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Pipettes - Ergonomics, Electronics Dominate Instrument Trend
Pipetting is part of nearly every laboratory’s workflow. Yet this established technology continues to undergo improvements, most related to usability and consistency. At the top of every manufacturer’s priorities, says Raymond Mercier, business director for liquid handling at Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, MA), is ergonomics, which affects nearly every aspect of pipetting. Larger companies with serious health and safety initiatives lead the demand for pipettes that reduce repetitive strain while providing a high degree of reproducibility.
Pipettes - New Designs Reduce Fatigue and Increase Throughput
Few labs these days could survive without pipettes. Many assays require pipetting, and the increasing size of multiwell plates demands more steps than ever. Likewise, many experiments and processes—both in academia and in industry— must be validated, especially when regulatory oversight could be involved. Consequently, scientists demand increasing capabilities from pipettes.
Pipettes: Making the Most of Maintenance Options
Best practices dictate that pipettes undergo preventive maintenance and calibration at least once per year. Calibration involves dispensing set volumes of a liquid, usually water, into the weighing pan of a calibrated balance. Service personnel correct for temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, and then compare the expected weight to the actual weight.