Lab Evolution – from reasonable 96 to tiny 384 wells
High-throughput and small sample sizes. Today's lab life is consistently undergoing evolution. And according to the nature of evolution, it unceasingly presents us with new challenges. Where 25 years ago it was state of the art to work in the 96-well format, many laboratories are now switching to 384-well plates. This decision is not always an easy one, though the advantages are obvious. As wells getting smaller and more numerous, superior concentration and patience is mandatory to ensure precise and safe work with reproducible results. Handling and performance of pipetting equipment can then quickly become a time-consuming and cumbersome feat of strength.
Cumbersome pain, no easy gain
“Alternate well pipetting” with 8 or 12-channel pipettes is a common method for loading the 384 tiny wells. Since only every second well can be equipped at the same time, this method is error-prone and tedious. This dilemma is usually topped with tips which are not aligned in a row or even fall off. The only chance to get tips appropriately attached, is “rocking & banging”. Frequently done, this is far away from ergonomic work. Getting rid of them is similarly laborious. Have you ever had to use both hands for ejection? The matters are easy to understand: More pipette cones, more attachment and more ejection forces.
How to ease your life and enjoy peace of mind
Creating ergonomic and comfortable working conditions will help you to reduce operating forces, keep the focus and do less mistakes:
- Use 16 and 24-channel instead of 8 and 12-channel pipettes
Make your life easier and avoid “alternate well pipetting” with 16 and 24-channel pipettes. By using 24-channel pipettes you can fill a 384-well plate within a minute. 24-channel electronic pipettes with dispensing mode can give you extra convenience. (