Sixth Annual Investment Confidence Report

Volume 9 Issue 2 | March 2014

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Cover Story

Featured Articles

Sections

Editor's Buzz

There's Gold in That Data

The time has come for lab managers to partner with their IT departments to find the best ways to mine their data "gold"

Leadership and Staffing

From Lab to Team

Does teamwork matter in a laboratory setting? Absolutely! Teamwork contributes to synergy, creativity, enhanced decision-making, customer/client responsiveness, and an engaged, motivated working environment.

Business Management

Why Continuing Education Matters

Every year it seems the subject of continuing education can creep up on us all. We know we may need it—or want it—but why does it seem we’re always doing the last-minute hustle for something that would truly benefit our careers?

Laboratory Technology

Quality By Design

Quality by Design (QbD) refers to the strategies developed and advanced by the US Food and Drug Administration, the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP),1-5 based on scientific principles and risk assessment and focused on product and process understanding.

Protein Analysis

In October 2013, Lab Manager, along with BUCHI Corporation, hosted a Product Spotlight webinar to discuss the various techniques that are in use for protein analysis.

Ask the Expert

Getting Your Head Around Big Data

David Patterson, PhD, professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, about big data—what it is, where it applies, and what lab managers can expect to gain by investing in it. He also provides guidance on where people can get moreinformation about (and help with) big data and the possible concerns they need to be aware of.

Lab Health and Safety

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Forbid Eating in the Laboratory

The practice of forbidding smoking, eating, and drinking in laboratories is one of the basic good hygiene practices. Unfortunately, it is often one of the most frequently disregarded. Too many people seem to have a "good reason" for continuing these bad habits. None of these reasons are good enough.

Product Focus

Product Focus

Versatile Analyzers, from QC to LC

Refractometry is thought to be a limited analytical technique that works best with binary solutions—for example, salt or sugar solutions—where it excels at precise concentration measurements.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Cancer Research Lab

For lab manager Mark Lloyd, finding the motivation to come to work every day isn’t difficult. All it takes is an extra-long walk—a routine that started when he was a master’s student working at a shared resource facility at Georgetown University.

Laboratory Technology

March 2014 Technology News

In this month’s Tech News section, we highlight exhibitors for two tradeshows—INTERPHEX 2014, which takes place March 18-19 in New York City and the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which will be held April 5-9, 2014, in San Diego, California. 

INSIGHTS

INSIGHTS on Centrifuges

Centrifuges work on the principle of sedimentation facilitated by an apparent angular force that draws components of a rotating sample away from the center of rotation. Although centrifugation theory is straightforward, its engineering literature is voluminous due to the number of industries and research operations that depend on the operation.

Surveys

2014 Laboratory Glassware Washer Product Survey Results

Whether to employ central washing stations or point-of-use washers located under a lab bench or in a corner is also something that has to be addressed with regards to laboratory glassware washers. The former provide an economy of scale and are popular with lab workers who, almost universally, hate to “wash the dishes.” The downside for central washing stations is that glassware tends to disappear over time, due to breakage and operator error.

2014 Gas Chromatography Product Survey Results

Gas chromatography (GC) is a common technique used in analytical chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition. GC is typically used for separating the different components of a mixture, improving the purity of a particular substance, or identifying a particular compound. GC is a ubiquitous technique, and the various GC instruments available are designed to achieve every requirement of the technique.

2014 Lab Oven Product Survey

Common laboratory ovens maintain temperatures ranging from just above ambient to about 300°C and are ubiquitous in chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical, forensics, and environmental labs. Units operating at temperatures above 300°C are normally dedicated to specialized applications in physics, engineering, electronics, and materials processing. Typical lab ovens use four to six cubic feet of space and are located on benchtops or stacked atop another oven; other units may be much larger.

Maintenance Matters

How it Works

How Optimum Vacuum Pump Maintenance Works

Problem: Vacuum pumps are laboratory workhorses, providing the conditions needed to run many lab applications. Unfortunately, pumps are also exposed to acid or organic chemical vapors that can cause some real maintenance issues. Particularly with oil-sealed, rotary vane pumps, the exposure of the oil to the chemical vapors can cause the oil to become corrosive, or to break down and no longer serve its vital lubricating function. Regular oil changes are needed to protect the pump.

How Flexible Gas Control Equipment Works

Problem: In almost any laboratory or scientific research facility today, there are numerous devices, instruments or processes that require cryogenic fluids or gases supplied from cryogenic sources. The past quarter-century has seen cryogenic liquid cylinders expand from a rarity in laboratories with relatively few applications, to become the dominant mode of supplying high-purity gas and cryogenic fluids.

How Wireless Remote Temperature Monitoring Works

Problem: For a lab manager, these scenarios are all too familiar: A medical research lab has a -20°C freezer where the door is frequently left ajar and there is no door alarm.  In an academic biology lab, a -20°C freezer is accessed on average 20 times an hour and also has a -80°C freezer that warms to -55°C routinely due to new lab students and sustained door openings, thinking “hmmm, what did I come here for again?” As a lab manager, you receive a phone call at 3 a.m. saying a freezer has alarmed which forces you to go into the lab in the middle of the night.

Products in Action

Is Pipetting Technique Getting in the way of Your Reproducible Results?

When preparing biological samples, you need a lab assistant you can trust, one that is focused on consistency and reproducible results across 10’s and 100’s of samples.  Advancing your science and increasing the pace of your experiments is your job! Being tied to the bench for routine pipetting tasks doesn’t have to be! 

New Generation Handheld Raman

From the evolution of handheld spectroscopy arrives Progeny™ - the first handheld Raman analyzer designed to be customizable for seamless integration into any work environment. Constructed for flexibility, this device adapts to evolving workflows, laboratory processes, and new personnel. Progeny raises the standard on what a portable Raman device should provide to lab managers, chemists, scientists, and other lab personnel needing fast and accurate materials analysis.