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Technology News January 2013

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.

by Lab Manager
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Raman Microscopectrometer

Raman Microscopectrometer Artemis™• Designed to be added to many different types of optical microscopes
• Offers very high sensitivity, high resolution, a broad spectral range and rapid sampling times
• Enables scientists and engineers to measure the Raman spectra from microscopic samples or microscope sampling areas of large samples, such as semiconductors


DLS Nano Particle Size and Zeta Potential Analyzer

• Features an extended analysis range, intuitive software, and multiple sample cells to fit the user’s application
• Can measure particle size in the range of 0.6 nm to 10 μm with sample suspension concentrations from 0.00001% to 40% and zeta potential of sample suspensions in the -200 mV to +200 mV range with concentrations from 0.001% to 40%


Direct Mercury Analyzer
DMA-80Direct Mercury Analyzer DMA-80

• Enables the operator to analyze for mercury in any matrix—solids, liquids, and even gases
• Tri-Cell DMA-80 offers the highest sensitivity, giving labs the lowest detection limits from ppb to ppt with no sample prep
• Easy to use and is a good fit for a variety of industries such as environmental, food, clinical, energy, and more


Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer STA 8000Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer
STA 8000

• Delivers high performance thermal analysis and is used for compositional analysis and kinetic studies
• Enables high temperature thermal analysis up to 1600°C for fuel cell, ceramics, catalysis applications, coal and challenging academic research
• Controlled by PerkinElmer’s Pyris™ software
• Applies sensor technology and efficient design to yield high accuracy and precise results


Thermal Analyzer

Thermal Analyzer TL-9000• Combines the power of thermal analysis, with the specificity of separation and the sensitivity of detection available in spectroscopic and chromatographic methods • Offers an accessory that enables hyphenation
• Provides scientists the ability to identify and study low levels of materials in highly complex matrices



Evaporative Light-Scattering Detectors
1290 Infinity & 1260 Infinity

Evaporative Light-Scattering Detectors• Suited for the analysis of non- and semi-volatile compounds in pharmaceutical, drug discovery, QA/QC, food quality testing, nutraceutical and fine chemical analysis
• Screen pharmaceutical compound libraries without tedious sample preparation by eliminating interference from DMSO
• 1290 Infinity shows up to 9x lower limits of detection than the previous model
• 1260 Infinity provides enhanced performance at an affordable price

Agilent Technologies

Balance Enclosures
PowderSafe™ Type A

Balance Enclosures PowderSafe™ Type A• Line now includes the AC705, a 24”-wide model
• New AC705 provides operator protection from exposure to harmful powders and particulate, without disturbing balance readings
• Features an electrostatically-charged pre-filter and HEPA filtration for fine particulate capture
• A mini-helic air flow gauge and HEPA filter change indicator light and integral polypropylene base are also standard

AirClean Systems

Heating Block System

Heating Block System DrySyn MULTI• Allows scientists to perform safe, productive heating and stirring experiments with the widest possible range of laboratory glassware
• Converts any standard hotplate stirrer into a reaction block accommodating 3 flasks of 10ml - 100ml, or up to 12 reactions in tubes or vials
• Offer excellent heating performance to over 300ºC


Bottletop Dispensers
BRAND® seripettor® and seripettor Pro

BrandTech seripettor Pro• Now includes 0.2-2mL size in addition to the previously available 1-10mL and 2.5-25mL sizes
• An inexpensive replaceable wiping seal dispensing cartridge renews the wearing parts for long life
• Suited to laboratories that do not need all of the convenience features of a Dispensette®
• Includes one extra cartridge


Multi-Purpose Vacuum Pump
Multi-Purpose Vacuum Pump MZ2C NT +AK+M+D

• Integrated with the essential accessories for basic rotary evaporation and other common laboratory tasks
• Features the MZ2C NT chemistry-design oil-free pump with a 5 Torr ultimate vacuum, and 38 liter per minute free air capacity
• Flow control knob helps match pumping speed to vapor flow to quietly help prevent bumping and foaming


