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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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  • 4 Challenges Resolved by Using Laboratory Automation Solutions

    Automation technology is revolutionizing many marketplaces. It allows organizations to reallocate resources and empower their leading team members to achieve higher levels of productivity. For those just learning more on the area of laboratory automation systems, it’s important to gain an understanding on their role on the lab and their work in mitigating multiple challenges that lab teams face each workday. In this latest post, we’ll highlight four of the challenges resolved by laboratory automation solutions. (more…)

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  • The 4 Benefits of Working with Automated Test Equipment Companies

    Automated test equipment companies are now helping improve the validity of testing results for a broad range of organizations throughout the globe. But one of the challenges within the marketplace is that few business leaders have a comprehensive understanding on the role of automated test equipment companies and the equipment these firms offer for working environment. To help guide business owners, we’re highlighting the full range of benefits supported by partnering with automated test equipment companies, in this latest post. (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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  • Part 2: How Automation Reduces Risk Of Injuries

    After covering how automation can increase efficiency and decrease costs, we will now be looking at how automation can decrease injuries in factories, laboratories, and hospitals. According to a 1997 study titled “Cost of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses”, there were 13 million work related injuries that cost approximately $132 billion dollars. Although this number is down from 1992 it could still be reduced significantly.

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  • Part 1: How Automation Increases Efficiency and Decreases Costs

    Being a company that specializes in Automation, AB Controls, Inc. realizes that there are many benefits to using automation in your laboratory, manufacturing plant, hospital, and etc. So over the next week and a half we are going to focus on three key topics surrounding automation, efficiency, repeatability, and injury prevention. This is part 1: How Automation Increases Efficiency and Decreases Costs.

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  • Difference Between Biotech and Pharma Companies

    When I began this job a few months ago I found myself hearing the words pharmaceutical and biotech quite often.  Not a science person by any means, so these words didn’t mean too much.  I knew they referred to companies that deal with drugs but that was the extent of it.  I decided today that I was going to find out what those companies actually do and the difference, if any, between the two.

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  • Pipette Delivery Robot (Trx)

    At AB Controls, Inc. we are always trying to be on top of our game in terms of integrated technologies and robotics. This blog is not about throwing shameless product promotions, but while I am working on locating break through stories in life sciences, aerospace, pharmacueuticals, and biotech, these will have to suffice. Below we have a video of our Pipette tip robot called Trx:

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  • New Fully Automated Karl Fischer Titration System

    AB Controls, Inc., the premier provider of laboratory automation solutions announces that the new Tix system will offer a fully automated robotic system for conducting Karl Fischer moisture assay. The Tix system is validated for use in lyophilization cycle development, tech transfer between various manufacturing sites, and manufacturing discrepancy investigations.

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