1. Provides Valuable Walk-away Time
There are many important tasks to get done in the lab, so why not eliminate the tedious and time consuming task of hand labeling tubes? Imagine how much time you will save by giving this job to a fully automated labeling machine that can fill, read 2D barcode for verification, and place your tubes back into the rack. Labeling tubes is a rather simple task, so is it really necessary to have a scientist perform such tedious work when he or she could be using their valuable skills for a more specialized task?
2. Reduces Repetitive Injuries
Manual labeling of tubes is not only tedious and time-consuming but it can also lead to physical strain of the fingers and hands. People who have been hand labeling tubes for years might start to experience numbness and tingling in the hand, which ultimately decreases productivity in the lab. If your daily routine consists of labeling, filling, uncapping and capping of tubes, this can cause stress injuries in the fingers and in many cases lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Many fully-automated labeling machines can complete all of these tasks for you and decrease the risk of repetitive injuries from manual labeling.
3. Reduces Costs in the Lab
Using laboratory automation in your lab will decrease the number of people needed to label tubes, therefore resulting in cost savings. Not only will you reduce costs in the lab, but you also might find an increase in revenue due to lab automation. High-throughput machines ensure faster cycle times and allow a greater number of tubes to be labeled faster therefore decreasing turnaround time. This results in more time to attend to more patients, thus greater patient satisfaction.
4. Eliminates Human Error
There are many steps involved in preparing and keeping track of samples in the lab. Lab automation not only decreases human error associated with sample preparation but also it increases efficiency in the lab by allowing the user to track samples. If you are working with a LIMS system or excel work list, these can easily be imported into the software to ensure tracking of samples, therefore reducing the amount of lost or misplaced samples.
5. Flexible Machinery Saves Valuable Space
Saving space in the lab is a legitimate concern. Although some lab automation systems have a large footprint and take up lots of space, there are also many benchtop systems that are designed to fit easily in a lab work space.