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SELECTBIO Conferences Chemistry Automation & Liquid Handling

Introduction to Laboratory Automation Informatics Systems

Held in conjunction with European Lab Automation 2013

05 Jun 2013, at 9:30 - 17:00 in Hamburg



Joe Liscouski, Institute for Laboratory Automation 

John Trigg, PhaseFour- Informatics

The use of lab automation systems has moved from an option in lab management to a requirement in most organizations.  While there is an increasing abundance of informatics products, understanding their application with automation structures is in its early stages.  This course will present a perspective on:

what lab automation is, 

its importance, 

the classes of automation systems, 

the skills that are needed by both management and staff, 

the options for improving lab productivity and

the issues that should to be considered in choosing informatics products.

This material is based on the ILA’s “Elements of Laboratory Technology Management” framework.  See for more details.

Why is this course important to you? The way lab work is performed has changed, and you need to be ready to take advantage of it:

Lab management has be able to plan for it, 

lab staff has to be able to use it, and 

IT groups have to support it.

Course Overview

1 Why should we be concerned with lab automation, and what exactly constitutes the field?

Lab automation provides labs with the ability to significantly improve their laboratories operations and reduce costs. This module take a look at how those improvements can be achieved and also what laboratory automation is all about. Often lab managers have a narrow view of what the field covers and may miss some key opportunities because of this. We'll take a look at the key elements of the field, the definition the ILA uses to guide its work, and the skills required by both managers and staff to effectively use the technologies available to them.

2 Options for improving productivity – Improving productivity is one of the top reasons people get involved with lab systems & automation, but what technologies are available and how do you choose the ones best suited to your lab?

It is more than just picking products, you have to consider how they will work with other lab systems and how to avoid product selections that don't do the job or fit your labs short- and long-term needs. This session looks at:

the technologies, 

how they can interact with each other, and 

where hype and reality part company. 

We will discuss the technologies that improve sample throughput and those that improve work performance. LIMS, ELNs, robotics: what roll do they play?

We'll also review the laboratory informatics landscape and how it relates to improving productivity. Understanding the realities is key to the planning process.

3 Selecting Products for Lab Informatics  - An easily overlooked factor in choosing laboratory informatics products is the need for them to interact and communicate with other laboratory systems.  This puts a number of demands on defining the requirements specifications.  This module will concentrate on the criteria that need to be taken into consideration when selecting new informatics products in order to meet user and business requirements.

4 Managements role in lab automation planning - As in anything else effective planning is essential to being successful in the use of laboratory technologies. With laboratory automation the need for planning is accentuated not only by the requirements of the technology but by the teamwork necessary to define and implement successful programs. This section will look at the planning and has to be done, what the elements are, and what we can do to prepare for the work that's needed. The work is covered here will give you a basis for additional courses that address this issue in much more depth.

5 Issues in Lab Automation

This final module will wrap up the introduction to laboratory automation course by covering the considerations that need to be taken into account when planning systems requirements:

laboratory systems integration – where we are, and what has to happen to achieve the results we are looking for 

paperless labs, 

the status of standards development for laboratory programs, and 

the work that has to be done to advance the practice, and state-of-the-art, of laboratory automation.

Estimated length - 6 hours

Joe Liscouski

Joe Liscouski, Executive Director, Institute for Laboratory Automation Inc

John Trigg

John Trigg, Director, PhaseFour Informatics

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