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Exemplar LS & Exemplar PlusANALYTICAL

Smart Spectrometers
Exemplar LS & Exemplar Plus

• A good fit for applications such as high speed reaction kinetics, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, and real-time process monitoring
• Feature a low stray light “unfolded” Czerny-Turner spectrograph to provide excellent performance, particularly below 400nm
• LS model provides all of the advantages of the low straylight spectrograph while still retaining a small form factor; Plus model provides increased focal length

B&W Tek

Cuvette and UV/Vis Spectrophotometers

Cuvette and UV/Vis Spectrophotometers BioDrop• Spectrophotometers now available in the USA in a range of configurations
• BioDrop μLite offers a unique in-built sampling port for quick and accurate measurements down to 0.5 μL sample volume
• BioDrop Duo provides flexibility, combining the same in-built sampling port with a 10 mm cuvette holder for conventional UV/Vis spectrophotometry
• BioDrop TOUCH also available


Microspectrophotometer 20/20 Perfect VisionMicrospectrophotometer
20/20 Perfect Vision™

• Now includes Raman microspectroscopy capabilities
• Gives users the ability to acquire Raman spectra, with lasers from the blue to the near infrared, in addition to UV-visible-NIR absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and emission microspectra™
• Able to acquire all these types of spectra of even sub-micron samples rapidly and easily

CRAIC Technologies

Nano LC System
Nano LC System Ekspert™ nanoLC 400Ekspert™ nanoLC 400

• Offers the ability to move effortlessly from high-sensitivity nanoflow to robust high-throughput microflow applications
• Does not require re-calibration or vendor service
• Provides improved reproducibility—via MFCPlus™ technology—for more precise quantitation using advanced workflows on AB SCIEX Mass Spectrometers
• Available in single and dual gradient versions, with or without the ekspert cHiPLC system


Sample Analysis Strips
OpenSpot Quick Strips™

Sample Analysis Strips OpenSpot Quick Strips• Designed for the DART OS Transmission Module™
• Enable the rapid and reproducible analysis of samples and provide quality control of both raw materials and finished products
• Utilize IonSense’s proprietary Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART®) technology


Surface Characterization Analyzer 3FlexSurface Characterization Analyzer

• Capable of high-throughput surface area, mesopore, and micropore analyses with excellent accuracy, resolution, and data reduction
• Features three stations, each of which is upgradeable from mesopore to micropore
• Eliminates costly investment in multiple instruments and additional bench space
• Micropore ports include krypton capability for low surface area materials


Raman Filter Systems
SureBlock™ XLF Series

Raman Filter Systems SureBlock™ XLF Series• Enable scientists to capture THz Spectroscopy measurements utilizing a simple Raman set-up with a single-stage spectrometer
• Incorporate two SureBlock™ notch filters into a prealigned, light-tight, easy-to-integrate enclosure
• Provide 10x improvements in both spectral sensitivity and throughput
• Adds an important tool for gathering critical chemical and structural information in a variety of applications


5-micron Core-Shell Media Kinetex®5-micron Core-Shell Media

• Deliver better performance than 3- or 5-micron fully porous offerings, with no increase in backpressure
• Provides 90 percent higher average efficiencies compared to the same size fully porous columns
• Little to no method development is required to achieve improved performance on standard HPLC systems


Stationary Metal Analyzer SPECTROMAXxStationary Metal Analyzer

• Features improved operation of the instrument with the use of toolbar buttons, a user management system, and a separation of operation from programming of the instrument
• Enables users to determine all of the elements used in the metal industry
• Calibration modules are available for base metals


HPLC Column
Acclaim Trinity Q1

• Designed to facilitate high-resolution and high-throughput trace analysis of the herbicides diquat and paraquat in plants by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometery (LC-MS)
• Deliver the retention, resolution, peak shape and speed needed to improve diquat and paraquat LC-MS analysis in common terrestrial and aquatic plant matrices
• Contains innovative Nanopolymer Silica Hybrid (NSH) technology

Thermo Fisher Scientific

UV/Vis Microplate Spectrophotometer
Multiskan GO

UV/Vis Microplate Spectrophotometer Multiskan GO• A flexible, easy-to-use solution for virtually any photometric research application
• Can perform DNA/RNA, ELISA, enzyme assays and more
• Includes freely selectable wavelengths from low UV to visible
• Features stand-alone or PC control in multiple languages
• Reads microplates and all major cuvette types and the new Thermo Scientific μDrop Plate for microliter-scale measurements

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Triple Quadrupole GC-MS System TSQ 8000Triple Quadrupole GC-MS System
TSQ 8000

• Now includes negative and positive ion chemical ionization (CI) capabilities
• Makes it easy for users to address further the chemical diversity they face in their most challenging analyses
• New direct insertion and direct exposure probe options further enhance the user’s ability to analyze samples

