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Cover Story |  Volume 8 - Issue 7  |  August 2013

2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Your go-to source for technology trends, best purchasing practices, latest product offerings, and manufacturer listings


Lab Product

Automated Liquid Handling

Automated Liquid Handling

Top 5 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Automated Liquid Handling System

Chemicals, Reagents and Standards

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying QPCR Reagents

Clean Room Products

Top 3 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Clean Room Furniture

Filtration Systems

Filtration makes up a key procedure in a wide range of laboratories, from basic biological and chemical research to industrial applications, including food processing, pharmaceuticals, and more. Many biologists, for example, filter smaller and smaller volumes of sample.

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.

Top 4 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Freeze Dryer

Top 4 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Freeze Dryer

This category also includes questions you should ask when buying a freeze dryer

Fume Hoods

Top 6 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Fume Hood

Gas Generators

Top 5 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Gas Generator

Parker Balston H2PEMPD Hydrogen Generator

New hydrogen generator supports up to 20 instruments with fuel and carrier gas.

New Hydrogen Generator Supports up to 20 Instruments with Fuel and Carrier Gas

The new Parker Balston H2PEMPD Hydrogen Generator will replace dangerous, expensive cylinders of hydrogen fuel gases and helium carrier gases in the laboratory, allowing users to supply, control, and automate all hydrogen gas supplies.

Lab Furniture

Taking some time to investigate the lab’s operations to uncover inefficiencies is a key part of successful lab design. It’s important to note any complaints regarding lab ergonomics: benches that are too high or crowded, not enough space for computer-related work, workflows scattered around the lab instead of being concentrated.

Gel Electrophoresis

Top 5 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Gel Imager/Gel Documentation System

Glove Boxes

A glove box consists of a sealed box with the inside accessible only by gloves. Though their uses are expanding, they are essentially utilized for two basic purposes: Protect what you work on from the environment, such as an analytic balance on a production floor, or protect you from what you work on, such as a virus. Despite the fact that most glove boxes provide a relatively simple process, different applications require different boxes.


Turning a sample into a suspension—the essence of homogenizing—occurs in a wide range of laboratory applications. In life science and clinical research, scientists often homogenize tissue samples for various analytical studies.

HPLC Columns

Top 5 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your HPLC Columns

Chromatography Data Systems

Chromatography data systems (CDSs)— the data “back end” for gas, liquid, ion, and supercritical fluid analytic chromatography—have evolved over the decades from simple chart recorders to onboard processors with minimal storage and analysis to personal computer-based and, finally, to connectivity with “peer” instruments and supervisory software systems. Today’s CDS is multifunctional, multitasking, and often vendor-neutral.

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs)

Collaborative research is one of the justifications cited most often for acquiring lab data software. A good case can be made for upgrading a LIMS or ELN based solely on the software’s age and there are many other reasons to upgrade or replace a LIMS or ELN. Rarely, workflows or instrument configurations change such that the old system is rendered obsolete. More frequently, the user is interested in adding some capability that is not presentfor example, notebook-like functionality to a LIMS or sample tracking within an ELN.

Lab Washers

Top 5 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Lab Washer

Microplate Handlers & Readers

Top 6 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Microplate Reader or Handler



Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an Optical Microscope

Microwave Sample Prep

Top 5 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Microwave Digester

Mills & Grinders

To grind something solid, many of us might think of a mortar and pestle as the original grinding machine. In fact, that technology goes back at least to 1550 BCE, when one was described in Egyptian writing. Many other hand-powered mills and grinders followed, leading to powered devices in today’s many forms.


Top 6 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Lab Oven

Particle Size Analyzers

Top 11 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Particle Size Analyzer

Power Supplies

Since standard laboratory equipment contains its own individually-designed power supplies that plug into standard electrical outlets, many labs rarely use external power supplies—mostly for specialty applications, instrument testing, and design. OEM power supplies operate steadily and predictably at one output inside equipment, instruments, and computers. By contrast, low- and medium-voltage programmable supplies are designed for applications—particularly in testing, measurement, and instrument design— where users might require 12V one day and 5V the next.

