I recently asked Paul, a 25 year veteran of our ISO pipette calibration laboratory this question: If you were stuck on a desert island with only one pipette to measure with, which would you choose? After calling me crazy, we had a conversation about his favorite: The Eppendorf Reference.
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Contracting with a service provider to properly and correctly service your laboratory pipettes is an important step in the security of your laboratory liquid handling system. Unfortunately, there are many different providers to choose from with widely varying procedures and competencies. Even among accredited providers, quality can vary from poor to excellent, so it pays to make this decision carefully. Be careful! Choosing the wrong provider can cause added expense and problems.
Conference exhibits and industry vendor shows have historically been excellent events for bringing buyers together with sellers through… wait for it… face-to-face interactions. Although the standard business transaction of placing paper purchase orders from colossal paper catalogs has shifted over to electronic systems, the process where supply meets demand still requires the development and nurturing of business relationships. For example, I recently attended the 2014 American Society for Microbiology Conference exhibit in Boston, where I introduced myself to 25 key business representatives in a four-hour period. I have subsequently established a dialog with 10 of those people, each with whom a valid business opportunity was established.
Pipette - The Primary Laboratory Measurement Tool
Typical force and repetition rates in manual pipetting rates in manual pipetting add up to 5,000-10,000 lbs/day, enough to push over an elephant.
What Does the Symphony Have to Do with Pipetting?
Pipettes are the primary tools that laboratory scientists use each day, perhaps as a hammer is to a roofer. They provide accurate measurements of very small volumes of liquids in the user’s quest to obtain correct test results. But pipettes are mechanical devices that require regular calibration service to maintain their accuracy and precision. The similarities are not unlike the maintenance of your car. Without regular service and repair, your car can break down, leave you stranded and result in high repair costs. Pipettes are no different. Let’s explore this further, directing our focus to the measurement science and relevant standards.
Proper pipette repair service must include established, model-specific components, maintenance and repair processes in order to ensure valid compliance to tolerances, as well as maintaining measurement performance between service intervals. With our team of trained technicians and former biology scientists, we have over 50 years of pipette expertise and metrology experience contributing to the proper servicing of your pipettes. At TTE Laboratories, we routinely provide comprehensiv preventative maintenance on every pipette we receive and are capable of correctly repairing 99 percent of pipettes that are received broken, malfunctioning or are merely performing out of tolerance, without delay.
In the wake of the recession, many academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical labs have been forced to take costs into consideration in order to remain nimble in today’s economy. For these companies, which rely on ISO-accredited pipette calibration & metrology repair services to conduct research in their laboratories, traveling pipette service providers may seem a suitable, cost-effective solution to pipette calibration services. However, we ask: At what expense?