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Total Exhaust Fume Hoods AirMax™Total Exhaust Fume Hoods

• Hoods’ Wet Fume Scrubber System protects personnel from dangerous chemical exposure while also protecting ductwork and the environment by scrubbing acids and other water soluble gases from fume hood exhaust
• Constructed of thermoplastics (primarily polypropylene) with all contact surfaces utilizing seamless, thermally-welded joints, eliminating the potential for corrosion
• Available in 36”, 48”, 60”, 72” and 96” widths

AirClean Systems


Two new microwave systems bring novel safety features and control to chemists

Anton Paar’s recently released microwave digestion systems—the Multiwave PRO and Multiwave ECO— aim to address the limitations of legacy digestion techniques.

Multiwave PROThe Multiwave PRO is designed to go beyond simple digestion while the ECO is a low cost microwave digestion system designed for quick and convenient preparation of well-defined samples for routine environmental and food testing applications.

“Older open vessel techniques for digestion such as hot blocks or oil baths are limited by the method—the temperature could only go as high as the boiling point,” said Eric Fox national sales manager of analytical and synthetic chemistry at Anton Paar.

He added that although safety features have come a long way since kitchen microwaves were used when scientists first started exploring microwaves as an energy source for chemical reactions, problems still exist.

“Over time, laboratory microwave manufacturers have been adding safety features to control these reactions but control is limited because temperature and pressure feedback are provided from only one ‘control’ reaction vessel,” Mr. Fox said. “The Multiwave PRO has continuous, proactive monitoring on all sample positions which allows the user superior control of their sample digestion as well as unparalleled safety in closed vessel digestion techniques.”

Mr. Fox added that current users of both systems find the precision on the control of temperature and pressure especially beneficial as it provides them with higher yields, fewer reworks, and smaller solvent quantities.

Among other benefits, there are also many different options for users, such as a comprehensive Installation Qualification package for regulated industries.

“Anton Paar now makes it even easier for you to integrate a new Multiwave PRO microwave system into your laboratory environment,” Mr. Fox said.

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Thermoelectrically Cooled CCD Camera
Thermoelectrically Cooled CCD Camera QS14QS14

• Suited for OEM manufacturers and scientists that need rapid, high quality images in low light conditions
• Features the ICX-285 CCD sensor and provides 1.4 megapixel high resolution imaging
• Boasts a frame rate three times faster than Artemis CCD’s high performance TS14 camera
• Provides real-time, accurate results, with low background noise

Artemis CCD

Low Temperature Tissue Grinder
Low Temperature Tissue Grinder CRYO-CUP GrinderCRYO-CUP GRINDER

• Specifically designed to pulverize and grind soft plant and animal tissue samples at liquid nitrogen temperatures
• Up to 5 grams of tissue can be placed in the pre-cooled mortar and ground to a fine powder with a special pestle made of non-heat conductive plastic
• Cools to liq.N2 temperatures faster than classic ceramic mortar and pestle

BioSpec Products

Lipstick Cantilever Fixture
Lipstick Cantilever Fixture TA-LCTA-LC

• Designed to determine the breaking point of lipstick and other similar products
• For Brookfield’s CT3 Texture Analyzer
• Rounded blade is used to simulate the pressures experienced during application
• CT3 Tester combines simplicity of operation with expanded test method capability and operates in both compression and tension modes

Brookfield Engineering Laboratories

Mobile Ductless Fume Hoods
Mobile Ductless Fume Hoods Captair FlexCaptair® Flex®

• Ensures user safety while offering an environmentally-friendly energy saving alternative to traditional systems
• Offers a wide range of possibilities and allows users to carry out a variety of applications in their laboratories
• Modular design of the filtration column makes these fume hoods adaptable to any needs
• Features interchangeable filters


Mini Automatic Titrators for Wine Analysis
Mini Automatic Titrators for Wine Analysis HI 84500 and HI 84502HI 84500 and HI 84502

• Designed to measure Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Total Acidity, parameters essential in the art of wine making
• Replace HI 84100 and HI 84102 and feature improved accuracy with a high precision piston dosing system and compact, space saving footprint
• Feature automatic stirrer speed control, a graphic mode with exportable data and a Good Laboratory Practices feature

Hanna Instruments

Lab-Scale Viscometer ReactaVisc RV3Lab-Scale Viscometer
ReactaVisc RV3

• Now available in intrinsically safe versions certified for use in Hazardous Areas up to and including Zone 0 (explosive atmosphere continuously present), equivalent to Class 1 Division 1 Group A
• Designed primarily for use in reaction vessels of virtually any capacity
• Viscosity is measured every two seconds and displayed on the separate VP550L signal processor unit


