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.
When was the last time you cleaned your pipettes? Or took them apart and ran them through some preventive maintenance and a check to see if they need recalibration? If you’re like most researchers, it has probably been too long.
When you think of risk and the lab, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is personal safety. But the risks you encounter each time you start a study or pick up a pipette go beyond carcinogens, sharps, and infectious diseases...
It’s puzzling that many users do not seem to care much about the actual liquid handler performance – that is, the ability of the liquid handler to transfer assay-specific target volumes with accuracy and precision.