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Lab Scheduling Software and Robotics

Various components are vital to the operation of a research lab. Besides the laboratory information management system (LIMS) that manages staff and sample data, among other things, the lab scheduling software is an indispensable part of any lab.Lab scheduling software helps to plan and run automated lab processes to ensure workflows can run uninterrupted with [...]

2021-03-02T15:58:32-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Lab Scheduling Software and Robotics

How to Get the Most from Your Microplate Handling System

Microplate handling systems can benefit even the smallest of labs, making processes more efficient and requiring less manpower. However, it's important to know how to get the most output out of your microplate handling system, so that you can really optimize the speed and accuracy of the processes in the lab. After all, there's no [...]

2021-02-23T12:02:48-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on How to Get the Most from Your Microplate Handling System

ELISA Automation 101: Benefits and Basics

ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is a popular quantitative assay to detect and quantify a range of peptides and proteins. However, manual ELISA is very time-consuming - requiring you to perform multiple pipetting steps, washing, incubating, and reading. With ELISA automation, the challenges involving the assay can be overcome without sacrificing the efficacy of the assay. [...]

2021-02-23T11:49:48-05:00February 16th, 2021|Comments Off on ELISA Automation 101: Benefits and Basics

Your Guide to Automated Processes and Lab Scheduling Software

Having automated processes in the lab can increase productivity and ensure consistent, reproducible results. Additionally, automation improves safety and allows the team to focus their energy on new issues in the lab. While many labs worldwide have utilized lab scheduling software to automate their processes, there are still many, especially smaller labs that have yet [...]

2021-02-09T14:48:50-05:00February 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Your Guide to Automated Processes and Lab Scheduling Software

Top 5 Things to Look for in an Automated Microplate Washer

Microplate washers are often under appreciated in a lab because they do not directly produce results in an assay. However, they are an essential instrument for ensuring accurate ELISAs results, biochemical results, and other assays. Modern microplate washers come in a range of sizes and can easily be paired with a liquid handling robot and [...]

2021-02-09T14:15:27-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Top 5 Things to Look for in an Automated Microplate Washer

Colony Picking Tools: 101

In various biological fields, colony picking is a necessary process that acts as a core step in producing biological matter extracted from bacteria or fungi or for identifying new types of beneficial or harmful organisms. Bacterial, yeast, and fungal colony picking can be done manually using human resources, but this is time-consuming and inefficient. This [...]

2021-01-28T17:46:23-05:00January 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Colony Picking Tools: 101

How to Choose Life Science Software

Life science software is a crucial component of life science automation efforts. While it's the hardware that is most often given attention, systems such as microplate handling systems and liquid handling robots will not be able to run without the appropriate software. Choosing life science software can seem daunting, especially when faced with a long [...]

2021-01-19T12:37:00-05:00January 19th, 2021|Comments Off on How to Choose Life Science Software

Your Guide to a Bacterial Colony

A majority of life science research involves culturing and testing microbes, especially bacteria. In culturing these microbial samples, the lab often needs to pick a specific colony and duplicate it.So what is a bacterial colony, and why is it so vital in biological research? A bacterial colony is a mass of bacteria grown from a [...]

2021-01-12T13:10:24-05:00January 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Your Guide to a Bacterial Colony

5 Benefits of Laboratory Automation

Laboratories are constantly adopting new technology whether it be new equipment or software. One of the most impactful solutions in recent decades is in laboratory automation systems. Automation utilizes software that automates equipment and robots to operate with minimal human supervision, which in turn improves efficiency and the quality of results.As more laboratories are integrating [...]

2021-01-06T10:39:30-05:00January 5th, 2021|Comments Off on 5 Benefits of Laboratory Automation

What is a Colony Picking Robot?

Picking bacterial colonies is necessary in many life science labs, especially as part of synthetic biology and protein expression workflows. However, when done manually, this process can be time-consuming. This is where colony picking tools such as colony picking robots are needed. Colony picking robots are worthwhile investments for most labs; but first, what exactly [...]

2021-01-06T10:19:19-05:00December 29th, 2020|Comments Off on What is a Colony Picking Robot?
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