Tablet Image Recording System for Microscopes

• Tablet comprises a touch pad and the required software
• In combination with the AxioCamERc 5s camera, the two components form an image recording system
• Has been specially adapted to tablet PCs and can be operated via touchscreen minimizing both the learning curve and the time required for routine applications

Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Tubing Pumps Masterflex® C/L®Tubing Pumps
Masterflex® C/L®

• Redesigned head provides more secure tubing retention and more consistent performance over the full range of tubing sizes and flow
• A single motion opens the cover and releases the occlusion bed for quicker and easier tubing changes
• Three motor speed ranges deliver a flow range of 0.002 to 43 mL/min depending on tubing size


Top-loading BalancesTop-loading Balances
Symmetry® EC

• Offer accuracy and traceability, including a print function for GLP compliance
• Now include a bigger screen and easierto- use keypad
• A single-unit draft shield is more durable and the balance’s adjustable feet offer greater stability
• Feature a capacity tracker that warns of approaching overload conditions and a security lock-down port


Wireless Radio-Signal Refrigerator Thermometer

Wireless Radio-Signal Refrigerator Thermometer• Receives readings from up to three remote refrigerator sensors via 433MHz radio signals
• Sealed GRAS bottle sensor is insulated from rapid temperature changes when refrigerator door is opened and eliminates concerns about incidental contact with food/water
• Suited for use in operating environments with temperature ranges of –22.0 to 158.0°F (-30.0 to 70.0°C)

Control Company

Electro-osmotic Pumps

Electro-osmotic Pumps• Reduce the influence of electrochemistry and bubble formation in microfluidic systems compared to conventional EO pumps
• Extremely small in size for easy integration into custom systems and portable instruments
• Range of pumps includes two EO Pump Cores, Basic and Bubble Free, as well as an EO Pump Open Interface with 1/4 – 28 outlet


Porous Media ChipPorous Media Chip

• Enables statistically representative modeling of complex porous sandstone rock structures
• Features an idealized 2-dimensional net like structure of intersecting 100 µm diameter capillaries, forming pore bodies joined by different types of throats
• Can be used in single and multiphase fluid (oil, water or gas) flow studies through porous media


Ductless Filtration System

Ductless Filtration System ChemTrap• Eliminates noxious vapors generated by chemicals stored in the fireproof cabinet
• Allows laboratories equipped with fireproof cabinets to also benefit from a protection against chemical inhalation risks without having to connect to an expensive energy consuming ductwork
• Provides a simple and fast connection utilizing a universal pipe fitting sheath to a fireproof cabinet


Sample Preparation System
Model OFCU-1

Model OFCU-1• Provides a safe tool for preparing samples for elemental analysis of halogens, phosphorus and sulfur using the oxygen flask combustion procedure
• Copes easily with a wide range of sample types and is simple to set up, use and maintain
• Remotely ignites samples inside a safety interlocked chamber using focused infrared heat from two tungsten-halogen lamps

Exeter Analytical

Thermal Imaging Camera Packs
SC650 and SC450

• Offer users the flexibility of an R&D grade camera they can take from experiment to experiment
• Include ResearchIR software which allows high speed recording and advanced thermal pattern analysis
• FLIR SC650 camera generates crisp and clear 640 x 480 pixel images
• FLIR SC450 camera generates 320 x 240 pixel thermal images

FLIR Systems

%RH, Dewpoint, Temperature Probe %RH, Dewpoint, Temperature Probe

• Now available for GrayWolf’s hand-held AdvancedSense HVAC/OH/FM/IAQ meters
• Capable of measuring relative humidity, dewpoint, absolute humidity, specific humidity, wetbulb temperature, and drybulb temperature
• Features small diameter (14 mm, 0.6 inch Ø, 40mm, 1.6 inch L)
• Provides a humidity range of 0 to 100%RH (non-condensing) with accuracy of +/-2%RH

GrayWolf Sensing Solutions



Microlab 300 series pipettorAt the beginning of December, the pipette industry got its first guided pipetting system as Hamilton Company’s Laboratory and Sensor Products Division released the Microlab 300 series pipettor. The new pipettor aims to bring automated liquid handling into the hands of laboratory technicians at a low cost and without complex programming.

