Artel

25 Bradley Drive
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Westbrook,  ME  04092

United States
http://www.artel-usa.com
  • Booth: 1239

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Artel helps its customers ensure the quality of their laboratory test results so they can achieve optimum patient outcomes. Our products and services enable quick, easy optimization of liquid handling processes for handheld pipettes and automated liquid handlers.


 Press Releases

  • Meets increased market demand for liquid handling quality control (QC), providing labs with confidence in test results

    Westbrook, Maine (August 2, 2016) – At the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Artel, the technology leader in liquid handling quality assurance, will unveil the next generation PCS® (pipette calibration system) designed to optimize pipette performance and boost confidence in data integrity. In addition to fast, easy pipette calibration, the system offers an enhanced intuitive user interface for simplified scheduling and reporting, a unique operator assessment module that standardizes pipetting technique across all skill levels, touch-sensitive software, and a streamlined design including an integrated barcode scanner.

    As well as being the most advanced pipette calibration system available, the PCS addresses the issue of pipetting performance from another critical dimension – operator skill. The PCS functions as a scheduling tool for each employee’s Proficiency Assessment Plan and a pipetting technique training tool to help meet compliance. Bjoern Carle, Ph.D., product manager for Artel, says: “Inconsistent training on proper pipetting technique combined with high turnover of lab personnel leads to great variability in test results. By improving pipetting accuracy and precision, and bringing standardized quality assurance, the upgraded PCS generates consistent results that labs will trust for the long term.”

    In addition to pipette inventory management and liquid handling quality control (QC) to comply with CAP and CLIA regulations, the PCS also allows laboratories to meet the increasingly common requirements for conducting and documenting Operator Competence Assessments as set forth in ISO 15189, ISO 15195, and ISO 17025. Electronic report and review management eliminates paper, giving laboratories that comply with Title 21 CFR Part 11 a one-stop solution for their QC program.

    “Our task is to listen to the continually developing needs of the market. The result is an evolution of our tried and tested PCS adapted to meet these demands. Clinical Labs are in the business of saving lives and nothing but consistently accurate and precise results are acceptable. We’re proud of the role the PCS plays in today’s work environment, fulfilling positive end-user experience while allowing labs to not only trust their results, but be able to prove compliance and competency,” states Kirby Pilcher, president of Artel.

    The new PCS system will be released in Q4 2016. Software upgrades for use with the existing PCS are available immediately, offering the new user interface and operator performance management module to current PCS users.


    About Artel

    Artel is the worldwide leader in liquid handling quality assurance. The company helps its customers ensure the quality of their laboratory test results so they can achieve optimum patient outcomes. Artel products and services enable quick, easy quality control of liquid handling processes for handheld pipettes and automated liquid handlers and offers training seminars for the use and quality management of all liquid handling instrumentation, both on-site, and at its Headquarters.

  • Westbrook, Maine (October 25, 2016) – Artel, the technology leader in liquid handling quality assurance, today announced the release of its new PCS® Software. Fully compatible with Artel’s current PCS instruments, the software will also be integrated with the latest generation of the Pipette Calibration System (PCS), to be available late 2016.

    Artel developed the new software to provide a fully integrated software solution that allows testing of all elements important to pipetting, including the operator’s technique, the pipette performance, and the pipette tip.

    “Today’s labs are under more pressure than ever before, facing heavier workloads, stricter compliance requirements, and high staff turnover – all while maintaining businesses that save people’s lives,” said Kirby Pilcher, president of Artel. “We saw the need for a ‘clean sheet of paper’ design – software that would make a holistic approach to pipetting quality and pipette management easy to implement and efficient to use. With this offering we’re better enabling labs to generate consistent results, freeing lab managers to face other pressing challenges.”

    The new software helps labs streamline their staff’s pipetting tasks in multiple ways. The user interface offers intuitive dashboards that track the calibration status of the full pipette inventory as well as performance assessments of all operators. It enables management to review and approve results from anywhere in the organization, keeping track of pipettes and operator performance.

    Pipette calibrations, interim performance verifications, and operator trainings can be scheduled at specific intervals. Labs can also verify pipette performance on an ad-hoc basis – for example, before and after maintenance, following outsourced service, or whenever a problem is suspected. Calibration and inventory labels are generated directly from the user interface.

    In addition, communication and reporting tools have been integrated as part of the package. Results of pipette calibrations and operator trainings can be reviewed, and reports approved or rejected digitally – simplifying the review process and saving time. Email notifications regarding due calibrations, competency assessments, and reviewable reports make workflow management a fluid and seamless process. Facilitating a lab’s compliance to 21 CFR Part 11, the software provides a complete audit trail. It also enables user authentication, privilege management, electronic signatures, versioning of calibration and training plans, and stores all information in a secure database.

    PCS Software also aids labs in facing one of the industry’s most persistent challenges: ensuring operator competency. Built-in operator assessment tools allow lab managers to standardize pipetting technique across an entire organization. They can schedule and document operator performance for compliance with internal and external regulatory requirements. The new software also allows labs to customize pass/fail tolerances for their pipettes and operators, based on their own specific requirements. Combined with regular pipette calibrations, this ensures the highest level of liquid handling quality.

    “Consistent pipetting skills are critical for consistent lab results, and we’ve been working for years with labs to develop training programs,” says A. Bjoern Carle, Product Manager at Artel. “We wanted to offer our customers a more turnkey method for training and assessments. Now, with the new software package, we’re putting those capabilities directly in the hands of lab managers.”


    About Artel

    Artel is the worldwide leader in liquid handling quality assurance. The company helps its customers ensure the quality of their laboratory test results so they can achieve optimum patient outcomes. Artel products and services enable quick, easy quality control of liquid handling processes for handheld pipettes and automated liquid handlers and offers training seminars for the use and quality management of all liquid handling instrumentation, both on-site, and at its headquarters.


 Products

  • Pipette Calibration System (PCS)
    Artel’s new Pipette Calibration System (PCS) allows you to take full control of your pipette inventory and laboratory performance through easy calibrations, verifications, and operator skills assessments – with complete and comprehensive documentation. Stop by booth 1239 to learn more. ...
         

  • Artel is the world leader in ensuring the quality of laboratory test results, allowing clinicians to achieve optimum patient outcomes.

    Meet Artel’s new Pipette Calibration System (PCS). With ergonomic instrument design, intuitive software, and robust dashboard reporting, the PCS offers a powerful way to manage your handheld pipettes across your entire organization. The new training module allows for conducting and documenting pipetting skills assessments. Operators and reviewers can sign off electronically on all results and reports, for a smooth workflow that eliminates paper.  The PCS provides all features required for use in laboratories that comply with CAP, CLIA, CLSI, ISO, and 21 CFR Part 11 regulations - from pipettes to operators, traceability to productivity, and calibration to certification. Stop by booth 1239 to learn more.


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