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.
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.
January 1, 2017

In-house Pipette Calibration: The Lean Way

When your tests can impact criminal cases, help labs confirm that a sample belongs to a specific patient, or help verify or refute paternity, data quality matters. Your answers can't be wrong. Knowing that your pipettes are performing within specifications is a critical part of ensuring data quality, but for Sorenson Genomics, managing pipette calibration was a challenge.
November 17, 2016
lab-design

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.
October 12, 2016
world-standards-day

What is World Standards Day and Why Should Life Scientists Care?

Every October, World Standards Day pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.
September 29, 2016
microplate-readers

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.
July 6, 2016
data quality

Improving data quality and reproducibility (Part 4): Heat and dry air reduce pipette accuracy

Can your lab’s temperature—and fluctuations in seasonal humidity—affect data quality? A team of scientists investigates the effect of dry heat on laboratory data.
June 22, 2016
genomics

The IQs, PQs, and OQs of Success—In the Lab with a Genomics Service Provider

By using an outside vendor, this CRO can show any quality or compliance auditors that a third party has independently calibrated and qualified all liquid handlers.
May 25, 2016
assay-data

Improving data quality and reproducibility (Part 3): temperature differences affect assay data quality

When the temperature of a liquid sample is significantly different from the air temperature of the surrounding environment, just how much inaccuracy should you expect, and what can you do to minimize the resulting variability?