“The innovative design of the Microlab 300 series pipettor replaces three to four manual or electronic pipettes with one device. Users can dispense between 0.5 to 1000 μL without needing to exchange pipettes,” says Jason March, marketing director of the Laboratory and Sensor Products Division. “The Microlab 300 achieves this range with just one probe and two tip sizes, instead of the three pipette sizes and three tip sizes typically required.”

This lightweight, hand-held device enables laboratories to achieve excellent quality assurance through reproducible and traceable methods, and to reduce sample preparation time by eliminating inefficient steps, the company adds.

Accuracy is another main aspect of the MicroLab 300, which meets GLP/GMP, RoHS, 21 CFR Part 11, and ISO-8655 regulations.

“One of the core benefits of the Microlab 300 is its ability to improve pipetting accuracy through standard and customizable Liquid Classes,” says Hamilton product manager Devon Bateman. “Technicians can establish pipetting speeds and delays easily for any fluid, giving them the power to successfully pipette the most challenging liquids.”

The system’s software is another unique feature, going beyond pre-programmed pipetting operations for common techniques, like reverse pipetting and aliquoting, and allowing technicians to easily create, save, and execute pipetting applications from start to finish, the company says.

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Peristaltic PumpsPeristaltic Pumps

• Remote-controlled design and sealed pump head make this pump suited for use in incubators and fume hoods
• Interchangeable pump heads allow for economical ease of use over a broad flow rate range
• Easy to use with pre-programmed profiles for constant flow, flow ramps, pulsatile flow, and concentration based fluid delivery

Harvard Apparatus

Automated Gas Standards Generator FlexStreamAutomated Gas Standards Generator

• Along with TraceSource™ permeation tubes, dynamically blends trace concentration calibration standards of acetaldehyde in carbon dioxide
• User may achieve concentrations from over 400 ppb down to 25 ppb using a single permeation tube
• Lower concentrations, or variable concentration in constant flow, are available using optional secondary dilution


Solenoid-Driven Diaphragm Metering PumpSolenoid-Driven Diaphragm Metering Pump

• Dispenses liquids accurately in adjustable volumes between 30 µl/stroke and 80 µl/stroke
• Can be driven with single impulses to deliver discrete micro-volumes or can be operated with a pulsed signal at a frequency up to 10Hz to provide continuous flow rates up to 48 ml/min
• Offers service life of over 500 million strokes

KNF Neuberger

Size and Molecular Weight Detector
Zetasizer μV

Size and Molecular Weight Detector Zetasizer μV• Can be added to any system to boost experimental productivity by maximizing information flow from a single experiment
• Easily connects to an existing GPC/SEC system using standard chromatography tubing
• Results reporting and analysis are efficiently handled through OmniSEC software
• Uses dynamic light scattering to secure precise molecular size measurement


Recirculating Chillers
Benchtop Chillers and 6000 Series Chillers

Benchtop Chillers and 6000 Series Chillers• Provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative to expensive, inconsistent, and wasteful tap water cooling
• Help ensure maximum yield in the bioproduction of pharmaceuticals, antibodies, and vaccines
• Benchtop Chillers offer a compact and easy-to-operate solution for cooling bioreactors up to 10 liters in size while 6000 series chillers are recommended for bioreactors larger than 10 liters


Wireless Data Logger Wireless Data Logger

• Features a CO2 range of 0 to 9.999 ppm, a temperature range of 0 to 55°C and a humidity range of 10 to 95% RH
• Recorded data from the RTR-576 can be collected via wireless communication and can also be used for data monitoring, warning monitoring and data management
• Offers a logging capacity of 8,000 data sets


