6 Ways To Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury In The Lab

What is RSI?

RSI is an acronym for repetitive strain injury which occurs when the same physical movements are repeated over an extended period of time. A repetitive strain injury is an injury to a part of the body that is caused by overusing or straining that body part. “Strain occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level than prepared for¹.”

RSIs can do damage to tendons, nerves, muscles, and other soft body tissues. Repetitive strain injury generally results from using the body for a task that it is either not designed to perform or capable of comfortably working. Although (RSI) is frequently associated with computer users, it can also affect those who work in the laboratory.

Have you ever experienced aches and pains after a long session of pipetting? Have  you ever experienced numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in your arms and forearms? If you answered yes, to either or both of those questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of repetitive strain injury. Worn pipettes and poor pipetting techniques are two primary factors that contribute to laboratory RSI.

Repetitive Strain Injury In The Laboratory

Did you know that pipetting in the laboratory is one of the most repetitive tasks in the lab? 

Pipetting is commonplace in the laboratory, so, it is not too hard to believe that hand pain due to pipetting is also a common problem in the lab. Although RSI is frequently associated with computer operators, laboratory technicians have reported hand and shoulder ailments while using modern plunger-operated pipettes.

Hand And Shoulder Ailments Among Laboratory Technicians Using Modern Plunger-Operated Pipettes.

In a 1994 study conducted in Sweden, 128 female laboratory technicians employed by university research laboratories working with plunger-operated pipettes were compared to 25,378 female Swedish state employees in general. “The prevalence of hand ailments among the laboratory assistants was found to be twice that among female state employees in general.” The study also found that pipetting for more than 300 hours per year contributed to an increased risk of hand and shoulder ailments.

A questionnaire survey of the ergonomic problems associated with pipettes and their usage with specific reference to work-related upper limb disorders.

A study conducted in 1997 in the United Kingdom, which comprised of 80 pipette users and 85 non-pipette users (control population) determined that the reported occurrence of elbow and hand complaints were significantly higher for the pipette users. “There is an increase in the percentage of those reporting hand complaints as the duration of the working period involving continuous use of pipettes increases.” An astounding 90% of pipette users who exceeded 60 minutes of continuous operation reported hand complaints.

Symptoms Of RSI

Although they may vary, symptoms generally include pain, fatigue, tingling, clumsiness, coldness, and numbness in the arms, legs, neck, upper and lower back. For example, computer users may experience pain in their arms after extended periods of typing. Some computer users who switch from doing a majority of typing on their desktop to a laptop may experience pain shortly after the switch. Symptoms will develop gradually and will continue to worsen over time if left untreated. For lab technicians using pipettes, symptoms mainly occur in the shoulders, arms, and hands.

Look for these warning signs:

  • Muscle discomfort
  • Aches and pains
  • Coldness
  • Muscle tension
  • Tingling and numbness

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Causes Of RSI

Although there a number of factors that can cause RSI, performing repetitive tasks such as pipetting, where the hand and arm muscles are held tight and tense for extended periods of time, can lead to the development of RSI. As muscles and tendons become overused they may be strained beyond their capacity.

Listed below are factors that can lead to RSIs:

  • Repetitive movement (e.g. pipette plunger)
  • Awkward postures
  • Prolonged muscle tension (e.g. holding pipette)
  • Forceful holding or movement (e.g. liquid transfer from one receptacle to another)
  • Poor ergonomics
  • Poor work practices (e.g. improper pipetting technique)
  • Stress (e.g. cluttered lab)

Identifying the root cause is essential to properly treating RSI. Left untreated symptoms will gradually worsen and could ultimately impact your bench science career.
6 Tips To Prevent RSI In The Lab While Pipetting

Although these tips are geared mainly towards pipetting, they can easily be applied to other repetitive tasks that you perform throughout the course of a normal day in your lab.

1) Relax

Stay relaxed physically and mentally while pipetting. As discussed earlier, stress, prolonged muscle tension, and poor ergonomics are all contributing factors to developing repetitive strain injury. Avoid awkward positions while pipetting and make sure to follow proper pipetting techniques.

2) Maintain Good Posture

Regardless of the activity, typing a report on your computer or pipetting, you want to ensure that you are sitting properly and maintain good posture (your back will thank you). Your spine is strong and stable when you practice healthy posture. Slouching makes it difficult for your muscles and ligaments to keep you balanced and can lead to back pain, headaches, and other problems. Avoid dangling your feet, hunching your shoulders, or contort your neck when pipetting liquids.

