Multi-day Cell Culture Workflows

As automation tools mature, cell culture labs have started to automate their incubation and expansion protocols that can span days and even weeks. While automation has helped these labs increase their throughput and reproducibility, schedulers still require the repetitive creation of several jobs over multiple days rather than relying on automation to take the reins. As well, given the scope of cell culture workflows, the required systems remain disconnected and training operators on the various instrumentation is time-consuming and challenging.

How Artificial Helps

To address these gaps and help cell culture labs realize their full automation potential, the Artificial Product Suite includes a next-generation scheduler that can handle multi-phase workflows in a single job with digital guides for running the entire lab.

A next-generation scheduler for multi-part workflows Artificial’s scheduler–LabOps–can schedule jobs concurrently in one system or across multiple systems regardless of the job duration. LabOps is also capable of scheduling process dependencies so when it schedules part one of a workflow, the second part is scheduled within a specific time range. So rather than having to submit multiple orders to complete a cell culture or expansion workflow, in Artificial, you can submit one job that spans across multiple days. LabOps also provides a calendar and Gantt chart view so you can understand all of the interdependencies in your operations.

Standardized manual operations across shifts Artificial Assistants provide interactive, digital guidance with automatic data capture so your set-up or manual intervention is always consistent and error-free. With customizations, common errors can be quickly addressed with embedded media and warnings. As well, data fields prompt users to capture critical information like lot numbers for media. If anything changes with a run such as the number of plates, each step dynamically updates its instructions like the amount of required reagent so you have confidence that your jobs will run smoothly.

A fully connected and unified experience from request to result The Artificial Suite can connect to your LIMS, scheduler, liquid handling control software, or custom code and bring them onto a single platform. Even if you have software from multiple vendors, they can all be integrated into Artificial. This way you can schedule requests submitted in your LIMS, directly execute automated workflows, monitor the state of a job, and view your data - all within Artificial. By bringing together all these critical parts of your workflow, your data is then automatically associated together so you have a more complete picture of your operations without the extra work.

Using Artificial, cell culture labs with complex, multi-part workflows can create a streamlined digital experience that decreases the frequency of manual intervention while ensuring data exchange between all of your systems both the backend and frontend–whether that’s orchestrating all of your software, capturing all of your data, or ensuring your operators are ready.

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