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.
April 20, 2016
pharmacogenomics

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.
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 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.
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.
January 19, 2016
Liquid handling

Liquid handling improvements and other lab resolutions

We’ve gathered all of our lab reports—newly updated and revised—into a convenient, single eBook format.
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.
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.