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June 10, 2013


 Laboratory Management Resources

Negotiating Salaries
Figuring out what to pay someone for the work they do is an age-old question, and it never seems to get any easier despite all the metrics, data, and real-life anecdotes we acquire along the way. Practically every industry, corporation, and small business—in other words, practically all of us around the globe—will struggle with the issue of pay at some point, whether we’re on the giving or receiving end. And even in industries or particular jobs where it would seem more cut and dried, there are many factors to consider. Learn more

Effective Laboratory Onboarding
Onboarding is a series of initial steps aimed at helping new workers become integrated into the laboratory workforce. While this process appears deceptively simple, complete with cordial first-day introductions and nice team lunches, when not executed adeptly, onboarding commonly fails to deliver on a central objective: the retention of good workers. Learn more

Corruption Sometimes Fosters Regulatory Compliance, New Study Shows
Inspired by a personal experience, a University of Arkansas economist examined the relationship between corruption and regulatory compliance – on both a theoretical and empirical level – and found, surprisingly, that corruption in some circumstances actually fosters regulatory compliance. Learn more

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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?

Water in chamber
Seems to be too much water in the chamber after the end of a sterilization cycle (e.g. "packs"). The amount appears to be more than residual. During the dry cycle, with the door slightly open, enough boiling occurs to cause water to slop out the door opening. It's my understanding that a pump is supposed to recirculate condensed water back to the reservoir at the end of sterilization. If this is true, could the pump be broken, or the drain port/tubing clogged? Provide a response

Wavelength orign 2 search error
Shimadzu SSI UV-1601 PC machine had got this error "wavelength orign 2 search error" when we start it. It got a suddenly power break before. Could you tell me the root cause of this error and how can we solve it? View this discussion

Beckman L80 Optima Oil install
I am getting a low oil diagnostic on a Beckman L70 Optima ultracentrifuge. How can I determine the oil level in the drive and add oil or change oil on this drive? HOw much oil to add if drive is empty? Provide a response

Gas flow does not reach the burner
Yesterday after cleaning the aspiration tube with copper wire and assembling the nebulizer again, the gases, instead of going to the burner started going backwards, to the water recipient. I know that this happens when the plastic screws that connect the aspiration tube to the nebulizer are not well tight, but I think that everything is ok as I have already done this lots of times. What might be the problem? View this discussion

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 Featured News

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Illumina Automate Next Generation Sequencing Applications
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, through a partnership with Illumina, offers automated methods to improve processes and throughput in next generation sequencing (NGS) sample preparation. Under the agreement, Beckman Coulter will use its extensive experience in automated NGS sample preparation to develop, distribute and support automation for Illumina’s TruSeq® and Nextera® sample preparation kits and Illumina will provide technical expertise on chemistry and protocols. Read more

Analytik Jena AG: Profitable Elemental Analysis in Shift Work Labs
In elemental analysis, especially in routine labs with shift work, the quality of results strongly depends on the operator's qualification. Time-consuming operator trainings, stringent safety, system checks, and frequent preventive maintenance are required. For more efficient work, this unpredictable factor must be eliminated. Read more

Scientifically Aware Accelrys Enterprise Platform 9.0 Breaks New Ground in Big Data Management
Accelrys, Inc., a leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management (SILM) software, announced today Accelrys Enterprise Platform 9.0, an open, scientifically aware platform delivering breakthrough capabilities for managing “Big Data” and externalized research collaboration networks. Read more

Biotage Breaks New Ground with Its Fully Integrated Mass Directed Flash System
Biotage, a leading global supplier of solutions and technology for analytical, medicinal and peptide chemistry, announces the launch of the new Isolera™ Dalton - a fully automated miniaturized mass directed flash purification system. Read more

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 Questions From The Vault

We have so many questions filling our forums that sometimes questions can be missed and go without answers. Can you help us provide answers for these users with unanswered questions?

Perkin Elmer Victor 3 microplate reader
Does anyone use the Victor 3 to read endpoint fluorescence intensity in 1536-well microplates? I have heard that it lacks sufficient sensitivity in that format. Provide an answer

Spurious Peaks
When getting a baseline two strange peaks are repetitively ecorded :732 nm and 400 nm.We don't know where they come from. Can you help? Provide an answer

Trouble with vacuum
My LCQ Fleet seems unable to go below 2E-5 Torr, and has stabilised around 2.15E-5. Anyone can point out what are the main causes of such failure? Provide an answer

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