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What is the opposite of TMI?

I am a big fan of Lab Manager Magazine.   I am an on-line and print subscriber and find it to be a great source of information regarding lab trends and support. Having said that…I was a bit disappointed by a … 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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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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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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“To PM or not to PM, that is the question.”

With sincere apologies to The Bard, this is a quandry that is often faced by many lab managers when their facilities group or a vendor informs them that a preventive maintenance procedure is being scheduled. How do you know when … Continue reading

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Support My…Asset

For all you self-maintainers out there, some great reference sites; Lab Wrench – a great Q & A site where folks can post questions and get the community of users, maintainers and current/former field service techs.   Not always the fastest … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need An Extended Warranty or Service Contract? (Part I of 2)

Budget time…you know the drill.   Salaries, supplies, new equipment and oh yeah, ongoing maintenance support.   Has there ever been a more sexy and attention riveting topic than maintenance budgeting?  Your options are pretty straight forward; Annual Service Contracts  (typically … Continue reading

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How Do I Support Thee, Let Me Count The Ways…

Ever walk through a research lab and wonder ‘how do they keep all this stuff running?’   Well, I do and I make it a point to ask.   From the many labs I have spoken with, the definitive answer is…’depends.’   … Continue reading

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Welcome to our blog…

Okay, so we have a blog…big deal.  I mean everybody does, right?  Just what the world needs.   Turns out, there really aren’t a lot of places to go on the web that provide info about maintaining lab instruments.   … Continue reading

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