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2020-Q4A (Sep 2020)
This practical short course is available online to everyone this year. View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" Vol. 8, No. 4A Fourth Quarter, 2020 𝗘𝗔𝗦 Online 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲: 𝗟𝗲𝗮�

2020-Q3 (Jul 2020)
How often should an HPLC be calibrated? Remote consulting case studies. View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" Vol. 8, No. 3 Third Quarter, 2020 How Often Should I Calibrate My HPLC?   [T

2020-Q2 (Mar 2020)
Take this opportunity to train your staff, even if they aren't in the lab. View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" Vol. 8, No. 2 Second Quarter, 2020 You Can't Catch a Virus From a Webinar - But Yo

2020-Q1 (Feb 2020)
Learn about sugar analysis and how to make standards with your autosampler. View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" Vol. 8, No. 1 First Quarter, 2020 Upcoming Events and Links Pittcon  Or

2019-Q1 (Mar 2019)
Review content from Practical Guide to Reversed Phase LC View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" Vol. 7, No. 1 First Quarter, 2019 Going to Pittcon in Philly next week?  The Chromatography

2018-Q4 (Dec 2018)
Check out our latest Tip of the Week on Facebook. View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 6, No. 4 Fourth Quarter, 2018 from ACCTA, Inc. We wish you and your familty the best for this season and the New Year.   Our Facebo

2018-Q3 (Sep 2018)
Training and consulting are two different things. Which one is best? View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 6, No. 3 Third Quarter, 2018 It's Here! Our Facebook page is live and will be a great way to ask questions,and begin or cont

2018-Q2 (Jun 2018)
Training and consulting are two different things. Which one is best? View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 6, No. 2 Second Quarter, 2018 Coming Soon! The ACCTA, Inc. Facebook page will be online in the near future.  We will anno

2017-Q4 (Dec 2017)
Will your lab benefit from upgrading to UHPLC? Are there any alternatives? View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 4 Fourth Quarter, 2017 "Should You Upgrade to UHPLC?" UHPLC will not benefit everyone, but is it right for your lab

2017-Q3 (Oct 2017)
View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 3 Third Quarter, 2017 "Good Training Is Your Best Lab Resource" Be a better resource with these training options! A quick review of our public training options: Troubleshooting Chromatogr

2017-Q2 (Jul 2017)
View this email in your browser ACCTA, Inc.. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving emails from us. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here. Lab Life-Line A Short Newsletter For The Busy Analytical Lab From ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 2 Second Quarter, 2017 Download the flyer for our Column Screening Service: .docx format .pdf format Try Our New Column Screening Service Do you have a column selection problem?

2017-Q1 (Feb 2017)
Helpful hints for the busy lab, from ACCTA. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Analytical Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 1.                                                                            First Quarter, 2017 Chromatographers - You Are Not Alone! At the end of our Troubleshooting seminar, we have a slide with this title.  It is a reminder that if you are new to chromatography, or just having a problem that you can't solve, you

2016-Q4 (Dec 2016)
Helpful hints for the busy lab, from ACCTA. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 4.                                                                            Fourth Quarter, 2016 We Wish You Happiness and Good Fortune Through This Holiday Season and Beyond! Please take a few minutes to give us some feedback: What would you like to see next year for topics and content?  Troubleshooti

2016-Q3 (Oct 2016)
Helpful hints for the busy lab, from ACCTA. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 3.                                                                           Third Quarter, 2016 Attend an ACCTA Short Course at EAS (Hurry, discounts end this week!) Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) is the premier analytical symposium on the East Coast.  ACCTA has been offering our best short courses at EAS for more than 20 y

2016-Q2 (Jul 2016)
Helpful hints for the busy lab, from ACCTA. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 2.                                                                        Second Quarter, 2016 When Your C18 Column Doesn't Work In the last newsletter we talked about what I expect from a "good" LC method.  Two important criteria were: Produce adequate retention (k> 2) Not operate near the limits for the column or instrumen

