4 Benefits of Moving to Electronic Pipettes

Written by Elizabeth Deters, Senior Calibration Technician at TTE.


Albeit often dismissed as a simple or non-critical task, consistent accurate pipetting can pose a multitude of challenges in any lab, especially a large lab with many users and critical and costly assays. Ensuring proper and consistent pipetting technique by lab technicians and analysts is a difficult task, but it’s getting easier! Converting your older manual pipettes to the best electronic models is one step that can help solve many of the common problems associated with pipetting.


1. Reliable Accuracy/Precision


Electronic pipettes are finally becoming just as reliable as your trusted manual pipettes--many even more reliable. The best new models are simple, lightweight and easy to manipulate providing users consistent results. They also certainly maintain their calibrations better than manual pipettes resulting is fewer calibration failures. Fewer failures will save your GMP lab the money, time and headaches associated with complex investigations. Over the course of several years, you can expect to see a  low pipette failure rate. As a calibration technician servicing over 12,000 pipettes a year, I have seen this first hand when we calibrate these pipettes. The precision and accuracy are both better than traditional manual instruments that so many labs rely upon.


2. Reduce Costly Human Error


In addition, electronic pipettes greatly reduce the human error associated with manual pipetting. Over-aspiration causing shaft and piston damage is nearly impossible with correct fitting tips. This is critical to keeping the internal components of your pipettes in good working condition which will also decrease the amount of parts being replaced on them during service with TTE. Variations in analyst thumb pressure are eliminated. Variations in micrometer placement are no longer an issue. The chosen volume is set and locked into place. The reduction of these simple things can have dramatic, immediate, and residual impact in any lab!


3. Greater Efficiency and Features


New models of electronic pipettes have endless amounts of programming options designed by scientists for scientists. Everything from naming and pass-coding, to sequential dilutions, tracking on plates, multi dispense, and counter modes are possible with models such as the Sartorius Picus and Picus NxT. These functions can make work move more quickly with maintaining consistency along the way. Even though lab managers of GLP/GMP laboratories worry about rogue users that are attracted to the new bells and whistles, the best electronic pipettes allow managers to password protect against using functionality outside the SOP, but the tools to consider applying to complex assays in the future. The ability to assign a name allows pipettes to wander less among lab space making them easier to keep track of when they need service!


4. Elimination of RSI:  Repetitive Strain Injuries


Finally, your analysts will appreciate the conversion to electronic pipettes as they greatly reduce the risk of stress and injury from repetitive pipetting. As a veteran calibration technician, working hundreds of pipette aspirations and dispenses each week, this is one of the attributes that I most greatly appreciate. I know how you feel! The stress on your hand is so much less with an electronic pipette which makes them easier to use for longer periods of time. The initial investment in converting to electronic pipette models may seem large, but the benefits to your company will greatly outweigh this cost of injuries alone!


Summary


In summary, electronic pipettes can be a great choice for labs who wish to reduce their pipette failure rates, control the human impact upon the measurement, increase productivity, standardize pipetting performance across the lab, and prevent costly pipetting injuries.  


Need Help?


Need Guidance on choosing and trying the best electronic pipettes? Since TTE services all makes and models, we can help you choose wisely. Leave us a comment, email us at info@pipettes.com or give us a call at 1-800-242-6022, and we’ll be glad to advise you.


Elizabeth Deters is a Senior Pipette Calibration Technician at TTE Laboratories.  She is a 15 year veteran of our lab and executes the highest and most stringent levels of service that TTE offers. She services approximately 12,000 pipettes a year of all makes and models.  Elizabeth and her husband Dave have three terrific rambunctious boys and live in Uxbridge, MA.