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September 2015 Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments, and system introductions to the laboratory market. This month, we highlight companies exhibiting at the Gulf Coast Conference.

by Lab Manager
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This month, we highlight companies that will be exhibiting at this year’s Gulf Coast Conference. The event is focused on advancing knowledge in chemical analysis technology related to the environmental, refining, and petrochemical fields and runs Oct. 20-21 in Houston, Texas at NRG Park. Remember that the specific technologies featured here may not be at the conference, but their manufacturers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Polymer-Based SPE Columns

Booth 822

  • Packed with polymer-based EVOLUTE® chemistries (ABN, CX, WCX, AX and WAX) to address most application needs in a wide range of laboratories
  • A new part of the EVOLUTE® EXPRESS family of plates, and now columns, that simplify polymer- based SPE by employing a streamlined three step protocol; load-wash-elute
  • Help reduce processing and method development times without loss of analyte recovery or method robustness



Ultima TCSPC
Booth 606

  • Optimized for short lifetime measurements
  • Combines the latest in high temporal resolution TCSPC electronics, interchangeable high speed light sources and detector technologies, and HORIBA Scientific’s FluoroCube
  • Offers the highest performance photon counting lifetime system available
  • Features a 400 fs/point time resolution
  • Provides a measurement range of 100 ns to seconds, flexibility of 16k time channels, and the simplicity of a USB PC connection

HORIBA Scientific 

Sample Applicator


  • This semi-automatic device is used to apply a uniform streak or band of sample solution to a TLC plate
  • Allows users to apply anywhere from 250 to 1,000 microliters of sample to a preparative TLC plate in a uniform, precise line
  • Provides users with a level of precision that could not be reached by traditional manual application


Biochromatography Equipment

BioSC® Lab

  • Allows scientists to purify a few grams of proteins per day either in continuous, batch, or parallel batch modes
  • Included simulation software, BioSC Predict, frees the process developer to set the most efficient mode and parameters to purify biomolecules
  • Developed in response to the FDA’s recommendations to the pharma industry to switch from traditional batch to continuous processes


Spectroscopy Sampling Accessories

  • Make dynamic sampling measurements simple and reliable for both solid and liquid samples
  • Line includes four dynamic sampling accessories—a diffuse reflectance probe, rotating sampling cup, multiplexer and flow cell—that fit seamlessly with existing UV-Vis and NIR spectrometers and accessories
  • Suited for users who take routine measurements of the same sample types or need to measure a large number of different samples frequently

Ocean Optics 

HPLC Columns

Kinetex EVO C18

  • Now include 2.6μm and 1.7μm EVO C18 particle sizes
  • Provide a unique C18 selectivity offering excellent peak shape for bases, 100% aqueous stability and rugged pH stability from 1 to 12
  • New, smaller particle sizes extend the versatility and scalability of this media
  • Both of these new particle sizes are directly scalable to each other and to the existing 5μm size


Optical Emission Spectrometers

Booth 407

  • Sealed, no-purge optical system maximizes light transmission stability, even in the far UV
  • Provide ultralow limits of detection with improved background correction
  • Feature ultrahigh speed of measurement and an affordable cost of ownership
  • Easy to use with a new user interface and new application profiles that are tailored to predetermined user requirements


X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer

Booth 407

  • Brings laboratory-quality elemental composition monitoring and quality control testing to at-line analysis
  • Features dependable accuracy and sensitivity at a wide range of detection levels
  • Easy to use due to an intuitive interface, simplified software that interacts via a standard computer, and predefined applications packages
  • Unique iCAL calibration takes just a single integrated sample and 5 minutes, reducing recalibration work


UHPLC System

Vanquish Flex
Booth 745

  • Delivers excellent performance and reliable separations with the flexibility required for labs developing a wide range of methods
  • Designed for high speed, resolution and sensitivity
  • Allows users to perform biocompatible analysis to obtain high quality and consistent data
  • Integrated modular design gives customers the ability to mix and match modules depending on the demands of the application

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Quaternary Liquid Chromatograph

Booth 633

  • Gives analytical scientists a single LC platform that can enable them to efficiently transfer, adjust, or improve their methods regardless of the LC platform on which they were developed
  • Can easily emulate a variety of HPLC systems without altering the method’s gradient table, or provide UHPLC performance with the flip of a switch
  • Bridges the HPLC and UHPLC performance gap while continuing to support validated assays


Basic Lab

Mass Flow Controller

EL-FLOW® Prestige

  • Includes “Differential Temperature Balancing” technology, ensuing high accuracy and a superb sensor stability
  • New, power efficient micro-processors with innovative multistage control loops have been applied to achieve enhanced dynamic behavior
  • Now includes a robust, yet compact metal housing
  • Features an on-board gas conversion model, various fieldbus options and customizable I/O functions


