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.

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.
July 21, 2015

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.
June 23, 2015

The importance of keeping it clean: avoid pipette errors with regular maintenance

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.
May 20, 2015

Your liquid handling robot is broken. Or is it? (Part 2)

A list of questions with specific troubleshooting techniques you can use to control liquid handler variability and improve liquid delivery consistency
May 20, 2015

A risky business? Increasing quality and efficiency by understanding risks

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...
April 20, 2015
broken liquid handler

Your liquid handling robot is broken. Or is it? (Part 1)

When a liquid handler goes down, you may be able to avoid a service visit. Learn 3 optimization steps you can perform yourself.
April 20, 2015
Setting Tolerance Limits

Beyond Pipette Calibration: Setting Tolerance Limits

Are your pipettes performing well? This sounds like a simple yes or no question but, like many things, the reality is more nuanced. Here’s an example of what I mean...
March 9, 2015

WHO cares about liquid handler performance?

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.
March 9, 2015

The ABCs of ISOs: What ISO Standards in the Life Science Industry Are All About

It’s not just what you measure but how you measure. Which ISO standards matter for the life science industry?
January 22, 2015

Understanding Data Security: 5 Best Practices

Whether information is housed locally behind a company firewall or remotely within Amazon’s data centers, principles and best practices can help minimize the risks we face.