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Lab Automation: A Necessity

A great article here on why laboratory automation is essential to ‘balance the ability to deliver fast, accurate test results while maintaining a consolidated workflow environment that maximizes throughput, reduces errors, and contains costs’.

These are challenging times for clinical laboratories: health care reforms, a slow-to-recover economy, and a shortage in labour threaten viability. To survive, labs must streamline operations, maintain low operating costs, and increase diagnostic accuracy. In many cases, lab automation has not only helped labs survive these hard times, it has helped them thrive.

Automation is essential if labs are to:

  • Stay competitive. Automation can help combat shrinking reimbursement rates, hospital and managed care budget cuts, and compensate for a diminished labor pool of qualified technicians.
  • Improve efficiency and consistency. Automation of diagnostics provides reliable and reproducible tests that manual testing by multiple technicians does not.
  • Increase productivity. Automated equipment can conduct multiple tests at once and often runs for extended periods without rest, providing for faster data collection. It can reduce sample bottlenecking by having a constant supply of samples to test.
  • Achieve financial stability, and possibly profitability. Manual testing requires more labour to manage the sample-preparation, testing, and validation processes; it can also introduce variability in results.  Automating testing can help reduce errors, increase reimbursement, and reduce labour costs.

Randox have recently launched two fully automated analyzers, the Evidence Evolution and the RX suzuka.

The latest addition to the Evidence family, the Evidence Evolution is the world’s first fully automated random access biochip testing platform. State of the art intuitive E-Touch software and advanced precision Bio-drive robotics are only a few of the features the Evidence Evolution offers. Fully automated and processing in excess of 2940 tests per hour and with a world leading test menu, this analyzer will set higher standards in diagnostic testing.

As the largest and latest addition to the RX series, the RX suzuka is a fully automated, discrete random access clinical analyzer capable of running up to 1200 tests per hour including ISEs. The RX suzuka enables real cost savings to be realized with economic reagent handling maximizing tests per kit. Flexibility is guaranteed with 10 STAT sample positions allowing emergency samples to be analyzed quickly at any time.

5 Comments

  1. Interesting topic; what is the sample size (liquid volume) needed per test? Does the sample need to be in a certain buffer or type of solution?

  2. Hi Dave,

    Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Which machine sample size are you enquiring about – the Suzuka or the Evolution?

    Biochip Array Technology reduces sample requirements so a complete profile of biomarkers can be analysed on the Evidence Evolution from as little as 7µl of sample.

    The Suzuka allows for a minimum sample volume of 2μl.

  3. Laboratories are all about science, therefore automation and newest equipment is essential.

  4. Laboratory should have accuracy and automation both. So keeping that in mind a lab should have some automated machines but also be assured about true results.

  5. Laboratory automation is definitely a step you have to consider working as a lab manager.

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