As part of our online Lab Products Survey series, Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 464 lab professionals regarding their pipettes, their purchasing habits and what is important to them in their decision-making process.
The goal of pipetting is to ensure maximum accuracy and repeatability when transferring fluids. A high-quality pipette in the hand of an untrained operator is an unreliable instrument. Beyond user skill and consistency, ergonomic design, product durability and performance, and calibration requirements are the most important features to consider when purchasing a pipette.
The worldwide pipette market is expected to grow by 48.27 thousand units by 2012. This growth is driven by novel designs, a rise in PCR diagnostic tests and the involvement of ultra-micro volumes in laboratories. Despite being an everyday laboratory commodity, pipettes have a history and anticipated future of responding to the demands of the scientific marketplace with groundbreaking innovations. With ergonomics, precision and safety becoming the buzzwords in the pipette market, electronic models are poised to overshadow gains in the mechanical pipette market.
Considering how electronic pipette technology has advanced, in order to lessen the strain on users’ wrists and hands, 83 percent of respondents are using manual, single-channel pipettes in their labs. It is important to take frequent breaks, in order to lessen the risk of repetitive strain injuries.
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