Continuous advances in mobile technology have been changing the way the modern world works. Make last-minute changes to a presentation on your way to a meeting, send reports back to the office while you’re at a conference or trade show, or even input data from an experiment into the LIMS directly at the bench.
At the end of March, Lab Manager held a “Product Showcase” webinar on “New Chemistries and Improvements in Liquid Chromatography (LC) Columns” featuring a panel of experts from leading providers of LC columns and equipment.
The third entry in our three-part series on CO2 incubation discusses how to prevent contamination of cell cultures by bacteria (including mycoplasmas), viruses, and fungi, or even cross-contamination by other cell lines.
Learn the history of UV-Vis spectrophotometers
Indispensible equipment for laboratories, fume hoods and biological safety cabinets (BSCs) protect personnel from exposure to chemicals and pathogens handled during experiments.
The goal of homogenization is to process samples quickly and efficiently while maintaining the quality of the end product. A major factor in successful homogenization is the reproducibility of samples.
The only thing that changed was the title. The job, the responsibilities, even the pay were exactly the same, but when the title was changed to director, the relationships, levels of trust, gossip and impediments to getting things done were all out of whack for a couple of months. This is a situation that takes more than simple explanations to fix.
Structure drives behavior. The way your organization is structured—flat, crossfunctional, hierarchical or “siloed”—will drive the way your staff behaves. Think operationally, not correlationally.....
Change has always been an issue for every generation and it often makes people feel extremely uncomfortable. I find that people don’t mind change if it was their idea, but when faced with a change someone else has made, it can cause a major dis
We all know the form of classic networking, and people in sales or supply chain management pioneered it for business purposes. It’s where they meet casually with colleagues. Maybe the individuals involved don’t work for the same company.
There are several forces driving globalization of R&D. The first is to better target the R&D needs and markets of other nations. A second is to spread the costs of large projects between two partners or more to reduce the risks and costs incurred by each partner. A third is to promote the sale of the R&D results to the countries in which the R&D took place.
In many ways, the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet plane serves as an object lesson about the hazards of globalization of new product codevelopment and manufacturing. Over many years, Boeing had built its own aircraft design facilities, aircraft manufacturing plants and suppliers in Everett, Washington, near Seattle. That changed with the Dreamliner.
The FDA and other regulatory agencies consider the integrity of laboratory data to be an integral part of the drug manufacturing process. Deficiencies of out-of-specification (OOS) investigations continue to be the major cause of warning letters in the pharmaceutical industry.
The privilege of conducting research dedicated to finding cures for human diseases is one reason Paul Diaz starts his workday with enthusiasm. “The life of a scientist can be stressful, but in what other profession does it seem like someone is is paying you to indulge in a guilty pleasure?”
Demand for reliable methods of preparing and storing high-value samples has rejuvenated the market for freeze dryers, also known as lyophilizers.
Milling and grinding are ancient techniques that are working their way into high-tech markets.
Microwave digestion is the preparation method of choice for analyzing metals in complex mixtures. Food and environmental industries favor this technique, which is also applicable to testing materials, soil, agricultural waste products, engine oils, and biological samples.
Homogenization seeks to create samples in which analytes of interest are dispersed uniformly throughout. Numerous technologies can achieve this, including pressure, mechanical (rotorstator or blade-type), and bead-beating.
As HPLC systems become faster and employ increasingly exotic stationary phases, sample preparation becomes essential for reliable, reproducible analyses.
“Informatics convergence” has become a buzzword among ELN vendors and their customers.
Sample preparation is an essential step in many analyses and the importance of accurate sample preparation techniques cannot be overstated. Get the sample prep survey results here.
Vacuum pumps are an essential piece of equipment and used in a wide variety of processes in most laboratories. Read the results of our vacuum pumps survey right here.
David Dooling, Ph.D., assistant director of informatics at the Genome Institute at Washington University, discusses the challenges associated with tackling vast amounts of data in large sequencing labs and shares his experiences in building and utilizing an advanced LIMS for data tracking and storage.