Chiller Unit
FlowSyn Polar Bear™

FlowSyn Polar Bear• Provides faster and more efficient cooling than conventional chiller units
• Compatible with the FlowSyn range of reactor modules
• Designed to prevent ice formation so that users can clearly observe reactions as they occur
• Easy to install and simple to operate
• Delivers rapid cooling down to -88°C at the touch of a button


Calibration Gas Generator
Model 150 DynacalibratorModel 150 Dynacalibrator®

• Designed to generate precise ppm or ppb concentrations of chemical compounds in a gas stream
• Digital temperature controller maintains the chamber temperature at a set point with an accuracy of ±0.01°C, traceable to NIST standards
• Features a wide range of temperature settings (5°C above ambient to 110°C)

VICI Metronics


3D Cell Culture Scaffold

3D Cell Culture Scaffold• Available in a range of flexible, easy-to-use formats
• Fully compatible with a wide range of assays
• Highly porous polystyrene scaffold engineered into a 200µm thick membrane
• Provides a 3D space into which cells can invade, proliferate and grow
• Vertical axis of the third dimension enables additional layers of cells to form complex 3D interactions with adjacent cells


Cell Imaging System
IN Cell Analyzer 2200

IN Cell Analyzer 2200• Suitable for both investigative microscopy and automated high-content screening of organelles, cells, tissues and whole organisms
•Can be configured to the specific needs of the researcher, with a wide range of optional modules and accessories available
• Images a two-colored 96-well plate assay in less than 2.5 minutes and a one-color 1536 plate in under 20 mins

GE Healthcare

Cell Culture Vessels

• Feature a surface that has been specifically developed to effectively prevent the attachment of semi-adherent and adherent cell lines
• Supports in particular the formation of spheroids and “embryoid bodies”
Free of detectable DNases, RNases and human DNA
• Contain no detectable endotoxins or cytotoxic substances, are sterile and have a shelf life of two years

Greiner Bio-One


Small RNA and mRNA Sample Library Construction Kits

Small RNA and mRNA Sample Library Construction Kits• Designed to enable fast and cost-effective Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)
• Reduce NGS workflow complexity
• Shorten sample library preparation time and labor
• Minimize errors by eliminating extra steps and optimizing the experiment protocol
• Can be used for sample preparation from rare and difficult to obtain sources, such as pathological samples


Human Monoclonal Antibodies
Trillium Diagnostics

Trillium Diagnostics•Flow cytometry portfolio includes 14 new human monoclonal antibodies from Trillium Diagnostics
• Analyte specific reagents (ASRs) provide high specificity, convenience and flexibility in flow cytometry
• A new cell permeabilization reagent is also being offered
• New monoclonals include human antihemoglobin F, CD163 markers, and CD64 markers
• Rounding out the line is a monoclonal for MNDA

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Certified Reference Solutions
Certified Spiking Solutions®

• New reference solutions of nicotine metabolites norcotinine and trans-3-hydroxycotinine as well as nicotine nitrosamines NNN, NNK, and NAB now offered at concentrations of 1.0 mg/mL in methanol for each solution standard
• Can be used as Snap-N-Spike® starting materials in the laboratory’s matrix of choice for preparation of calibrators and controls in nicotine testing and other clinical or diagnostic applications by LC/MS or GC/MS



Automated Barcode Labeling System
PA1000 Print & Apply

Automated Barcode Labeling System• Prints multiple format barcode labels on any SBS footprint microplate
• Can print 1D, 2D and/or human readable text on 1, 2 or all 4 sides of a plate
• Includes easy to use software allows for anyone to set up a run
• Applies every label with +/- 0.020” precision and will operate with standard and deep well microplates

