Design trends will shift and go through changes to meet new and upgraded technologies. Laboratory design trends are not immune to this necessity for change in this age of ever-evolving technology. Here are 4 trends that you should keep an eye on in 2019.
1. Growing Automation
Computerized laboratories are certainly not new, but more business will adopt automation as 2019 continues. Automation allows for complicated and for repetitive processes to be executed much faster, more accurately and with greater productivity than by manual means. Robotics that run on automation can perform a vast amount of very delicate work that requires high-levels of precision with very minimal supervision and direction by scientists or technicians. In the past, automating laboratories was extraordinarily expensive, but now it is much more affordable. Due to increased technology and automation needs, as well as the substantially lower cost to switch to an automated lab, expect to hear more companies upgrading to labs that run on automation.
2. Laboratories and the Cloud
In 2019, cloud integration of laboratory tools and systems will certainly be a trend for you to track. As labs become more specialized and advanced, the demand for cloud-integrated data storage and data recovery products and services will undoubtedly increase. Cloud-integrated labs will allow lab technicians to keep track of processes and be alerted to updates or changes using their lab-connected smartphones. The push for more labs with cloud integration will create improved accessibility and monitoring capabilities across the industry.
3. Open-Design Labs
Developments within education and instruction have influenced the dominant laboratory workspace model, which is now trending towards open-design. These open designs lend themselves to greater visibility and greater collaboration amongst team members than the traditional private offices and personal workstations. Open designs also allow for labs to be more freely reconfigured and adjusted to meet different project or organizational needs.
4. Compact Equipment
As 2019 continues, there will be a drive towards more compact equipment that benefits laboratories in several ways. Smaller, lightweight lab tools will take up less workspace and will be easier for technicians to handle and operate. These new pieces of equipment will also be modular, which saves time and energy for technicians. These compact lab tools will also save money for firms that operate laboratories, as they will have less equipment that needs to be purchased and maintained.
As the year continues, you should keep track of these emerging laboratory design trends. Labs will become more automated, and lab technicians will use more compact, configurable equipment to complete tasks more efficiently. Labs will also become more cloud-integrated and open-designed for greater team collaboration in 2019.