Karl Fischer Coulometric Titrator
Karl Fischer Coulometric TitratorAQ-2200S

• Three types of electrolytic cells are available including small volume, standard, and one-room cell
• One-room small size cell will require only 25mL anode solution, helpful to cut back cost of expensive KF reagents as well as hazardous waste from the reagents
• Allows two titration stations to run parallel with various coulometric/volumetric combinations

JM Science

High Specification Dynamic Light Scattering System
High Specification Dynamic Light Scattering SystemZetasizer Nano ZSP

• Particularly suitable for the characterization of proteins and nanoparticles
• Includes a Protein Measurement option for protein mobility measurements
• Incorporates a two angle particle and molecular size analyzer for the enhanced detection of aggregates and measurement of small or dilute samples, and samples at very low or high concentration using dynamic light scattering with ‘NIBS’ optics


Benchtop Meter
Benchtop Meter SevenExcellenceSevenExcellence™

• Provides precise measurements of pH, conductivity, ion concentration or ORP (oxidation reduction potential)
• Includes intuitive operation due to its unique 7-inch touch screen and its guided interface
• Flexible methods effectively manage complex applications and the stringent requirements of regulated markets
• Available in various convenient and ready-to-use kits


ESD Ductless Chemical Fume Hoods
ESD Ductless Chemical Fume Hoods AuraAura®

• Designed for electrostatic-sensitive applications
• Combines excellent user protection against toxic fume exposure with electrostatic dissipative features to prevent static build-up and discharge
• EverSafe II™microprocessor safety controller monitors and adjusts fume hood face velocity to the user preset value
• Filtrak™ positive filter sealing system provides safe and easy filter maintenance and replacement

Mystaire Misonix

1.5 HP Recirculating Chiller
1.5 HP Recirculating Chiller DurachillDurachill™

• Designed to provide reliable heat removal for lasers and other precision laboratory equipment
• Capable of maintaining process temperatures from 41° to 95°F (5° to 35°C)
• Provides up to 6328 watts of cooling at 68°F (20°C) ambient
• Available with a built-in heater for use with equipment that must be brought up to elevated temperatures before operation can begin


Lab Bench
Lab Bench Cornerstone-WSCornerstone-WS

• Replaces the previous “Basic” lab bench product line
• Features an increased maximum load capacity of 1500 lbs. (previously 660 lbs. with the Basic bench), and an improved leg design that allows for greater strength and stability
• Height adjustment range has also been increased in one inch increments from 24.75”to 37.75”

Sovella USA

Pipetting System
Pipetting System F1 ClipTipF1 ClipTip

• Ensures users can deliver consistent and repeatable pipetting results because of the need for minimal force (to lock tips in place) and a secure, air-tight seal
• Makes pipetting safer, more secure and cost-effective
• Locks tips securely into place to deliver an airtight seal on every channel
• Lightweight design reduces fatigue during extended periods of pipetting

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Cell Adhesion Assays
Cell Adhesion Assays CultureCoatCultreCoat®

• Designed to evaluate optimal cell attachment to extracellular matrices and assess factors that influence cell-matrix interactions
• Pre-coated and ready-to-use in a black stripwell microplate format that minimizes background, allows greater sensitivity and affords flexibility in the number of samples assessed
• Stripwell feature also allows multiple experiments to be conducted simultaneously using the same kit


Parallel Synthesis Kit
Parallel Synthesis Kit DrySynDrySyn™

• Offers a low cost solution for chemists wishing to conduct simple\ synthetic reactions with temperature control and magnetic stirring in parallel, but without the complications of reflux or inerting
• Compatible with tubes and vials of varying diameters and from different manufacturers
• Can be upgraded to a parallel reaction station using standard round bottom flasks


Western ECL Substrate
Western ECL Substrate ClarityClarity

• Suited to meet the diverse needs of researchers utilizing western blotting
• Provides excellent results for both high- and low-expression proteins, using either film or digital detection systems
• Gives users high-quality performance at an affordable price
• Offers researchers nearly universal application
• Has a one-year shelf life and is stored at room temperature


pH Standards, Certified Reference Materials
pH Standards, Certified Reference Materials TraceableTraceable®

• 100% compatible with all instruments and probes
• Accuracy for the Traceable® Buffer at 25°C is ±0.010 pH
• Meet Federal/State/local agencies’ strictest mandates and deliver exact calibration results for any pH meter
• Feature resistance to temperature changes and long-term buffer stability
• Each 16 ounce bottle supplied with an individual temperature compensation chart, traceability information, and Traceable® Certificate

Control Company


New DNA kits speed up the processing of DNA samples in forensic labs

GlobalFilerBack in September, Life Technologies launched its new GlobalFiler™ and GlobalFiler™ Express DNA kits, which the company says will revolutionize how crime labs perform forensic testing around the world—making it faster, easier and cheaper to process DNA samples.