3) Ergonomics

Ensure that your chair or stool is appropriate for the task. Most chairs offer multiple adjustment options to elevate or lower you to the specific height required for the task. Remember that poor ergonomics and poor posture can lead you to developing RSI.

4) Use A Timer

The longer the repetitive activity, the greater the chance of developing an injury. Incorporating a lab timer into your work process will ensure that you provide yourself with the necessary breaks to prevent strain from pipetting, as well as a mental break that will allow you to refocus on the task at hand.

5) Just Say No To Clutter

An organized lab is a happy lab. By organizing your workstation you will reduce clutter, increase lab safety, and improve overall ergonomics. If you organize your workstation properly, you can determine which supplies (pipette tips, buffers, samples) you need on a regular basis and place them accordingly while minimizing awkward postions. I encourage you to check out our post on The 5S Approach To A Lean Lab for more information regarding this topic.

6) Find The Right Pipette

Not all pipettes are created equal. There are many different pipette manufacturers and models available. One major factor to consider when either using your current pipette or selecting a new one is the operational pressure required to operate the pipette. If you have already begun to experience pain while pipetting, you may want to consider a pipette model that requires reduced operating forces. Additionally, you will want to review the weight of the pipette and the ergonomics (finger hook, plunger configuration, tip ejector).Another alternative for those who are already experiencing symptoms of RSI would be to consider an electronic pipette, they may be heavier but require little operating force to aspirate and dispense. After you have selected your pipette or reviewed your existing pipette, make sure that you are using a compatible pipette tip.

Now that we have covered what repetitive strain injury is, the symptoms, how it is caused, and six tips to help you avoid developing repetitive strain injuries while working in your laboratory, you can now be able to get back to pipetting safely.

What To Do If You Think You Have RSI

If you have experienced or develop these symptoms it is recommended that you speak with an occupational health professional at your facility or your physician.

Helpful Video on Pipetting Safety & Ergonomics 

(Video Source: UCLA Environment, Health, & Safety) 

Sources

What Is Repetitive Strain Injury?

Danger: You Might Be Pipetting Yourself Out Of A Job 

Repetitive Strain Injury: The Hidden Lab Hazard

A questionnaire survey of the ergonomic problems associated with pipettes and their usage with specific reference to work-related upper limb disorders.

Hand and shoulder ailments among laboratory technicians using modern plunger-operated pipettes.

Additional Resources

Laboratory Work With Automatic Pipettes: A Study On How Pipetting Affects The Thumb

Maximize Your Lab’s Budget With These Pipette Offers

High Quality Pipettes From BrandTech Scientific

BrandTech Scientific has prided itself on providing premium quality liquid handling products. BrandTech’s liquid handling line, includes the Transferpette pipettes, HandyStep repeating pipettes, Dispensette bottletop dispenser, and Titrette bottletop burettes, is distinguished by the accuracy, precision, safety, and ergonomics of the instruments’ designs.

Pipettes

The Transferpette S family of pipettes provides unparalleled comfort and ease-of-use in a central-button pipette. Available in single and multichannel, these pipettes are manufactured using innovative materials that reduce weight, improve corrosion resistance and protect accuracy, even after repeated autoclaving. Pistons in multichannel models are light, dimensionally stable and corrosion resistant.

Reduce RSI Risk

The risk of RSI (repetitive strain injury) is reduced with the short pipetting stroke, operators with smaller hands will notice a substantial difference compared to pipettes with a longer pipetting stroke. The curved finger rest comfortably supports the pipette for a relaxed grip.

True One-Handed Operation

These pipettes only require the use of one hand. Volume can be set and secured with the tip of the thumb – even while wearing gloves. The large separate tip ejector reduces tip ejection forces.

Easy Calibration technology 

The Transferpette pipettes incorporate Easy Calibration technology which ensure fast, easy, in-lab calibration adjustments without tools for ISO/GLP compliance.

