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September 17, 2012



Repair, Maintenance, and Calibration, Oh My!

Every experienced lab manager knows the considerable amount of time required to select and manage contracts for repair, maintenance, calibration, and compliance service for key equipment. Instrument maintenance also ranks right up there with personnel costs as one of the biggest budget items for most labs. While commercial labs are facing increasing pressure to control these costs, service requirements must be assessed holistically— looking beyond the asset list to critical factors such as position in process and how each instrument’s downtime affects lab productivity.

Imagine this scenario: You manage a lab that has ten liquid chromatography systems, two LC-MS systems, and a full complement of ancillary equipment such as pH meters, centrifuges, and micro pipettes to support your staff of three analysts.

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 Featured Product

Thermo Fisher Scientific F1-ClipTip

Thermo Scientific* F1-ClipTip Fixed Volume Single Channel Pipettes transform daily pipetting with innovative ClipTip interlocking technology which ensures a complete seal on every channel with minimal tip attachment and ejection force.

Achieve newfound confidence knowing that once attached, your tips are locked firmly in place, and will not loosen or fall off regardless of application pressure. The innovative three interlocking clip design ensures the tip is held securely on the F1-ClipTip pipette until—and only until—it is released.

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 Featured Question and Discussions

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

Is this possible?
I'm using PAX-it! for metallurgical research. I have a sample that has a deposited surface layer, and I want to measure the porosity of just this layer as a function of distance from the substrate. Is this possible using image analysis or some sort of line- or grid- counting method?
Provide an answer

QC Specialist
In the maintanance manual an inspection of two motor brushes are recomended every half year. Where are these brushes positioned? We have opened the back cover and looked inside, but we can not see them.
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Service problem in Cytospin 4
The display does not come ON after switching On the equipment. The power supply is OK, the green LED on the LHS of the Main PCB is flickering, and all power supply to the display PCB is present. I'm suspecting the Key Pad. Any suggestions?
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Varian CP-3800
We are looking to upgrade our Star software to a newer product. Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking that the Turbo Chrome software would be good for out applications. We are a small one instrument natural gas testing lab.
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 Featured App

Thermo Fisher Scientific Auto Tips App

The Thermo Scientific Automation Tip App is a quick and easy way to find the best products for your automated liquid handling instrument. Simply select the criteria that meet your needs and the app will identify the most suitable automation pipette tip, along with its part number and description.

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Hue Medscience Protocolpedia App

Protocolpedia app is an essential resource for every scientist and lab researcher. Get offline access to hundreds of complete protocols and collect your favorites in one place. Protocolpedia keeps your lab methods organized for easy access conveniently from your app. This app works on iphone,ipad and ipod touch.

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 Featured News

AirMax™ polypropylene total exhaust fume hoods
The AirMax fume hood with Wet Fume Scrubber system is a complete solution for protecting personnel from dangerous chemical exposure while also protecting ductwork and the environment by scrubbing acids and other water soluble gases from fume hood exhaust.
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FEI Announces New NanoManipulator and Gas Injector Solutions for Industry-Leading DualBeam Systems
The new EasyLift™ nanomanipulator allows for improved ease of use, reliability, precision and integration in preparing ultra thin samples for analysis in a transmission electron microscope (TEM).The new MultiChem™ gas delivery system, used for direct beam-induced deposition and etching of materials, provides superior control and flexibility over the gas-injection process and features simplified maintenance.
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Erlab's Captair Flex Mobile Ductless Fume Hoods
Designed to protect users during applications that emit vapors and/or chemical particles, the Captair® Flex® line offers a level of performance that ensures your safety while offering an environmentally-friendly energy saving alternative to traditional systems.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces New Innovatively Designed Pipetting System
Available for both single and multichannel pipettes, the Thermo Scientific F1-ClipTip pipetting system is simple but powerful. With minimal force, each tip is clipped securely on the F1-ClipTip pipette using a patented three-interlocking clip design. The pipette and tip form a complete seal to secure the sample volume in each tip for enhanced accuracy and precision.
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