The Lab of the Future: Crawl Before You Walk

The Importance of a Solid Foundation for the Lab

A number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food and beverage and healthcare, have adopted technologies such as RFID, near IR, robotics, mobile tablets and other types of advances to automate processes and record keeping, manage inventory,enhance global collaboration and more. But despite widespread innovation in smart/connected/wearable/mobile technologies, organizations have been slow to incorporate their use in the lab.

This is because many labs have failed to first address foundational problems related to the way people, processes, equipment and materials are managed. Before labs can take off running with smart innovations like augmented display and motion control, a proper foundation for managing the processes, equipment, materials and people that will interact with these adjacent technologies is required. Labs have to crawl before they walk, and walk before they run.