2016-Q1 (Apr 2016)
A summary of what you can learn for different training session lengths. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 5, No. 1.                                                                        First Quarter, 2016 A C18 Column Is Not Always the Best Option When I evaluate a method, I am usually not concerned about whether it is new or old, or fast or slow (I can fix "slow").  My main concern is whether or not the metho

Winter15 (Dec 2015)
Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 4, No. 10-12.                                                                                 Winter, 2015 ACCTA, Inc wishes you . . .   We want to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous holiday season, and to thank you for all you have done to help make this a

Summer_Fall15 (Oct 2015)
A summary of what you can learn for different training session lengths. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 4, No. 6-9.                                                                           Summer-Fall, 2015 How Long Should Your Methods Be? Are your waiting a long time for your results?  As you know, I visit many different labs in multiple industries, so I see methods (both LC and GC) that are oft

May15-1 (Jun 2015)
A summary of what you can learn for different training session lengths. Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 4, No. 4-5.                                                                                April-May, 2015 How Long Does It Take To Learn HPLC? I am often asked to provide a proposal/quote for in-lab HPLC training. Sometimes the lab has a specific idea about what they need, or how many days they wa

Jan/Feb15-1 (Mar 2015)
Lab Life-Line Monthly Practical Advice for the Busy Lab from ACCTA, Inc. Vol. 4, No. 1/2.                                                                  January/Feburary, 2015 HELP! My columns are only lasting a month! We hear this complaint more often than we should.  You should not accept that "this is just the way it is!"  No, a column, whether GC or LC, should not need to be replaced every 4 - 6 weeks. Something is wrong.  But what? We have found that column failure

Dec14-1 (Dec 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 12. December 2014 In this issue...  Happy HolidaysReport from the 3rd East African Liquid Chromatography Workshop(6 - 10 October, 2014.  Nairobi, Kenya) 3rd East African Liquid Chromatography WorkshopOctober 6 - 10, 2014Nairobi, Kenya The week of October 6 brought a new era of chromatography training to the African continent. The 3rd African Liquid Chromatography Workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya at

Nov14-1 (Dec 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 11. November, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 11 - Special Topics (Integration Settings) Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Would you like comment on this series or make suggestions? Contact us.  We want to hear from you.Part 11: Integration Settings  Several months ago we talked about settings that are to be included in the method.  Cl

Oct14-1 (Nov 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 10. October, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 10 - Calculations and Reporting Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Would you like comment on this series or make suggestions? Contact us.  We want to hear from you.Part 10: Calculations and Reporting  As we finish up this series on the perfect method, we want to cover the last

Sep14-1 (Oct 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 9. September, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 9 - QC Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Part 8: QC  I am often asked how much QC is necessary.  I usually reply, "enough" or "as much as you need to do."  Of course, this is a worthless answer!  But it does point out the fact that how much QC you do depends on a nu

Aug14-1 (Sep 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 8. August, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 8 - Analysis ProceduresHPLC Method Development Class Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Part 8: Analysis Procedures  Your perfect method now must instruct the user on how to actually analyze samples.  Current practice in regulated laboratories generally requires a far more formal

Jul14-1 (Aug 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 7. July, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 7 - Preparation of SamplesGetting Help in the Lab! Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Part 7: Preparation of Samples  In an ideal situation, samples and standards are prepared in exactly the same way, using exactly the same procedures and solutions.  In the real world, things may b

May14-1 (Jun 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 5. May, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 5 - Operating SettingsDoing "Too Much" in the Lab Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.Part 4: Operating Conditions  If you are writing the perfect method (or at least trying), this the most important part, right?  Just write down the instrument settings (assuming this is a chromatogr

Apr14-1 (May 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 4. April, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 4 - Columns"That's the way we have always done it!" Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.This month we move on to the next section.Part 4: Columns:  If you are writing the perfect method (or at least trying), this should be the easy part, right?  Just write down the description of t

