Next Article in Journal
Tracking Lysosome Migration within Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) Cells Following Exposure to Nanosecond Pulsed Electric Fields
Previous Article in Journal
Accelerated Bioprocess Development of Endopolygalacturonase-Production with Saccharomyces cerevisiae Using Multivariate Prediction in a 48 Mini-Bioreactor Automated Platform
Article Menu
Issue 4 (December) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Bioengineering 2018, 5(4), 102;

Laboratory Automation in Clinical Microbiology

Department for Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Hygiene, Heidelberg University Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 324, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 16 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
Full-Text   |   PDF [218 KB, uploaded 22 November 2018]   |  


Laboratory automation is currently the main organizational challenge for microbiologists. Automating classic workflows is a strenuous process for the laboratory personnel and a huge and long-lasting financial investment. The investments are rewarded through increases in quality and shortened time to report. However, the benefits for an individual laboratory can only be estimated after the implementation and depending on the classic workflows currently performed. The two main components of automation are hardware and workflow. This review focusses on the workflow aspects of automation and describes some of the main developments during recent years. Additionally, it tries to define some terms which are related to automation and specifies some developments which would further improve automated systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: total lab automation; microbiology; automation microbiology total lab automation; microbiology; automation microbiology

Graphical abstract

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Burckhardt, I. Laboratory Automation in Clinical Microbiology. Bioengineering 2018, 5, 102.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Bioengineering EISSN 2306-5354 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top