This market report summarizes the results of HTStec's industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey on small-scale or benchtop automation carried out in January 2013. The questionnaire was compiled by HTStec to meet the needs, specific requirements and interests of the benchtop automation and lab robotics vendor community. The survey also sought to update and considerably extend HTStec's previous report on the subject published in June 2011.
The main objectives of this global benchmarking study were to gain a better understanding of the current interest in and future deployment of benchtop automated systems. This included requirements for automated pipettors/dispensers, grippers/movers, and scheduling software. Equal emphasis was given to soliciting opinion from all organisations types, with no geographic bias in the distribution of persons contacted.