Transferpette S Adjustable Volume Single Channel Pipettes

The adjustable volume single channel pipettes are available in nine volumes:

  • 0.1-1 μL
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  • 0.5-10 μL
  • 2-20 μL
  • 10-100 μL
  • 20-200 μL
  • 100-1000 μL
  • 500-5000 μL (o.5-5mL)
  • 1000-10000 μL (1-10 mL)

Transferpette S Fixed Volume Single Channel Pipettes

The fixed volume single channel pipettes are available in eight volumes:

  • 10 μL
  • 20 μL
  • 25 μL
  • 50 μL
  • 100 μL
  • 200 μL
  • 500 μL
  • 1000 μL

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The multichannel pipettes are available in five volumes for both the 8 channel and 12 channel:

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Transferpette S Single Channel Start Sets

Starter Set available in four volume ranges:

  • Micro: 0.1-1μL, 0.5-10μL, and 10-100μL
  • Mid-Size: 2-20μL, 20-200μL, and 100-1000μL
  • Macro: 100-1000μL, 500-5000μL, and 1000-10000μL 
  • Standard: 0.5μL, 10-100μL, and 100-1000 μL

Pipette Controllers 

BRAND macro pipette controller

A laboratory standard for decades, the macro pipette controller has been completely redesigned for even finer control of all volumetric and serological pipettes from 0.1-200 mL. All of the function of that made this pipette controller a favorite in the lab has been retained – from the “one-size-fits-all” silicone adapter, the reinforced ridge for easy tip wiping, and the sensitive toggle for smooth aspiration and dispensing.

  • Simplifies pipetting
  • Fits most pipettes
  • Improves lab ergonomics
  • Pipettes to Class A tolerances
  • Autoclavable for decontamination and sterile pipetting

The improved macro is comfortable and offers convenient meniscus control. Operation is asa simple as squeezing the suction bellows and adjusting a lever. One squeeze of the bellows powers aspiration and dispensing up to 50 mL. Equipped with a convenient blow-out bulb to empty “to contain” pipettes. The macro is an excellent tool for laboratories with multiple novice users.

Glass and Plastic Compatible 

Compatible with glass and plastic 01 to 200 mL serological, volumetric and graduated pipettes with a maximum suction tube out diameter of 9.2mm, calibrated “to deliver” and “to contain.” The modified mechanism allows for finer control with small volume pipettes.

Ergonomic Design

The macro eliminates the awkward hand positioning associated with rubber pipette bulbs while increasing control of meniscus-level and flow rate. Featuring a relaxed grip design, low weight 125 grams (4 oz.), and low resistance operation to minimize strain from prolonged pipetting, the redesigned macro pipette controller will make a great addition to your lab.

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BRAND accu-jet pro pipette controller

The BRAND accu-jet pro pipette controller incorporates comfort and performance features that make it one of the most popular pipette controllers in the market.

Comfort

Contoured for better fit for small and large hands. it is light weight and well balanced for low-fatigue pipetting.

Control

The pressure-sensitive buttons control pipetting speed, plus a motor-speed-limiter control thumbwheel adds extra assurance with pipettes as small as 0.1 mL.

Charge Indicator 

Don’t worry about you pipette controller failing on you in the middle of your work. An LED indicator alerts you when there is approximately 2 hours of charge time remaining. The controller can be operated when charging, providing you even more flexibility.

Advanced Electronics 

The accu-jet pro features a long-life, environmentally friendly Nickel-Metal hydride battery, with a special pulsed-mode charger to eliminate “lazy-battery-effect.” The controller will provide you with approximately 8 hours of continuous pipetting (based on the use of a 10 mL pipette) without recharging, while the LED indicates low battery.

Ergonomic Design

Weighing only 190 grams (6.7 oz.), this light weight pipette controller features a smoothly curved shape to eliminate pressure points to enhance operator comfort.

Corrosion Protection 

A built-in check valve protects against liquid penetration. The unique active vapor exhaust system vents externally to protect internal components.

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3 Safer Alternatives To Mouth Pipetting

Pipette controllers or fillers are used to draw liquid into a serological pipette. There are three different types of pipette controllers, ranging from simple rubberized bulbs to the more sophisticated motorized microprocessor controlled pipette fillers. These near ubiquitous liquid handling instruments may seem banal to some, but prior to the 1970’s, pipette controllers did not exist. However, laboratories did have pipettes and the need to transfer liquid from one container to another.

Before The Pipette Controller: How did they do it?

Mouth pipetting. Yes, mouth pipetting. If you’re not familiar with the term, fear not, a brief explanation is in order. If you have used one of the three types of pipette controllers, you are aware that the bulb or motorized controller draws the liquid into the pipette. When one is mouth pipetting they draw the liquid into the pipette using suction created by their mouth. Think about the types of toxic and corrosive substances, researchers and scientists exposed themselves to when they would use the mouth pipetting technique. There is a great article on the Discover blog that goes into more details if you are interested in learning more about the dangers of mouth pipetting. This technique has been banned in all laboratories because of its associated health risks.

