Heike Risse | Head of Competence Center Liquid Handling & Lab Robotics
Metrohm IHQ

Heike Risse, Head of Competence Center Liquid Handling & Lab Robotics, Metrohm IHQ

Heike is Head of Competence Center Liquid Handling & Lab Robotics at  Metrohm International Headquarters, Herisau, Switzerland. She has more than more than 23 years of work experience with titration, automation and  liquid handling. During her time with Metrohm, Heike used to work as an Application Specialist Titration with focus on method and application development for virtually every industry sector. For more than 16 years, she has been responsible for the product management of automated titration systems. In 2023, Heike took over the responsibility for Liquid Handling and Lab Robotics activities within Metrohm.


Day 1 (26th June) @ 13:00

From analog to automated: A step-by-step guide to the future-proof laboratory

In an era of rapid technological advances, laboratories worldwide face the challenge of transitioning from traditional analog methods to fully automated and digitalized systems. This abstract outline a step-by-step guide for laboratories to master and future-proof this transformation successfully. With the ever-evolving demands of the laboratory environment, it is essential to modernize processes and workflows to increase efficiency, accuracy, and reproducibility. The transition from analog to automated laboratory systems presents several challenges. The main problems include the high initial investment in hardware and software, the need to train staff to use new technologies, and ensuring data integrity and protection in digitalized systems. Added to this is the complexity of integrating new technologies into existing laboratory processes, which often requires a comprehensive reorganization of workflows. To overcome these challenges, a systematic approach is required that includes the following steps, starting from needs analysis and goal setting, where existing processes and workflows are analyzed to identify specific needs and clear goals for digitization and automation are set. Based on this analysis, hardware and software solutions are selected to meet current and future requirements. Introducing new technologies should be incremental, starting with a pilot phase that allows processes to be tested and adapted before being rolled out across the laboratory. The following steps include training programs for laboratory staff to ensure that everyone involved is familiar with and can use the new systems effectively. If both systems and users are prepared, a seamless roll-out of the new system can be realized, followed by a possible expansion of the integration with devices for data management and security to guarantee the integrity and protection of sensitive information. Transforming from analog to automated labs is a complex but essential task to remain competitive in today's fast-paced scientific landscape. By following a step-by-step, well-thought-out plan, laboratories can overcome the challenges of this transformation and create an efficient, accurate, and future-proof environment. Ultimately, the automation and digitalization of laboratories enable increased productivity and quality and a profound change in scientific research and development.

last published: 17/Jun/24 14:15 GMT

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