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 23, 2013

Integration of Liquid Handler Quality Control Into the HTS Daily Routine

Highly accurate and precise liquid handling is critical if the results of HTS experiments are to be reliable. However, liquid handlers are prone to variation and […]
July 25, 2012

Development of an International Standard for Automated Pipetting Systems

In response to the growing demand by users of automated pipetting systems, Artel presented a proposal on the development of an international standard addressing the performance […]
July 20, 2012

Do You Really Know What Your Robot Is Doing?

It may be argued that the largest challenge presented by using a liquid handling robot is the assumption that the robot is doing what it is […]
March 23, 2012

Mixing It Up

Mixers are great – they give us a chance to meet new people, and while some may consider them a waste of time, they can spark […]
March 7, 2012

The Critical Role of Liquid Handling in Effective Assay Transfer

Top tips to facilitate assay transfer within and across laboratories. To prevent liquid handling problems and guarantee successful assay transfer, a laboratory can follow three basic steps...
December 1, 2011

Creating and Testing Custom Alternative Test Solutions

This application note explains how to create and test a custom dye reagent for checking liquid handler performance for assay-specific reagent types. Users can check a liquid handler using dye-based reagents that are closer in composition to their assay reagents, such as DMSO and 20% glycerol.
July 10, 2011

Do Plate Readers Agree?

Understanding Performance Differences Between Different Plate Reader Makes and Models Microplate readers are used in numerous laboratory applications to measure results of chemical assays in microplates. […]
January 12, 2009
Keith Albert

Can disposable pipette tips contribute to pipetting error?

Q: I need accuracy and precision. Will the disposable tips I choose for my automated liquid handlers possibly contribute error? Because you are concerned with accuracy and […]