Along with the continuous advancement of the Industry 4.0 process, the concept of Laboratory 4.0 has also emerged. Laboratory 4.0 means the automation, digitization and informatization of laboratories, with laboratory automation as the main feature. Laboratory automation has brought great changes to laboratories such as diagnostic testing, R&D and production. For diagnostic testing laboratories, samples must be processed and analyzed quickly, accurately, with complete traceability and in accordance with certified quality standards and established criteria, which requires automation of the entire process from sample arrival, to the testing process to the recording of results to the issuance of test reports. Clinical testing laboratories are now approaching the front end of automated lab systems.
Laboratory automation systems and software are subdivided into automated equipment, software and information, independent robots, automated storage and retrieval systems and other equipment and software for the majority of content. Among them, automation equipment is currently the mainstream laboratory automation equipment, many large instrument manufacturers are involved, mainly used in drug development, clinical diagnosis, genomics solutions, proteomics solutions and other fields, customers are mainly concentrated in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, research institutions, hospitals, laboratories and universities and other units.
The global laboratory automation system market is huge and has great potential for development. In the process of sample testing and research and development, although many automated analytical and testing instruments, the analytical and testing work only accounts for a small part of the sample pre-processing is the part that takes the most time, accounting for more than 65%, but the current sample pre-processing are manually operated, consuming a lot of manpower to engage in repetitive work, and the sample pre-processing process The standard automated pipetting systems currently on the market are difficult to meet their needs. The manufacturer has conducted research and development of customized lab automation systems from actual user needs, including integrated laboratory solutions, mobile robots, and medical multi-axis robotic arms, which fundamentally solve the problems currently encountered in intelligent medical laboratories.
The future laboratory automation system will automate the whole process of sample preparation, analysis and testing, result recording and analysis, freeing researchers from simple and repetitive mechanical experimental operations to engage in more meaningful and innovative work, and realizing the intelligence of the laboratory.