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Helpful Tips to Help Make your Laboratory More Efficient

Running an efficient laboratory will cut down on time performing experiments, keep your workers focused, and save you more money in the long run. No matter the size of your lab these tips will go a long way and will help to improve productivity. Consider these helpful hints when optimizing your laboratory to become more efficient and receive more accurate results in the process.
1) Organize Your Bench Space

Take a look at your laboratory workspace and organize your tools to be more efficient. Place more frequently used items in easy-to-reach places. This will eliminate your having to search for the right instruments when performing experiments. For example, if you are right-handed keep commonly used pipettors on your right-hand side or vice versa.
Place chemicals and solutions that could potentially spill as far away as possible from electronic equipment. Another key tip is to create a layout for your bench space. This will help you keep organized and keep a structure to your bench space. Knowing where every piece of equipment and supplies belongs will help you find what you need easier. In addition, this makes you see what tools you have to work with before you start any experiments.
If conserving bench space is an issue, consider the Adam CQT and HCB Balances we offer. These specific units feature a unique stackability option which allows the balances to be stacked on top of each other. Having that feature available will help clear a considerable amount of bench space and makes it easier to carry multiple units at once.
2) Purchase Necessary Equipment and Supplies Ahead of Schedule

Planning your equipment purchases ahead of time can save you valuable time between waiting for new shipments of products to arrive at your location. Keeping extra stock of supplies on hand will ensure you never end up with low inventory levels. Key laboratory supplies to always keep on hand are pipette tips, test tubescentrifuge tubes, and microscope slides. Consider keeping inventory and making a spreadsheet of all the products you frequently use. Set reminders or alerts to notify you when stock levels are low and when it's time to replenish your supplies.
Also, take note that buying supplies in bulk will cut down on costs and help provide you with enough supplies for many experiments. We often sell most disposable supplies in cases of 1,000 or 5,000 units. Contact Us if you would like to set up quantity discounts on a frequently purchased product of your choosing.

3) Upgrade Your Products for Increased Productivity – It’s an Investment 

Upgrading equipment can lead to faster and more accurate experiment results. Newer more high-end equipment will also have a longer life span and are a better investment for your laboratory. More advanced units would also be able to handle any increases in demand you might encounter. The key is to purchase for the long run and invest if your budget allows you. Higher-end laboratory products often have a longer life span than their more affordable counterparts.
Consider switching from a single dispense pipettor to having multi-channel pipettors on hand. These 8 or 12-channel pipettors greatly increase lab productivity and will greatly reduce errors caused by pipetting fatigue.
Another option is the DLAB Electronic Pipettes, these feature a motorized piston with built-in error control that improves precision and provides more reliable results. Upgrading to newer more advanced products will greatly improve output and efficiency for labs of all sizes and workload.

                     

DLAB Electronic Pipettor                                                                     
Adam Equipment Eclipse Series

4) Maintain All Your Equipment

In order to have all your equipment, scales, and balances running the most efficiently you need to schedule calibrations and have check-ups to ensure the most accurate results. Without regular equipment maintenance, the accuracy and integrity of your results can be compromised. Consider getting your equipment checked and calibrated depending on usage. All of our equipment is shipped calibrated and ready for use out of the box.
Some higher-end models of Adam Equipment scales do feature an internal calibration feature. This allows the user to easily automatically calibrate their scales by means of an internal weight inside the balance. In addition, all of our Globe Scientific pipettors come equipped with a re-calibration tool kit for making adjustments.
If you would like to learn more about maintaining accuracy and precision for your pipettor view this guide by Globe Scientific. Calibrations of scales, balances, pipettors and other equipment can be done by the user, however, it is best to have the equipment calibrated by a trained professional in your area.

5) Go Paperless! 

Having your lab take a paperless route can help reduce clutter and makes finding and sharing information with colleagues much easier. It's best to place all notes and lab documents on an online storage cloud or share drive so information can be recalled easily. Also, get into the habit of scanning important laboratory documents and importing them into your file sharing platform, this will cut down on time spent filing papers.
When working with scales or balances consider using  AdamDU software to capture your data from a variety Adam Equipment branded products we offer. This software captures data and displays them in real-time graphs. This is excellent for performing statistical analysis on readings and collecting data. Gone are the old days of painstakingly writing down every one of your results from your scale in the lab.



Adam DU Software

Applying these helpful hints will greatly increase your laboratories output, productivity, and efficiency. This will make sure you get the most accurate results with the research and experiments you are performing. Start gradually and make sure to share this information with your colleagues so all these tips become habits in the lab.

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