Multichannel pipettes are one of the main ways to increase throughput and in turn drive down sample costs especially if you are working with expensive reagents. In The Secret of High Productivity in the Research Lab, Mark Beards stated that life science research is “complex, lengthy, costly, and the failure rate high.” The easiest and most economical way of increasing throughput is upgrading your labs pipettes from single channel to multichannel. Historically, most lab technicians are weary of upgrading to multichannel pipettes because of tip fit issues, weight of the pipette, and accuracy due to limited range. Hence many technicians are still using single channel pipettes today. Fortunately, lab technicians now have a pipette that solves all of those problems allowing them to be more productive and reduce their labs overall costs. Read more
Most veteran lab technicians and metrology specialists know that consistent pipette calibration allows for greater quality results and saves money on reagents. They realize that being off, even by a slight margin, can create a significant error in lab research. The average pipette typically requires calibration service at least once a year and most biotech companies do semiannual calibration. It is strongly recommended and in many cases required that each pipette be serviced by an ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory. ISO 17025:2005 accreditation complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) criteria. ISO 17025:2005 “specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry our tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standards methods, non-standard methods, and accredited laboratory-developed methods.” Proper pipette calibration is not a hurried process, instead it is a full-service system that complies to strict and precise practices in a controlled environment to attain an accurate and dependable scientific instrument.
Proper pipette calibration is not a hurried process, instead it is a full-service system that complies to strict and precise practices in a controlled environment to attain an accurate and dependable scientific instrument.
Two of the pipettes that claim to be the most ergonomic electronic pipette in the liquid handling market are the Sartorius Biohit Picus and Rainin E4 XLS. Why? Biohit is the creator of the electronic pipette and Rainin is the innovator of LiteTouch™ technology. Both of these manufacturers present electronic pipettes that they claim to be “ergonomic.” According to a study in Applied Ergonomics, led by G. David and P. Buckle, lab technicians who utilized manual pipettes more than 220 hours per year had more hand complaints compared to those who pipetted less. In order to alleviate hand injuries among lab technicians who are pipetting long hours on day-to-day basis – electronic pipette is the revolutionary and ergonomic solution that needs to be considered. Read more