Automation and High-Throughput Technologies
Screening Automation: Modular vs. Highly integrated systems
Choosing the right system architecture for your automation can be challenging. Large, highly integrated systems provide advantages in terms of throughput and operation simplicity, but the system itself becomes a single point of failure and it can be difficult to maintain up-time as well as evolve the system as applications and technologies change. Modular systems provide greater flexibility, are easier to scale and adapt to changing needs, but require more human effort to operate. It can also be challenging to integrate the data from disparate modules and manage efficient utilization across the full workflow.
Fortunately, advances in mobile robot AGV (Autonomous Ground Vehicle) technology, coupled with new scheduling and data management architectures can bridge the gap. These provide the means to fully integrate modular, manual or robotic workcells by scheduling and executing operations with the additional capability to transport consumables, samples, and reagents between modules. This enables a truly connected and fully automated lab while still maintaining the advantages of standalone walk-up operations that has the flexibility to evolve as your needs change.