The Evolution of Lab Automation


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.

Laboratorians looking at a Beckman Coulter DxA 5000 Total Lab Automation System

Article A Journey from Tube- to Patient-focused Solutions

Automation is about improving the ability of today’s laboratories to meet increasing demands by focusing technicians on work that yields the greatest benefits for patients and healthcare organizations. Explore how automation has evolved over time and learn how laboratories are harnessing the power of automation today to reclaim time and alleviate pressure from staffing shortages.

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Article first published in Medical Laboratory Observer.

Barresi, A. M. (2019, November 25). A journey from tube-to patient-focused solutions. Medical Laboratory Observer. Retrieved Dec. 20, 2019, from

1Olsen K. The first 110 Years of Laboratory Automation: Technologies, Applications, and the Creative Scientist. J Lab Autom. 2012;17 (6), 469–480.

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