample handling, sample preparation, sample analysis and data capture and management. Here are just some of the areas of automation LogicOil is leading the way.
Robotic Sample Handling: LogicOil robots can be employed to handle and transport samples, including loading and unloading them from analytical instruments and storage systems. This eliminates the need for manual sample handling and minimises human error, contamination and delivers physical benefits like the reduction of RSI (repetitive strain injury).
Liquid Handling: LogicOil automated liquid handling systems can precisely measure and dispense liquids and reducing human errors while increasing accuracy and throughput. Our systems can perform tasks such as pipetting, dilution, mixing and sample transfers.
High-Throughput: LogicOil automation systems enable the screening of large volumes of samples without interruption or disruption. These systems can be programmed to work around the clock improving both productivity and efficiency while reducing your labour costs.
Analytical Integration: Analytical instruments such as viscometers, particle counters, PQ Analysers, spectrophotometers and even visual analysis can be integrated into LogicOil automated workflows. This allows for a linear or continuous sample analysis which increases throughput and improves reproducibility.
Data Management: LogicOil automation systems can collect, process, and analyse data generated during experiments. This includes data capture, storage, retrieval, and automated data analysis using algorithms and software tools.
Workflow Integration: Laboratory information management systems such as the LogicOil LIMS can be utilised to automate the management and tracking of samples, experiments, and workflows. This improves traceability, reduces manual data entry and facilitates greater collaboration in your laboratory.
LogicOil Laboratory automation offers numerous advantages that can greatly enhance laboratory operations, scientific research and analysis. Some of the key advantages of laboratory automation include:
Increased Efficiency: Automation reduces manual labour and streamlines workflows, leading to significant improvements in efficiency. Automated systems can handle repetitive tasks and perform them consistently and accurately. Automation offers the flexibility to operate 24/7 if required, resulting in faster turnaround times, increased throughput, and higher productivity.
Automation also reduces the time required for routine tasks, allowing laboratory employees to focus on more complex and intellectually demanding lab tasks and responsibilities.
Improved Accuracy and Precision: Automation minimises human error which often occurs during manual handling tasks, measurement and data entry. Automated systems can execute tasks with a high degree of precision, reducing variability and ensuring consistent outcomes every time. Critical in areas where precision and accuracy play a vital role in analysis and early detection.
Enhanced Reproducibility: Automation reduces the influence of human factors on experimental and analytical outcomes thereby improving reproducibility of results. Automated systems will precisely follow standardised protocols and eliminate variation caused by operator technique or error. This is particularly critical in area where samples undergo multiple experiments as part of a linear process.
Throughput and Scalability: Automation enables higher throughput processing allowing laboratories to handle a larger volume of samples or experiments. This is particularly beneficial in industries such as earthworks and mining where large-scale screening and analysis is required to keep high value assets in operation.
Automated systems can easily scale up to accommodate increasing workloads or adapt to changing demands.
Cost Savings: While there is an initial outlay for laboratory automation, this often leads to a significant long-term cost saving. Automation reduces the need for manual labour and its associated ‘soft costs’ like recruitment, onboarding, training, payroll, Superannuation guarantee, holiday and leave loading, sick leave, public holidays and other statutory employee entitlements.
In addition to reducing labour overheads, automation also delivers savings associated with human errors, reworks and repeated experiments. Automation allows you to optimise resource utilisation and reduce consumption of things like solvents, reagents and consumables.
Safety: Automation improves laboratory safety by reducing human exposure to potentially hazardous substances or processes. Robots and automated systems can handle dangerous or toxic materials, minimising the risk of accidents and exposure-related health issues. Automation can also implement safety protocols and alarms to prevent errors or unsafe conditions.
Clearly, laboratory automation offers a compelling range of benefits and savings. From increased efficiency and productivity, improved accuracy and reproducibility, significant cost savings, enhanced safety and scalability, automation has fast become a key focus for modern laboratories.
At LogicOil, we believe that embracing automated systems and technologies, laboratories can streamline and optimise their operations, improve scientific outcomes and drive innovation in their field.
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