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How do they use robots in the pharmaceutical industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

As modern life demands ever more drugs and medicines, the pharmaceutical industry is forever looking at new ways to boost productivity. And it's increasingly turning to robotics and automation to deliver increased capacity.

As for how many robots are used in the industry, they are used in packaging departments and laboratories. 

The latest figures suggest that almost 40% pf packaging plants will make use of robots which is a near 15% increase over the last five years. Their abilities in this area have been well reported and it includes speed and their ability to keep going over shifts. Compared to humans, robots are said to be up to four times faster in packing tasks and they can do this for 24-hour periods. What’s more, they are extremely accurate and make few mistakes.  

And for these reasons, they are also used in laboratories, where the consistency operation and the safety angle is very important. Work in the laboratory centres around the research, and development of drugs. 

Consider that unlike a human laboratory technician, a robot operating in a lab is not under danger from the release of germs, or any other substance used in such situations. Which means when it comes to dangerous tasks, humans can let the robot take the strain. 

Robots are also being used to identify counterfeit medicines, a growing worldwide problem. Robots scanners are very accurate and can quickly detect anomalies.  

Then there are robot pharmacies. Here robots are adept at preparing very accurate prescriptions at a consistent rate which is a huge benefit for those diagnosing patients and for the patients themselves. 

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