Various processes and protocols in the laboratory can be automated, from liquid handling and colony picking to microplate handling and assay management. For scientists, the benefits of automation include greater productivity, consistent assay results, and improved lab safety.
One of the critical components of automation infrastructure is the lab scheduling software. This is the tool scientists use to monitor and control the lab’s robots and instruments. This post highlights some things to look for when selecting lab scheduling software.
The scheduling feature: As the control center for the automation system, this feature allows scientists to schedule different experiments in the lab. Scientists can set up different workflows to run at specified times — in sequence or simultaneously — and reschedule workflows without stress. They can also instruct robots to perform tasks as needed.
Customizable workflows: Scientists in the lab should be able to create protocols and processes that are unique to their labs, in addition to those already offered in the software.
An intuitive interface: Scientists should be able to interact with the interface without requiring a lot of ongoing training from the software vendor. It should be easy for researchers to monitor the progress of their experiments, make adjustments, and track the positions of different lab instruments, robots, and samples.
Data capture and management: Good scheduling software should capture all the relevant data during experiments and store it in the appropriate databases. It should also easily integrate with existing solutions in the lab, including laboratory information management systems and electronic lab notebooks.
Flexibility: Software should allow scientists to adjust protocols as needed and integrate the different lab instruments. Researchers should also be able to swap out instruments quickly and easily without worrying about the availability of drivers to manage new equipment.
Standards compliance: Scientists often work with sensitive data in the lab. Good scheduling software should meet all applicable industry standards for handling data safely and securely.
Reliable, high-quality scheduling software will help scientists reduce errors in their processes and increase their overall output. Biosero’s Green Button Go® Scheduler is an automated laboratory scheduling software that provides all the functionality mentioned above and much more. It was designed from the ground up to help scientists make the most of the automated tools in their lab. Contact us to learn more about Green Button Go® Scheduler and discuss your automation needs.