Simple Yet Effective The simplest type of pipette controller is of the rubberized bulb variety. The rubber pipette filler is designed for an efficient one-handed operation. Many of these fillers come with three valves so that you can control air evacuation, liquid uptake, and liquid dispensing quickly and easily. There are also two valved pipette fillers that release through an automatic valve. Although there are some slight differences in pipette fillers vary by the manufacturer the overall principle is the same.

Simple Pipetting Aids

Hybrid Pipette Controllers Blending the simplicity of the bulb styled pipette-aid with the ergonomic styling of a manual pipette controller, these unique pipette controllers will allow for even finer control of volumetric and serological pipettes.

Lightweight and Easy To Use

The RF1000 Pipette Controller from Heathrow Scientific is uniquely designed for one-hand operation. The replaceable and autoclavable tapered silicon pipette adapter allows for a large range of pipette sizes ranging from 1 to 50 milliliters. The intuitive design allows for simple and easy liquid transfer throughout your laboratory, squeeze the main bulb and push the toggle forward to aspirate or back to dispense. Expel any remaining liquid by pushing the blowout bulb conveniently located above the toggle for one-handed operation. This versatile pipette controller is compatible with common, readily available replacement filters, which helps reduce the cost of ownership over time. Storage is a breeze with the magnetic wall mount that will help prevent damage and contamination to your pipette controller.

Simplifies Pipetting

The macro pipette controller from BrandTech Scientific has been a laboratory standard for decades, the newest version has been completely redesigned for enhanced precision and control of all volumetric and serological pipettes from 0.1-200 milliliters. The features that made the macro pipette controller so popular in the lab, including the “one-size-fits-all” silicone adapter, the reinforced ridge for easy tip wiping, and the sensitive toggle for smooth aspiration and dispensing, have all been retained in the new version. The ease of use makes this pipette controller an excellent tool for laboratories with multiple and novice users. The macro eliminates the awkward hand positioning associated with rubber pipette bulbs while increasing control of meniscus-level and flow rate. This pipette controller is lightweight and features a relaxed grip design and low-resistance operation which minimizes strain from prolonged pipetting.

Increase Efficiency with Motorized Pipette Controllers

Quickly and easily transfer liquids throughout your lab with the push of a button. These pipette controllers have improved liquid transport dramatically from the days of the unsafe practice of mouth pipetting. These innovative automatic pipettors provide rapid, yet sensitive aspiration and dispensing.

The New Standard In Pipette Controllers

BRAND accu-jet pro

The BRAND accu-jet pro pipette incorporates comfort and performance features that make it one of the most popular pipette controllers on the market. The well balanced and lightweight, accu-jet pro is contoured to accommodate both small and large hands. The ergonomic design eliminates pressure points and provides low-fatigue pipetting operation. The pressure-sensitive buttons control pipetting speeds and the motor-speed-limiter improves accuracy when working with small volume pipettes. The accu-jet offers advanced electronic features including an LED battery indicator, a long-life, environmentally friendly Nickel-Metal hydride battery, speed limiter, and two delivery modes. The dual-mode charger provides a quick charging in only four hours, after the full charge is complete, the charger switches to a pulsed mode to extend battery performance and life. The battery is easily accessible and the controller comes with two different style covers depending on your preferred storage method, benchtop or wall mounted. The charging socket is conveniently located on the bottom of the grip allowing you to pipette and charge simultaneously.  The accu-jet comes in four different color accents for personal preference or color-coding of laboratory application.

Packed With Features For Comfort And Accurate Pipetting

Heathrow Scientific RF3000

The RF3000 from Heathrow Scientific has a powerful, microprocessor controlled pump with adjustable valves that provides accurate and dependable aspiration and dispensing of liquids. The universal grip and soft coated triggers are perfect for both right and left handed users. The well balanced controller offers users a comfortable experience when working with a loaded pipette. The UV resistant housing extends the life of the controller when exposed to UV sterilization. The RF3000 comes with five autoclavable nose cones including one small pipette adapter, and three replacement 045 microliter filters for added versatility. Filters are readily available, so you are not tied into a pipette specific brand which will help reduce the overall cost of ownership. The small pipette adapter can be fitted to the nose cone to stabilize small volume and thinner pipettes. The controller includes a long-life Li-Ion Battery, with a quick charge feature that provides up to 20 hours of continuous use. Bright LED’s indicate three operational modes, high, low, and gravity, which are activated by repeatedly pressing a large mode button that is in easy reach of your thumb when in use. The RF3000 comes with a magnetic wall mount and a benchtop charging station, making this pipette controller a welcomed addition to your laboratory.

