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Robust asset management is the bedrock of any lab. Ensuring equipment is well maintained and kept will keep efficiency high. To get ahead of their increasingly complex day-to-day activities, higher throughput demands, and ever-growing cost pressures, labs need to be as efficient and optimized as possible. Save Money by Increasing Productivity It’s well-known truth in …

Contributor Blog: How Did We Get Here? Challenging Semiconductor Times.

Jon Y is a Taiwan-based thought leader, writer, and producer of Asianometry, a collection of science, technology, and history studies and stories seen on his YouTube channel, through his newsletter, and on social media. A main focus of Asianometry’s writings includes semiconductors around the world, from technology to financials. The World Stopped, Technology Didn’t Here, …

FTIR and the Science of Sandals

Summer means sun, sandals, and always working in the background… science. Let’s take a break from our summer read, and read about how Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) can assure that footwear designers keep you comfortable. Traditionally, natural materials such as wood, cork, and leather were used to construct sandals, shoes and boots, but synthetic …

Spectroscopy is the New Sommelier for Modern Vintners

When you consider shifts and changes in an industry, you often need to ask, ‘how did it get to be this way?’ When it comes to the winemaking industry, the answers are as complex and mysterious as a Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux. There are several reasons why the industry has changed for vintners (also known …

Chromatography Explained: Headspace Sampling Technologies for Volatile Sample Prep

In a previous blog post Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) – we detailed the role of GC/MS in the analytics lab. In this post, we review sample preparation technology for volatile samples. Scientists that use Gas Chromatography (GC) study the volatile and semi-volatile constituents of samples. Some samples can be challenging to analyze, especially if …

Video interview: Achieving Operational Excellence Through Automation

Professionals working in a lab face many challenges, including an ever-increasing demand to comply with quality, regulatory requirements, and guidelines. As explained in the video below, the number of lab staff has depleted, while the number of tests continues to increase–leaving labs under pressure to find ways to do more with less. Carola Schmidt leads …

Webinar and Industry Events Calendar, August 2022

Navigating educational and industry events during the global pandemic is an agile undertaking. Here is a list of the top events PerkinElmer is hosting or participating in. We look forward to answering your questions, either online or SAFELY in-person. Date Topic Title Location You’re Invited! August 1-5 Environmental The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) Crystal …

A column is the heart of any chromatographic separation. Taking good care of that column will help ensure that your investment has the longest possible lifetime and will be ready for your samples. It isn’t hard to ensure your LC and SFC columns are used, stored, and cleaned correctly, but mistakes can be costly. Your …

Saying Goodbye to Forever Chemicals: New Rules to Prevent Future Contamination

Since their development in the 1940s, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been utilized in industrial applications due to their chemical stability, thermal stability, and high resistance to degradation. PFAS chemicals have been named “forever chemicals,” because they are extremely persistent, lasting thousands of years.  Significant attention has placed PFAS as a rapidly emerging environmental and …

The Herculean Effort of Pioneering Chromatography Columns

Dr. Mikhail S. Tsvet (also spelled Tsvett, Tswett, Tswet, Zwet, and Cvet) is credited with discovering chromatography. In his experiments, he saw the separation of colorful plant pigments occur, and more importantly, he formulated an explanation for why it was happening. He found that he could control this process, and what’s more, he realized that it didn’t have to be …

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