A Guide to Accurate and Efficient Laboratory Measurements

Modern balances and analytical instrumentation are designed to combine ease of use with accurate results. However, even the most straightforward equipment is only as good as its operator. It is important that all users develop essential laboratory skills and follow best practices to achieve accurate, reliable and consistent results.

Success in the laboratory is built on accuracy and efficiency. While this may seem straightforward, in practice it can be anything but. Regardless of the measurement instrument being used, it is vital to avoid undetected errors that then proliferate as the workflow progresses, affecting the accuracy of the results and leading to time-consuming repeat analyses, impacting negatively on profit margins and potentially harming end-users. The key to success is a combination of user training, routine maintenance and process security.

The latest high tech laboratory equipment has been developed to make life in the lab as straightforward as possible through a combination of ease of use, operational safety and accurate results. Despite this, users must still have a degree of practical know-how if they are to operate the systems correctly and generate accurate and precise results reliably and consistently. This guide is designed to help lab operators establish a clear understanding of basic measurement techniques and their operating principles, so that they can recognize and avoid potential error sources. It also provides an insight into how automation can help laboratories increase efficiency and productivity, and streamline their processes and workflows.

Topics include:

  • Measurement techniques and principles for:
    • Weighing
    • Titration
    • Pipetting
    • pH measurement
    • Moisture content
    • Titration
    • UV/VIS spectroscopy
    • Density and refractive index
    • Melting, dropping, boiling, cloud and slip melting point
    • Thermal analysis
  • Real-life tips and tricks from the laboratory
  • Method discussion and application examples