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ARTEL Holds Industry's First Multichannel Pipetting Technique Certification Seminar
WESTBROOK, ME, July 10, 2007-To help laboratories improve pipetting technique and reduce laboratory error, ARTEL held a Pipetting Proficiency Training and Certification Seminar, including the industry’s first certification for multichannel pipetting technique. All participants succeeded in measurably improving the repeatability of their pipetting. Twenty-seven technicians from biopharmaceutical, clinical and university laboratories attended.
Operator technique is a major source of pipetting error and inaccurate data, especially during use of multichannel pipettes. Compared to single-channel pipettes, multichannel devices are more prone to mechanical and operator error. Technique problems common to multichannel pipettes include incorrect rocking motions or excessive force when mounting tips, and the hand-warming that results when fingers are used to tighten tips. These and other critical issues were addressed during the training.