Helix® Personified

Have you ever thought about life from the point of view of a Helix® On-Site Smart Inventory Unit? We did, and this is what we imagined…

helixtouchsceenisolatedWow! There were a lot of people in and out of here today.

The post doc who never goes anywhere without her earbuds in. I wonder what her research playlist is, she’s always dancing her way in and out of the hall. The new grad student in the virology lab next door. He’s looking a little lost right now.

And of course there’s the PI with the big boots. Never looks where he’s going and constantly almost plowing people down. It’s kind of funny actually, the near misses I’ve seen between him and grad students running out of here with that key reagent they need to finish those last few reaction tubes.

There was a big-name speaker today for the lunch time journal club, so there was a lot of activity on the hall this afternoon. Lots of talking about the presentation. Everyone sounded pretty excited about what they heard.

But now it’s quiet. Most people have gone home for the evening.

Except for the security lighting, the hall is dark.

Oh wait, I hear footsteps heading my way. Apparently, not everyone has stopped work for the day, apparently.

Oh, it’s you. One of my favorite after-hour scientists.

You open the door to the common room, and check the product list on your phone: 100bp DNA ladder … there’s one left. Drawer D.

You pull the pass out of your pocket. I scan it. Click. The door unlocks. You grab your package and let the door close.

I’ll take it from here so that you can get back to work.

Your pass tells me that you’re a post doc in a lab upstairs. After you close the door, I check to see what you took. My scan reads the tag on each reagent. G2101: 100bp DNA ladder. Drawer D.

That was the last one. I update the inventory list. More will arrive in the next resupply shipment.

I send you an email with the details.

Time to check my systems.

Power? Check.
Connection to Promega? Check.
Door closed and locked? Check.
Storage temperature holding steady? Check.
All reagents present? Check.

The lights go dark as I transmit the report back home.

Did You Ever Run Out of Reagent on a Weekend? Try Smart, On-Site Stocking

helixtouchsceenisolatedYou know the scene: you are working on a key experiment on a weekend or after hours–finishing up before an upcoming meeting or before a grant update or proposal submission. You go to the laboratory freezer for that enzyme or protease, or worse to the shelf for the nucleic acid extraction kit for all those samples you have prepped, and…

suddenly you realize it wasn’t reordered after the last person used it.

You need Helix®, the smart, on-site stocking solution that puts reagents at  your fingertips and does the ordering and invoicing for you.

Sound wonderful? It is.

Here is a video describing more about the Helix® program:

Find out if your institution already has a Helix® unit on site, or if you don’t have access to one, learn more about the Helix® program.