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LEAN Lab: Efficiency and Innovation for German Laboratories

Apr 3, 2023 11:45:00 AM / by Paul Planje

Introduction to the LEAN Lab concept

healthcareThe LEAN Lab concept is a modern approach to make laboratories more efficient and productive. The basic principles of LEAN management are applied to laboratories to reduce waste, optimize processes and increase the quality of results. German laboratories can benefit from this method by promoting innovation and increasing their competitiveness.

Benefits of the LEAN Lab approach

A LEAN Lab offers numerous advantages for German laboratories. By implementing LEAN principles, laboratories can increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary processes and optimizing workflows. As a result, turnaround times are reduced and employees can focus on value-added activities. Improved efficiency leads to higher quality research results and faster time to market for products.

Technical features in the LEAN Lab

The implementation of the LEAN Lab concept is accompanied by a number of special technical features. These include the implementation of digital solutions, such as laboratory information management systems (LIMS), workflow automation, and robotics integration. These technologies enable data to be collected, managed and analyzed more efficiently, reducing errors and speeding decision-making.

In addition, the LEAN Lab promotes the use of modular lab equipment that allows flexibility to adapt to changing requirements. This facilitates the implementation of new technologies and processes and contributes to continuous improvement.

The LEAN Lab in the German research context.

The LEAN Lab approach is particularly relevant for the German research environment, which is characterized by strong competition and high innovation requirements. By implementing LEAN principles, German laboratories can use their resources more efficiently, respond faster to market changes, and improve their research performance. The implementation of LEAN Lab concepts thus contributes to securing Germany as a research location and strengthens the position of German laboratories on the international market.


The LEAN Lab concept offers German laboratories a promising opportunity to increase their efficiency and innovative strength. By implementing LEAN principles and using modern technologies, laboratories can optimize their processes, improve the quality of results and increase their competitiveness. In this way, the LEAN Lab makes an important contribution to securing Germany as a research location and to strengthening the position of German laboratories in international competition. Would you like to learn more about how we can also make your lab "lean"? Write to us - we look forward to a constructive exchange!

Tags: LIMS, Lean Lab, Digitalisation, Platform, Digital transformation, Cloud Technology, Informatics

Paul Planje

Written by Paul Planje

I have been working since 1992 on subjects such as efficiency and Productivity increase. Initially in the laboratory and research sectors. Here I made my experiences with analytical instruments and automation. With the change to sales, enterprise solutions such as Scientific Data Management Systems (SDMS), Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS), Laboratory Execution Systems (LES), Electronic Laboratory Journals (ELN) and Document Management Systems (DMS) were added. In the last years I was engaged in the digitization of processes and their measurements. Scince 2019 I'm running the iVention DACH region supporting our customers to move into the digital lab world.