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Motion solution specification for electronic pipettes

Author : Bill Burton, Portescap

03 November 2022

Ubiquitous throughout laboratories in specialisations such as life sciences and clinical diagnostics, pipettes are a vital tool for transferring liquid samples. Repeated activation of manual devices presents a strain for lab technicians, and while electronic pipettes improve ease of use, they also increase the accuracy and repeatability of dispensing.

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To optimise the requirements of liquid dispensing and meet the needs of ergonomic design, specifying the right motion system is crucial. Here, Bill Burton of Portescap explains the ideal motion system specification process for electronic pipette design.

Within sectors such as life sciences and clinical diagnostics, many laboratories are turning to electronic pipettes. Traditionally manually operated, these fundamental tools for transferring liquid samples are today equipped with functions that enhance the ease, speed and accuracy for lab technicians. 

Electric actuation relieves the strain of the thumb press on a mechanical device, experienced by technicians hundreds of times per day, by ensuring precise and reliable automated dispensing.  The motion system is central to an electronic pipette’s function, and its specification has wide-ranging implications for the device’s other features that are built around it. For this reason, involving motion system design as early as possible within the development process will lead to a more effective and efficient outcome.

Read the full article in DPA's November issue

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