How does your lab measure up?
Our third annual confidence survey reveals that survey participants—ranging from technicians to corporate management—believe their research organizations will be just slightly better off financially than they were a year ago and that business conditions in their market sectors will somewhat improve to support or attract significant research investments.
2011 Glove Box Product Survey Results
Glove boxes go by many different names and are used for many purposes. Keep reading as we reveal the results of our glove boxes survey.
2011 Lab Oven Product Survey
Nobody gets excited about lab ovens, but they are definitely essential lab components. Ovens are found in almost every industrial, research and development laboratory. Keep reading to get the exciting results of our lab ovens survey.
What's Popular in Microplate Technology? 2011 Survey Results
The microplate has evolved over the past 60 years into an indispensable piece of equipment used in many labs today. Here, we share the results of our microplate technology survey.
Making the Impossible Possible!
Panelists from the November 18th webinar help readers further evaluate UHPLC offerings.
900 Seconds at XenoTech
Kansas-based CRO XenoTech needed to minimize the time it took to validate its automated liquid handlers. With the help of Artel’s multichannel verification system, they were able to reduce the time it took to accurately verify each robot from four hours to 15 minutes.
If standardization is such a key element to integration and the industry has been so interested in it for so long, one might ask, “Why don’t we have these standards in place?” Answer: “Because it’s really, really hard!”
Technology News Ultrapure Water
Q-POD® Element Unit ensures delivery of ultrapure water with very low levels of elemental contamination.
Thermo Scientific Benchtop LC-MS System
Exactive Plus Includes Thermo Scientific Orbitrap technology.
Technology News HPLC Columns
Check out these new columns from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
BINDER Laboratory Ovens
Provide a temperature range of 5°C above ambient temperature to 300°C.
ESCO Forced Convection Laboratory Ovens
Isotherm® Series features multiple redundant over-temperature protection systems for maximum sample and user protection.
February 2011 Technology News: Pittcon 2011 Preview
The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market at Pittcon 2011.
Gilson Motorized Pipette
This pipette requires virtually zero pipetting force. Learn more about it.
Leadership and Staffing
Showing Off Your Lab
Well-organized laboratory visits can help your company expand sales, recruit new employees and persuade people that your laboratory is a community asset. So it’s worth spending time and effort to organize them.
The Key to Respect and Success? Begin with Accountability
Many people may be reluctant to say it, but without a doubt, it’s true: Our business environment is increasingly filled with apathy, entitlement issues, lack of professionalism, complaining, conflict, and blame.
Lab Manager Academy: Email Etiquette
Have you ever been on the receiving end of an email from the “all caps junkie” or the “cc: monster”? In our fast-paced workplace, email is the norm, whether via computer or smart phone.
Science Matters: Decide to be Different
Many lab scientists remember what it was like to work “on the bench.” The term referred to the standard practice of manual processes or methods. No matter what services a particular lab offered, you could bet the work was all done by hand.
Product Focus: Glove Boxes
Glove boxes are enclosed, controlled-environment chambers that serve as isolation or containment spaces for laboratory work. Most glove boxes operate in isolation mode, under positive pressure, to protect samples or experiments from the environment.
Product Focus: Lab Ovens
Most laboratory workers view ovens almost as utilities, using them principally for drying glassware and heatresistant equipment, regenerating desiccants and catalysts, gently heating samples (and sometimes whole experiments), and curing or preparing materials and composites.
Product Focus: Microplate Handlers
Experimentation in microtiter plates exemplifies the two dominating trends in the life sciences: higher throughput and smaller sample size. Microplate handlers are the robotic glue that connects microplate readers, liquid dispensers, plate storage systems, plate washers, and other equipment essential for microplate-based research and development.
Lab Design and Furnishings
Lemur Research Center Updated and Expanded
Life has improved dramatically for 140 diurnal lemurs and the husbandry staff and researchers who care for and study them, as a result of two new state-of-the-art facilities at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC), a refuge owned by Duke University that houses the world’s largest collection of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar.
Perspective On: Forensic Labs
U.S. forensic laboratories are reeling from the enfeeblement of city, state and federal budgets. And with substantive regulatory changes slated for 2011, the labs may soon experience alterations in how they are accredited and managed, how their staffers are trained and certified, and how they are funded and paid for their services.
Evolution of Mass Spectrometers
Mass spectrometers, one of the principal instruments for investigating chemical composition, operate by separating ions according to their mass/charge ratio by transmitting them through a magnetic and electrical field.
Ask the Expert
Ask the Expert: How to Design Laboratories with Challenging Space Requirements
Greg Herman, program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) discusses his experiences planning, designing and constructing the Biological Sciences Facility and the Computational Sciences Facility at PNNL.
Lab Health and Safety
Cutting it Close
Every workplace involves cutting tasks where utility knives are used. By observing your various cutting operations and the type of utility knives used, you can ensure the proper tool is used for the task.
A well-managed cylinder control program should be a top priority for every industrial, educational and research facility.
Rent, Lease or Buy
What happens when you are told that your company’s existing bank lines are insufficient? What if your company cannot qualify for bank financing due to current economic conditions? The answer may be a capital lease or rental of the equipment.
How it Works
How it Works: Ultrasonication of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) differ from multiwalled carbon nanotubes by their electric properties.
How Lab Analytics for the Whole Lab Works
Lab Analytics is information about the utilization of assets in the lab, including people, equipment, supplies and samples.
How to Use Multiplex Testing to Conserve Sample
As more analytes are discovered, more tests are required per biological sample for drug discovery, research analysis and diagnostic testing. However, an unlimited amount of sample is never available.
How Bacterial Culturing for Faster Microbe Detection Works
When it comes to bacterial culturing, modern laboratories have little choice but to wait days for definitive proof that bacteria are alive and pose a health threat.