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Lab Equipment Calibration

Lab Equipment Calibration

A Step-by-Step Guide to Calibrating Pipettes

Calibrating pipettes is a process that ensures accurate and consistent liquid measurements. It is important to calibrate pipettes regularly, as even small variations in volume can have a significant impact on many industries, such as laboratories, research, and manufacturing. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to calibrate a pipette: 

Step #1: Gather necessary materials

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand. These may include:

  1. A calibration weight set or a liquid volumetric standard (this can be purchased from a variety of sources, including scientific supply companies and online retailers)
  2. A clean, dry surface on which to place the pipette
  3. A clean, dry container to hold the liquid or weight
  4. A calibration tool (such as a digital scale or a micrometer)
  5. A pen or pencil for taking notes

Step #2: Prepare the pipette

Clean the pipette thoroughly with a mild detergent and dry it with a lint-free cloth. Make sure that the pipette is free of any dirt or debris. Place the pipette on a clean, dry surface, making sure that it is stable and not leaning to one side.

Step #3: Check the pipette's accuracy

Using the calibration tool, such as a digital scale or a micrometer, check the pipette's accuracy by measuring the volume of liquid it dispenses. Compare the measurement to the volume indicated on the pipette's label or the manufacturer's specifications.

Step #4: Adjust the pipette

If the pipette is not accurate, use the adjustment screw or knob to adjust the volume to the desired level. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for adjusting the pipette.

Step #5: Repeat the process

Repeat the process of measuring and adjusting the pipette's accuracy for each increment of volume (i.e. 1mL, 2mL, 5mL, etc.) that the pipette is capable of dispensing.

Step #6: Record the results

Record the results of the calibration in a log or notebook for future reference. This will allow you to track the performance of the pipette over time and identify any trends or patterns that may indicate that the pipette needs to be recalibrated.

Step #7: Regularly recalibrate the pipette

It is important to recalibrate the pipette regularly, typically every 3-6 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.

It is important to note that the specific steps and materials needed to calibrate a pipette can vary depending on the make and model of the pipette. Always consult the manufacturer's instructions for specific guidance on how to calibrate your particular pipette. Additionally, it is always recommended to seek the help of professionals to calibrate your pipette if you are not sure how to do it properly.

In addition, it is important to note that there are different types of pipettes and each of them have different calibration procedures. For example, manual pipettes and electronic pipettes have different calibration procedures and different types of calibration tools.

In Conclusion

calibrating pipettes is an essential step in ensuring accurate and consistent liquid measurements. By following the steps outlined above and using proper safety precautions, you can ensure that your pipettes are accurate and ready for use in your application. It is always recommended to seek professional help when calibrating pipettes and to consult the pipette supplier for proper calibration techniques and recommendations.

Where To Find Pipette Calibration Specialists in California? 

If your manufacturing relies on accurate pipettes, then you know how crucial it is to have properly calibrated pipettes. That's where Lab Pro's pipette calibration services come in. Our expert technicians the "Pro"-s, use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your pipettes are calibrated to the highest industry standards, so you can trust the accuracy of your measurements. With our fast and reliable service, you can minimize downtime and keep your operations running smoothly. Trust Lab Pro Inc for all your pipette calibration needs.

About Lab Pro

For over 40 years, Lab Pro Inc. has been committed to delivering the highest quality lab equipment, pipette calibration services, chemicals, lab balances and scales,  lab supplies, and cleanroom PPE apparel to medical device companies and laboratories worldwide. To learn more contact us online or at 888-452-2776.