Mar14-1 (Mar 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 3. March, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 3 - EquipmentLearning Method Development Writing the Perfect Method!To view previous sections, view our Newsletter Archive.This month we move on to the next section.Part 3: Equipment:  It is important to list everything needed to perform the analysis, but nothing more.  Maybe you did the development on a diode array detector o

Feb14-1 (Feb 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 2.  February, 2014 In this issue...Writing the Perfect MethodPart 2 - Reagents, Solutions, Supplies Writing the Perfect Method!Your goal should always be to write a perfect method, even if you aren't always successful!  Can you answer "yes" to the following questions?Can anyone use this method as written?Do you know what samples can and cannot be analyzed, and what kind of information wi

Jan14-1 (Jan 2014)
"Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"www.accta.comVol. 3, No. 1.  January, 2014In this issue...Writing the Perfect Method: Part 1Improving Your Lab's Workflow Writing the Perfect Method!Over the next several months we will provide a brief summary of what makes one method better than another.   Your goal should always be to write a perfect method, even if you aren't always successful!We will consider the following sections that are common in many ch

Dec13-1 (Dec 2013)
From ACCTA, Inc."Reducing Lab Stress With Analytical Solutions To Analytical Problems"Vol. 2, No. 13: December, 2013                                      >>Looking Ahead to 20142013 was ...An opportunity to expand our capabilities to support other software configurationsA time to expand our marketing efforts to bring stress relief to more labs. One of our mo

Sep13-1 (Sep 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc.to Reduce Your Lab's Stress LevelsTwo Webinars Next Week: "Best Practices in HPLC" and "Understanding the Calibration Curve."  See times and registration details below.  Vol. 2, No. 12September, 2013 This Month's Lab Relief Solutions Grading the Labs We Visit and Why Best Practices Matter!In our last newsletter, I discussed how we "grade" the laboratories that we visit.&#

Summer13 (Sep 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc.to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels  Vol. 2, No. 11Summer, 2013 This Month's Lab Relief Solutions Grading the Labs We Visit!During the months of June, July, and August, we visited nine different labs in several different industries. Some labs had impressive facilities and equipment, organized procedures, and motivated staff. Some were not as impressive. How would we "grade" eac

May13-2 (May 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc.to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels  Vol. 2, No. 10May, 2013 This Month's Less Stress Solutions REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY!Last Chance to Register for:A (Really) New Way to Learn HPLCWhy register?Analysts who are properly trained: are more efficient,make fewer mistakes,increase the ROI for their laboratory.Designed for the new HPLC analyst, or anyone reviewing HPLC data, this w

May13-1 (May 2013)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 2, No. 9May, 2013 This Month's News and Ideas Lab Life Lesson #7:Is a 1 - 2 minute retention time acceptable?This question was recently posted in an on-line chromatography forum.  There were many responses, but too many of the "experts" who replied did not provide a good answer.  In my opinion, many got it wrong!  Why?This question is about the "void time" in chromatography. 

Apr13-2 (Apr 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc.to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels  Vol. 2, No. 8April, 2013 This Month's Less Stress Solutions Common HPLC MistakesNot knowing when the column/system is equilibratedUsing the wrong sample injection solvent, or not knowing that it is importantUsing the wrong column, or not knowing how to choose a different oneNot maintaining a clean systemThe inability to recognize when the sy

Apr13-1 (Apr 2013)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 2, No. 7April, 2013 This Month's News and IdeasTwo of our popular webinars return in May.  See the sidebar below! Lab Life Lesson #6 (continued):Do you need an acidic buffer?  If so, what pH should you use?In our February newsletter, we discussed why you should use a simple acidic solution using phosphoric acid rather than using a phosphate salt.  In this issue we want to continue

