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.
January 22, 2015

Embracing Ergonomic Pipetting Technique

There are a number of things you can do to improve your positioning and pipetting ergonomics to help avoid repetitive stress injuries.
January 22, 2015

Standards and Sausages: The political side of standards development

A finished standard carries a certain “weight” due to the esteem of the issuing organization. However, standards are written by human beings, and can contain all our noble aspirations and petty behaviors.
December 17, 2014
how to pipette

Tips on How to Pipette

Ten Tips to Improve Your Pipetting Technique: download the free wall poster and/or watch the video to get better at accurate, reproducible pipetting.
November 11, 2014
Ebola Virus

Drug safety testing – a brief look at history

With much of the world’s focus on the Ebola outbreak and the deployment of experimental medicines and vaccines, it’s worthwhile to stop for a minute and think not just about drug and vaccine efficacy, but also about their safety.
November 10, 2014
Assay transfer

Assay Transfer Troubleshooting

Automating an assay—or transferring an assay from the benchtop to a liquid handling robot—is not always as straightforward as one would hope.
October 9, 2014
Pipetting technique

Best Practices for the Use of Micropipettes

Don’t let variation in pipetting technique steer important test results off course. Achieve accurate, precise results by understanding and managing variations in operating technique, and ways to control and minimize those risks.
August 13, 2014

An Introduction to Cloud Data Security

Collaborative efforts require shared information. With advances in cloud technology, laboratories are reconsidering methods for data collection, storage and access. Inevitably, the dialog turns to a fundamental question: security.
June 26, 2014

How does the pipetting technique that technologists use affect assay development?

We talked to Shilo Caulfield, Viracor Laboratories, to get her thoughts about the impact of pipetting technique, and how it can affect results.
June 17, 2014

Is it really necessary to worry about both liquid handling precision and accuracy during assay development?

During assay development it is vital to optimize the assay and determine the effects of liquid handling variability. Precision is easy to measure, and it highlights gross failures within a liquid delivery step.