Category Archives: Tutorials

Tutorial: Measuring the Efficiency of Equipment Utilization

There are two common Lean metrics for determining just how efficiently equipment is being utilized, and both are relevant for scientific research operations.  Equipment covers a wide variety of capital items, including automation platforms (liquid handlers, integrated robotics, etc.), scientific instruments (e.g. microscopes, … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Significant Figures

New (and not so new) scientists often don’t think about how many digits, or significant figures they should include when reporting numerical data.  Unless you’re using a finely calibrated instrument, most readings aren’t accurate beyond one or two percent (about two significant … Continue reading

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