When is a pipette the most accurate and precise?

While some pipettes have fixed volumes, most have a volume range that the pipette can handle. Consequently, the volume range of a pipette can significantly impact accuracy and precision.

Essentially, the closer the dispense volume is to the total volume of the pipette, the better the results will be. For example, if accuracy and precision are important, users should not use a 100 μl pipette for 10 μl dispenses.

Users should ideally work with 35-100 % of the total volume of a pipette. Below 35 %, the volume of dead air in the pipette becomes too large, and the risk of inaccurate and imprecise dispensing increases. If pipetting results are of no concern, it is acceptable to pipette the entire range of the pipette's volume. However, it is recommended that pipettes are as close to the target volume as possible to ensure accuracy and precision.

How to use a pipette: Correct volume range

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About INTEGRA Biosciences

INTEGRA provides innovative solutions for Liquid Handling and Media Preparation applications which serve the needs of their customers in research, diagnostics and quality control laboratories.

Their instruments and plastic consumables are developed and manufactured in Zizers, Switzerland and Hudson, NH USA. In order to remain close to their customers, they maintain a direct sales and support organization in North America, the UK, France and Germany, as well as a network of over 100 highly trained distribution partners worldwide.

In recent years they have focused on developing a new and technologically advanced range of handheld electronic pipettes which are simple to use and meet the ergonomic needs of their customers.

Today they are proud to offer the widest range of electronic pipettes in the market spanning a range from single channel pipettes up to 384 channel bench-top instruments.


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