Recognize this mobile phone commercial cliché? Well, you might be hearing it in your lab as this phrase is repeated more and more—not relating to poor cell phone service, but the insides of buildings and laboratories.
The establishment of a separate accounting line for environmental, health and safety related purchases is essential. This allows you to clearly track monies expended for this purpose.
A critical component of any sample preparation is making the sample homogeneous. However, when working with a large number of samples, this is often a time-consuming and labor-intensive task.
Today’s laboratories are under ever-increasing pressure to reduce costs and improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of their workflows.
Accurate, high resolution mass spectrometry has grown ever more important in qualitative and quantitative analyses.
The scientific community requires improved methods for performing and analyzing reactions and interactions between fluid components.
PW analytical balances provide users with an accurate and consistent tool for density determination of different materials.
Increasing the sensitivity and resolution of LC/MS instruments has been an ongoing focus for instrument manufacturers.
Micro-volume quantification allows for rapid assessment of concentrations of nucleic acid. The Epoch™ Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer System provides the ability to measure a wide range of samples from 2 µL to mL volumes.
CEM has developed a method for the simultaneous and rapid preparation of vastly different food sample types for trace metal analysis.
Dionex Application Notes 817 and 818 describe using automated solid-phase extraction (SPE) versus liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) for the determination of oil and grease from liquid (typically water) samples to meet the requirements of EPA Method 1664.
Today’s laboratory environment is very different than it was several years ago. Advancements in science make everyday routines quicker and put a higher focus on accuracy and reproducibility
There are often significant differences in the effectiveness and toxicity of drug enantiomers in biological systems. This has led to the need for the separation of chiral drug candidates into their respective enantiomers.
Must-have features of the SC 920 system are 2 mbar end vacuum, excellent flow at end vacuum, efficient solvent recovery, and automatic boiling point detection.
LabWare is recognized worldwide as a leading supplier of laboratory automation solutions. The company's Enterprise Laboratory Platform, which combines the functionality of LIMS and Electronic Laboratory Notebook into a single integrated solution, is unique in the industry.
The biggest challenge for weighing instruments is weighing small samples with reliable accuracy. Knowing the minimum weight of the instrument solves this issue.
The use of natural gas for Bunsen Burners in a microbiological laboratory has long been an accepted practice over the years. This practice has also carried over to use within a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC).
The quality of sample preparation often determines the quality of the results and the conclusions drawn from experiments.
As U.S. supplies dwindle, prices of crude helium have risen 50 percent in the last decade, according to the Bureau of Land Management. As a result, many laboratories are replacing traditional helium carrier gas supply for their Gas Chromatography systems with hydrogen.
A much discussed issue related to Near Infrared Analysis (NIR) is the necessity of sample preparation. Ground and unground samples of wheat were analyzed to determine how truly necessary it to homogenize samples before NIR analysis.
In a modern society, various means of electronic communications have become a norm of everyday life. In recent years, numerous laboratories in academia and industry have started to adopt Electronic Laboratory Notebook(ELN) software.
The value of the laboratory cell culture incubator used in highly regulated research and clinical protocols is directly related to the proportion of incubator uptime vs. downtime.
Abstract: The purification of alkaloids using RediSep Strong Cation Exchange (SCX) columns is described. Several alkaloids are used as models for those extracted from plant species. The alkaloids are separated from neutral and acidic compounds, and a
The simplest lab vacuum applications require little or no control; vacuum filtration and aspiration require only the simple application of modest suction.
Thermo Scientific Gallery and Gallery Plus are discrete photometric analyzers with a broad menu of industrial and environmental system applications.
STARLINE Plug-In Raceway, has revolutionized the power distribution industry! Universal Electric Corporation created STARLINE Plug-In Raceway to meet the ever-changing power distribution and datacom needs of research, pharmaceutical, university, hospital and data labs.