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Laboratory 4.0 - an intelligent future for laboratory work
Laboratory 4.0 | laboratory chair | digitalisation | Smartlab
The future is digital: Successful laboratory work requires intelligent solutions
Our working environment is changing, moving away from analogue processes and towards digitalisation. The same applies to laboratory systems. Growth-orientated laboratories in particular are continuously striving to optimise and modernise their structures in order to work more flexibly and more efficiently. This requires state-of-the-art equipment - the Smartlab is coming.
Intelligent laboratory instruments are the drivers of innovation in the laboratory of the futureLaboratory processes are becoming more and more complex. Automation solutions are now indispensable, rendering it necessary to convert manual workflows into automated processes and integrate them into existing Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Intelligent laboratory systems and individual networking, as well as the long-term integration of the laboratory into the company structure, not only increase flexibility but also have a considerable impact on a company's economic efficiency.
Digitalisation of laboratory processes - What does this mean?In the laboratory of the future, laboratory systems will need to be able to communicate with one another without restriction. The number of network-capable laboratory instruments with smart functions is set to grow rapidly. The objective is to have data constantly available in order to implement various flexible functions through to monitored testing processes. Laboratory 4.0 is becoming a reality.
How intelligent does a laboratory need to be?The Smartlab represents a new era in the laboratory. But is it absolutely necessary to modernise instrument technology in all laboratories? And how comprehensive does this need to be?
There are essentially two different types of laboratory: The academic research laboratory and the industrial research or quality assurance laboratory. Specialists working in academic research laboratories see less of a need for laboratory automation. They work with applications that are often not standardised or recurrent.
The requirements for industrial routine and analytical laboratories, on the other hand, are entirely different. Here the focus is not on flexibility but rather reliability, throughput and the prevention of errors. This requires automated sample handling and the fully automated documentation of data. Individual instruments exchange data and samples with one another; no manual intervention is required in this kind of laboratory work. Standardised interfaces make it possible to combine both the centralisation and decentralisation of laboratories.
A laboratory that thinks for itself - What does that mean in terms of equipment?Laboratory 4.0 is revolutionising the laboratory world. As well as miniaturisation and automation, there are other considerations for the laboratory of the future: Optimum use of the laboratory space, lower operating costs and increased flexibility and mobility. As every square centimetre is valuable, optimal spatial organisation must always be ensured for the equipment. Laboratory chairs, laboratory standing aids and laboratory stools should have a compact design and always be easy to stow in order to avoid wasting space.
Those looking for a long-term seating solution for laboratories of the future should consult a company with extensive laboratory expertise. The laboratory chair portfolio from Bimos offers the right solution for every requirement - from the highly specialised hygiene professional Labster to the comfortable Neon through to the all-rounder Labsit, for laboratory planning on a particularly tight budget.
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