What is the difference between TD and TC Pipettes?

Do you ever get confused with the terms “TC” or “TD”? A pipette is either calibrated to “TC” or “TD” and abbreviations are normally printed on the side or bulb of the pipette. TC or TD abbreviated for “to contain” and “to deliver” respectively. In a ‘TC’ marked pipette, the contained quantity of the liquid […] ... Read More

LED vs Halogen – What is the best lighting for your microscope?

There are many choices when buying a microscope in the 21st century and “lighting” is one of them. In this article, we look at the differences between LED and Halogen lighting to assist you with the best outcome for your application. LED Lighting LED (Light Emitting Diode) is the latest technology with many advantages. They consume […] ... Read More

Things to Consider When Choosing a 3-Decimal Balance

Laboratory balances are one of the pieces of equipment that is often taken for granted. However, these analytical balances are an important instrument in any laboratory – without a functional, accurate balance proper sample preparation and data analysis would be impossible. An assortment of various balances will allow the flexibility and customization of the laboratory […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Centrifuge

An essential equipment item in many laboratories is a centrifuge. It is used in processes such as separation of red blood cells, DNA, cellular debris, and organelles. Lab managers need to keep in mind that there are numerous brands of centrifuges in the market and as a result, there are a number of consideration to […] ... Read More

How to build STEM spaces while adhering to budget constraints

The Challenge Building a STEM space at your school can be a challenge, especially if you have budgetary constraints. There are many ways to create your STEM space without spending excessive amounts of money. In this article, we go over some strategies you can initiate to design an effective STEM space without having to build […] ... Read More

Difference Between RCF and RPM in Centrifugation

When dealing with centrifuges, you will come across two different units of measure: The Relative Centrifugal Force (RCF) and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM). It is important that you are aware that the two are very different, get them wrong (which isn’t as uncommon as you might think) and the experiment will be ruined. Let’s take […] ... Read More

Open vs Closed Laboratory Design

Open-plan is used to describe any floor plan which uses large, open spaces with few walls and minimal use of small, enclosed rooms.  Modern office space design follows this trend, where there are few walls with movable, modular furnishings resulting in an open, interactive workspace.  Since the mid-90s, laboratory design has embraced the open-plan concept. Open-plan design has become […] ... Read More

Tips for improving lab lighting

As an important part of the work environment, lighting has a profound impact on the performance within the laboratory. Even more crucially, the majority of laboratory personnel are required to complete delicate tasks permitting no margin of error. To improve productivity, personnel are encouraged to implement the following suggestions: 1. Replace light bulbs on regular […] ... Read More

How to fast forward a decision from your management

Some decisions in the laboratory can directly affect operational outcomes and often larger capital requirements such as specialist laboratory equipment can directly depend on higher management to approve the funding prior to a purchase. Delayed approvals may cause a delay in efficiencies and output in your laboratory. In this article, we have put a few […] ... Read More

Creating a Feasibility Study for a new STEM Education Facility

There are many areas to consider when preparing a feasibility study for a new STEM facility at your school. Depending on the size of the project you are undertaking, the process will involve some of the following steps; Brainstorming, Concepts, Costing, Drawing, and Presentation. Presenting a great feasibility plan with your ideas and costings is […] ... Read More

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