• Make sure that as you tighten a fitting into the
valve port, you keep the tube pushed all the
way to the bottom until the fitting is snug on
the tube. This will keep you from accidentally
introducing dead volume if the tube moves.
• It is always a good idea to look down inside a
port before tightening a new fitting in. Look for
old ferrules that have been left behind, or perhaps other debris.
Valves is just one area in which specialized vendors can help companies to optimize their fluidics
systems. Additional building blocks in fluidic instruments can be components, such as displacement
piston pumps for work in automated analyses.
These are specific examples, within fluidics,
of how we are entering a time of accelerating
intricacy in design and engineering challenges.
Keeping pace is going to be central to success for
many life science organizations, meaning vendors
will be more willing to utilize the expertise of key
partners for developing and optimizing not just fluidics, but whole optofluidic systems.
What is the future for optofluidics?
Innovation, and the speed of innovation, is highly
dependent on collaborations in the life science sector.
Supplier relationship management is a vital component to this success, as suppliers not only provide the
components needed in R&D, but they can also be an
important source of information and advice.
A recent Forbes Insight survey found that 68
percent of life science executives feel an active and
meaningful collaboration with their suppliers contributes significantly to their future success. There
is, however, still a long way to go with the current
approach to “mitigating risks” creating hidden and
unnecessary complexities, uncertainty and even additional risk. Critical considerations for achieving
stronger supplier relationships include culture change,
transforming supplier selection, setting protocols for
IP sharing and improving communication.
By redefining the traditional supplier/customer
relationship, we will move towards a new era of
mutually beneficial collaboration for intricate technologies, such as optofluidics.
The design, development and optimization stages
all require the cooperation of key suppliers, all
while helping you balance budgets, time-to-market
and mitigating risk. Suppliers’ specialist optofluidics
knowledge, combined with unique partner innovation tools, will support customers in accelerating
time-to-market by generating new opportunities with
high-impact, effective ideas that support business
growth and increase profitability.
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