Mar13-1&2 (Apr 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc. to Reduce Your Lab's Stress LevelsMarch marked our 20 year anniversary.  Many thanks to our customers and supporters, who made it all possible!  Vol. 2, No. 5/6March, 2013 This Month's Less Stress Solutions A (Really) New Way to Learn HPLCIf you are:New to HPLCStruggling to understand what settings are important, and why they matterLooking for a way to better unders

Feb13-2 (Feb 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc. to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels  Vol. 2, No. 4February, 2013 Take a short break from your lab duties and helps us make an artistic decision - select our "Celebrating 20 Years" logo.  March, 2013 marks our 20 year anniversary of providing "analytical solutions to analytical problems."  It has been an interesting 20 years, and next month we will share some stories

Feb13-1 (Feb 2013)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 2, No. 3February, 2013 This Month's News and Ideas Help us choose our anniverary logo!March, 2013 marks our 20 year anniversary of helping our clients.  Help us select the logo to use for our celebration.  Click here to vote. Lab Life Lesson #6:Do you need an acidic buffer?Why is pH control so important?  As we discussed in the December, 2012 newsletter, we use buffers because we w

Jan13-2 (Feb 2013)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc. to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels    Vol. 2, No. 2January, 2013 Today's labs are operating in a difficult economic environment, but there are options to help reduce this stress on both lab management and lab staff. Publication Update - "Investing to Save"The on-line version of "Investing to Save" is now available in the December, 2012 issue of Lab Manager Magazine. 

Jan13-1 (Jan 2013)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 2, No.1January, 2013 This Month's News and Ideas Lab Life Lesson #6: Why Is Training a Good Investment and Not an Expense?The SituationI recently visited a contract laboratory that performed analytical testing of pharmaceutical products.  The visit was part of a laboratory upgrade of their chromatography software, including moving to a client-server configuration for their 10 HPLC's and thre

Dec12-1 (Dec 2012)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 1, No.9December, 2012 This Month's News and Ideas    Lab Life Lesson #5:Buffer, Buffer, Toil and TroubleMaybe Shakespeare's witches got it right!  Buffers are common in many laboratories, serving a variety of important functions - to control mobile phase pH in HPLC, to control conditions for an extraction, or to aid a chemical reaction.  But they can be double the trouble if n

Nov12-2 (Dec 2012)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc. to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels    Vol. 1, No. 8November, 2012 Today's labs are operating in a difficult economic environment, but there are options to help reduce this stress on both lab management and lab staff. Publication Update - "Investing to Save"In our last newsletter, we provided a summary of an upcoming article in the December, 2012 issue of Lab Manager Maga

Nov12-1 (Nov 2012)
Lab-Life Lessons"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 1, No.7November, 2012 Welcome to our monthly update of ideas and suggestions to help your lab cope with today's challenging economic environment. This Month's News and Ideas Lab Life Lesson #4:Investing to SaveModern laboratories are under stress to reduce expenses.  Every line item is a candidate for reduction, no matter how small or how important.  Still, there are many ways that labo

Oct12-2 (Nov 2012)
"Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems"Lab Stress Reduction SolutionsUpcoming Opportunites from ACCTA, Inc. to Reduce Your Lab's Stress Levels    Vol. 1, No. 6October, 2012 Today's labs are operating in a difficult economic environment, but there are options to help reduce this stress on both lab management and lab staff. This Month's Less Stress Solutions Public WebinarsOur fall webinar series continue in November with our newest (and Free!) topic and two of our classic softw

Oct12-1 (Oct 2012)
Lab-Life Lessons "Analytical Solutions to Analytical Problems" A Newsletter from ACCTA, Inc. Volume 1, No.5 October, 2012 Welcome to our monthly update of ideas and suggestions to help your lab cope with today's challenging environment. This Month's News and Ideas Lab Life Lesson #3: Keep Your LC Column Clean! Clean Your Column Modern LC and GC columns are more rugged and reliable than the products that were available just 15 years ago.  Howe




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