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Cover Story |  November 2011

2012 Product Resource Guide

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Laboratory Spending Trends

To better ascertain the spending trends among laboratories, the editors of Lab Manager and Frost & Sullivan conducted a survey of 146 Lab Manager readers

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AA Spectrophotometers: Easily Identifying Metals With the Power of Heat

Atomic absorption (AA) has been known since the 19th century, but it was not until the 1950s, thanks to efforts by Alan Walsh at Australia’s CSIRO research center, that use of AA spectrometers became routine for metals analysis. AA measures

FTIR Spectrophotometers: Traditional Uses Giving Way to Portability

Although serious Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) research and core analysis facilities are still doing well, traditional applications are giving way to more dynamic uses such as controlling processes and field work. For research FT

GC Systems: Growing in Sensitivity

GC was once commonly called “GLC,” where the “L” stands for liquid. Inside GC columns are particles of a ceramic or inert material coated with a viscous liquid stationary phase that interacts with the analyte. By contrast, HPL

Buck Scientific Chromatography Systems

Whether you are looking for an HPLC or a GC, Buck can design a custom system for your application that will be easy to use, and give you maximum ROI through low cost of ownership. Our Gas Chromatographs can accomdate 6 Detectors from a choice of 9 an

Particle Size Analyzers - "Particle Characterization: It's Not All About Size"

Although particle sizing is a mature technology, methods based on ultrasound and light scattering have been evolving slowly toward the characterization of ever-smaller particles, well into the nanometer size domain. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Raman Spectrophotometers - "Out of The Lab, Into The Field"

Raman spectroscopy has undergone a revolution during the last seven to 10 years, largely as a result of massive investment in the telecommunications industry. What were previously very large benchtop instruments requiring a Ph.D. operator, liquid nit

UV-VIS Spectrophotometers - "Still a Rich Area for Innovation"

Despite the technique’s maturity, ultraviolet and visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy has been a fertile area for innovation. The continuous xenon light source, which operates from UV to near-infrared, has been an enabling technology for UVVis, says

Analytical Balances -

Analytical Balances -

Analytical balances, which are accurate to at least 0.0001 g or 0.1 mg, represent the highest precision weighing standard for general use. Analytical balances also excel at quantifying changes in mass. Software built into balances is a huge time-

Biological Safety Cabinets - Balancing Safety with Environmental Concerns

Biological Safety Cabinets - Balancing Safety with Environmental Concerns

With most manufacturers providing solid biological safety cabinets (BSCs), total cost of ownership has become a hot-button issue with purchasers. Until around 2000, exhaust fans were driven by AC permanent split capacitor motors. Manufacturers gradua

Cleanroom Products -

Choice of clean room casework, or furniture, is one of the most important decisions made when setting up classified space. Cabinets and associated doors, hinges, handles, panels, benchtops, shelving, and vertical/horizontal surfaces must be compatibl

Note to Our Readers

A clarification to our readers regarding an entry in the "Cleanroom Products" section of our November Product Resource Guide 2012.

ELNs - "Data System Integration, but Slow Adoption by Small Labs"

“Informatics convergence” has become a buzzword among ELN vendors and their customers. According to Steven Eaton, marketing manager for chemical analysis and informatics at Waters Corporation (Milford, MA), convergence encompasses an info

Evaporators - "Rotary Evaporators"

For decades, rotary evaporators have 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 re

Fume Hoods -

Fume hoods are notorious for consuming expensive resources, particularly electricity and conditioned air that is vented to the environment along with volatile chemicals and other toxins.

Glove Boxes - "Isolation or Containment Without Classified Space"

Glove boxes are enclosed, controlled environment chambers that serve as isolation or containment spaces for laboratory work. Most glove boxes operate in isolation mode, under positive pressure, to protect samples or experiments from the environment.

Ovens -

Most laboratory workers view ovens almost as utilities, using them principally for drying glassware and heat-resistant equipment, regenerating desiccants and catalysts, gently heating samples, and curing or preparing materials and composites.

pH Meters - "A Mainstay of Various Laboratories"

First introduced by Beckman in 1936, pH meters have become a mainstay of academic, industrial, and manufacturing laboratories. pH meters determine the acidity or alkalinity of a solution by measuring the concentration of hydrogen ions; H+; or, more a

Pipettes -

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.

Power Supplies - "Charging Up The Lab"

Power supplies provide steady, precisely controlled electrical energy to electronic equipment. One type of supply, the uninterruptible power supply, powers electronics in the event of an emergency by keeping a battery constantly charged. When the

Washers - "To Centralize or Not To Centralize?"

Whether to employ central washing stations or point-of-use washers located under a lab bench is something that has to be addressed with regards to laboratory glassware washers. The former provide an economy of scale and are popular with lab workers w

Water Purification Systems - "Under-Recognized 'Utility' Essential For Laboratory Operations"

Laboratory water purification systems get no respect. They’re used every day, but few lab workers realize— beyond opening the spigot— how they operate. “The level of knowledge in the average lab about lab water is not very

Automated Liquid Handling - "Delivering Fluids Continuously and Precisely"

Automated liquid handlers (ALHs) are one of the truly enabling technologies of modern life sciences, particularly in medical testing, biological research, and high high-throughput screening. Applications in combinatorial chemistry and materials inves


BioTek’s new Epoch Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer System

BioTek’s new Epoch Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer System combines two innovative products into system designed for a wide range of applications, from nucleic acid and protein quantification on a micro scale to cell-based assays in microplates,

How tubes can affect your experiments

Introduction It has been known for several years that chemicals (e.g., BPA and phlalates) can leach out of the plastic, such as toys and baby bottles. The impact of these chemicals on human health is well known. Recent scientific reports have now

