Automating pipetting

Does automation affect the result of analyses? What does automation mean for the daily work at the lab? The step from manual to automatic pipetting seems easy enough to make, but it takes more than just the purchase of a device or system.

0,5 day
Course fee
€ 195 (excl. VAT)

Short description

Often automation is simply necessary because manual pipetting takes up too much time or puts the working conditions of analysts under pressure. In addition, for some companies it is necessary to be able to demonstrably link test results to a sample.

The reason for automation often gives direction to the choice of a suitable solution. Between manual pipetting and full automation, there are many hybrid forms. The best solution depends of course on the situation and requirements at the laboratory. In this workshop we discuss the various types of (semi-)automation and what is needed for their implementation. All tools needed to ensure a successful transition are reviewed.

The workshop includes the following topics:

  1. Integrated workflow
  2. Quality within fluid displacement
  3. Consumables

Integrated workflow

There are many levels of automation. Sometimes the automation of a single step is all it takes to achieve the objectives. Or the process consists of individual devices that pass on samples to one another.

A fully automated process offers the possibility of sample tracking, which means that a sample can be tracked throughout the process up to and including the analysis results. In other words, the possibilities may vary from doing everything yourself to just scanning a barcode and having the rest taken over by devices. In this module, solutions from various suppliers are discussed.


This part of the workshop will focus on the influence of automation on the quality of results. Although pipetting may seem like a simple operation, in practice everyone has their own way of pipetting. Nevertheless, automation does not necessarily result in higher quality. We will address topics such as accuracy and precision, and the reproducibility of results.


In the case of an automated process, the choice of materials becomes more important. The flexibility of manual pipetting is higher because the analyst can easily switch between different tubes, caps and other consumables. In an automated process, the switch to other materials can have a major impact because all equipment has to be adjusted accordingly.

Participants are encouraged to share their situation and questions prior to the workshop so that these can be addressed during the workshop.


  • To understand what the possibilities are with regard to automation and to know when which solution can be applied best.
  • To understand the influence of automation on quality and reproducibility.
  • To know what to take into account when choosing consumables

Target group

  • Research departments of universities
  • Biotech companies
  • Academic hospitals
  • Seed-processing companies
  • Anyone who will make the switch from manual to automatic pipetting and who wants to prepare for this


Day 1




Integrated workflow.

What options are available with regard to automation? Which solutions are suitable for which situations?



What is the influence of automation on quality and reproducibility?



What should be taken into account in the choice of consumables?


Open discussion

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