for automation of protein purification and proteomics technology and
next-generation genome sequencing technology with higher accuracy.
As seen in previous results, cost reduction of current technologies will
continue to drive use. Less expensive systems are on the horizon that will
enable novice personnel to use techniques that formerly required expensive equipment and specialized training, according to survey respondents.
This was noted for x-ray analysis, spectrometers, surface analysis technology and microscopes.
Other respondents believe more microfluidics-based technology will
replace the complex components in today’s chromatography and analyzer
The increasing pressure to produce more with less has today’s laboratories
looking for equipment that is easy to operate on a daily basis. These solutions
are expected to meet regulatory requirements and methods and meet the
incoming needs of laboratory technicians. Today’s laboratories are willing
to spend more money for the right automated solution. Touchscreen interfaces are replacing keypads on instruments, and more built-in automation
options help tests automatically without operator involvement.
The automation that is possible with next-generation laboratory
equipment enables more tests to be performed in less time, freeing up the
laboratory technicians to tend to additional responsibilities. “Secure access
guarantees that instrument operators will perform only those tests that are
required for specific applications,” says Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Mddleboro, Mass.
New regulatory requirements such as RoHS have added complexity for
instrument design, says Cynthia Cai, Sr. Dir. of Marketing for GC, GC/
MS, Agilent Technologies Inc., Santa Clara, Calif. “A company’s ability
to implement application knowledge into solution design and effectively
deliver this knowledge to customers challenges the complete value chain,
which includes vendor’s aftersales application support.”
As far as growth, Cai says there will be a continued demand for applica-
tion-specific turnkey solutions, as well as laboratory informatics, to stream-
line the use of information. Laboratory systems will also move to the field or
at least have better correlation with mobile measurement systems.
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