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Microplate Handling Systems: Matching the Right Product to Your Needs

Microplate handling systems can include any or all of the following robotics: Microplate handlers Microplate stackers Barcode labelers Microplate washers Microplate readers And a host of other automated devices... Choosing the right components to handle your microplate needs requires an understanding of the components and careful consideration to ensure you make the right decision for [...]

2021-06-14T19:09:51-04:00June 15th, 2021|Comments Off on Microplate Handling Systems: Matching the Right Product to Your Needs

Automate Your DNA/RNA Extraction Process for COVID-19 Testing

In 1868 - 69, Friedrich Miescher studied proteins when he noticed that the addition of acid caused a precipitate to form that would then dissolve when alkali was added. He recognized that the precipitate had to come from the nuclei of cells, and he began to look more closely at the substances in cell nuclei. [...]

2021-06-08T11:24:17-04:00June 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Automate Your DNA/RNA Extraction Process for COVID-19 Testing

Next Generation Sequencing Methods 101

What is Laboratory Automation? Next generation sequencing protocols can be used to map an entire genome and its three billion base pairs as well as mapping smaller areas of particular interest. The flexibility of next gen sequencing allows a wide array of approaches while continually lowering costs. Where applicable, focusing on a specific section of [...]

2021-05-28T17:24:25-04:00June 1st, 2021|Comments Off on Next Generation Sequencing Methods 101

Migrating from Manual to Automated Processes in the Lab – What to Consider

Laboratory automation is one of the most important breakthroughs to occur in this century. As a result, Laboratory Automation has become more popular than ever and is increasingly becoming the norm for serious scientists everywhere. As the benefits continue to accrue and cost savings multiply, there are fewer reasons than ever why anyone should hesitate [...]

2021-05-25T12:12:13-04:00May 25th, 2021|Comments Off on Migrating from Manual to Automated Processes in the Lab – What to Consider

COVID-19 Testing Liquid Handling – Microplate/Test Tube Handling Considerations

As of April 8, 2021, approximately 154,000,000 people worldwide have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This represents 2 percent of the world’s population, leaving 49 out of every 50 people still susceptible to the virus and its potentially deadly illness.Consequently, testing for the coronavirus and using all public safety protocols [...]

2021-05-19T11:49:49-04:00May 18th, 2021|Comments Off on COVID-19 Testing Liquid Handling – Microplate/Test Tube Handling Considerations

Choosing the Right Automated Colony Picker

Processes That Integrate Pipetting Robots Colony picking is a vital process in biological labs as it's a step that many applications rely on. It's used in microbial screening to identify new bacterial strains with undiscovered behavior or structure and develop new products from drugs to commercial products. Colony picking is also used to separate and [...]

2021-05-11T12:00:08-04:00May 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Choosing the Right Automated Colony Picker

COVID-19 Testing Liquid Handling – Space Considerations

Processes That Integrate Pipetting Robots On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization announced 59 patients in Wuhan, China, with unknown pneumonia that appeared to be related to a novel form of the coronavirus. In less than 15 months, the world went from 59 cases to over 132,000,000 cases and more than 2,870,000 deaths from [...]

2021-05-04T10:52:06-04:00May 4th, 2021|Comments Off on COVID-19 Testing Liquid Handling – Space Considerations

Your Guide To Pipetting Robots

The art of pipetting precise amounts is a skill that is prized by many scientists, but it is, in fact an art that can be turned into science through the use of pipetting robots.When used as part of a more complex automated liquid handling system, pipetting robots can measure up reagents much faster than any [...]

2021-04-27T11:34:59-04:00April 27th, 2021|Comments Off on Your Guide To Pipetting Robots

What to Look for in Automated PCR

For many life science labs, establishing fully-automated PCR systems can really increase efficiency and reduce cost in the long run. The key to ensuring that the lab is really getting the maximum output out of PCR robots is simple but important: choosethe right equipment for every step of the process.Below, we break down the different [...]

2021-04-20T13:13:20-04:00April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on What to Look for in Automated PCR

What Are Laboratory Automation Systems within Life Science?

Even before automation, biological processes and procedures in the laboratory often came with strict protocols to ensure accuracy and efficiency. As biological matter is often fragile, speed is also an important aspect that contributes to accuracy. With all this in mind, it's not difficult to see where laboratory automation systems can vastly help the life [...]

2021-04-13T11:47:56-04:00April 13th, 2021|Comments Off on What Are Laboratory Automation Systems within Life Science?
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