Increasingly, the potential for cost savings is attracting some users to source third party tips. All too often inadequate consideration is given to whether third party manufactured tips adhere to the same quality standards as those made by the original liquid handling vendor.

Although these third party automation tips may appear to be faithful replicas of the instrument vendor tips, many end users or procurement staff have little or no awareness of the factors involved in tip manufacture (eg polypropylene resin grade; tip release agents, non-yellowing agents, manufacturing environment, etc) that contribute to a best-in-class quality tip.

It would seem illogical to use a third party tip if .........

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