Many people use pipettors and pipettes interchangeably. After all, they sound more or less the same. Many people also assume they serve the same purpose. If anything, if you don’t work in a clinic or laboratory, you won’t be able to distinguish one over the other.
Pipettors are just as important as pipettes when handling liquid samples for clinic or laboratory use. Sometimes referred to as pipette controllers or pipette-aids, pipettors are suction devices that suck liquids and transfer them into a pipette.
There are also different types of pipettors. For instance:
- Pipette pump. Used to expel liquid and siphon.
- Bulb-type. Cannot be controlled easily.
- Triple-valve pipettor. This comes with three buttons, one displaces the air from the valve while the other draws fluid from the pipette and the last expels the liquid.
- Electronic pipettor. This allows more precise control of liquid transfer and handling.
Pipettors: What are the Benefits?
Pipettors ensure better control when handling small amounts of liquid before they are transferred to a pipette. At times, it can be tricky to remove the contents of a pipette and move them to another container accurately. Manually doing it may also leave trace amounts behind that can affect the procedure drastically.
Using a pipettor can help minimize the risk of contamination as fluids are handled securely and separately. This likewise prevents hand fatigue especially if it comes with ergonomic design and electronic controls that allow the hand to relax. Pipettors also speed up the task of transferring liquid samples.
Transferring small amounts of liquid can become tricky and stressful after a few hours. Basically, when you use a pipettor, everything is a lot easier and more manageable.