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Cover Story |  Volume 7 - Issue 7  |  August 2012

2012/2013 Product Resource Guide

Your go-to source for technology trends and analysis, product offerings and manufacturer listing


Lab Product

flame atomic emission spectrometry

Flame Photometers

In flame photometry, a branch of atomic spectroscopy also called “flame atomic emission spectrometry,” atoms are examined in the spectrometer.

FTIR Spectrophotometers

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, a subset of infrared (IR) spectroscopy, uses a mathematical algorithm, Fourier transform, to translate raw infrared data into a spectrum.

HPLC Autosamplers

Chromatographers who learned their craft 20 years ago may not have been familiar with autosamplers then, but today nearly every high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) instrument includes an autosampler as standard equipment.

HPLC Columns

In HPLC columns, reverse-phase and normal-phase chromatography separation methods are based on polarity. Reverse phase columns separate analytes based on their hydrophobicity, with the more hydrophobic compounds being retained longer on the column.

Raman Spectrophotometers

Learn recent trends in Raman spectrophometers as well as some of the main questions you should ask before buying one.

UV - Vis Spectrophotometers

What should you ask before buying a new UV-Vis instrument? Find out here.

5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a BSC

5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a BSC

Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are enclosures that protect users and the environment from biohazards by removing particulates and aerosolized pathogens from the work area through HEPA filtration, then recirculate or exhaust the purified air, hence, cleansing the workspace air.


ELNs are not the hub for capturing every piece of laboratory data. There will always be a need for LIMS, SDMS and other informatics repositories that are specifically designed to handle structured or unstructured information. ELNs are, however,

Evaporators & Evaporation Systems

Rotary evaporators have for decades been staples in labs and industries performing chemistry, including labs in the chemical, environmental, materials, life science and forensics industries. Key applications include sample concentration, solvent


As a mature market, filtration moves forward incrementally through improvements in filter media and housings. 

Flow Cytometers

Flow cytometry is a powerful technology that allows researchers and clinicians to perform complex cellular analysis quickly and efficiently by analyzing several parameters simultaneously.

LIMS: Laboratory Information Management Systems

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports.

Low-Temperature Freezers

Low-Temperature Freezers

Low-temperature laboratory freezers will achieve temperatures of -40°C to -85°C, much lower than their kitchen-based counterparts.

Microwave Sample Prep

Microwave digestion is the preparation method of choice for analyzing metals in complex mixtures.

Mills & Grinders

In a laboratory, most materials required for sampling are, in practice, nonhomogeneous mixtures.


Nobody gets excited about lab ovens, but they are definitely essential lab components. Ovens are found in almost every industrial, research and development laboratory.

pH Meters

The expanded features in today’s pH meters reflect the broad use of this technology.


Best practices dictate that pipettes undergo preventive maintenance and calibration at least once per year. Calibration involves dispensing set volumes of a liquid, usually water, into the weighing pan of a calibrated balance.

2012 Titrators Buyers Guide

Titrators are specialized instruments that perform titrations with minimal operator intervention and can thus minimize errors, improve throughput, and facilitate documentation.

TOC Analyzers

A mainstay of environmental and quality control chemistry, TOC analyzers measure the carbon content of dissolved and particulate organic materials in water.

6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Vacuum Pump

6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Vacuum Pump

Vacuum pumps are an essential piece of equipment and are used in a wide variety of processes in most laboratories.


Viscometers measure viscosity, the resistance of fluids to flow or stress. In common terms, viscosity is related to a fluid’s “thickness”—a physical property of great interest to manufacturers of liquids, slurries, and pastes.

Water Purification Systems

A successful water system design begins with a clear and precise definition of user needs throughout the facility.

Automated Liquid Handling

Automated Liquid Handling

Find out the main questions you should be asking when buying an automated liquid handling system.

Gel Electrophoresis

Electrophoresis relies on a basic process—particles moving in an electric field, more or less. Although known for more than 200 years, this phenomenon still drives fundamental techniques in many laboratories.

Microplate Handlers

Microplate handlers are specialized robotic devices that transfer microtiter plates in three-dimensional space from one location within a workflow to another.

Microplate Readers

Microplate readers are widely used in research, drug discovery, bioassay validation, QC, and manufacturing processes for the detection of biological, chemical, or physical processes in samples contained in microtiter plates.

PCR Reagents

Within a decade of its discovery in 1983, Real-Time PCR—also called quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)—evolved into one of the most powerful and sensitive gene analysis techniques available.

RNAi Reagents

Reagent companies sell RNAi reagents as “virtual kits” consisting of the shRNA or siRNA sequences and an appropriate transfection reagent.

