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June 2015 Technology News

The latest equipment, instrument and system introductions to the laboratory market.

by Lab Manager
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Wine and Honey Screeners


  • Honey module delivers targeted and non-targeted analysis to simultaneously identify and quantify a multitude of honey characteristics using NMR
  • Ease of use allows non-expert users to conduct analyses from measurement to final report in minutes, without chromatography
  • Wine module allows easy and cost-efficient NMR-based wine analysis, now for the first time for key regions in France, Italy, and Spain


Process Analyzer


  • Combines the informing power of an ion trap mass spectrometer with a fast GC
  • Can be customized to a wide variety of detection, analysis, and PAC/PAT applications directly on the plant floor
  • Streams and ambient environments can be monitored in realtime and time-trend analysis or alarm conditions reported over industry standard Ethernet RJ-45

1st Detect 

GCxGC Mass Spectrometer


  • Designed for optimum throughput, operation, and uptime
  • Offers improved resolution, accuracy, and sensitivity, while retaining the power and flexibility of the previous models
  • Also provides 2D gas chromatography (GCxGC) using the Zoex thermal modulator and offers both powerful chromatographic separation and high-resolution mass spectra
  • An optional combination EI/FI/FD ion source eliminates the need for source exchange for these experiments



PlasmaQuant® MS

  • Features a free-running 27 MHz solid-state generator
  • Offers neutral plasma for low kinetic energy spread of the analyte ions
  • Provides robust plasma performance with 50% less argon consumption
  • Gives users efficient decomposition and ionization of high solid matrices
  • Includes variable plasma power, between 0.3 and 1.6 kW
  • Handles organic matrices without changing the torch configuration

Analytik Jena 

Basic Lab

Workbench System

Gemini System

  • This adaptable workbench features built-in functionality and unlimited flexibility
  • Can be configured in a multitude of ways as stationary or freestanding, making it well-suited for renovations
  • Adaptability provides long-term flexibility for labs with a high tenant turnaround
  • Features a sleek, newer design; single and double sided benches are stylish and reconfigurable

Air Master Systems 

Top-Loading & Analytical Balances


  • PT precision top-loading balances increase user’s efficiency by providing a large weighing surface for placement of a variety of samples
  • Weighing modes for PT model include parts counting, percent weighing, checkweighing, animal/dynamic weighing, and density determination
  • PA analytical balances offer precise weighing of small samples; the three-door glass draft shield allows easy access to the weighing chamber


TOC Analyzer for Ultrapure & Process Waters

Sievers* M9

  • Enhances productivity by producing TOC results in two minutes, twice as fast as its predecessor
  • Offered in three versions: portable, online, or laboratory
  • Now available worldwide and meets all relevant global regulatory requirements
  • Engineered to improve output, the M9 enhancements promote simple operation and optimal data utilization
  • Can now measure conductivity in grab sample or autosampler modes

GE Power & Water 

Laboratory Balances


  • User guidance, built-in applications, and a large, glovefriendly touchscreen simplify daily weighing tasks and support the move towards lean laboratory and manufacturing practices
  • Operable bare-handed or through cotton, rubber, or silicon gloves
  • Provide accuracy, ease-of-use, and traceability
  • A weighing-in guide helps users dose within the defined tolerances
  • Standard checks and safety features provide added surety


Laboratory Balance

Explorer Semi-Micro

  • Provides full-range 0.01mg performance
  • Features an ultra-fast stabilization time with audible stability alert
  • Includes a large 5.7” touchscreen with graphical display
  • Also features a highly accurate AutoCal™ internal calibration system
  • Built-in ionizer included in auto-door models


Clear Storage Bins & Cabinets


  • Made of crystal clear, transparent plastic, which is truly clear, not foggy or opaque
  • Bins feature a corrugated bottom for easy picking, and can be equipped with length and width dividers and front and rear labels
  • Many sizes are available, from as small as 2” x 7” x 1.5” to as large as 7” x 20” x 7” (WxDxH)

