The Artel Digest: Stay informed about best practices for your liquid handling quality assurance

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

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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.
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.
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, 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.
October 12, 2016

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

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

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

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?
April 20, 2016

On the frontlines of personalized medicine (and more)—a peek into what happens in a pharmacogenomics lab

It’s a given that just about every scientist will say they want to generate high-quality data, but it’s the steps that are taken to ensure quality that really matter.
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.