Monthly Archives: March 2013

DIY in the Lab

Things break in the lab. Here’s how to protect your equipment, and what to do when it stops working. By Jeffrey M. Perkel | March 1, 2013 With NIH funding fewer than 20% of the research grant applications received in … Continue reading

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Nervous…System Support

My last post about standardization and open source scheduling software for integrated systems got me thinking more about the post-sales support side of those systems. As many of you know, systems can be very expensive so end-users are making critical … Continue reading

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SiLA Love Songs

Time to take a break from talking about instrument support and wax philosophically about a bigger support challenge – integrated systems.    A colleague asked me my opinion of the SiLA, a consortium that is creating standards for lab automation … Continue reading

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Is your instrument A-OK? If not, you may want to fix it PDQ (or you may be SOL) – LOL!

Is there an acronym for excessive use of acronyms?  It seems every industry has a long list of abbreviated jargon to capture the essence of what is important to their needs…and the life sciences industry is no exception.   Below are … Continue reading

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Is it a System or is it a Liquid Handler?

Remember Razzles? – ‘is it a candy or is it gum?,” so the TV commercial went.   (I actually submitted a contest entry calling it  ‘Ghandy…a peaceful coexistence of seemly incompatible delights.’  Not bad for 9yrs old and still waiting on … Continue reading

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Liquid Handling Questionaire (‘questionaire’ is French for…questionaire)

If you or your lab currently use liquid handlers, or are planning to purchase liquid handlers please take a few minutes and fill out this labX survey. (click on the image below and you will be redirected to LabX) Looking … Continue reading

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IT’s an IT Thing

We’ve been hearing a lot of our customers ask about various lab instruments being compatible with Windows 7 lately.   Seems  IT groups everywhere are struggling with the eventual demise of Windows XP.  Already unavailable for new PC’s since 2010, Microsoft … Continue reading

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