Hudson Robotics

Plate Washer

RapidWash Plate Washer• Provides high throughput washing for ELISAs, cellular assays, and other processes requiring washing and aspirating
• Offers a small 9.25”W x 15”D footprint
• Gives users a high speed of less than 9 sec. 96-well fill/ aspirate cycle and low residual volume of • For 96-well and 384-well microplates, standard height and deep-well

Hudson Robotics

Automated Storage ModulesAutomated Storage Modules
comPOUND® and arktic™

• Capable of storing up to three times the number of samples of a standard -80°C freezer within almost the same physical space
• Have no moving parts within the cold zone, instead relying on TTP Labtech’s proprietary pneumatic transport technology
• Samples are stored individually under nitrogen or dry air in hermetically sealed chambers eliminating contamination worries and improving sample stability

TTP Labtech


Newborn Human Foreskin Fibroblasts

Newborn Human Foreskin Fibroblasts• Have been functionally validated to support the generation of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) colonies providing an optimized feeder layer during mRNA reprogramming
• Available in conjunction with AMSBIO’s highly modified synthetic 5-capped mRNAs for safe, non-integrated human cell reprogramming
• All AMSBIO feeder cells are meticulously derived and comprehensively tested on mouse and human ES stem cells


Qualification Plate

CFX Qualification Plate• Accurately verifies the performance of any CFX real-time PCR system
• Preloaded with an optimized master mix containing Bio-Rad’s SsoAdvanced™ SYBR® Green supermix
• Provides a five-point standard curve, two unknown groups, and no-template controls, allowing for the rapid determination of a pass/fail instrument performance result


UV Curing Chamber
UV Crosslinker AH

UV Crosslinker AH• Enables operators to use the device at different internal heights to enhance the crosslinking effect or detail the amount/distance required for a controlled reaction
• Features the ability to adjust the height of the internal bulbs and a self-calibrating energy sensor • Designed for crosslinking of DNA/RNA to cellulose membrane lattice when conducting Northern or Southern Blot experiments

Boekel Scientific

Lab Automation Workstation
Microlab AutoLys STAR

Microlab AutoLys STAR• Automates sample lysis and DNA extraction
• Improves bottlenecks for forensic scientists and other molecular biologists isolating nucleic acids from samples
• Includes a 2D barcode reader, Hamilton heater-shakers, new AutoLys tubes, four robotic channels to manipulate and transport AutoLys tubes, and a centrifuge
• Can also run overnight, increasing laboratory productivity

Hamilton Robotics

Multimode Reader Module

AlphaScreen• For Tecan’s Infinite® F200 PRO multimode reader
• Provides customers with a cost-effective solution for AlphaScreen and AlphaLISA® assays
• Offers excellent sensitivity for screening and research
• Further extends the flexibility of the Infinite F200 PRO for low and medium throughput applications
• Ensures optimal assay performance without the need for a specialized reader


Vibration Free Chilling Incubators

Vibration Free Chilling Incubators • Provide a 100 liter capacity and are Peltier-based for heating and chilling
• Have no compressors or CFC’s and are vibration-free, making them suited for doing protein crystallizations
•Two models available— the IN55 is fully programmable and the IN50 is simple digital
• Settable from 4.0ºC to 70.0ºC and feature PID temperature control to ± 0.1°C

Torrey Pines Scientific

CO2 Controller
Okolab Bold Line

Okolab Bold Line• Mixes Air or N2 and CO2 and controls the gas concentration with digital accuracy
• Allows users to mix CO2 from 0-18% concentration with an accuracy ±5% of the concentration
• Easily operated via a touch screen interface, OKO-Control 2.0 software, or Nis Elements software
• Fully integrated with Bold Line temperature controllers

Warner Instruments


TargetViewGC/MS Software

• Capable of detecting and identifying both target and ‘unknown’ compounds in complex GC/MS chromatograms, for either trace-level work or for routine screening
• Delivers rapid screening of chromatograms against compound libraries, and provides the analyst with the capability to quickly and easily create bespoke spectral libraries
• New batch-processing option now allows multiple files to be screened against a single library