Thermal Cyclers

This year marks the 25th anniversary of commercial thermal cyclers for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In brief, this technology amplifies segments of DNA. In such a device, PCR tubes go in holes in a thermal block.

White Papers and Application Notes

UPLC Screening to Preparative HPLC Using CSH Column Technology and Focused Gradients

Reaction screening and purification are essential steps in small molecule pharmaceutical discovery labs.

Modular Spectroscopy Tools for the Simultaneous Measurement of Multiple Sample Characteristics

Modular spectrometers and accessories can be combined for measurement of various spectral characteristics. In this application note we describe a spectrometer and multifunction accessory appropriate for measurement of absorbance, fluorescence, scattering or any combination of these phenomena.

Measurement of Gold Nanoparticle Size and Concentration by Spectrophotometry

Although gold nanoparticle production can be controlled to yield specific size ranges, both the concentration and size of nanoparticles must be checked following production.

Adam Equipment’s PMB 53 Moisture Analyzer Clearly Shines In Glass Manufacturing Applications

It has become crystal-clear to most of us that glass is something we just can’t live without. Scientists use glass beakers for measuring chemicals. We wear eyeglasses to improve our vision or to make a fashion statement.

Using the CentriVap® Micro IR for Genomic DNA Isolation

Processing DNA samples can be a time consuming and expensive process. If degradation occurs during any of the steps, the process must start over. Before you begin, make sure that the DNA is free of RNA and protein contamination.

Products in Action

New Series 3Y

Learn about the new design of the 3Y series and all the other great improvements.

Experience Ergonomics


Thermo Scientific Liquid Temperature Control

It is a common misconception that a bath with a larger reservoir provides greater stability because the addition of heat energy results in a smaller temperature rise, iving it the appearance of better stability than a smaller reservoir. To achieve temperature stability, heat must be accurately removed at the same rate as it is added.

Contamination Prevention without Compromise

Protect your valuable samples with Thermo Scientific 100% pure copper CO2 incubators. The Thermo Scientific 100% pure copper CO2 incubators allow you to culture precious samples, without worry.

Perfect Climates for the Lab

BINDER Inc. offers a range of environmental simulation equipment that provides consistent performance – a quality that allows a focus on the research at hand and confidence in the equipment holding samples.

Accelrys Electronic Lab Notebooks

Accelrys has a range of Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) to meet the full spectrum of needs of scientific organizations from research to development to manufacturing.

CentriVap® micro IR Vacuum Concentrators by Labconco

With the smallest footprint available, the new CentriVap micro IR Vacuum Concentrator fits in tight spaces and is ideal for small throughput in molecular biology, proteomics, genomics, genetics, cell biology and drug discovery labs.

Microwave-Assisted Extraction of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds Using USEPA Method 3546

Microwave-Assisted Extraction of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds Using USEPA Method 3546

Conventional techniques for environmental organic sample preparation for priority pollutants, such as extractions by shakers, Sohxlet, or sonication, are time-consuming and generate large volumes of solvent waste. In addition, workers are exposed for extended periods to toxic organic solvents.

Simply Better Pipetting: NEW! Eppendorf Xplorer plus

Eppendorf presents its new electronic pipette, the Eppendorf Xplorer plus®. The intuitive operating concept and ergonomic display of our Xplorer set new standards in simplicity, precision and reproducibility.

Economic Advantage of Oil-free Vacuum for Labs

Oil-free vacuum pumps can offer significant scientific and economic advantages over oil-sealed rotary vane pumps for most lab applications.

Maximizing UV light for Lab Water Systems

Conventional lab water systems use UV light by flowing water in a chamber around the bulb in a protective quartz sleeve as part of the recirculation loop. Using innovative technologies, the UV light benefits are maximized but sterilizing the water in the loop and the dispensing port as well.

PURELAB flex – Innovating Water Purity

ELGA’s new innovative Type I ultrapure water purification system ensures accurate consistent results. The PURELAB flex 3 & 4 are the latest additions to the award winning PURELAB flex range of systems.

The Array Tape™ Platform: Think Outside the Plate!

The Array Tape™ Platform is the new standard for high throughput applications.

PersonalArrayer 16

Core Life Sciences has partnered with CapitalBio Corporation, a leading developer of microarray technology, to offer the PersonalArrayer 16, a new highly flexible and efficient microarrayer suitable for a wide range of applications.

Synergy™ NEO HTS Multi-Mode Microplate Reader

Synergy NEO is BioTek’s newest development in multi-mode microplate readers. Designed specifically for today’s screening and core laboratories, NEO has all the features you would expect from an HTS instrument.