Monthly Archives: April 2013

Well Equipped…Part 1

Not every instrument failure requires a call to the manufacturer (OEM)  or an independent service organization (ISO).   Some simple and common failures can be rectified by just about anyone with some common sense and common tools.      Can’t help much with … Continue reading

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Crowd Sourcing Instrument Support?

Just finished Chris Anderson’s (editor Wired Magazine) new book, “Makers The New Industrial Revolution.”   In this book, Anderson does a great job of highlighting how the internet, 3D printing and crowd sourcing are enabling small batch manufacturing and prototyping.  He … Continue reading

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Thank You First Responders

A victims relief fund has been created click this logo to donate. It’s a great way to say ‘Thank-You.’

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Who’s Minding The Store?

It has been said that the French love Jerry Lewis.  Books have even been written about it (well, at least one book).   I would not presume to question French culture…however even Jerry’s old partner Dean Martin sang “Everbody loves somebody … Continue reading

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Is it safe?

It’s been over 35 years since the movie Marathon Man came out and I still have a fear of dentists.   That imagery has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic of this blog, but the title reference was too good … Continue reading

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A Robot By Any Other Name…

A number of lab systems incorporate robot arms to manipulate consumables (plates, lids, tip boxes, troughs).   Robots, insofar as lab automation is concerned, can be broken down into three categories: Liquid Handling Robots– Ten years ago or more, if someone … Continue reading

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Have I Got A Tip For You…

“I want to say one word to you. Just one word.  Are you listening ? Plastics.” – The Graduate, 1967 Automated liquid handlers are very quickly (if not already there) becoming commodity products.   While every liquid handling manufacturer claims certain … Continue reading

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