Robotic Lab Automation: Specimen Transport Robots, Robotic Centrifugation, Capping Robots, Robotic Liquid Handlers, and Other Clinical Laboratory Systems

May 26, 2017
143 Pages - Pub ID: KLI15363698
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Robotic Lab Automation: Specimen Transport Robots, Robotic Centrifugation, Capping Robots, Robotic Liquid Handlers, and Other Clinical Laboratory Systems

Robotic lab automation finds use in clinical laboratories in sample transport, storage retrieval, and liquid handling systems. The inherent flexibility of robotics lends itself to helping the laboratory work flow. Flexible systems are important, and robotics generally eliminates the human inconsistencies introduced into lab operations, especially those operations that are heavily repetitive, time consuming and have large sample sizes. Robotic Lab Automation analyzes the current and potential world market for diagnostic laboratory robotic systems. The report's market data provide multiple year forecasts for different product segments and market forecasts focus on segments where robotics plays an important role, including the following world market segments:
  • Specimen Transport Robots Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Robotic Storage Retrieval Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Robotic Liquid Handlers Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Robotic Capping/Decapping Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Robotic Sorting Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Robotic Centrifugation, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
The report also estimates service revenue for these systems:
  • Servicing Revenue for Specimen Transport Robots Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Servicing Revenue for Robotic Storage Retrieval Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Servicing Revenue for Robotic Liquid Handlers Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Servicing Revenue for Robotic Capping/Decapping Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Servicing Revenue for Robotic Sorting Systems, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
  • Servicing Revenue for Robotic Centrifugation, 2016-2021 (US, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, ROW)
Trends

The report discusses ongoing trends in diagnostic laboratory robotic systems. A shrinking field of qualified laboratory personnel, and increasing diagnostic test demand driven by an aging population and the development of novel tests, have fueled the necessity for increased adoption and use of automation, including robots. Laboratory management must have a clear vision of how to best move their clinical laboratory’s capabilities into the future with automation.

Challenges

Challenges to robotic and automation vendors are also discussed in this market review, including miniaturization, modular automation and robotics, scalability, and demands from users. Robotics and automation are, in part, being dictated by the need for smaller, more-flexible analyzers and next-generation technology including microfluidics; lab management software; and web-based real-time services. Many robotics and automation system manufacturers address the trend toward modular automation, including task-targeted automation and robotics. Automation solutions are meant to be scalable and flexible to meet the demands of any size laboratory. Users need robotic vendors that offer systems that can be integrated. They need systems with standardized file formats and interconnect systems that enable one manufacturer’s software or hardware to communicate with another’s.

Market Developments

Robotic automation can be added to clinical laboratories to keep up with increasing work flow demands, or to consolidate multi-discipline testing. Robotic Lab Automation notes market developments, including walk away specimen processing, sample processing automation, robotics PCR setup, folding arm technology, custom robotics, and programmability.

Competitive Analysis

Market forecasts covering the laboratory robotics segments are based on an examination of current market conditions and on investigations into the development of new products by key companies. The report profiles companies involved in developing and marketing diagnostic laboratory robotic systems and equipment:
  • Accel Biotech
  • Aethon
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Andrew Alliance
  • Astech Projects
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Biosero
  • Brooks Automation
  • Caliper Life Sciences
  • Festo
  • Hamilton Co.
  • HTZ
  • Hudson Robotics
  • IAM Robotics
  • J-Kem Scientific
  • Lab Services BV
  • Labcyte
  • Labotix Automation
  • Leap Technologies
  • Motoman Robotics Div., Yaskawa America
  • NanoScreen
  • Peak Analysis and Automation
  • R/X Automation Solutions
  • Swisslog
  • Tecan Group
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Xiril
  • Zinsser Analytic
1: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY

MINIMIZING NON-VALUE-ADDED STEPS

MARKET SUMMARY
Table 1-1: World Market for Laboratory Robotics, 2016-2021, Revenues
METHODOLOGY

2: INTRODUCTION

PERSPECTIVE
Managing Specimens

Integrating with IT

Task-Targeted Applications

ADVANTAGES

Robust and Efficient

Improving Work Flow

Maximizing Value-Added Work

SOME DRAWBACKS

BUT STILL AN ENABLING TECHNOLOGY

THE IDEAL BLUEPRINT

Automated Sample Separation

Sample Transport

Pre-Analytical Robotics

Biobanking

3: THE NEED FOR ROBOTICS

Table 3-1: Key Diagnostic Laboratory Applications for Robotics
DEMOGRAPHICS

PATIENT SAFETY
Quality Management
ECONOMICS

ERROR REDUCTION

COMPROMISING

4: TRENDS

OPTIMIZING ACCURACY

IMPROVING THE LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT

Planning the Work Flow

Preanalytics

Analytics

Postanalytics

More Flexibility

A Modular Approach

Table 4-1: Significant Automation System Trends

Integration and Interoperability

Turnkey Solutions

Sharing Development Expertise

Filling the Labor Void

5: CHALLENGES

MINIATURIZATION

MODULAR AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS

Table 5-1: Modular Automation Considerations

SCALABILITY

DEMANDS FROM USERS

6: MARKET DEVELOPMENTS

NEW TERRITORY

PERVASIVE

WALK AWAY SPECIMEN PROCESSOR

SAMPLE PROCESSING AUTOMATION

INTEGRATED PORTFOLIO

PCR SETUP SOLUTION

ROBOTICS PCR SETUP

SUPPLANTED BY AUTOMATION

NEW OPTIONS

FOLDING ARM TECHNOLOGY

CUSTOM ROBOTICS

CUSTOM TAILORING

PROGRAMMABILITY

7: MARKETS

GROWTH DRIVERS

Table 7-1: Key Drivers of Laboratory Automation

IN THE LABORATORY

The IVD Tie-In

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