Six tips to help match your liquid handling components with chemical compatibility
The demand for advanced medical and diagnostic testing continues to accelerate. Laboratories, hospitals, and emerging consumer genomics companies are demanding quicker test sequences resulting in the design and development of new innovative and responsive test protocols. These new tests include the handling of a wide array of fluids. The measurement, monitoring, mixing, and controlling of solvents, salts, detergents, acids, bases, reagents, and additives is critical in all liquid handling lab environments. These liquids are pumped, dispensed, and aspirated both manually and automatically. They come in contact with pumps, valves, manifolds, and syringes made of any number of materials — PTFE, PCTFE, PEEK, PPS, UHMWPE, FFKM, stainless steel, and glass, just to name a few. With so many possible combinations of chemicals and component materials, how can you be sure that the components you choose for your automated liquid handling system are the best choices for the chemicals to be used in testing?