Implementing 5S in the Laboratory

5S is a visual management tool and a structured methodology in creating best practice, clean, organised and efficient working environment. 5S can assist with the elimination of frustration, confusion, Stress, space limitation and inventory management. 5S is a great way to manage your laboratory. Being organised is about working smarter not harder and helps to […] ... Read More

Silicone Vs Rubber

Silicone and rubber are both elastomers. Silicone is a polymer containing silicon together with carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Silicone and rubber can both be found in a wide variety of products, including automotive applications; cooking, baking, and food storage products; apparel such as undergarments, sportswear, and footwear; electronics; medical devices and implants; and in home repair and hardware with products such as silicone sealants. Although [& ... Read More

Different sterilization methods used in the laboratory

Sterilization can be achieved by a combination of heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure and filtration like steam under pressure, dry heat, ultraviolet radiation, gas vapor sterilants, chlorine dioxide gas etc. Effective sterilization techniques are essential for working in a lab and negligence of this could lead to severe consequences, it could even cost a life. […] ... Read More

What is the difference between Conductivity (EC) and TDS?

We often see confusion arise when looking at the difference between conductivity (EC) and TDS. What is the difference? Can they be converted? Let’s explore the two in more detail. What is Electrical Conductivity (EC)? Under the SI (International Systems of Units), conductivity is referred to as ‘electric conductivity’ as an international standard term but […] ... Read More

Tips to Properly Care for Your Microscope

Microscopes can be really expensive, especially when you enter into the industrial range of high-end microscopes where you can expect to see prices in excess of $20,000. They are a significant investment to any laboratory and proper care and maintenance is paramount to ensure your microscope stands the test of time. We’ve analysed our top […] ... Read More

What is pH?

Most living things depend on a proper pH level to sustain life. Your body is continually working to maintain the appropriate pHs. The blood flowing through our veins must have a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Exceeding this range by as little as 1/10th of a pH value could prove fatal. pH is a measure of acids […] ... Read More

What magnification do I need to see bacteria?

Bacteria are tiny living microorganisms that live in enormous numbers in almost every environment on Earth. From deep within the soil to inside the digestive tract of humans. In order to see bacteria, you will need to view them under the magnification of a microscopes as bacteria are too small to be observed by the […] ... Read More

Measurement of pH in Plant Tissue

Measurement of pH in Plant Tissue It is often necessary to measure the pH of plant tissue to determine plant health. Where pH values are above 6.4, plants can be prone to insect attacks and specific diseases, thus an optimal pH of 6.4 is desired. Whilst laboratory soil and tissue tests are beneficial tools, they […] ... Read More

Distilled Vs Deionised Water: What is the difference?

The terms “distilled water” and “deionised water” are often misunderstood. Water Distillation Water evaporation/condensation is one of the oldest methods of producing pure water and is also known as the “Thermal Method”. The main drawback of this method is the very high cost of the electricity needed to convert the water into steam. In the […] ... Read More

What is the Difference between Molarity and Normality?

Molarity and normality are two important and commonly used concentrations in chemistry that are measured  using two different approaches. Both terms are used to indicate quantitative measurement of a substance. If you want to determine the amount of copper ions in a solution, it can be given as a concentration measurement. Molarity and normality are […] ... Read More

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