Sovella USA 

Chemisorption Analyzer

ChemStar TPx™

  • Provides advanced performance and safety features that suit demanding characterization needs
  • Complements the Pulsar by providing a flexible, fully automated solution for the demanding applications of R&D labs while maintaining sufficient ease of use for routine applications
  • Intuitive software interface allows the user to program and run a variety of temperature-programmed analyses and more

Quantachrome Instruments 

Chemicals, Kits, & Reagents

Kit for Whole-Transcriptome Arrays

GeneChip® WT Pico Kit

  • Designed for gene expression array target preparation from as little as 100 pg of total RNA input
  • Working with as few as 10 cells, the new kit offers a high degree of flexibility and precision
  • Enables analyses of samples too small for other methods as well as the interrogation of small subpopulations of cells within larger samples


Purified, Soluble Immunoreceptors

  • Together with new indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) assay kits, these products can be used to screen for inhibitors of protein-protein interaction, as well as neutralizing antibodies that serve as positive controls for inhibition
  • IDO is widely recognized as the next hot target behind the PD-1 and CTLA pathways for developing a new class of immunotherapeutic anticancer agents


RNA Interactome Kits

Magna ChIRP™

  • Offer a simplified way to study the interactions of chromatin-associated RNAs by providing all the necessary components in one validated kit
  • Use RNA as a target to reliably recover chromatin complexes
  • Identify sites of genomic interaction for chromatinassociated RNA
  • Allow researchers to more easily identify, recover, and analyze regions of chromatin that interact with chromatin-associated RNAs

EMD Millipore 

Transferrin ELISA Kit

  • Allows for the quantitative determination of transferrin in human serum and plasma as well as canine serum
  • Measures as little as 4.6 ng/ml of transferrin in serum and plasma, providing fully quantitative results that surpass semi-quantitative Western blot analysis
  • Able to analyze up to 40 samples in duplicate in 2 hours

Enzo Life Sciences 

Cell Energy Phenotype Test Kit


  • Enables a unique real-time assay on live cells that determines their baseline metabolic phenotype and potential
  • Designed specifically for use with the XFp extracellular flux analyzer
  • The only method available [at the time of writing] that can provide a metabolic phenotype with which scientists can make direct, functional comparisons of both metabolic pathways between groups of live cells

Seahorse Bioscience 


Liquid Handler Software Update

ArtelWare v1.3

  • New feature set extends the company’s rounding out of the comprehensive capabilities of this software for its MVS® Multichannel Verification System
  • Delivers advanced grouping and filtering tools, enabling the user to compare liquid handlers by make and model in addition to comparing pipetting performance of specific volumes and target solutions
  • Includes interactive user feedback communication


Mass Spectrometry Software

MassWorks for GC-MSD

  • Now available as an option for GC-MSD systems through Agilent’s worldwide channels from a recently entered partnership
  • Can achieve up to 100x better mass accuracy to enable formula ID on this workhorse quadrupole system, through a patented MS calibration technology with the use of easily available PFTBA tune gas as standards
  • Provides excellent spectral accuracy

Cerno Bioscience 

Concurrent Molecular Proofing Capability


  • Enables cancer researchers to gain rapid insight into the functional impact of DNA copy-number alterations
  • Combines whole-genome copy-number data with gene expression profiles to easily and cost-effectively visualize and identify cancer driver events
  • Now included in Affymetrix’s Chromosome Analysis Suite (ChAS) 3.0 software
  • Allows researchers to go from samples to insights in just three days


Rheometer Software Update

RheocalcT v1.2.19

  • Now includes Test Wizards for rapid test creation, yield testing for the DV3T rheometer, improved layout and navigation, and additional import/export functions
  • Test Wizard reduces the time and effort needed to set up popular tests such as: time to stop, time to torque, speed ramp/shear rate ramp, and temperature profiling
  • Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP


