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.
April 8, 2016

Improving data quality and reproducibility (Part 2): keeping an eye on humidity

In the second of our four-part series, we highlight how humidity affects pipetting by visiting Olympic National Park in Washington State, home to the Pacific Northwest’s largest remaining acreage of undisturbed rainforest.
February 29, 2016
barometric pressure on pipetting

Improving data quality and reproducibility (Part 1): barometric pressure can affect pipetting performance

The Extreme Pipetting Expeditions illustrate how environmental factors can impact data quality, and thus play a role in experimental replication.
August 27, 2015

Pipetting in extreme environments: Science, adventure, art and the “Why”

Working with countless laboratory directors, technologists, instrumentation engineers and scientists over the years we have seen the lab environment as a key stumbling block to trustworthy test and assay results.
November 10, 2014
Assay transfer

Assay Transfer Troubleshooting

Automating an assay—or transferring an assay from the benchtop to a liquid handling robot—is not always as straightforward as one would hope.
October 9, 2014
Pipetting technique

Best Practices for the Use of Micropipettes

Don’t let variation in pipetting technique steer important test results off course. Achieve accurate, precise results by understanding and managing variations in operating technique, and ways to control and minimize those risks.
October 27, 2013

Preventing Pandemics – The Global Influenza Threat

Training operators in modern quality control methods and current analytical techniques, and adoption of robust quality systems, will be vital in order to manufacture sufficient vaccine for the world’s entire population.
July 5, 2013

Optimization of Automated Liquid Handlers

Liquid handlers can be inaccurate, but with tools and know-how, a simple adjustment might ensure volume transfer accuracy, and therefore, confidence in assay results.
June 6, 2013

3 Tips to Aid Assay Transfer

Assay transfer failures can result in significant delays in projects and manufacturing, additional costs, and incomparable data. Read the following tips designed to help facilitate assay transfers within and between laboratories.
March 7, 2012

The Critical Role of Liquid Handling in Effective Assay Transfer

Top tips to facilitate assay transfer within and across laboratories. To prevent liquid handling problems and guarantee successful assay transfer, a laboratory can follow three basic steps...