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.

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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.
November 17, 2015

Setting a pipette calibration routine: when should I get my pipettes serviced?

People have many reasons for why not to have their pipettes serviced. Whether they don’t have the time, or can’t part with their pipettes because of workload, Dr. Nathaniel Hentz addresses this topic and discusses why it is vital to the efficiency and data integrity of labs.
October 28, 2015
assay development

From assay development to assay transfer (Part 1): it’s the little things that matter

Whether you’re converting a manual assay into an automated one to increase throughput and/or reproducibility, or moving an assay into a QC environment, a few pre-transfer planning steps can go a long way to smoothing out the process.
October 28, 2015
lean laboratory

Implementing LEAN at Sorenson Forensics: greater efficiency with in-house pipette calibration

Sorenson Genomics turned a cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming hassle into a streamlined process, saving them not only money but time and labor.
October 1, 2015

Good pipetting technique—don’t go in too deep (or too shallow)

Tip immersion depth is one of those many little details that you need to think about when you pipette, in order to get the best performance. Like many of the other issues with pipetting technique, it has to do with the physics of pipetting.
October 1, 2015

Applying LEAN in your lab

LEAN is not just reworking your processes, it’s about changing how you think and how you approach problems and workflows.
August 27, 2015

Liquid Types and Challenges – Tips for Successful Transfer

When handling liquid types which differ from pure water, certain properties become critical to successful pipetting.
August 27, 2015

Pause & Effect: How timing is critical for good pipetting technique

You can affect both the accuracy and precision of your pipetting by pipetting too quickly, too slowly or not pausing for the right amount of time after aspiration.
July 21, 2015

Is your pipetting technique causing problems?

If you want to increase the accuracy and precision of your pipetting, make sure the air cushion inside the tip, between the sample and piston, is properly humidified.
July 21, 2015
test-methods

The devil’s in the details: what method(s) do you use when verifying your liquid handler?

Methods evolve and change, and in today’s busy labs it’s no surprise that this small but important piece of information can get lost between verifications.