Whether to use manual or electronic pipettes

The easiest way to ensure optimal pipetting results is to choose a suitable pipette. Whether to use a manual or an electronic pipette for a task is a frequently asked question. Manual pipettes are excellent tools that deliver good results when calibrated and used correctly.

Consistency is vital in manual pipetting, i.e., paying attention and checking that the plunger is always fully depressed. Consistency in the speed at which the plunger is pressed can significantly impact precision values.

Conversely, electronic pipettes offer a competitive edge in terms of productivity and precision, and their values can often be superior since a motor controls the pipetting, meaning that variables such as speed and volume remain consistent between each dispense.

Electronic pipettes enable multiple dispenses after one large aspiration, improving speed while producing better results.

One last point to consider is ergonomics. Pressing a button to aspirate, mix and dispense, a feature offered by electronic pipettes, might feel more comfortable. However, manual pipettes will be adequate for the task when this is not a consideration.

How to use a pipette: Manual vs. electronic pipettes

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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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