There is no way a single human could have seen literally everything, but together we can extract the most insight!
I’ll go first, no particular order! (Also should be stated that I’m coming from the R&D start-up world which may explain the bias in my list)
S-Run scheduler (I know its a wrapper for overlord but god damn it looked nice, it’s a web-app too!)
UK Robotics d2 Dispenser
Byonoy Plate reader (probably my favorite)
Overall what I loved were some of the companies that are starting to enter the scene with hyper affordable lab automation. This went from affordable schedulers, devices, and data solutions for the lab.
10000% this, I think the forum is a good start for sharing information about different products but it’s not exactly the right form for organizing information. I made a pass at making an automation wiki for such things a few months ago but haven’t filled it out with much content.
I think if I revised the architecture/ design a little and promoted it more it could be really successful. There’s a really good alignment of stakeholder incentives, hardware companies would have an interest in providing information about themselves on the wiki. Users would have one place that lists, for instance, all the magbead purification equipment.
I mean the wikipedia page is heavily lacking. Laboratory automation - Wikipedia. I wonder if we could hive mind this and flesh it out so the casual high schooler can start to learn about lab automation early.
Getting a quote from Agilent is a puzzle in itself. The main, strictly automation salesperson that I’ve worked with is Kenda Evans (she was at SLAS as well). But Agilent has split their sales teams up by the science you are doing. So if you want a Bravo for small molecule research you go to one sales person, if you want it for NGS prep you go to another sales person.