Laboratory Automation Basic Training

Course Overview (Morning session)
-Introduction to liquid handling robots
-Safety 
-Liquid handling terminology

-Liquid handling techniques

-Troubleshooting
-Reagent and chemical compatibility and handling
-Validation and QC techniques and options

-Installation Qualification/Operation Qualification (IQ/OQ)
-Decontamination protocols

-Automation Strategy

      Why automate?

     -Need capabilities beyond ability of humans -- acccuracy, repeatability, hours-per-day

     -Throughput

     -Simply don't want to learn how to do it in the first place

-Sources of customizable platforms

-Customized hardware

-Customized software (Introduction to Labview)

-Introduction to LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems)

-The 3 Laws of Robotics

WORKSHOP (Afternoon session)
Hands-on practical with robotic liquid handlers.

Techniques to be Discussed and Demonstrated
-Converting manual protocols

-Programming terminology

-How to write an automated protocol

-Tray files

-Liquid system fluid vs. air system fluid

-Dispensing liquids of varying viscosities
-Dispense height
-Dispense speed
-Air gaps
-Mixing techniques
-Liquid-level following
-Foaming issues and prevention
-Environmental containment
-Static electricity problems and solutions
-Performance measurement

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