Multi-Analyte Quantitation Software for GC/MS

LabSolutions Insight

  • Intuitive operation and multiple report viewing options improve the efficiency of multi-analyte data analysis
  • Can be combined with Shimadzu’s Smart Database Series for easy analysis of pesticides, forensic toxicological substances, metabolites, and environmental pollutants
  • Features three chromatogram views (sample, compounds, and summary) so users can check differences in parameters, compound results, and summary of batch analysis all with the same software


Life Science

Sterilizable Fermenter/Bioreactor


  • This new version of Sartorius’ compact and modular, in-situ sterilizable system is suitable for microbial and cell cultures and is supplied in working volumes of 10 to 200 liters
  • Standardized modular design accelerates commissioning and training
  • Features the TakeOne® aseptic single-use sampling system for fast and safe sampling
  • Offers integrated CIP (clean-in-place) concept for efficient cleaning


DNA Electrophoresis Products

‘Safe’ Series

  • Series includes the runSAFE stain for DNA gel electrophoresis, runDOC benchtop gel documentation system, and runVIEW®, a system which can be used to maximize the efficiency of DNA recovery from stained gels
  • Offer a safer and more user-friendly alternative to traditional methods as this series eliminates the need for ethidium bromide and UV light, without compromising the results of electrophoresis procedures

Cleaver Scientific 

Live Cell Imaging System

CytoSMART™ System

  • Supports remote time-lapse videos and images that are transmitted and stored in the cloud, allowing researchers to check their cells at any time and from anywhere
  • Provides a number of advanced functions, such as reporting ongoing cell confluency via a graphical readout, while automatic email alerts can be set to inform the user when milestones are reached
  • Includes an intuitive and easy-to-use interface


Animal/Xeno-Free Enzyme Line

  • Includes several new grades of Collagenase, recombinant Nucleases DNase I and RNases A, T1 & T2 and Neutral Protease (Dispase®)
  • Minimizes potential BSE/TSE (prion) and mammalian virus contamination risks associated with bovine and other animal-sourced enzymes for primary and stem cell isolation, bioprocessing, and other biopharm related applications
  • Produced under GMP guidelines


Real-Time PCR Systems

QuantStudio 3 & QuantStudio 5

  • Fully integrate with cloud computing technology for enhanced data sharing and global research collaboration
  • Designed to enable multi-institutional work across geographically- dispersed teams
  • Connect to the Thermo Fisher Cloud computing platform, allowing applied and clinical researchers to learn, analyze, share, collaborate, and obtain support within a single platform
  • Researchers worldwide can now collaborate online in real-time

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Supplies & Consumables

Conical Tubes Tubes®

  • With the introduction of the two screw cap tubes in 15 mL and 50 mL volumes, Eppendorf Tubes® now cover the entire volume range from 0.5 mL to 50 mL
  • Provide optimal sealing properties, and with their grooved and multi-surface side-contour they simultaneously ensure a secure, slip-free grip
  • Optimized handling features facilitate safe opening and closing of the tubes via convenient one-handed operation


Cation Removal Water Purification Cartridge


  • Designed for non-pressure applications
  • Suitable for operation in the LabStrong Hose Nipple Cartridge Wall Mount Holding Bracket (D8900LS) or Thermo Scientific Barnstead Hose Nipple Cartridge Holder (D8900)
  • Provides users with a choice of suppliers and is an economical alternative for all laboratories • Ideal water purification option for small volume applications such as deionization


GC Columns

Rxi®-1301Sil MS

  • Give users the selectivity they need without the bleed
  • Offer true cyano phase selectivity along with high thermal stability, making them well-suited to MS
  • Ensure users get dependable, accurate MS results and increased uptime
  • Improve the performance of existing methods for solvents, glycols, and other polar compounds
  • Designed to provide maximum inertness


Bulk Pipette Tip Packs


  • Saves valuable space in the laboratory with its well-organized tip arrangement
  • Compared with conventional bulk tip packages, the stackable FlexiBulk boxes take up to 40% less space and cut packaging waste by nearly 50%, while reducing transportation costs and laboratories’ carbon footprint
  • Provides quick “pick and place” convenience for loading tips into tip racks or attaching directly to pipettes