Price is often one of the first and most important factors lab managers consider when purchasing a new qPCR machine. One reason for this is that it obviously has a direct and immediate impact on your lab’s budget.
However, there are also a few more hidden costs, such as the running cost of the cycler, that are far less obvious as they are spread over the years. And they can make a big difference. Let’s explore those more in detail.
For many of us the process of pipetting transitioned into a subconscious routine to which we devote little thought after only a little practice, despite quality assurance placing great emphasis on liquid handling, pipette accuracy, repair and maintenance. Nevertheless, ensuring the competence of pipette operators (lab employees) is a way-too-often often neglected activity.
Globalization is driving competitiveness in the business space at an unprecedented pace, pushing companies to constantly look for lean ways of improving their business. A clever place to start is resource allocation. When planning a new project, the first task is to evaluate its scope and allocate your talent and finances accordingly. This might sound straightforward, but it’s actually a treasure chest of overlooked opportunities for business optimization and company growth.