I realize that the liquid handler provides much of the automation, but what other equipment have you incorporated? I am wondering how much of the process can be automated.

Answer

We have a plate hotel (for ambient storage of source labware including plates and pipette tips), incubator and plate imager integrated.  Other equipment that can be integrated includes analytical devices such as plate readers or the Octet HTX.  Even an automation-friendly centrifuge can be integrated.  Lab space and budget are the main limiting factors to the types and numbers of devices that can be integrated.  The liquid handler itself is enclosed in a HEPA enclosure to ensure sterility during culture manipulations.