Self-Contained Workstation

MicroFlow I
Booth 131

  • Designed to collect small amounts of non-hazardous fumes and particulate
  • Can be easily moved from station to station
  • Features an integral recessed work surface to contain spills and a clear hood surround with safety viewing sash for user
  • Variable speed fan control provides the option of high and medium speeds, or low flow for sensitive operations


Ductless Workstation

MicroFlow II
Booth 131

  • This Class 1 ductless carbon-filtered workstation is equipped with activated carbon filtration, for fumes, odors, and non-hazardous chemical vapors
  • Variable speed fan control allows for high speed 100f/m air flow through the sash opening, or medium and low flow for sensitive operations
  • Filter change light is installed to alert the user when it is time to replace the filter


Filtration Pump


  • Combines robust operation with the ability to be powered via 12V DC car outlet
  • Frees personnel from using weak and time-consuming manual vacuum pumps, transporting a heavy generator on-site, or carting unfiltered samples back to the lab
  • Provides a lightweight oil-free vacuum source in environments where weight, portability and space often factor into operation

KNF Neuberger 

Laboratory Balance


  • Features a full color 4.3” touchscreen display with manual keys
  • Includes SmarText™ 2.0 software which makes the balance easy to use and set up
  • Offers a large 7.7” x 6.9” weighing platform
  • Provides nine weighing applications


Economical Balance


  • Includes an easy-to-read backlit liquid crystal display (LCD)
  • Offers selectable environmental settings and three filter modes
  • Internal and external calibration models are available
  • Features menu and calibration locks for improved compliance


Laboratory Gas Generator

Precision Nitrogen Trace 1000
Booth 641

  • Specifically designed for GC analysis and can now provide the same ultra-high purity output at flows up to 1000cc/min
  • Employs pressure swing adsorption technology removing oxygen and moisture as well as a catalyst chamber, effectively removing hydrocarbons to deliver zero nitrogen suitable for sample preparation, GC carrier gas, and GC detector gas
  • Housed in a compact, modular, space-saving design

Peak Scientific 

Fluorescence Illumination System

Lumen 100-LED

  • Provides advanced, high quality illumination for a wide range of fluorescence microscopy applications
  • Features a 25,000 hour lifetime
  • Offers a broad array of LEDs covering wavelengths throughout the visible spectrum and is suitable for the majority of fluorophores used in fluorescence applications
  • Engineered to completely eliminate power to the LED when set to zero light level

Prior Scientific 

Mixer Mill

MM 400

  • New adapter makes it possible to simultaneously disrupt up to 8 x 30 ml cell suspension in 50 ml centrifuge tubes with glass beads
  • Disruption speed (up to 30 Hz) and time can be adapted to specific application requirements
  • Suitable for mixing, and homogenizing powders and suspensions within seconds and is also used for disruption of biological cells


Cold Storage Monitoring System


  • Remotely monitors freezers and refrigerators to protect valuable medical specimens and research assets
  • Monitors up to 12 different environmental and equipment status conditions including temperature from -109°F to 168°F, humidity, power failure, and water detection
  • When the system identifies issues, it instantly sends alerts via phone, text, or email over a standard Internet connection


Laboratory Blender

Stomacher® 4500 BAM

  • Designed for large volume food testing procedures, such as the FDA’s Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM), where 375g composite samples are required for the microbiological analyses of food
  • Capable of homogenizing sample volumes ranging from 1000 to 4500mL
  • Features programmable settings to ensure the best preparation protocol is used for microbial extraction, depending on the food sample under analysis


Laboratory Carts

  • Ergonomic and suitable for many lab environments
  • Can be customized to suit individual needs and preferences
  • Offer additional workspace, or provide storage for equipment and parts
  • Feature a modular design and versatile accessory components


Chemicals, Kits, and Reagents

Human Growth Hormone


  • Offers ultra-sensitive detection enabling quantification of HGH as little as 0.93 pg/ml
  • Provides complete flexibility, validated with various sample types including human and canine serum, human plasma, human saliva, and tissue culture media
  • Gives users quantitative results with excellent reproducibility between experiments, and offers analysis of up to 36 duplicate samples in less than 2.5 hours

Enzo Life Sciences 

ChIP-seq Assay Kit


  • Now enable unbiased, genome-wide understanding of protein-DNA regulatory networks
  • When used with Illumina ChIP-seq library preparation kits and sequencing platforms, is able to deliver high-quality DNA for sequencing
  • Unique solid-phase matrix and the option of a 96 well plate for assays increases sample throughput and reproducibility owing to smaller sample volumes, centrifugal wash-steps, and a matrix that does not require blocking


Stable-Labeled Internal Standards of Antifungal Agents


  • Include internal standards of the antifungal agents fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole at 1.0 mg/mL concentrations
  • Offer clinical and diagnostic testing labs, hospitals, and bioanalytical/PKDM labs a full selection of internal standards for quantitation of the most common antifungal drugs in serum or plasma by mass spectrometry-based analytical methods


