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Why Change?

Why Change?

Why Change?

We all know that organizations these days face changes like never before. Globalization, breakneck technological innovation, and increased competition result in a constantly evolving business environment. The same is true for laboratories. 

Leadership and Staffing

Leading Change

Leading Change

Leading Change

Implementing the improvements your lab needs for continued growth and success

Making Performance Reviews Matter

Making Performance Reviews Matter

Making Performance Reviews Matter

Done right, the dreaded annual performance review can become a meaningful management tool

Rethinking Performance Reviews

Rethinking Performance Reviews

Reviews and appraisals can be a very helpful tool for employees and organizations to achieve better results

Business Management

Beyond Customer Service

Beyond Customer Service

Beyond Customer Service

We are all experts in customer service; after all, we are customers every day of our lives. Furthermore, as department managers, we need to ensure that our phones are answered quickly and courteously, that our clients and potential customers have short wait times and are treated with care and respect, that our customers receive accurate and timely results, and that we conduct periodic surveys to ensure that our high standards are maintained.

Management Tips

Performance Conversations

Performance Conversations

Performance Conversations

How to deliver feedback effectively

Laboratory Technology

The Latest in Laboratory Apps

The Latest in Laboratory Apps

The best mobile lab apps have ties to instrumentation and are freely downloadable

October 2013 Technology News

October 2013 Technology News

The latest equipment, instrument, and system introductions to the laboratory market.

Ask the Expert

How to Avoid Contamination in the Microbiology Lab

How to Avoid Contamination in the Microbiology Lab

How to Avoid Contamination in the Microbiology Lab

Contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, talks to Scott Sutton, PhD, principal of Microbiology Network, Inc., and Alison Buchan, PhD, associate professor, Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, about the main sources and causes of contamination in a microbiology lab and how these problems can be minimized or eliminated. 

Lab Health and Safety

Take the LEED

Take the LEED

Take the LEED

To prevent indoor air quality issues after new construction or renovations

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Require All Staff Members to Read the Safety Manual and Sign a Rules Agreement

Require All Staff Members to Read the Safety Manual and Sign a Rules Agreement

Require All Staff Members to Read the Safety Manual and Sign a Rules Agreement

Signing a rules agreement does several things. It makes you decide what the rules and policies are going to be. It shows everyone that you are concerned about health and safety. It keeps a permanent record of your safety standards.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

Product Focus: Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) play crucial roles in most kinds of science and much of the R&D in industry—from agrochemicals and cosmetics to food and beverage.

Product Focus: FTIR Spectrophotometers

Product Focus: FTIR Spectrophotometers

As FTIR instrumentation has become more compact and reliable, it has experienced a type of commoditization. That does not mean that innovation has ceased.

Vacuum Pumps: Developing Devices for Specific Needs

Vacuum Pumps: Developing Devices for Specific Needs

Vacuum Pumps: Developing Devices for Specific Needs

With an instrument focused on removing matter from a space, the vacuum-pump industry sure creates a lot of “matter,” in terms of different devices. Vacuum pumps come in so many varieties that, well, it’s a regular vacuum-pump jungle out there.

Product Focus: UHPLC

Product Focus: UHPLC

Product Focus: UHPLC

All major vendors of ultra high-performance liquid chromatography systems (UHPLC) have overcome significant problems related to detection, speed, column life (although users still grumble), usability, interface, and the special circumstances of working at very high pressures. The next frontier in rapid chromatography is one every analytical scientist will recognize.

Product Focus: Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy

Product Focus: Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy

Whether its typical samples are liquids, solids, or gases, nearly every laboratory has an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer that serves as a workhorse for dozens of applications.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Regional Water Lab

Perspective On: A Regional Water Lab

Perspective On: A Regional Water Lab

As a premed student at West Texas A&M University, Josie Longoria was like many citizens of her region—she wasn't aware just how much the environment, especially water, affects human health. An environmental chemistry class changed that … and her career path.

Surveys

2013 Laboratory Glassware Washer Product Survey Results

2013 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.”

2013 Gas Chromatography Product Survey Results

2013 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.

INSIGHTS

INSIGHTS on the Elements of Cell Culture

INSIGHTS on the Elements of Cell Culture

Things to consider when starting or running a cell culture laboratory

Time to Upgrade?

Is it Time for a New Ultralow Freezer?

Is it Time for a New Ultralow Freezer?

While there aren’t often obvious signals that your ultralow freezer is about to die, the experts say there are a few things you can look for.

How it Works

How An Ultra-High Purity Oxygen Generator Works

How An Ultra-High Purity Oxygen Generator Works

How An Ultra-High Purity Oxygen Generator Works

Gas generators have become an alternative to high-pressure gas cylinders for supplying laboratory applications with high purity hydrogen, nitrogen, and zero-air. Until now, there has been no generator option for supplying high purity oxygen. Small pressure swing adsorption (PSA)-based oxygen generators are available for medical applications but do not offer the high purity generally required in the laboratory.

How Safe, Efficient, and Productive Block Digestion Works

How Safe, Efficient, and Productive Block Digestion Works

Problem: Bringing samples into a mineralized state is usually the first step for performing accurate inorganic analysis, aka metals trace analysis. This conversion of a usually non-homogenous insoluble mixture into a representative, homogenous aqueous solution using heat and acids is usually a prerequisite for further analysis work with spectroscopic or chromatographic techniques.

Lab Product

Certified Reference Materials

Certified Reference Materials

5 Questions to Consider When Buying Certified Reference Materials