For those who work in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech fields, pipettes are a crucial piece of equipment. This importance means it’s critical that they be accurate, but also means that you’re using your pipettes almost constantly.
Constant use can lead to stress on your equipment. For that reason, it’s important to stick to a cycle for calibrating your pipettes that’s tailored to fit your usage habits and needs. The experts here at Atlantic Scale can help you find the schedule that’s right for you. We also have some simple tips to help you prolong the usability and accuracy of your pipettes!
Simple Habits Lead to Longer Lifespans for Lab Equipment
When you work with the same equipment day in and day out, it can be easy to slip into autopilot mode. One of the best habits that you and your team can develop is to pay extra attention to your pipettes each day. This allows you to notice changes over time, which can indicate the need to adjust your pipette calibration schedule.
Before using a pipette, ensure that it’s fully stretched by setting the dial 1/3 turn above the desired volume before returning to the intended setting. During use, be sure to apply smooth, slow pressure to the plunger. Tips should be firmly attached, but not jammed on; this can cause damage to the delicate components of the pipette.
The way you store your equipment is critical, as well. Relieve pressure on the spring in your pipette by storing at max volume. You also want to store pipettes vertically in a stand or carousel, including during fatigue breaks.
When aspirating, aim to keep your pipette vertical. While dispensing, hold the pipette at a 45º angle to the receptacle with the tip lightly touching the side. This helps to ensure accuracy while measuring.
While each of these practices is relatively simple, they all work together to help prolong the accuracy and functionality of your equipment. Even the best maintained pipettes require frequent calibration, though, so be sure to contact Atlantic Scale Company by calling our team at (973) 661-7090 to schedule a consultation or calibration today!