Portable Pipette Controller

The Diamond SeroLogic portable pipette controller is a rechargeable electronic pipetting aid designed for use with glass or serological pipettes ranging from 0.1 to 100 milliliter. The lightweight and ergonomic design provides you with effortless pipetting even during extensive use. The powerful 3-speed motor controlled with soft-grip buttons provides you with up to eight hours of continuous use. The conveniently located speed control switch allows you to operate the controller with one hand. The SeroLogic pipette controller offers a low battery indicator and comes with two 1000mAH NiMH rechargeable batteries and an intelligent battery charger that protects against overcharging, overheating and short circuiting. A safety valve and replaceable membrane filter provide double protection against fluid and aerosol contamination. The Diamond SeroLogic portable pipette controller includes a desktop stand for bench top mounting and a wall mounting bracket for added flexibility.

3 Much Safer Alternatives

Now that we have reviewed several safer alternatives to mouth pipetting, you should feel confident in selecting your next pipette filler/controller for your laboratory. Each type of pipette controller has specific benefits and features that you will want to carefully consider before making your decision. We have produced several product demo videos to help you understand the different benefits offered by each type of controller. We hope this guide was informative and helpful during your selection process, we’d like your feedback. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us on social media or simply leave a comment below.

Radiation Shielding: A Key Radiation Protection Principle

Time, Distance, and Shielding

Time, distance, and shielding are the three basic concepts of radiation protection that apply to all types of ionizing radiation. Shielding simply means having something that will absorb radiation between the source of the radiation and the area to be protected. Radiation shielding is based on the principle of attenuation, which is the gradual loss in intensity of any energy through a medium.

Lead acts as a barrier to reduce a ray’s effect by blocking or bouncing particles through a barrier material.  When X-ray photons interact with matter, the quantity is reduced from the original x-ray beam. Attenuation is the result of interactions between x-ray and matter that include absorption and scatter. Differential absorption increases as kVp decreases. The greater the shielding around a radiation source, the smaller the exposure.

X-Ray And Gamma Rays

X-ray and gamma rays are forms of electromagnetic radiation that occur with higher energy levels than those displayed by ultraviolet or visible light. Thick, dense shielding, such as lead, is necessary to protect against the energy emitted from x-rays. Shielding and x-ray room design is a very important consideration for any healthcare facility that  performs diagnostic and interventional radiology.

The purpose of shielding is to protect the patients (when not being examined), X-Ray department staff, visitors and the general public, as well as the people working near the  X-Ray facility. There are three sources of radiation that must be shielded; scattered or secondary (from the patient), primary (the x-ray beam), and leakage (from the x-ray tube).

Scatter Radiation

Diagnostic x-ray procedures frequently require medical personnel to remain in the exam room where they are subjected to scatter radiation. Lead aprons offer valuable protection from radiation exposure but there are times that a mobile lead radiation barrier is required to provide a full body shielding barrier.

Imaging procedures performed in remote locations, such as operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, and special procedure rooms pose an added challenge to protect against radiation exposure. Lead barriers are excellent for imaging procedures using ionizing radiation such as fluoroscopy, x-ray, mammography and CT.

Lead Shielding

The use of shielding provides a barrier between you and the source of the radiation. Some examples of shielding are lead aprons, lead glasses, thyroid shields and portable or mobile lead shields. Mobile lead shields of at least 0.25 mm lead equivalency are recommended to be used by anyone working near the table during fluoroscopy procedures when possible. Remember to follow ALARA “as low as reasonably achievable” guidelines when involved in diagnostic or interventional radiology procedures. Lead garments, lead gloves, thyroid shields, leaded glasses, lead drapes, as well as mobile and stationary lead barriers between the patient and personnel all reduce exposure to scatter radiation.

Questions? Comments? 

If you have any questions regarding the selection of lead barriers or mobile lead shields, please feel free to leave a comment below or connect with us over on our Google+ community page and keep the discussion going!

Whiteboard Wednesday: What Should Someone Consider Before Selecting A Lab Rocker or Shaker?

Today on Whiteboard Wednesday we’re talking about what someone should consider before selecting a laboratory rocker or shaker. With many different sizes and variations to laboratory equipment, it’s important to know exactly what your lab needs. Watch our Whiteboard Wednesday video below:

Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Reliable Specimen Bags Are Key For Handling Laboratory Samples

Today we’re talking about reliable specimen bags for handling laboratory samples on Whiteboard Wednesday. The problem with selecting sample bags is that the user must have a reliable, high-quality bag for certain applications. Watch today’s Whiteboard Wednesday to see what types of sample bags are reliable for sampling!

