Read and Win: Automation Solutions for Analytical Measurements
Automation is a collective term for all methods of operating machines independently of people. Automated systems (typically robots and auto-samplers) are widely used in the Life Sciences, especially when high throughput is desired, such as in microarray technology or screening. Comparable systems for Analytical Chemistry are still very rare, but the demand for automated systems for analytical measurements is steadily increasing. This book focuses on the field of automation in analytical metrology. The systematization and development of suitable automation systems is comprehensively dealt with.
About the authors:
Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. habil. Heidi Fleischer is Head of the Research Group "Life Science Automation – Processes" at the University of Rostock. She obtained her Ph.D. in life science engineering in 2011 and finished her habilitation in automation sciences in 2016 at the University of Rostock. Her main research interest is the automation of sample preparation and analytical measurement processes.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kerstin Thurow is the Director of the Center for Life Science Automation at the University Rostock, Germany. Since her appointment as a professor for Life Science Automation in 1999 her scientific work is dedicated to the automation of life science processes including robotics, mobile robotics and automated data management. Professor Thurow has authored more than 200 scientific publications.Interview
G.I.T.: What is your main focus in research, what is your main scientific interest?
K. Thurow: Since its foundation, the Center for Life Science Automation has been involved in the automation of life science processes in the laboratory sector. Our work focusses on so far rather less automated processes such as analytical measurement processes. This includes the development and implementation of suitable automation concepts as well as the development of special equipment and new analysis methods.
G.I.T.: What was the reason to write the book?
K. Thurow: While there are many books on "High Throughput Screening" for classical biological and pharmaceutical screening processes, a book specifically related to the automation of analytical processes and the required sample preparation was not available. Our goal was to close this gap and point scientists and users to concepts and opportunities in this area.
G.I.T.: What is the target audience for the book?
K. Thurow: The book is aimed in particular at practitioners who are active in the field of application or as engineers responsible for the development of appropriate automation systems. In addition, it can also be used in teaching.
G.I.T.: What knowledge is prerequisite for the book?
K. Thurow: The reader should have previous knowledge of basic life sciences and process automation processes.
G.I.T.: What is the structure of the book?
K. Thurow: After an introduction to the life sciences, a critical summary of the current state of development of the automation of life science processes will be presented. Following the presentation of generally possible automation concepts, different concepts are presented in each case on practically realized examples. Finally, a brief excursion into the areas of automated data analysis and the IT management of automated processes.
G.I.T.: What is, in your experience, the biggest source of errors in the field of Automation?
K. Thurow: The biggest potential for error arises due to inadequate process descriptions for the automation, that is, the missing specification of parameters such as accuracy, vessel sizes or time specifications. This has partial conceptual effects, e.g. in the selection of dosing processes.
G.I.T.: Which part of the analytical science benefits the most from Automation?
K. Thurow: Analytical areas that want to process and analyze large numbers of similar samples benefit most. For smaller and medium-sized laboratories with changing sample numbers and types, however, automation systems are also considered. In particular, the flexibility of the system plays a decisive role here.
G.I.T.: Will Automation play a role in increasing the reproducibility of scientific results?
K. Thurow: The reproducibility of scientific results has become an increasingly important topic in recent years. Here automated systems can help by using standardized methods and methods and reducing the influence of the human factor.
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