ALMSCO International

3D Molecular Viewer, Sketcher and Editor

torchV10lite• Free software handles 2D and 3D structures
• Shows the molecular field patterns of user’s molecules, giving a visual representation of their physicochemical properties
• Enables users to compare the Structure Activity Relationship (SAR) of up to 10,000 molecules, giving them a rich, informative view of how their compounds behave in biological systems


ELSD Control Driver

ELSD Control Driver• For the Alltech® 3300 evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD) from Grace Discovery Sciences
• Officially released with Clarity Chromatography Software version 4.0.2
• Clarity software allows the control of more than 400 different instruments from a single source and offers its users very high flexibility


NIR Analyzer Software Package
Vision 3.60

• Designed for use with the FOSS NIRSystems Near-Infrared (NIR) laboratory and process analyzers
• Can now be installed and run on both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
• Supports the NIRS DS2500 analyzer • 21 CFR Part 11 compliant and supports PAT through numerous process analysis options and process communication capabilities


Inter-Laboratory Data Management Program
Acusera 24.7 Live Online

Acusera 24.7 Live Online• Web-based program is specifically designed to complement the Acusera range of third party quality controls
• Aims to improve the effectiveness of quality control processes within the clinical laboratory whilst also helping to interpret QC results
• Allows users to extensively monitor analytical performance and access peer group reports quickly and easily online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Flow Chemistry Control Software
Asia Manager

Flow Chemistry Control Software• Offers powerful walk-away control and analysis of flow chemistry experiments
• Designed for use with Asia flow chemistry systems
• Automatically detects Asia modules connected via the Asia Automator and tracks each module’s status, allowing methods to be created, edited and run intuitively
• Provides full and easy automation of the entire flow chemistry process


Sample Management Software
Mosaic™ 5.0

• Provides comprehensive inventory management features, which include handling multiple substance types, managing storage locations and supporting configurable sample-set management and usage restrictions
• Gives users convenient interfaces to order stock samples and request the dispensing, customizable selection, reformatting and dilution of samples into the desired format
• Communicates effectively with third party systems

Titian Software


Black Screw-Top Centrifuge Tubes

Black Screw-Top Centrifuge Tubes• Provide secure storage of light sensitive materials
• Manufactured from black, RNAse/ DNase-free polypropylene
• Fully resistant to most organic solvents, can be autoclaved clean, and enable high integrity storage of samples and reagents down to -80°C
• Available initially in 15ml and 50ml sizes
• Supplied sterile and include a recessed HDPE lid that prevents leakage


Universal Phase Separators

Universal Phase Separators• A flexible alternative to the traditional glass funnel separation of immiscible liquids
• Unique design allows the organic phase to pass through the internal frit wherever it is located, providing a universal approach to separating two liquid phases
• One-size-fits-all approach enables any volume under 80 mL to be processed in one step, or larger volumes by serial batches


Safety Coated Amber Bottles

Safety Coated Amber Bottles• Can be used with BrandTech used with our Dispensette® and seripettor® dispensers and Titrette® bottletop burettes
• Bottles are made of soda-lime glass with a LDPE pouring ring and polypropylene screw cap
• Ethylene acrylate coating helps contain contents in case of accidental breakage
• Available in 250mL, 500mL and 1 liter sizes


Non-Drip Couplings

Non-Drip Couplings• Designed for broad use in low-pressure fluid and vacuum applications
• Suited for connecting all types of fluid lines, including beverage, electronic coolant, salt water, and oil transfer lines
• Ensures virtually zero spillage and eliminates pollution and air inclusion during connection and disconnection
• Offered in three safety levels


Limited Volume Inserts with Bottom and Top SpringsLimited Volume Inserts with Bottom and Top Springs

• Ensure that autosamplers extract even the smallest sample volumes every time, without damaging injection needles or breaking sample containers
• Preassembled with polymer bottom springs or the patented Top Spring™, which act as shock absorbers to protect sample needles from bottoming out during sample extraction
• Permit maximum sample withdrawal


