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  • Laboratory Automation and Testing

    A lot of the operations in a laboratory are geared towards performing tests. Some examples are particle counting, titration (moisture determination) or PH tests.

    Chemical testing is a time-consuming affair. Steps leading to the test, the test itself and post operations are time-consuming, prone to mistakes and causing repetitive action injuries to operators.

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  • How to Measure Return on Investment in Automated Test Equipment

    Investopedia defines ROI as a performance measure for evaluating efficiency of an investment.

    ROI = (Gain from Investment – Cost of Investment)/Cost of Investment.

    However, I must say that this might be an oversimplification.

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  • What Makes AB Controls One of the Leading System Integration Companies

    Enabling complex systems to work in unison as part of a manufacturing process is a task few firms have the capacity to handle alone. And yet with so many new technologies available, many operating independently, company leaders are often faced with the challenge of building a manufacturing solution using asynchronized devices and systems. It’s why so many are now working with our experts at AB Controls. In this latest post, we’ll explain how we’ve become one of the most trusted system integration companies in the industry. (more…)

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  • Three Tips for Handling Unsupported Test Equipment with Automated Services

    One of the most common challenges throughout the industrial marketplace is the inability to effectively test products before bringing them to market. Obsolete or otherwise unsupported test equipment can stall the progress of a product development and limit the ROI for the company. And so it’s important to find alternative testing options. In this latest post, we’ll present three tips for handling unsupported test equipment with automated services.

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  • 13 Considerations to Make When Choosing Automated Test Equipment

    Automated test equipment can help reduce testing costs and ensure that lab teams are focused on their important roles within the facility.  They can help drive productivity and maximize efficiency within the working process.  But before investing in automated test equipment, it’s important to know the elements that comprise the ideal system for your unique firm. In this latest post, we’ll explore 13 considerations to make when choosing automated test equipment. (more…)

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  • 5 Benefits of Laboratory Automation Solutions

    Laboratory teams are continually looking for ways to better improve their productivity and maximize the long-term value of their testing work.  Many companies are now choosing laboratory automation solutions to boost their work and maximize the efficiency of their testing processes.  Our team at AB Controls has many years of experience building and integrating the latest laboratory automation solutions, and in this latest post, we’ll explore more on their benefits and practical applications.

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  • Discover More on the Pipetting Robot

    In order to complete testing work more efficiently, companies are now implementing automated solutions to their most common testing challenges. The pipetting robot is one of the latest solutions offered to help drive productivity within testing procedures. Within this latest post, our AB Controls team details more on the pipetting robot and its many benefits. (more…)

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  • What is Laboratory Automation Systems?

    In recent years, you may have heard the term “laboratory automation solutions” referenced rather frequently. You may have already implemented some solutions without even knowing about it.

    While the entire development of laboratory automation focuses around improving the process within your facility, understanding what laboratory automation solutions is and how it can improve productivity within your lab is a must. (more…)

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  • Four Questions to Ask Potential System Integration Companies

    Systems integration work is critical in ensuring all devices work in unison toward the company’s common goal. Manufacturing firms often struggle in pairing systems together. That’s why many are now turning to specialist system integration companies for guidance. (more…)

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  • Part 3: Human Error, Automation, and Repeatability

    This is the final part of our 3 part series: human error, automation, and repeatability. For the sake of this post, all efforts will be focused on a clinical chemistry laboratory.

    To begin, it is important to delve into failure rates in human systems. According to Charles P. Shelton, “human operators are one of the biggest sources of errors in any complex system”. This can be attributed to a number of factors including, emotional and physical stress, as well as laboratory location. To provide more information, below is a General Human-Error Probability Data in Various Operating Conditions: Unfortunately it is difficult to determine an established across the board error rate for automation.  The reason being automation is an extremely broad term and as many people have pointed out, you can automate just about anything these days.  The one statistical piece of data we were able to uncover can be found in an article titled “Automation and Expert Systems in a Core Clinical Chemistry Laboratory”.  The article determined that when using an Intelligent Aliquotter an approximate error rate of 1% surfaced.

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