Westbrook, Maine (June 10, 2014) – Artel, the leader in liquid handling quality assurance, introduces ArtelWare™ – a software application for use with the MVS® Multichannel Verification System. ArtelWare enables MVS users to track and manage the performance of their automated liquid handlers over time. ArtelWare aggregates the standardized measurements from the MVS for all of a user’s liquid handlers, providing detailed, actionable performance information and a new level of insight for the management of these critical laboratory tools. The Artel MVS and the ArtelWare software deliver valuable benefits to a wide range of research fields including drug discovery, clinical, genomics, forensics and agrochemical.
Users can quickly visualize the tip-by-tip status of any device as well as view performance over time, even across multiple labs. Action limits can either be pre-assigned or determined based on the data. ArtelWare also provides the tools to manage and optimize instrument maintenance by viewing historical information on individual device availability and reliability.
“Prior to the development of this software capability, our MVS users and service customers could assess liquid handler accuracy and precision performance at a given point in time for each instrument,” explains Tanya Knaide, product manager for Artel. “Now our laboratory customers, many of whom have dozens of automated liquid handlers, can connect measurement events and look at the big picture. They can also now easily pinpoint and even prevent liquid handling trends that may cause an assay to go out of specification.”
ArtelWare reduces trouble-shooting time and expense by visualizing trends in instrument performance and enabling users to react to those trends before failures occur. With ArtelWare, automation customers can reduce time spent on false “hits,” increasing overall lab productivity.
“Automation customers with multiple robotic liquid handlers and large amounts of data will get the biggest benefits from ArtelWare,” explains Knaide. “It will give them a better global view of their systems and help them satisfy regulatory demands for increased quality control.”
The new ArtelWare software can be used with existing MVS units as well as with new systems and will be incorporated into Artel’s Liquid Handling Performance Verification Service.
Founded in 1982, Artel specializes in applying proprietary ratiometric photometry-based technology to solve liquid handling quality, productivity and compliance challenges for laboratories in a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, regulatory bodies, academia, clinical diagnostics, forensics, public health, food quality and safety and environmental testing.
Artel also provides a broad and fully customizable range of quality assurance support, training and consultation services including Liquid Handler Performance Verification services for automated laboratories, on-site Pipetting Technique Training and Quality Management Certification for pipette users and laboratory managers.