Steady As She Goes

Volume 8 Issue 2 | March 2013

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Cover Story

Steady as She Goes: Fifth Annual Investment Confidence Report

By Angelo DePalma, Ph.D

Fifth annual investment confidence report reveals some bright spots.

Featured Articles

Perspective On: A Biofuel Lab

By Bernard Tulsi

Testing, testing, testing.

Sections

Editor's Buzz

Editor's Note: Confident/Somewhat Confident

The good news from this year’s confidence report is that the laboratory industry, by and large, is moving in the right direction—forward—though in slightly smaller steps than we would have hoped.

Business Management

The Procurement Dilemma

Creating a win-win relationship with suppliers in order to obtain the best products and prices.

Leadership and Staffing

Lab Manager Academy: Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

Most managers and employees fear conflict at work because it can reduce productivity, negatively impact teamwork, and consume valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable, so we might as well learn to deal with it.

Business Management

Science Matters: Defining the New Art of Risk Management

Risk management in this economy goes well past the usual definitions of safety and compliance.

Leadership and Staffing

Harboring a Hoarder?

Maybe that explains where all the lab supplies went.

Motivate Your Lab

How to run an efficient and creative lab without micromanaging.

Laboratory Technology

HPC Storage Solutions

Address the needs of your applications at each step in the life cycle.

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Latest in Field Instruments: Applications for Water Testing

Matthew Sullivan, an environmental specialist in the Field Operations section of the Bureau of Environmental Services for the city of Portland, Oregon, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., about how field testing, particularly for water analysis, has changed over the years. The testing equipment is now better suited for field analysis, in terms of its size, compactness, and robustness. The newer instruments have also allowed for sampling and testing to be done remotely and in an automated fashion. Overall, field instrumentation is striving to provide faster, cheaper, more robust, and more real-time measurements for routine analysis.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Microscopes

Most Exciting Time Since Abbe

Product Focus: Laboratory Power

More Than Just Power Supplies

Product Focus: Glove Boxes

Specific Applications Require Particular Features.

Product Focus: Shakers

Customization, Shrinking Size, and Other Features Open New Applications

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Safety Tip: Organize a Safety Committee

Your department should have a safety committee. Academic institutions and companies should all have safety committees. The committees should consist of employees, supervisors, faculty, staff, administration, and students.

Lab Health and Safety

Blood, Sweat, and Fears (Part I)

This month the Safety Guys aim to raise awareness and discuss the prevention of blood-borne pathogen (BBP) exposures, beginning with an overview of the OSHA standard and a discussion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s universal precautions.

Time to Upgrade?

Time to Upgrade? Microplate Readers

Need for New Abilities Drives Upgrades and New Purchases.

Laboratory Technology

Prepared for Power Failure?

Checklists and advanced management planning can keep your lab up and running.

Surveys

Are you In The Market for an HPLC System?

High-performance/pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) is, for many scientists, an essential chromatographic technique.

Are You In The Market For a Lab Oven?

The past couple of decades have brought big changes in lab ovens.

Are You In The Market For a Microscope?

While the technology & fundamental operation behind visible light microscopes has not changed much in 200 years, the wider field of microscopy has continued to greatly evolve.

How it Works

How it Works: A Guided Pipetting System

Published studies, such as those documented by Artel®, have shown how a change in environmental barometric pressure creates volume variations, which alters the pipetting accuracy of air displacement pipettes. This effect is particularly noticeable when pipetting small volumes.

How it Works: A Calibration-Free, Dry-Storable pH Meter

pH, one of the most fundamental properties in all of nature, is measured in nearly every industry including general laboratory research, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage processing, environmental testing and agriculture. Despite the importance of measuring pH, traditional glass pH meters have long suffered from problems associated with calibration and maintenance.

How it Works: Temperature Monitoring

A researcher or lab manager’s worst nightmare is to walk into their lab and find a freezer, refrigerator, or any temperature controlled storage unit that has failed overnight and ruined or jeopardized precious samples, specimens, tissues, or products—not to mention the loss of countless hours of research.

How it Works: RTVC Membranes

Counting the total number of live microorganisms (TVC/TVO) on a Petri dish is one of the main laboratory procedures. It has been used worldwide in microbiological, medical, food, biotechnological, and environmental laboratories ever since the Petri dish was invented more than 120 years ago.

News

Technology News

The equipment, instruments, and systems introduced to the laboratory market at Pittcon 2013