The Digital Lab

Responding to a changing professional environment with the digital lab

Sep 27, 2022 11:45:00 AM / by Paul Planje

globe+touch-Sep-02-2020-04-00-02-48-PMOur professional world is changing. This is also and especially true in the numerous laboratories of Germany, Europe and the world. Studies show that so-called mid-level qualifications in particular are increasingly disappearing. While the existing core workforce of medical assistants, laboratory technicians or biological-technical assistants in many cases still learned the old, "analog" tools of the trade - including the performance of standard tasks - Generation Z employees are now moving up the ranks. The new generation is highly qualified, digitalized all around and highly trained in the areas of development, research and experiment design. Interest in non-value-added routine tasks, on the other hand: Not at all. With the digital laboratory of the future, it is possible to respond optimally to the changing professional environment.

Optimizing the use of staff skil

In our private lives, we are familiar with digitization. There are voice assistants in living rooms, radiators are smartly controlled and lights are automatically adjusted to the time of day. It is all too understandable that the new generation also wants to use digital possibilities in the workplace. A laboratory that still relies on analog stacks of paper to record measurement results, where pallets are transported from A to B by hand, or where the workday still consists of routine activities will have real problems recruiting new employees in times of a shortage of skilled workers.

With a high degree of automation and digital processes, laboratories can respond to the changing professional environment. By "outsourcing" non-value-added activities to automated systems, expensive labor is saved on the one hand, and on the other hand, staff is relieved - and thus given the freedom to devote themselves to other, primarily value-added activities. In addition, digitalization creates new areas of responsibility - for example, in the maintenance of new technologies, for the evaluation of complex measurement results, or for the control and programming of robots in the laboratory.

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Tags: LIMS, Lean Lab, Digitalisation, Platform, Digital transformation, Data Science, 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.