J.G. Finneran

Two-Part Vial System
Vista Vial

Vista Vial• Consists of a glass base and a polyethylene top that snaps together to form a standard 12x32mm autosampler vial
• Glass base provides a wide target for pipettes and is suited for highly viscous and foaming samples
• Depending on the sample, disposal of vials is easier as the plastic can be incinerated intact without the need for closure removal

J.G. Finneran Associates

Centrifuge Cell Windows

Centrifuge Cell Windows• Made from sapphire and single crystal quartz for OEM and field replacement applications
• Feature an arrow scribed on their edges that projects the optic access to simplify alignment and measure 19.03 mm dia. ±0.3 mm by 0.5 mm thick ±0.10 mm
• Suitable for use with Beckman and other centrifuges

Meller Optics

2.00ml Storage Tube

2.00ml Storage Tube • Combines higher sample storage capacity and absolute sample traceability in an industry-standard 96-tube rack format
• Uses a unique 2D code laser encrypted on the tube bottom to enable easy identification and traceable storage of your samples
• Certified RNase / DNase free and non-toxic
• Come with a choice of push cap or screw cap closures


Black Microplates and Seals

Black Microplates and Seals• Manufactured from ultra-pure grade polypropylene
• Resistant to a wide range of solvents and have near zero leachates ensuring long-term sample integrity
• Black plates are supplied RNase / DNase free meaning they can be used with even the most sensitive biological samples
• Available in a choice of 96-well formats

Porvair Sciences

Krystal 2424-Well Microplates
Krystal 24

• Offer 24 high volume (3.1ml) wells in an industry standard 96-well plate footprint
• Provides a large surface area per well, enabling excellent cell growth
• Tissue culture treated to ensure optimal cell growth and attachment
• Precisely manufactured to ANSI / SLAS microplate dimensions
• Fully compatible with all commercially available plate readers, robotic sample processors and automated liquid handling systems

Porvair Sciences

0.5mL Vial

CryoELITE• Designed for preserving and shipping small volume samples
• Feature a high integrity closure, freestanding design and a larger footprint to assure the vials can be clearly marked for identification
• Manufactured from low binding, cryogenic-grade virgin polypropylene that meets USP Class VI classification
• Offer a storage temperature range of 196?C to 121?C



Unique Barcode System Helps Labs with Large Sorbent Shock Tube

Large Sorbent Shock TubeSpecialist ceramic decal developer Xerital has come up with a system of serialized barcodes that can be applied to glass substrates. The Xerital barcode decals can be applied to new or existing tubes and are particularly useful for large-scale monitoring studies and for labs with significant sorbent tube stock.

High-temperature barcodes can be serialized to customers’ required size and code and integrated into their existing IT system.

The decals are actually fired on to the glass tubes, resulting in a permanent marking that is strongly resistant to scratching, chemical attack and thermal processes. The final, fired product is durable and provides for a high resolution output.

Sorbent sample tube manufacturer Markes International has switched entirely to this method for glass tube marking in order to help its customers reduce errors when recording and tracking samples and eliminate time-consuming manual data entry.

Markes found the Xerital process to be the best for their particular application, which involved heating their tubes to temperatures as high as 400°C.

“The samples they provided for us were applied using a kiln-fired ceramic decal and our testing showed these to be extremely good,” said Steve Oldfield, consumables product manager at Markes International. “In particular, the white ceramic background made barcode-reading far more reliable than with sorbent tubes from other suppliers, where the barcode had been applied directly on the glass.”

Because Xerital barcode decals are heated up to 700°C as part of the firing process, they can perform well at the high temperatures reached during laboratory analysis.

“This project at Markes International has turned out to be an excellent demonstration of the advantages of our specialist ceramic decals for glass applications,” commented Howard Quinn, Xerital director.

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