3 Reasons A HappiLabs Virtual Lab Manager is quicker than the average Lab Manager

It is our intention to put a lot more importance on a very undervalued position.

The lab manager.

It shouldn’t be a position mixing operations with too much science. A lab manager needs to focus on operations, and if they are doing experiments too, your lab is going to be less efficient than the ones using a Virtual Lab Manager to support the people focused on science.

A good lab manager should be extremely proficient with a computer and apps. They will be receiving many emails, toggling through supplier websites, and communicating with everyone in the lab.

There are many reasons why a HappiLabs VLM is more efficient, but here are 3 reasons that have to do with technology:

Keyboard training

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We put our Virtual Lab Managers through training to become masters of a keyboard.

We estimate this saves a VLM at least 15 minute per day, simply by using  (Command + Tab) or (Command + ~), etc. We can scroll through windows, tabs, and programs at lightning speed.

Copy, paste, scroll to the top, scroll to the bottom, undo, redo, and on and on. We aim to compete with a software developer’s mastery of a keyboard.

Remembering passwords

Logging in and out of supplier websites has never been easier, or more secure with password saving apps. Passwords don’t need to be retrieved from Excel or physical paper every time we order through Quartzy, Sigma, NEB, etc. They are automatically known. This saves 10-25 minutes per day for a busy lab.

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Using multiple monitors

Every VLM has at least two monitors. One for monitoring communication (email, gchat, Slack, etc.), and the other is for other activity (googling, shopping online, analyzing quotes, etc.). By keeping a constant eye on communication, a VLM will respond quicker to all your scientists’ needs.

And a small shoutout to Moom. When analyzing multiple windows of data or comparing several quotes, resizing windows so you can see them all on one page is fast…HappiLabs fast.

 

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Lab Shopping Deals of Week 13 of 2014

Welcome to our new Wednesday series where we’ll post the best lab supply deals from around the internet.

Part of shopping for lab supplies is finding the best prices of lab equipment and consumables. To help do this the HappiLabs team is going through vendor promotions and providing recommendations for the best deals out there.

This week we are highlighting three promotions.

  1. The USA Scientific catalog has deals and special offers on general lab consumables valid through May 31st
  2. The Daigger mini centrifuge is 30% off, making the price $204 through April 30th.
  3. Shopping for a new pipette? Utilize Eppendorf’s pipette trade-in program. You can trade-in your used pipettor of any brand for a new Eppendorf pipettor at a discounted price.

Tune in next week for more deals. And check in on Tuesday for #LabShopping Tips.

If you want help with searching or shopping for lab supplies, contact us.