Lab Automation with Vision
Thanks to technical, scientific and medical progress, human life expectancy has increased considerably in recent decades. Precise, highly technical and increasingly automated equipment in large hospitals and labs now provides valuable support in numerous measuring and analytical tasks.
Wide Range of Lab Applications
The concept of lab automation in general can be interpreted in many ways, and includes various tasks: from simple applications such as weighing, to complex robotic and analytical systems, process tracking, and storage systems. This results in numerous possible camera applications in the medical, scientific, pharmaceutical and analytical fields. Some of these are obviously recognizable, such as those in an imaging urine sediment analysis device, while others run in the background and provide information for the medical diagnosis we receive from a physician. Others in turn support processes that are internal to the devices, and not directly connected with the actual detection process. These applications range from the simple input of a barcode to the support of laser technologies; from the path traversed by blood, starting with the prick of the needle when the blood is drawn, to the various test processes and then the result, up to complex processes in cell technology which offer scientists insights into the origins of diseases, thus advancing diagnostic and therapeutic innovations.
Automation Trend in Medicine and Research
Hospital and research labs increasingly follow the trend towards automation. The essential drivers for this development are
Application Areas for Lab Automation
Below are some examples of typical application areas for automated, camera-based applications in labs: