The Little Things Add Up
How much time do you spend to keep the lab running?
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Take our quiz and learn if research has your full focus or if glassware cleaning, inventory management, and instrument upkeep might be taking up too much of your time.
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On average, how many pieces of glassware do you clean each day?
More than 6
Having clean, undamaged glassware is critical to any research program. Glassware inventory specialists can pick up dirty glassware, clean it according to GxP standards, inspect it for defects, and return it to the lab.
How often does your work group update its inventory of chemicals?
Never, as far as I know
Twice per year
Once per year
Every 3–5 years
Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of chemical reagents is key to minimizing risks and hazards associated with chemical storage. A structured chemical inventory management service can deliver a digital chemical inventory solution for your lab along with the expertise to receive, store, and segregate hazardous items.
How much time do you spend each month tracking down consumables, like vials and pipette tips?
5 or more hours
Make sure you have the supplies you need to keep research moving by relying on consumable inventory teams. They can track down vendors for your consumables supply and lower inventory costs by consolidating and optimizing supplies stored on your site.
How many purchase orders do you submit every month for R&D supplies?
7 or more
Filling out purchase orders can be cumbersome, even if you already know what vendor you want to buy from. Dedicated purchasing specialists can fill out and submit purchase orders on your behalf. Just send them a quick email or message with the required purchasing information and your shopper can make the order.
How much time do you spend maintaining research instruments?
4 hrs per year. I only need to train others on how to use the instrument.
1 hrs per month. Just a few quick checks to make sure it’s running smoothly.
1 hrs per week. The instrument needs regular but minor maintenance.
5 hrs or more per week. The HPLC won’t stop leaking!
Proper maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and training for complex research instruments like flow cytometers and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry units require high levels of expertise and time. Let a dedicated instrument concierge handle routine maintenance, support method development, tackle troubleshooting, and more.
How much time to you think you spend on non-research-related work tasks each week?
10 or more hours
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