2014 Product Resource Guide: Refractometers

Refractometers come in all sizes, shapes, capabilities, and prices. Some readers may recognize refractometry as a “high school” analysis method or a specialized technique for measuring specific analytes like sugar in water. Increasingly, lab and process engineers employ refractometry to provide quick measures of key quality attributes that under normal circumstances would require much lengthier assays on significantly more expensive equipment.

Top 5 Signs that Your Lab Refrigerator , Freezer or Ultra-Low Freezer Needs to be Serviced or Replaced

Top 5 Signs that Your Lab Refrigerator , Freezer or Ultra-Low Freezer Needs to be Serviced or Replaced

Check out these quick tips before shopping for a new freezer for your lab

Sample Prep for Chromatography

It’s official: Sample and standards preparation are significant bottlenecks in highthroughput laboratories, particularly those partly or fully automated. Improved instrument sensitivity—and the need for speed and accuracy—have made sample prep a top priority.

2013/2014 Product Resource Guide: Shakers

Assays from academics to industry require shakers. In the life sciences, for example, one expert says the new uses of shakers basically mimic what you see in the industry, which is an increase in the use of genomics. He adds shakers are used in almost every application in some fashion. For example, shakers are widely used in cell culture work.

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. FTIR is useful for the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds that exhibit changes in polarity as a result of the vibration, spinning, or perturbation of molecular bonds. FTIR methods are common in such industries as foods, materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and others. Advantages of FTIR over conventional IR are higher resolution, better signal-to-noise, easier analysis of very small samples and poorly-absorbing species, and much more rapid analysis.

2013 Guide to Purchasing a Titrator

While titration is a basic analytical method, titrators are specialized instruments that perform titrations with minimal operator intervention. They can thus minimize errors, improve throughput, and facilitate documentation. There are two major titrator types: potentiometric acid-based designs and Karl Fischer titrators.

TOC Analyzers

A mainstay of environmental and quality control chemistry, TOC analyzers measure the carbon content of dissolved and particulate organic materials in water. The carbon measured may arise from any combination of living or dead organisms and chemical contamination. TOC often serves as a surrogate for more difficult measurements, for example, contamination from petrochemicals, solvents, pharmaceuticals, chlorinated industrial chemicals and pesticides. It can also act as a screen for additional analysis.

Vacuum Pumps: Considerations for Purchase and Servicing

Vacuum Pumps: Considerations for Purchase and Servicing

Vacuum pumps are an essential piece of equipment and are used in a wide variety of processes in most laboratories. Over the past 25 years, vendors have made significant innovative improvements to vacuum pumps, with important developments in high vacuum technology, corrosion resistance, vacuum control, and improvements in the efficiency and ecological impact of vacuum pumps.


Many industries measure viscosity, though the biggest user is the quality control department using single-point measurement. Research scientists also use viscometers to see how a material reacts to being sheared. The task at hand determines the kind of viscometer to use— different viscometers measure different magnitudes of viscosity and different changes in it. According to one expert, the most important factor to consider when buying a viscometer is robustness, even if users have to give up some sensitivity.

Water Purification Systems

Lab workers tend to treat water systems like utility or house water—open the spout and pour it out. That is partly true, as water systems have become ultra-reliable. What scientists often fail to note is how thoroughly lab operations depend on water quality. There may be some leeway in certain operations, such as cleaning glassware that will wind up in an autoclave, but even there, delicate techniques such as atomic absorption and polymerase chain reaction are extremely sensitive to impurities.

Products in Action

Hamilton Microlab Nimbus

Hamilton Microlab Nimbus

A compact, multi-channel automated liquid handler offering speed, flexibility, ease of use and superior pipetting performance at a surprisingly affordable price.  NIMBUS system is a configurable platform with options of 96 multiprobe head or up to 4 independent channels.

