METTLER TOLEDO’s latest user-friendly pipette calibration software helps generate accurate results for less rework and reduced operating costs
METTLER TOLEDO’s new Calibry 5.0 pipette calibration software offers the usability of previous versions with an important difference. Identifiers can now be written directly to RFID-enabled RAININ pipettes. Quick tagging offers enterprise-wide traceability for pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical research. Serial number entry errors are eliminated, productivity increases, and costs are reduced.
Greifensee, Switzerland – METTLER TOLEDO understands that pipette accuracy plays a significant role in generating quality lab results. So we’re pleased to announce user-friendly next-generation Calibry 5.0 pipette calibration software. Calibry 5.0 offers the easy ability to monitor the accuracy of pipettes with regular testing and calibration. You can ensure pipettes are performing within tolerance – a sure way to reduce risk and costs associated with poor quality results.
New in this version, processing dates and other identifying information can be directly written to RFID-tagged RAININ pipettes. This reduces risk of operator error, which equals less money wasted through costly rework. Speedier single- and multi-channel pipette calibration also enhances productivity, whether operators are working pharmaceutical, biotech or chemical/fine chemical research and manufacturing.
Step-by-step calibration guidance makes Calibry 5.0 extremely user-friendly. Calibry 5.0 also meets flexibility requirements for the modern R&D lab, featuring a comprehensive list of calibration data for 2,500 pipettes from all major manufacturers.
When pipette type is selected, calibration information is immediately available. Calibration data is recorded automatically, saving time and eliminating opportunities for operator error. METTLER TOLEDO will support 5.0 Calibry by adding new pipettes and tolerances as they become available so you can continue using the most suited pipette to your particular application.
Calibry 5.0 also stores pipette calibration histories and offers reports in easy-to-analyze formats. Open concept reporting lets operators download results into commonly-used programs such as Microsoft Excel or Word. Temperature and humidity readings can be recorded automatically to save time and improve data reliability using Testo’s 435/635/735 series of measuring instruments. Devices from other manufacturers can be adapted as well, further enhancing Calibry 5.0’s versatility in today’s competitive lab environments.
To meet the high standards METTLER TOLEDO is known for, Calibry software can be verified ISO 8655. METTLER TOLEDO offers a complete validation manual and service. User permissions, password protection and audit trail functionality ensure secure data management to meet 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
For more information on how METTER TOLEDO and Calibry 5.0 can enhance the quality and productivity of pharmaceutical, biotech, and other chemical/fine chemical R&D and manufacturing operations, please visit: www.mt.com/calibry
Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure of her
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said,
‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’
The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’
They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and
needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’
‘Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’.
‘I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ he said.
‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?’
He began to smile. ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone…’ He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’ Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
He then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.
Wieliczka Salt Mine – An Astounding Subterranean Salt Cathedral
Deep underground in Poland lies something remarkable but little known outside Eastern Europe. For centuries, miners have extracted salt there, but left behind things quite startling and unique. Take a look at the most unusual salt mine in the world.
From the outside, Wieliczka Salt Mine doesn’t look extraordinary.
It looks extremely well kept for a place that hasn’t minded any salt for
over ten years but apart from that it looks ordinary. However, over two
hundred meters below ground it holds an astonishing secret. This is the salt
mine that became an art gallery, cathedral and underground lake.
Situated in the Krakow area, Wieliczka is a small town of close
to twenty thousand inhabitants. It was founded in the twelfth century by a
local Duke to mine the rich deposits of salt that lie beneath. Until 1996 it
did just that but the generations of miners did more than just extract. They
left behind them a breathtaking record of their time underground in the
shape of statues of mythic, historical and religious figures. They even
created their own chapels in which to pray. Perhaps their most astonishing
legacy is the huge underground cathedral they left behind for posterity.
It may feel like you are in the middle of a Jules Verne adventure as you
descend in to the depths of the world. After a one hundred and fifty meter
climb down wooden stairs the visitor to the salt mine will see some amazing
sites. About the most astounding in terms of its sheer size and audacity
is the Chapel of Saint Kinga. The Polish people have for many centuries
been devout Catholics and this was more than just a long term hobby to
relieve the boredom of being underground. This was an act of worship.
Amazingly, even the chandeliers in the cathedral are made of
salt. It was not simply hewn from the ground and then thrown together;
however, the process is rather more painstaking for the lighting. After
extraction the rock salt was first of all dissolved. It was then
reconstituted with the impurities taken out so that it achieved a glass-like
finish. The chandeliers are what many visitors think the rest of the
cavernous mine will be like as they have a picture in their minds of salt as
they would sprinkle on their meals! However, the rock salt occurs naturally
in different shades of grey (something like you would expect granite to look like).
Still, that doesn’t stop well over one million visitors (mainly
from Poland and its eastern European neighbors) from visiting the mine to
see, amongst other things, how salt was mined in the past.
For safety reasons less than one percent of the mine is open to
visitors, but even that is still almost four kilometers in length – more
than enough to weary the average tourist after an hour or two. The mine was
closed for two reasons – the low price of salt on the world market made it
too expensive to extract here. Also, the mine was slowly flooding – another
reason why visitors are restricted to certain areas only.
The religious carvings are, in reality, what draw many to this
mine – as much for their amazing verisimilitude as for their Christian
aesthetics. The above shows Jesus appearing to the apostles after the
crucifixion. He shows the doubter, Saint Thomas, the wounds on his wrists.
Another remarkable carving, this time a take on The Last Supper.
The work and patience that must have gone in to the creation of these
sculptures is extraordinary. One wonders what the miners would have thought
of their work going on general display? They came to be quite used to it, in
fact, even during the mine’s busiest period in the nineteenth century. The
cream of Europe’s thinkers visited the site – you can still see many of
their names in the old visitor’s books on display.
These reliefs are perhaps among some of the most iconographic
works of Christian folk art in the world and really do deserve to be shown.
It comes as little surprise to learn that the mine was placed on the
original list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites back in 1978.
Not all of the work is relief-based. There are many life sized
statues that must have taken a considerable amount of time – months, perhaps
even years – to create. Within the confines of the mine there is also much
to be learned about the miners from the machinery and tools that they used –
many of which are on display and are centuries old. A catastrophic flood in
1992 dealt the last blow to commercial salt mining in the area and now the
mine functions purely as a tourist attraction. Brine is, however, still
extracted from the mine – and then evaporated to produce some salt, but
hardly on the ancient scale. If this was not done, then the mines would soon
become flooded once again.
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A Chinese woman won a car in 2007 by kissing it virtually nonstop for more than 24 hours.
Zhang Cunying was one of 120 people taking part in the endurance contest at a Beijing shopping mall, where the competitors had ti kiss Chevrolet cars through plastic nipples attached to the bodywork but without touching the car itself.
The person lasting the longest was declared the winner.
They were allowed a ten-minute break every seven hours and, in order to speed up elimination, were eventually made to stand on one foot with their hands behind their back.
Zhang owed her success to her dance training, although she was so exhausted at the finish that she could not stand up unaided.
A MOST UNUSUAL DEFENCE
A lawyer defending a man accused of burglary tried this creative defence:
“My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed by his limb.”
“Well put,” the judge replied. “Using your logic, I sentence the defendant’s arm to one year’s imprisonment. He can accompany it or not, as he chooses.”
The defendant smiled. With his lawyer’s assistance he detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out.