Improve quality management
As with implementing any new technology there will be
inherent difficulties. The cost can be a deterrent for many
companies as many of these technologies require a large
capital investment that can be difficult to absorb. There
can be hesitancy to adopt a new systems given the need
to educate and retrain laboratory staff, which can be a
difficult and time consuming task. However, the potential
improvements to quality, quality processes and standard
operating procedures (SOPs) alone can far outweigh costs
of adopting these technologies.
Documenting procedures and adhering to them in
day-to-day activities that involve interacting with lab
devices and equipment is critical in mitigating risks,
failures and losses. In addition, organizations can benefit by using predictive analysis to better understand
trends affecting specific devices and equipment operations, and take corrective action.
There are multiple advantages gained when implementing solutions that leverage predictive analytics for
laboratory equipment and facilities. Seamlessly integrating data from disparate devices, equipment and systems,
automating tasks in quality management, improving
standard operating procedures and allowing for preventive maintenance are all ways predictive analytics can
help organizations today. Added benefits include risk
mitigation and better overall operational procedures.
Companies that implement solutions to support
robust data gathering and predictive analysis within
their organization gain competitive advantage and
ensure relevance in today’s rapidly-changing life
and notifications if deviations occur
outside of preset parameters, keeping a
pulse on laboratory devices and equipment operations and ensuring prompt
attention if anything goes wrong at any
time of day or night.
Life science companies that inte-
grate sensors, devices and equipment
will develop a competitive advantage.
Enabling laboratory operations and
facilities teams to remotely access, manage, control and track all lab devices,
equipment and processes enhances
productivity and minimizes risks from
error-prone, manual tasks.
For researchers, using sensors to
monitor room conditions such as relative humidity, temperature, differential
pressure, VOCs and possibly particle
counting provides readily accessible
information and up-to-date laboratory
conditions to conduct experiments in optimal environments. The ability for lab
devices and equipment to integrate with other systems,
such as Laboratory Information Management Systems
(LIMS) or Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs),
allows automated recording of pertinent data and increased visibility over experimental processes.
Benefits of predictive analysis
In addition to connecting laboratory devices, equipment
and systems, as well as collecting data on equipment
performance and laboratory conditions, researchers and
laboratory staff can leverage experimental data from
instruments and control laboratory operations remotely.
According to Sabina Leonelli, a professor at the University
of Exeter, who focuses on data and life sciences, “It’s very
clear that research in laboratories—particularly in biology
and biomedicine—is becoming fully intertwined with
According to a recent report on facilities and oper-
ations management, the average cost of an equipment
failure is over $300,000, with a 60 percent chance
that a company experiences such an event in a 10-
year span. This carries a weighted average cost of
over $500,000 when taking into consideration all the
additional factors such a failure entails. Most facilities
indicate that they face some type of catastrophe at least
every two years, with respective increases in likelihood
for facilities that operate multiple buildings.
Not only does an equipment failure carry its own
significant cost, but for life science organizations aiming
to protect valuable samples and experiment assets in various devices and equipment, it is often the livelihood of
the entire organization’s research at risk.
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