For those of us who calibrate on a daily basis, the repeated routine of pipetting may have become almost second nature. In fact, a metrology-centric calibration program should provide the standardized expertise necessary for proper performance assessment and maintenance. However, periodically brushing up on the fundamentals of practice and procedure can refresh your skills, correct errors, and remind you that even the smallest mistakes can lead to major ramifications in the lab space. Understanding your process and having mastery of your chemistry lab supplies, or biology techniques, will play a huge role in your success or failure. So let’s go back to the basics to ensure the highest quality of service and measurement at every turn with these 5 things you need to know about pipette tips:
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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.