Though laboratory automation systems made their debut in North America in the mid-1990s, it is within only the past several years that they have emerged as a necessity for any laboratory seeking to dramatically improve its performance. While definitions and technologies may have changed over time, the reason organizations choose automation solutions has remained unchanged; that is, "to save time and to improve performance."1
This article details how laboratory automation has evolved, and the benefits lab automation systems confer over manual processing. Discover the challenges associated with modular-based automation systems and how cloud-based automation can deliver benefits in the modern laboratory.