An Overview of Robotics and their Application in the Blood Bank
For many years robots have been used in major manufacturing operations, such as automobile assembly plants, for tasks which include materials handling, welding and painting. More recently, robotic systems have become available for cost-effective use in many smaller manufacturing operations for fabrication and assembly of component parts [I]. The use of robot based systems in laboratories has occurred within the past five years [2,3]. They have been used in research and development environments and in clinical laboratories where simple, repetitive, batch-oriented procedures are performed. Robotic systems for blood banking, although impractical for component preparation , have had laboratory applications demonstrated and implemented for serological and transmissible disease testing.
KeywordsRobotic System Liquid Handling Transmissible Disease Sample Preparation Station Liquid Handling Robot
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