Reproducible Isolation of High Quality RNA

Reproducible Isolation of High Quality RNA

INTEGRA has released a new video demonstrating a solid phase extraction (SPE) microplate method for reproducible, high throughput isolation of high-quality DNA-free RNA.

NuAire, Inc LabGard® ES and CellGard™ ES Biological Safety Cabinets

NuAire, Inc LabGard® ES and CellGard™ ES Biological Safety Cabinets

NuAire, Inc. offers two Biological Safety Cabinet designs, the LabGard® ES and the CellGard™ ES (Energy Saver) Class II, Type A2 models, available in four widths (3ft., 4ft., 5ft., & 6ft.). The LabGard® has a straight front 0° (vertical), the CellGard™ model features a 10° sloped front window, with a vertical sliding window encased in a frame that opens 30° to aid in cleaning behind the sash.

Determining Antioxidant Potential Using An Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) Assay

The oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay is an analytical method to determine the antioxidant potential of nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and food ingredients.

The Future Of Race Way

The Future Of Race Way

Starline Plug-In Raceway, has revolutionized the power distribution industry! 

ADA Compatible Undercounter Refrigeration

Helmer has released new undercounter refrigerators and freezers that offer secure storage and consistent temperatures to provide safe storage of products while fitting under counters that meet the requirements for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant counters.

Oasis µElution Plates For Reproducible, Efficient Sample Preparation

Oasis µElution Plates For Reproducible, Efficient Sample Preparation

Confidently perform solid-phase extraction (SPE) cleanup of very small volumes with high analyte recovery and clean extracts in low elution volumes that can be directly injected into your LC/MS/MS system.

Safety & Convenience in Cell & Tissue Culture Aspiration

VACUUBRAND’s BVC integrated aspiration station is a safe, convenient system with a small footprint and the power to support two users.

Simplified Viscosity Analysis Of Paste-Like Materials

Simplified Viscosity Analysis Of Paste-Like Materials

Measuring the viscosity of creamy, pasty or heterogeneous material presents a challenge for rotational viscometers when using traditional smooth geometries such as coaxial cylinder, cone-plate, or simple disk spindles.

Fighting For Lab Safety With S.C.A.T. Europe

After 15 years of constant improvement, S.C.A.T. SafetyCaps belong to the global safety standard in pharmaceutical and chemical laboratories. They enable operators to get solvent vapors under control and create perfect solvent conditions for their HPLC systems.

White Papers and Application Notes

Real-Time Isothermal DNA Amplification with Quantitative Answers in 20 Minutes or Less

Real-Time Isothermal DNA Amplification with Quantitative Answers in 20 Minutes or Less

The Nexar Optimized for Real Time Nucleic Acid Processing is a fully automated solution for low-volume, high-throughput sample processing that integrates liquid handling, DNA amplification, and real-time fluorescence detection in a single instrument. When combined with Douglas Scientific Array Tape™ and EnviroLogix DNAble®* chemistry, it provides a fast, high-quality alternative to real-time PCR for many research applications.

RADWAG New Series 3Y

RADWAG New Series 3Y analytical balances

Use of Fluorinated PBDE’s as Aides in the Identification of Native PBDE Congeners

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are a group of brominated flame retardants used primarily as additives in various plastics and polymers. Due to their widespread use as well as their tendency to leach from the polymer matrices, PBDEs have become a major class of environmental pollutants. The ability to bio-accumulate and the structural similarities to PCBs have led to concern over the possible health effects of PBDE exposure.


2013 Fume Hoods User Survey Results

2013 Fume Hoods User Survey Results

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a fume hood

Refrigerators/Freezers Survey 2013 Results

Freezers and refrigerators are an integral part of any laboratory that requires temperature controlled storage.