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.
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.
October 1, 2015

Clarifying accuracy – with help from ISO IWA 15

Accuracy is a particularly important concept because it is foundational to a quantitative laboratory measurement.
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.
August 27, 2015
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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.
July 22, 2015
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When it rains, it pours liquid handling standards

The year 2015 will see the publication of the new ISO/IWA 15 standard for automated pipetting systems, and important work to revise the ISO 8655 series of standards. Further revision of the current ASTM E1154 version (released 12/2014) is also planned.
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
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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.