Protein Analysis Kit

SMART Digest
Booth 745

  • Designed to substantially reduce preparation times and associated errors
  • Facilitates fast and reliable analytical results for biopharmaceutical and protein research applications
  • Uses a simple three-step, easy-to-implement process that can be automated
  • Immobilized trypsin design is formulated for high-quality data with a significantly reduced sample preparation time compared to traditional in-solution digestion methods

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

STR Assay Kits


  • For analysis of DNA evidence in forensic laboratories in the United States
  • New genetic fingerprint kits provide an integrated solution to simultaneously analyze multiple key genomic markers (short tandem repeats or STRs) for DNA matching
  • Incorporate a novel technology that enables labs to decide quickly which evidence may provide valuable results— solving cases while saving time and money


Lab Automation

LC Autosampler

1290 Infinity II Vialsampler
Booth 616 & 617

  • Designed for the ultra-high-performance 1290 Infinity II LC system
  • Shortens injection cycles, lowers carryover and enlarges sample capacity—at a pressure range of up to 1,300 bar
  • Module combines autosampler features with options to integrate both a column oven and a sample cooler
  • Offers analytical laboratories a cost-effective way to experience the advantages of ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography


GC-MS Autosampler

Booth 406

  • Features new time-saving tools to maximize laboratory productivity
  • In addition to the standard injection techniques: liquid, headspace, and solid-phase microextraction (SPME), the AOC-6000 features a syringe tool exchanger
  • Syringe tool allows users to seamlessly change injection techniques before starting the next injection on the GC-MS
  • Allows for sample preparation to be completely automated


Life Science

Molecular Barcoding & Analysis Platform


  • Consists of instrumentation, reagents and software, which delivers long-range information, including haplotype phasing, structural variation, and other critical genomic information
  • By upgrading existing short read sequencers, the platform generates a powerful new data type: linked-reads
  • Partitions arbitrarily long DNA molecules (including > 100kb) and prepares sequencing libraries in parallel, so that all fragments produced within a partition share a common barcode

10X Genomics 

Multi-Mode Microplate Reader

Synergy Neo2

  • Designed for speed and ultra-high performance, incorporating BioTek’s patented Hybrid Technology™ with its independent optical paths that ensure excellent performance
  • Continuously variable bandwidth quadruple monochromators, sensitive high transmission filter-based optics, and up to 4 PMTs provide ultra-fast measurements with strong results
  • Includes CO2/O2 control, incubation to 65°C, and variable shaking to support live cell assays


PBMC Reprogramming Bundle


  • The latest addition to the L7™ hPSC system for the generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and the maintenance of stem cells from a variety of sources
  • Slots seamlessly into the existing L7™ workflow to enable researchers to reprogram peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) for use in downstream experiments
  • Makes it easier and faster to generate hiPSCs


Imaging Systems

Q-View Imager Pro & Q-View Imager LS

  • Engineered for optimal performance with Q-Plex kits and reagents
  • Imager Pro is a high resolution chemiluminescent imager for use with Q-Plex products
  • The Imager Pro’s cooled, high-quantum efficiency sensor and clinical-grade optics are paired with advanced image acquisition algorithms which combine to reduce noise and maximize sensitivity
  • View Imager LS is focused on life science research applications with its easy-to-use platform and modest price

Quansys Biosciences 

Advanced miRNA Assays

Applied Biosystems TaqMan
Booth 745

  • In combination with the miRNA cDNA Synthesis kit, allow for analysis of multiple miRNA targets
  • Offer solutions in applications such as translational research in oncology as well as validation of NSG and microarray miRNA data
  • Preformulated primer and probe sets are designed to detect and quantify mature miRNAs in biological samples

Thermo Fisher Scientific/Life Technologies 

Supplies and Consumables

Sample Prep Filters

Booth 809

  • Expand the Horizon Technology sample preparation offering for filter needs in the environmental market
  • Include three types of filters: toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) filters, total suspended solids (TSS) filters, and volatile solids filters
  • Composed of binderless glass fibers, compliant with US EPA and other regulatory methods around the world

Horizon Technology 

Antimicrobial PVC Tubing

Clearflo Ag-47

  • Designed to inhibit bacteria growth and their ill effects, such as taste transfer, odors, and illnesses caused by E. coli, listeria, salmonella, and others
  • Is made with silver ion technology to protect fluids from harmful bacteria, is NSF-51 listed, and does not contain phthalates
  • Silver ion ingredient is throughout the tubing, not only on the interior, for bacteria protection on all tubing surfaces

NewAge Industries 

Cleaning Pad

Pad 0

  • Designed to be used with floor scrubbers or auto scrubbers, eliminating the need for burnishing while saving time and money
  • For the nora pro clean® floor cleaning system which reduces maintenance time and costs by eliminating the use of detergents and chemicals during the cleaning process
  • Helps users avoid creating a high shine in those cases where a high-gloss aesthetic is not desirable

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