Automating sample preparation for next-generation sequencing (NGS) offers advantages beyond increased throughput, such as improved data consistency. Unlike manual methods where variability increases with an increased sample set, an automated system provides consistent data quality whether you are processing 1 or 1,000 reactions.
A variety of automation choices are available in the market today that increase throughput, provide consistency in results, streamline workflow, and potentially provide walkaway time to researchers so that they can perform valuable tasks.
In the previous article, we considered how to ease the transition from manual to automated NGS sample preparation. In this article, however, we go one step further. We consider how to sustain the benefits of automation. The following considerations determine the success of automation in your laboratory.