Digital Vs Traditional Refractometers

At Westlab we are often challenged with the question, how can we justify the extra expense of a digital refractometer over against a traditional refractometer? In this article, we look at basic pros and cons of digital and traditional types and seek to assist you with a making the right decision for your application. Analogue […] ... Read More

A Guide to Staff Training in the Laboratory

The Laboratory sector is one of the most technologically advancing markets and it is imperative that lab managers keep up to date with latest trends and foster a culture of safety and continuous improvement. Training to keep staff updated on the skills needed to meet these demands is a mission critical component for any lab […] ... Read More

8 Steps to Handling a laboratory Chemical Spill

Careful handling, storing and good laboratory practices in the use of laboratory chemicals will significantly reduce the occurrence of spills.  However, despite laboratory best practice, chemical spills are not uncommon.  Luckily, most chemical spills can be safely cleaned up by trained laboratory personnel.  When a chemical spill does occur, it is essential that you are […] ... Read More

5 Ways to Better Utilize Existing Pathology Laboratory Space

Over the past 20 years there has been a substantial shift in pathology methodologies, from manual operation and test methods to automation and robotics. This results in limited space with pathologies expected to grow within an existing and confined space. The team at Modulab have collated 5 areas for consideration in response to the recurring […] ... Read More

Why make your new science laboratory a flexible learning space?

A guide for principals, teachers, educators, technicians and assistants. Benefits of a flexible laboratory space In recent years, there has been a significant shift in traditional methods of teaching science. We are now seeing new approaches to the design and fit-out of laboratory work spaces. An ideal science laboratory is now one that provides flexibility […] ... Read More

The Different Types of Glass in the Lab

Glassware in the form of beakers, petri dishes, vials, burettes and cylinders among others has always been a part of even the smallest laboratories. This is because of the unique inert qualities that allow chemical substances to be placed inside it. However, not all glassware is equal. There are different materials used in making laboratory glass such as […] ... Read More

What is the difference between Plasma and Serum?

Plasma and serum are two elements of blood that are commonly thought to be the same thing, however, they are indeed different substances. In this article, we’ll go over what Plasma and Serum are and the key differences between them. What is Plasma? Plasma makes up about 55% of the overall blood volume. It is […] ... Read More

5 Ways to Make a High Throughput Laboratory More Efficient

In a competitive world, the most active and agile laboratory in the market wins! In this article, we seek to look at ways to make your laboratory more lean and agile. A competitive edge can be achieved in many ways including automation, professional training, lean process, and continuous improvement. Finding your laboratory’s Unique Selling Proposition (USP) could come back to your ability to […] ... Read More

9 Skills That Contribute to a Great Laboratory Manager

A Laboratory Manager is a person who is responsible for the management of daily operations in the laboratory. A lot of responsibility hinges on the Laboratory manage in respect to leadership, problem solving, skills development, communication, budget management, meetings, conflicting priorities, OHS and contracts management. In the below article we have outlined 9 management skills […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Compound Microscope

The microscope is one of the greatest inventions in science giving the ability to place small subjects such as cells and microorganisms on a slide and magnify them between 40x and 1500x allowing for a clear magnified view of the object. There are several different types of microscopes used in the lab, but the compound […] ... Read More

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