Opposite Ends of the Earth
Last month we provided important and practical information about project management techniques and their usefulness in laboratory management. This month we turn our attention to a different management challenge that becomes more commonplace every day in every industry.
Leadership and Staffing
Effective Global Leadership
What today's manager must know to successfully manage remote and culturally diverse teams.
Lab Manager Academy: The Three-Legged Stool for Training Success
The 16-session manager training program was phenomenally successful. Ninety percent of the attendees were offered promotions within a year of their graduation. Why was the program so successful?
QC Failures Happen
Methods for determining which undesirable conditions require root cause analysis and which do not.
The Blended Training Model
Classroom training sandwiced between pre- and post-course online activities delivers strong results.
Science Matters: Global R&D Demands Effective Communication
Collaborating and communicating effectively around the world should be a top priority for most science companies and labs if they hope to compete on a global level.
Computing and Automation
Enterprise Resource Planning
Superhighway for lab communication amoung disparate laboratory software systems.
Lab Automation is Inevitable
In September 2012, the Institute for Laboratory Automation and Lab Manager — as part of the Lab Automation University program— will offer a series of webinars under the heading “Lab Automation Is Inevitable: Are You Ready?
Ask the Expert
Ask The Expert: What to Know Before Investing in an Ultrapure Water Purification System
Sarah Haviland, lab manager and graduate student in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina, shares her experiences with contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., on choosing and installing a new point-of-use water purification system.
Lab Health and Safety
Lab Health and Safety Tips
Perspective On: A Drug Discovery Lab
Started up in 2000, A&G Pharmaceutical is an antibody-based drug theranostic (therapeutic and diagnostic) company focused on improving the screening, detection, and treatment of cancer as well as other diseases that affect people.
The Right Choice For Mass Spectrometry Systems
An analytical method that involves generating charged molecules or molecular fragments and measuring their mass-to-charge ratio through the ionization of chemical samples, mass spectrometry (MS) is a key part of many laboratories.
July 2012 Technology News
The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.
Biological Safety Cabinets: Improvements in Efficiency and Ergonomics
The phrase “biological safety cabinet” sounds straightforward enough. It’s clearly a cabinet meant to keep biological hazards safely contained. This technology, though, comes in a broad range of classes.
Product Focus: Homogenizers
Turning a sample into a suspension— the essence of homogenizing—occurs in a wide range of laboratory applications. In life science and clinical research, scientists often homogenize tissue samples for various analytical studies.
Product Focus: pH Meters
This article covers the trends in laboratory pH Meter technology from the early days to the latest updates to pH Meter requirements.
Product Focus: High-Purity Laboratory Water Systems
Every laboratory requires high-quality water. Many labs or their parent organizations maintain dedicated plants to transform municipal water into a product lab managers can trust for routine jobs.
Accuracy, Reproducibility, and Walk-Away Operation
Titrators are basic laboratory tools that add solutions of one reagent to solutions of another with varying degrees of precision. Labs employ titrators mostly in analytic mode to measure concentrations of analytes.
Are You in the Market for a Chromatography Data System?
The right chromatography data system (CDS) can spell the difference between a streamlined data collection process and one that is haphazard. CDSs are software packages that collect, store, and help users interpret data.
2012 Vacuum Pumps Survey Results
Vacuum pumps are an essential piece of equipment and are used in a wide variety of processes in most laboratories.
2012 Microplate Handlers Product Survey
Microplate handlers are specialized robotic devices that transfer microtiter plates in three-dimensional space from one location within a workflow to another.
How it Works
How it Works: A Rinse Station
Cleaning and rinsing lab and process carboys and containers by hand inevitably leads to problems with cross-contamination.
How Heat Effect in Fume Hoods Works
Chemical procedures commonly require the introduction of heat. This is typically in the form of a hot plate or open flame. While the best place to perform these types of chemical procedures is inside a chemical fume hood, most people are unaware of heat’s effect on the airflow through the fume hood, and the potential impact on containment.
How it Works: A Non-Contact Sensor for Monitoring Solvent Levels Automatically
Problem: The use of laboratory automation increases productivity and precision, making it attractive for use in the pharmaceutical industry.
How it Works: Optimized Lab Equipment Maintenance
The pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries are experiencing watershed changes that are directly driving the need to increase research efficiency while minimizing costs.
White Papers and Application Notes
Improving Performance and Sensitivity of LC/MS Instruments Using Optimized LC/MS Solvents
Increasing the sensitivity and resolution of LC/MS instruments has been an ongoing focus for instrument manufacturers.
Elix® UV Technology Compared to Single and Double Distillation
Today, newer purification technologies have proven able to compete with long-established distillation. Following a brief review of these purification technologies are data for performances of a single and double distillation system, and the Millipore Elix UV system.
Tough Tissue Homogenization with a Bead Mill
The effectiveness of sample preparation influences not only the quality and quantity of the results, but also the conclusions drawn from experiments.
Products in Action
BioTek Continues to Set the Standard in Microplate Washing with the New 405™ Touch
For nearly 30 years, BioTek has led the market in developing microplate washing technologies, and is well recognized for the industry standard ELx405™ Microplate Washer.
Twin Power Technology in 10mm, 16mm, and 22mm Sizes
Burkert Life Sciences division of Burkert Fluid Control Systems is the global leader in microfluidic systems and fluid control products.
Ultrapure Water Enables Excellent Chromatographic Performance for LC-MS Analysis
Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is a powerful analytical technique which combines the separation capabilities of either high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) or ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with mass analysis by mass spectrometry.
PURELAB flex– Innovating Water Purity
ELGA’s new innovative Type I ultrapure water purification system ensures accurate consistent results. The PURELAB flex 3 & 4 are the latest additions to the award winning PURELAB flex range of systems.
Eppendorf epMotion 5075: Automation made simple
The epMotion 5075 LH is the ideal solution for advanced liquid handling demands.
Know why Metrohm Titrators are Lab Favorites?
Because they give you everything you want, and do everything you need.
Nor-Lake® Scientific -86ºC Select™ Ultra-Low Upright Freezers
Designed to meet the demanding requirements for scientific and laboratory research. Advanced engineered design incorporates the latest in cabinet, refrigeration, temperature control and monitoring features.
The New Choice in Centrifugation
NuAire has partnered with AWEL International to bring you a full line of centrifuges.
New Series 3Y
Check out the new features of the 3Y series of balances.
Buffer Creation Wizard
Automate your Buffer Preparation with the Tecan Buffer Creation Wizard The Buffer Creation Wizard.
Flexibility and Automation for Toxicology and Specialty Chemistry Testing with the Thermo Scientific Indiko Benchtop Analyzer
Offering quality, flexibility and automation the new Thermo Scientific™ Indiko random access analyzer fits ideally to small clinical laboratory settings wanting to save time and money.