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Cover Story |  Volume 5 - Issue 10  |  December 2010

Managing Crisis

What the Deepwater Horizon disaster can teach lab managers about decision making


Business Management

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Managing Crisis

What the Deepwater Horizon disaster can teach lab managers about decision making

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Calculating Costs

How a LIMS-based cost recovery model can improve operational efficiencies and resource utilization

Laboratory Technology

Trends in Laboratory Informatics

Trends in Laboratory Informatics

Reporting from two recent laboratory informatics conferences, Gloria Metrick shares her insights into choosing the best informatics product to suit a particular labs needs and how some issues are evolving.

Gas on Demand

Gas on Demand

In-house generation of TOC-grade gas readily provides the required volume of sufficiently pure gas for superb sensitivity with a TOC analyzer. The gas is available on demand and is present at a lower pressure than the gas from a cylinder, increasing laboratory safety.

Best Practices Made Better

Best Practices Made Better

Proper selection and use of viscosity instrumentation can bring valuable time savings to test programs in todays busy labs. Increased data throughput, coupled with detailed analysis, is a new horizon that has potential to offer enhanced quality control.

The Dos and Don'ts of Cell Culture

A few of the essential dos and donts of cell culture are mandatory; e.g. use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Many of them are common sense and apply to all laboratory areas. However some of them are specific to tissue culture.

Technology News Water Purification System

Features a timed dispense mode for walk-away unattended operation...

December 2010 Technology News

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

Anton Paar SVM 3000 Viscometer

Measures dynamic viscosity and density of oils and fuels according to ASTM D7042.

Leadership and Staffing

Shaky Ground

When a company decides to make a change, even when things are going well, employees get nervous. Acknowledging their concerns helps reinforce the feeling that youre all in this together, critical in reassuring people that you really do have their interests at heart.

Lab Manager Academy: Words Matter

Communication is the tool by which leaders, managers, and supervisors can create a work environment in which individuals feel valued, connected and actively engaged.

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Choosing the Right LIMS for Your Lab

Manfred Goebl, Ph.D., talks to Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., about the due diligence that needs to be done before putting in place a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that is both user-friendly and effective.

Product Focus

Particle Sizing: Measuring a Fundamental Property of Matter

Since size dictates so many properties of materials, particle size measurement is critical for many industries.

Biological Safety Cabinets: Protecting Workers and the Environment

Biological Safety Cabinets: Protecting Workers and the Environment

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are enclosures that protect users from biohazards by cleansing the work space air through HEPA filters.

Product Focus: pH Meters

Over the years lab workers have come to expect more from instrumentation, and pH meters are no exception.

Product Focus: Viscometers

Useful viscometer / rheometer features that buyers should be aware of are temperature control, spindle rotational speed control, a range of sample holders, and ease of use.

Product Focus: Overhead and Magnetic Stirrers

The choice of overhead or magnetic stirring to achieve uniform mixing is relatively straightforward, based on scale and viscosity of the medium being stirred.

Lab Product

Evolution of the Laboratory Incubator

Tracing the origins of the laboratory incubator and looking ahead to future advances.

Lab Health and Safety

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Biological Safety Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4

Each biological safety level builds on the previous level, adding constraints and barriers based on the agents or organisms in which the research or work is being conducted. 

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Contract Lab

Aptuit Inc., an international contract research organization whose facilities span North America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific, delivers client support from preclinical studies to commercial drug product launches.

How it Works

How Fume Hood Fire Protection Works

Firetrace International manufactures a fast-acting and reliable automatic fire detection and suppression system designed to protect against laboratory fume hood fires.

How Gas Chromatography Analyzers Work

Rather than simply purchasing a gas chromatograph, lab managers can choose from over 200 analyzers or pre-configured gas chromatographs designed to comply with specific ASTM, UOP, EN or GPA standard methods.

How Elemental Impurity Analysis Works

The Thermo Scientific iCAP 6000 Series ICP-OES and Thermo Scientific iTEVA Software are ideal for the analysis of trace elements in pharmaceutical products.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide to Purchasing a pH Meter

There are many different features of a laboratory pH meter to take into account before making your purchase, including accuracy, calibration type and number of calibration points, intuitive operation, expandability, reliability and value.