The life sciences industry relies upon accuracy and precision to provide the highest quality of research and products. As such, calibration of instruments is used to hold any tools used in laboratories to the most stringent quality standards. With high growth in the sectors of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, the need for greater efficiency becomes paramount in every aspect. This includes calibration.
Recent technological improvements have led to an increased reliability upon calibration management software. Accurate, up-to-date information on the calibration status of scientific tools can now be called upon from computers and mobile devices. Providers of calibration management software face a robust market need for accurate instruments, and therefore this software has become a competitive new industry in its own right.
The market opportunity for calibration management software should only continue in the 2020s. Leaders in the field provide up-to-the-minute, Cloud-based software that streamlines scheduling, service orders, maintenance requests, and status of calibration, certification, and other features. Mobile platforms add to the convenience and ease of use. Antiquated binder records have fallen by the wayside in favor of the latest, most efficient devices, giving the greatest tracking accuracy. As more competitors enter this new arena, calibration management software will diversify.
It remains to be seen how this technology will evolve in the new decade. Clearly the reliance upon mobile devices is here to stay. So how might calibration management software evolve? Increased efficiency, better ease of use, speed of operation, and other features should only accelerate. It is possible other new technology can be integrated into calibration management platforms. For example, the burgeoning use of “smart” devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) will surely enter the life sciences fray. Will there be smart pipettes? Smart scales? It is a logical step. And it is a potential area for continued growth in this promising new area.
The future of instrumentation accuracy is only going to improve. It remains to be seen how this will be honed and made more efficient over time. But it is clear that those at the forefront of calibration management software already maintain a competitive edge. No doubt greater success awaits in this market, as industry leaders develop and integrate new technology over time.