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2012/2013 Product Resource Guide

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


Lab Product

Chromatography Analysis Sample Prep

Sample preparation is an essential step in many analyses and the importance of accurate sample preparation techniques cannot be overstated. The sample preparation procedure significantly impacts assay throughput, data quality, and analysis cost

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.

Mass Spectrometry (stand alone/integrated)

Find what you need to know when buying a mass spectrometer and what our readers had to say about their MS instruments in our latest survey.

Mass Spectrometry Detectors

Integration is the main reason for the virtual disappearance of the specialist GC or MS supplier that produces chromatographs for someone else’s mass detector, and vice versa.

Mass Spectrometry - TOF

Time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) works by imparting equal energies to all fragments. Since smaller particles thereby travel faster, their masses are determined by how quickly they travel from the source to the detector.  



The technology behind visible light microscopes, the oldest true laboratory instruments, has not changed much in fundamental operation in 200 years.

Particle Size Analyzers

Get the latest on particle size analyzers all in one place.

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.

Cleanroom Products

A cleanroom is a rigorously controlled environment that has a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapors.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a CO2 Incubator

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a CO2 Incubator

Cell culture incubators, also known as carbon dioxide (CO2) incubators, are by far the largest group in terms of sales and applications. CO2 incubators support cell culture work in basic research and in the biotechnology industry where CO2 is used


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

Gas Generators

If you’ve had to lug a tank of gas to an experiment station and secure it in place, you know the hassle and danger involved.

Glove Boxes

Glove boxes are specialty enclosures that allow tight control over experimental conditions. Sizes range from less than five to several hundred cubic feet.


Turning a sample into a suspension—the essence of homogenizing— occurs in a wide range of laboratory applications.

Lab Washers

The question of limited access or general access to laboratory goods and services applies to a range of instruments, utilities, and competencies.

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.

Refrigerators & Freezers: Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying

Refrigerators & Freezers: Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying

Freezers and refrigerators are an integral part of any laboratory that requires temperature controlled storage. Maintaining samples at an optimal temperature while in storage is vital for many lab professionals and this makes choosing the right freezer or fridge a crucial task.

2012 Guide to Buying a Shaker

Lab shakers are available in two different mixing actions: orbital and reciprocal and are primarily used for culturing organisms in shake flasks or test tubes, and can also be used for mixing liquids.

Specialty Gases

Specialty gases have become critical components for nearly every industry, including chemicals, biotechnology, materials processing, environmental, foods, semiconductors, and medical.

Stirrers (Including Overhead)

Magnetic stirrers are a popular type of laboratory stirrer that use a rotating magnetic field to cause a stirrer bar to rotate within the solution.

Thermal Analyzers

Pharmaceutical and polymer industries are increasingly interested in both TGA (thermogravimetric analysis) and DSC (differential scanning calorimetry).

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.

Biological Shakers & Stirrers

Mixing solutions is one of the most common laboratory tasks. Over the years, a number of automated methods for mixing have been devised, all of which remove this burden from the operator by offering a sustained and controlled stirring action for indefinite periods of time.

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.

White Papers and Application Notes

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.

Products in Action

New Mini Centrifuge with BIG Benefits

Labnet International is proud to introduce their new personal mini centrifuge, the PRISM MINI. Reliable and easy-to-use, the Prism Mini is compact and economical, allowing each workstation to be equipped with a “personal” centrifuge.

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.

AirClean® Systems Independence™ Ductless Fume Hood

As research and laboratories evolve, AirClean® Systems continues to innovate with sophisticated, efficient fume containment solutions.

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.

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.

Eppendorf epMotion 5075: Automation Made Simple

The epMotion 5075 LH is the ideal solution for advanced liquid handling demands. It offers outstanding accuracy and precision making it an excellent tool for demanding, small-volume applications such as real-time PCR set-up or magnetic bead

BRAND® Titrette® Bottletop Burette Delivers Class A Precision

The BRAND Titrette® is the world’s first bottletop burette to provide titration within ASTM and ISO error limits for Class A glass burettes.

The GX-241 Liquid Handler

The GX-241 Liquid Handler is a compact workhorse that provides the perfect balance of size, performance, and capabilities to individual labs

Buffer Creation Wizard

The Buffer Creation Wizard is a Freedom EVOware® Add-on and allows the fully automated preparation of your set of buffers e.g. for subsequent screening experiments like High Throughput Process Development.

The Array Tape™ Platform: Think Outside the Plate!

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