Why Medical Training Models Are Essential For Medical Students

Medical training models are common for teaching medical students certain medical applications and procedures. Anatomical models and simulators will help guide students in learning the process of a procedure, while increasing their comfort level with the application. Medical training models not only provide the student with hands-on practice, it gives the student a visual to apply real life situations instead of reading about it via books and slides.

We have a variety of models and simulators to choose from, such as CPR simulators, medical patient simulators, IV training models, real baby care dolls, and more! Our I.V. Injection Arm Model is unique in that it allows a realistic training to teach competence to medical staff. This model is also great for group instructors because of its high quality, stain resistance and easy to clean material. Many instructors use this model for the following training:

  • Intravenous injections
  • Correct puncture of peripheral veins for blood sampling. The following veins can be punctured: basilic vein, cephalic vein, median cubital vein, dorsal venous rete of hand
  • Positioning of a venous catheter

Another popular medical training model is our Basic Billy Basic Life Support Simulator. This simulator is used to teach students CPR techniques focusing on the depth and force of compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiac failure is one of the leading causes of death and with this medical training model, it shows how easy it is to provide help and save lives through correct CPR techniques.

Are you currently using any medical training models in your facility?

Whiteboard Wednesday: Improve Your Lab’s Safety With Test Tube Racks

This week on Whiteboard Wednesday we discuss ways to help improve your laboratory’s safety with test tube racks. Chaotic laboratories are a nightmare for lab employees and more importantly can be a major safety hazard! Each year, untidy laboratory work spaces contribute to over 10,000 lab accidents. Fortunately, keeping your lab organized and well kept can prevent many of these accidents. Test tube racks are an excellent tool to use for improving your lab safety.

A few of our favorite test tube rack designs include:

  • Interlocking test tube racks
  • Stack-able test tube racks
  • Plastic test tube racks

Featured Product: myBlock II Digital Dry Bath

Today we have the myBlock II Digital Dry Bath – Dual Chamber with 2 Quick-Flip Blocks as our featured product! This digital dry bath serves major advantages over traditional dry baths.

Main Features:

  • Digital temperature control (set and walk away)
  • Hinged lid (improves uniformity & conserves energy)
  • External (optional) temperature probe (measures actual sample temperature)
  • Includes (2) Quick-Flip universal blocks (supports all common tube sizes, PCR strips and PCR plates)
  • Additional blocks can be purchased separately

The first digital dry baths to include advanced microprocessor controls, timed or continuous operation and a removable hinged lid. In addition, an optional external temperature feedback probe can be positioned directly inside a sample tube, providing real-time control and monitoring of actual sample temperature.

The myBlock’s transparent lid helps to promote better uniformity and minimize temperature stratification in the block by maintaining a warm air jacket layer. It also helps to reduce energy consumption by minimizing heat loss to the environment. The hinged lid can be flipped open (to the rear), or easily removed (lifted off) to accommodate taller tubes.

Includes (2) Quick-Flip Blocks. These universal blocks accept tubes from 0.5 to 2.0ml and, with just a quick flip to the other side, accommodate 0.2ml tubes, PCR strips or (in the dual block model only) a PCR plate. Other blocks are available for tubes up to 50ml. Have a question on our featured product? Let us know in the comment box below!

Featured Product: BrandTech Accu-Jet Pro Pipette Controller

Our featured product today is our BrandTech Accu-Jet Pro Pipette Controller! The accu-jet pro elevates pipette control to the next generation.

Product Features

  • Speed Control: A new range dial lets you set maximum pipetting speed, but still provides the touch-sensitive, continuously adjustable speed control that made the accu-jet so popular.
  • Ergonomic Grip: The accu-jet pro has a reshaped ergonomic grip that works well with both small and large hands.
  • Battery Life: The accu-jet pro provides 8 hours of full speed operation on a 4-hour charge. There’s even an LED indicator when you have two hours of pipetting time left. Convenient battery access with a slide-on cover.
  • Protects Cell Pellets: Unparalleled soft blow-out control minimizes disturbance of cell pellets, or density gradient interfaces.
  • Comes with: NiHM battery pack, wall holder, two sterile replacement 0.2µm hydrophobic filters, 120V/60Hz charger, operating manual, and one-year warranty.
  • Dimensions: 9.50″ L x 9.50″ W x 2.50″ H
  • Color Selection: dark blue, green, magenta and royal blue.