2012/2013 Product Resource Guide

Volume 7 Issue 7 | August 2012

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AA Spectrophotometers

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.

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

Chromatography Data Systems

The right chromatography data system (CDS) can spell the difference between a streamlined data collection process and one that is haphazard. CDSs are software packages that collect, store, and help users interpret data. Some have instrument control functions as well. CDSs come in many different varieties, which can make selecting one a daunting exercise.

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.

Purchasing Guides

GC Systems Buyer's Guide

Gas chromatography (GC) was at one time commonly called “GLC,” where the “L” stands for liquid. Inside GC columns are particles of a ceramic or inert material coated with an extremely viscous liquid stationary phase that interacts with the analyte.

Lab Product

GC - MS Systems

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is the fastest-growing GC method. Mass detection, which can take a variety of forms based on the MS component, provides a dimension that conventional thermal conductivity or flame ionization detectors cannot.

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.

White Papers and Application Notes

Lab Product

HPLC Sample Prep

Find out all you need to know when buying SPE equipment for your lab and the results of our most recent sample prep survey.

HPLC Systems

HPLC is, for many scientists, an essential apparatus for the separation, identification, purification and quantification of various compounds.

White Papers and Application Notes

Lab Product

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.

Raman Spectrophotometers

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

White Papers and Application Notes

Lab Product

Lab Balances

Find out all the latest trends in lab balances and what you should know before buying one.

White Papers and Application Notes

Products in Action

New Series 3Y

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

Lab Product

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.

Products in Action

Experience Ergonomics


Welcome to a Comfortable Clean Bench

The AniGARD e3 animal transfer station from The Baker Company combines improved containment and enhanced ergonomics with lower energy requirements to provide you with unrivaled performance and protection. Comfortable and Versatile to Increase

Lab Product

Centrifuges: Top Questions to Ask Before Buying

Centrifuges separate particles and structures suspended in liquid by applying thousands of gravitational force equivalents to the sample through spinning. Laboratories use centrifuges to clarify suspensions, separate liquids, isolate suspended particles, perform density measurements and for many other applications.

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.

Lab Product

Chillers & Baths

Water baths are used in industrial and clinical laboratories, academic facilities, government research laboratories, environmental applications, as well as food technology and wastewater plants. Chillers, on the other hand, are refrigerators that cool down samples or processes to preset temperatures.

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product

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

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

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product


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,

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product

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

White Papers and Application Notes

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

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.

Lab Product


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.

Freeze Dryers

The use of freeze dryers extends from applications in academic labs to zoos. Moreover, this technology contributes to basic research and manufacturing.

Fume Hoods

One of the primary safety devices in laboratories where chemicals are used is the laboratory fume hood.

Products in Action

Lab Product

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.

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.

Products in Action

Lab Product

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.

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product

Power Supplies

Power supplies provide steady, precisely controlled electrical energy to electronic equipment. Anyone who has built or worked with a desktop computer recognizes the power supply— typically the bulkiest component—sitting behind the electrical inlet socket.

2013 Guide to Refractometers

A refractometer is an optical instrument that is used to determine a concentration of a particular substance within a given solution.

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.

Lab Product

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.

Products in Action

Lab Product


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.

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product

Automated Liquid Handling

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

Products in Action


Hamilton is a global leader of world class analytical components, medical instrumentation, temperature control systems, laboratory robotics and automated liquid handling equipment. From Clark Hamilton’s development of the Microliter Syringe in

White Papers and Application Notes

Accelerating 3D Microtissue Production

Preclinical drug development relies on advanced in vitro models with a high degree of standardization to achieve maximal predictivity for an efficient compound de-risking strategy.

Products in Action

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

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.

Lab Product

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.

Products in Action

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.

Lab Product

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.
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