The Artel Digest: Stay informed about optimizing your assay workflow and liquid handling processes

The Digest brings you technical resources, expert tips, guidance on regulations and standards, as well as discussions with key industry leaders – that focus on optimized assay workflows, automated liquid handling and pipetting processes.

Troubleshooting Automation
Maximizing the performance of automated liquid handlers
This Troubleshooting Automation poster provides guidance on how to identify common problems so you can get the best performance out of your liquid handling platforms.
Lean Laboratory
How laboratories apply LEAN or Six Sigma
While it seems small, starting at the bench top level is an easy place to start and empower your lab to become one of today’s LEAN laboratories.
Calibration Method Comparison
A comparison of different calibration methods
What's the best way to perform volume verification checks on your liquid handlers? As with most things, that depends on your specific situation.
May 18, 2017

Hidden costs of improper pipette use, care, and handling

Have you ever wondered how much pipette repairs are costing your lab? You are not alone. What may surprise you is that some of these costs can be prevented simply by training lab personnel in proper pipette use and handling.
April 25, 2017
Liquid handler verification

Choosing the right liquid (and other conditions) for liquid handler verification

A recent study we did confirms that it is a best practice to calibrate liquid handlers using the specific liquid class normally dispensed whenever possible.
January 30, 2017
assay validation

Assay development and more: When you want to verify volume transfer into a non-MVS plate

Can you use the MVS to verify volume transfer into any type of plate? Yes, you can.
November 17, 2016

Lab Design Trends and Future

As scientific methods, technologies and workflows advance, how will laboratories evolve and adapt?
November 15, 2016
antimicrobial testing

Minding the antimicrobial testing gap: one way automated liquid handling is improving medicine

Researchers are improving an important diagnostic test by teaming automated liquid handlers with inkjet printer technology.
September 29, 2016

Do your microplate readers agree?

Variability in measurements from different microplate readers can add to overall measurement uncertainty. A few simple steps can make the data from different readers more reliably comparable.
March 28, 2016
Assay development

From assay development to assay transfer (Part 3): keeping track of the details for effective documentation

When automating an assay and/or transferring that assay to another lab, little details can make big differences.
February 8, 2016
Lab Data

The Impact of Bad Data

The cost of bad lab data can be easily quantified when thinking of only the assay itself - but can be much larger in magnitude if labor, down time, scheduling and loss of precious sample or reagents are considered.
November 17, 2015

From assay development to assay transfer (Part 2): making sure everything measures up

It’s a good idea to have standardized pipette calibration and training programs in place; it’s especially critical when you’re doing an assay transfer.