What is a pipette?
Pipettes are common laboratory equipment used for various chemical & biological applications. Pipettes are also applicable in medicine research & development as science equipment. For this, it is important that the liquid being transported, removed or being added from a solution, is precisely measured & controlled. This simple looking laboratory equipment is undoubtedly one of the most basic instruments used. Many laboratories can be seen shifting to electronic pipette systems for this kind of motorized control. One can find this science equipment in all sorts of shapes and sizes with a variety of technologies incorporated into the design.
So what are the benefits of using electronic pipette controllers over manual ones? Here are a few benefits that show a clear difference in using an electronic pipette vs manual pipette:
The first and foremost benefit of electronic pipette controllers is that they provide an increased level of accuracy. This enables us to achieve reliable results. Electronic pipette controllers eliminate the scope for any errors & increase the likelihood of always achieving accurate results.
In the research industry, productivity overpowers everything else; just like it does in any other industry. An automated process like pipetting allows increased productivity without having to invest much time in minor tasks.
Ease of use
Since very less hand movement is required while using an electronic pipette, it increases its efficiency & ease of use. Most electronic pipettes come in both single and multichannel formats. They have multiple pipetting modes including pipetting, mixing, reverse pipetting, diluting and multi-dispensing. Some pipettes even come with a feature of saving the most-used program for quick & easy selection.
Better volume range
There are clear differences in the volume ranges of different electronic pipettors. For example, if 50 μl is to be dispensed, the pipettor of choice can be as follows: 5 to 50 μl, 5 to 100 μl, 10 to 100 μl, 5 to 120 μl or 2 to 125 μl depending on the manufacturer.
The same variation is seen with other volume ranges. In general, electronic pipettors
offer a wider volume range than mechanical ones. Thus, fewer pipettors or pipettes are needed to cover a certain volume range and less money needs to be spent.
Comfort by use
Just like in any other field where ergonomics are the priority, it is considered as essential in the laboratory as well. This laboratory equipment is perfect for lab technicians who often perform the same tasks over and over again. Electronic pipette reduces the stress on fingers and wrists which may lead to discomfort & pain over time. Switching to electronic pipettes greatly reduces scientists’ risk of RSI, due to improved ergonomic shape and design. The thump activity required is reduced as well during prolonged and repeated pipetting.
Also read: Different Types of Flasks Used in Laboratory
We hope this article helped you understand the benefits of using electronic pipette controllers over the manual ones. If you are looking for assistance for any scientific laboratory needs, contact us today!