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Standardization of Lab Practices
TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects
  • Stephen Akol, Iowa State University
  • Philip Hutson, Iowa State University
  • Grant Ives, Iowa State University
  • Joseph R. Vanstrom, Iowa State University
  • Jacek A. Koziel, Iowa State University
Publication Date
Course Number and Title
TSM 416: Technology Capstone
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Industrial Technology (Akol, Hutson, and Ives); Agricultural System Technology and Environmental Studies (Oder)
Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel
Problem Statement

The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration. It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with bio based fuels, chemicals, and products.

Lab processes for the research team are in varying formats, and may not encompass all relevant information and are not stored in the same location. This makes it challenging to cross-train staff, increase efficiencies and may lead to errors and re-work. When this problem is solved, the research team at the BCRF can increase work efficiencies, improve effectiveness of processes and ensure data quality and integrity. As of today, the research team cannot do this and our team will solve this problem by: a. standardizing the work and, b. developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).

Our primary focus when developing an SOP, is the cotton moisture measurement of the samples. After this SOP is developed, then we will create a continuous improvement plan for future and existing SOP’s including SOP’s for all types of crops the BCRF accepts.

Citation Information
Stephen Akol, Philip Hutson, Grant Ives, Allie Oder, Joseph R. Vanstrom and Jacek A. Koziel. Standardization of Lab Practices. Final Report. TSM 416 Technology Capstone Project, April 28, 2017.