Adam Equipment’s PMB Moisture Analyzer

Designed with smart features and simple operation, Adam’s PMB takes the hassle out of moisture analysis for fast, dependable results. The PMB lets you store and retrieve unlimited test settings and results for any number of sample materials. Bu

i.C3™ from Helmer - Download · Acknowledge · Access Control

The next generation of i.Series® monitoring features the i.C3 User Interface which offers constant temperature monitoring and control on all i.Series refrigerators and Freezers. The i.C3 is icon driven, featuring a 7” full-color touchsc

The Soil-XCell System from Environmental Express

Revolutionizes Soil Extraction for Organics An Alternate Method of Soil Extraction for EPA Method 3546 Environmental Express, known for its innovative products, has developed the Soil-XCell system for the extraction of semi-volatile organic c

Maximizing UV light for Lab Water Systems

Abstract: 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 th

Hamilton’s MICROLAB® REM e STARlet

Hamilton’s MICROLAB® REM e STARlet liquid handling workstation (Figure 1) provides a completely automated solution for emPCR enrichment and sequencing primer hybridization. Designed to support the Roche/454 Genome Sequencer FLX Titanium Ser

SPEX CertiPrep

SPEX CertiPrep offers a line of Consumer Safety Compliance Standards designed for the testing of consumer goods. Recent regulations limit the quantities of toxic contaminants in consumer products, requiring manufactures to verify the levels of trace

Products in Action

The Baker Company’s FlexAIR® Saves Energy and Provides Safer BSC Performance

The Baker Company’s FlexAIR offers significant energy and cost savings to the laboratory, without sacrificing safety and performance. The Baker FlexAIR technology combines the security of a traditional canopy (or thimble) exhaust connection wit

Innova ® Biological Shakers – the gold standard for research

New Brunswick Scientific’s world renowned laboratory shakers are known for dependable operation and innovative design. New Brunswick offers the widest selection of biological shakers in the industry, with more than 30 models available to suit y

Awel Centrifuges through NuAire

Coming soon to North and South America through NuAire, Inc. Awel International, based in France, has designed and developed a new line of innovative centrifuges based on a quarter of a century of experience in centrifugation. NuAire’s relations

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. CO2 Incubators, Environmental Chamber

AirClean® Systems’ Independence™ Ductless Fume Hood

As research and laboratories evolve, AirClean® Systems continues to innovate with sophisticated, efficient fume containment solutions. Independence™ is the culmination of two decades of research and development in airflow design, gas-phase

Captair® Flex™– Ductless Mobile Fume Hoods with Modular Filtration Column

From the people who brought you the energy saving GreenFumeHood®, ERLAB, the one and only inventor of the ductless filtering fume hood and worldwide leader since 1968 innovates once again with the low cost Captair® Flex™ Technology, an all in one f

Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS 10

The most significant advances in QA/QC functionality in a decade are now available.

Chromeleon 7.1 Chromatography Data System Brings Operational Simplicity to the Enterprise

The Thermo Scientific Dionex Chromeleon 7.1, an enterprise-ready version of the innovative Chromeleon 7 chromatography data system launched in 2009, combines intelligent functionality with a new user interface based on Operational Simplicity™,

Freezerpro - Intuitive Sample Management

At RURO, we strive to develop software that combines user-friendly, web-based interfaces with documentation tools suited to even the most complex scientific information and processes.

METTLER TOLEDO is Pleased to Announce a New Line of Bench Meters

METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to announce a new line of bench meters, the SevenCompact ™ series. The new mid-range meters are a great leap forward setting new standards for intuitive operation. The meters fulfill analytical requirements in any indu

Ovation Pipettes Take Stress and Fatigue out of Complex Liquid Handling Tasks

Ovation® BioNatural pipettes are the ideal ergonomic solution for handling repetitive and complex liquid handling tasks that contribute to stress injuries in today’s laboratory. Ovation pipettes increase laboratory efficiency through automa

Gilson PIPETMAN® L Pipette

Gilson is proud to announce the release of PIPETMAN® L, the latest innovation from Gilson PIPETMAN®, the pipetting standard for nearly 40 years. PIPETMAN L is an adjustable volume pipette that features a Gilson patented volume locking system.

ErgoOne® Adjustable Volume Pipettes

ErgoOne® pipettes combine researcher requested features with the latest ergonomic principles to provide optimum performance. Achieve accurate and precise delivery with maximum pipetting control and minimum forces. Reproducible Results Erg

Laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers

Laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers

Nor-Lake® Scientific Select™ laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers are designed for heavy-duty long term cold storage for a wide range of demanding laboratory, scientific, pharmacy and life science applications. Product selection includes f

Marvel Scientific: Refrigeration for Health, Science and Industry

Serious about Standards In laboratories worldwide, household refrigerators are pressed into duties they were not designed to fulfill. When these units operate inconsistently or fail, consequences can range from inconvenient to costly to dangerous

VACUUBRAND® VARIO® self-regulating vacuum systems

VACUUBRAND® VARIO® vacuum systems offer users unsurpassed control of critical vacuum applications. A low maintenance chemistry-design pump is integrated with a variable speed motor and a mercury-free, digital controller. The system automatica

The PG 8536: The Perfect Solution for Cleaning Petroleum Compounds

The PG 8536: The Perfect Solution for Cleaning Petroleum Compounds

Petroleum compounds, such as refined hydrocarbon distillates, are generally a difficult-to-clean, oily, molasses-like substance. Traditionally, these compounds are cleaned using hydrocarbon solvents such as diesel fuel; however, this process can be h

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.

How EMD Millipore Water Systems Let Work Flow in the Laboratory

In today’s challenging economy where laboratories are being asked to “do more with less,” lab personnel are looking for ways to improve productivity. One often overlooked place to start is the water purification system found in almo