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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

No Longer a Pipette Dream

DSEIS Hosts Clinic for Affordable, Convenient Calibration

Nearly every NIH lab relies on pipettes for consistent, accurate and precise performance. Routine maintenance and calibration keep them functioning at their best. 

That’s just one reason the Laboratory Equipment Maintenance and Repair Branch in ORS’s Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services recently hosted a pipette calibration and repair clinic for intramural research labs. DSEIS viewed the clinic as a way to provide convenient, high-quality, centralized pipette maintenance service at a significant cost savings. 

During the week-long clinic, a representative from Capital One Calibration performed maintenance on more than 300 pipettes—ranging from singles, multis and pipette aids to repeaters, single and multi-electronic.  

The multi-step service included external examination for missing or broken parts, disassembly and inspection for wear, cleaning, replacement of defective/missing parts, reassembly, external cleaning and sampling to assure accuracy, repeatability and linearity. 

Response was positive. In fact, the clinic was so successful that DSEIS plans to offer centralized maintenance clinics for other equipment and instruments. 

Have an idea for a future clinic? Contact Jerry Tyus at (301) 496-4131 or

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