By increasing the number of genetic markers by over 30 percent to 24, GlobalFiler™ allows users to recover more information from forensic samples and increases discrimination power by up to nine orders of magnitude. This results in faster and more powerful comparisons of forensic data to resolve crimes.

The kits feature a new, proprietary chemistry that enables 48 samples to be processed in under two hours when combined with Life Technologies’ forensic testing systems—five times faster than other solutions currently on the market.

“Enabling labs to go up to 5 times faster will decrease labor costs dramatically,” said John Gerace, head of applied sciences for Life Technologies, about the new kits. “Also, if labs have not implemented direct amplification for reference/database samples yet, they will save time and money by eliminating up front processing time/costs (sample extraction, normalization). These up front processing steps can add significant costs to the overall process of DNA testing, so eliminating the step eliminates the cost.”

He added that the kits deliver additional information faster to analysts and the company’s improved buffers also make the kits more robust than older technologies.

“GlobalFiler also facilitates quicker and improved amplification of challenging samples, such as degraded human remains,” Mr. Gerace said. “This is because this kit includes 10 mini- STRs, which are basically small sized markers that make it much easier to recover results from challenging samples.”

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QuEChERS Kits roQ• Designed for the cleanup of multiple pesticide residues in food prior to HPLC or GC analysis
• Offer a number of usability features specifically designed to facilitate and improve the largely manual QuEChERS technique
• Rigorously tested tubes and excellent tube caps ensure leak-free performance
• Low-extractable tubes ensure the cleanest possible extracts



PCR Plate Sealer
PCR Plate Sealer PX1PX1

• Removes human variability from plate sealing and prevents sample evaporation from impacting results
• The semi-automated design of the PX1 PCR plate sealer eliminates cumbersome manual sealing using heat and pressure to efficiently seal PCR plates
• Integrates with many different PCR workflows
• Ready to seal in under three minutes



Workcell Rapid pH• Provides simple, fast and accurate measurements of the pH for a large number of samples in microplates, without the delays and inaccuracies inherent in electrode-based measurements
• Able to measure the pH of every well in a 96-well microplate in under 6 minutes, with 0.1 accuracy

Hudson Robotics

Electric Capper
Univo CP480

Electric Capper Univo CP480• Designed to work with all sample storage 96-format tube and rack combinations, without use of adapters
• Operating as a stand-alone benchtop unit the compact system uniformly caps a complete rack of 96 sample storage tubes in only 4-9 seconds
• Can cap all Micronic plug style caps
• Easy-to-use


Air Displacement Pipetting Arm
Air LiHa

Air Displacement Pipetting Arm Air LiHa• Can be freely combined with other arms—including the Liquid LiHa (liquid displacement pipetting arm) and MultiChannel Arm™ (MCA) pipetting modules—to provide true parallel processing and increased workstation productivity
• Uses advanced air displacement technology to offer accurate and reliable pipetting for Freedom EVO 100, 150 and 200 platforms



Online Interface for Customized Target-Enrichment Panel Design

• Allows researchers to quickly generate exceptionally flexible designs for high-performance, targeted resequencing, using Agilent’s HaloPlex and SureSelect systems
• Enables users to can create custom sequencing panels tailored to their specific projects in three simple steps
• Provides an intuitive design environment
• Improves the ability to focus sequencing efforts on specific genomic regions


Roller Culture Device
R2P® 2.0

Roller Culture Device R2P® 2.0• Ethernet network-capable
• Automatically controls and monitors the rotational speed of the cell culture bottles with a service-free, high precision motor
• A single apparatus can rotate up to 176 bottles
• Settings are controlled through a color touch screen that displays all prominent process parameters and system alarms
• Custom configurations are available



Bioisostere Software Tool

Bioisostere Software Tool sparkV10• Provides new capabilities including Cresset’s new XED3 force field, new clustering algorithms and access to ADMET and physicochemical property predictions on bioisosteric replacements
• Available for deployment on standard desktop computers and can be integrated into workflow technologies
• Includes a variety of features such as the ability to filter results and more



E-LFL Tubing
Masterflex® Tygon®

E-LFL Tubing Masterflex® Tygon®•Now available for use in Masterflex peristaltic pumps
• Replaces the discontinued Masterflex LFL tubing from Cole-Parmer
• Transparent tubing offers similar chemical resistance, purity, and long pumping life to its predecessor
• New non-DEHP E-LFL tubing offers a BPA- or phthalate-free formulation to respond to changing world concerns
• Meets many global regulations, including USP Class VI, EP 3.2.9, and FDA criteria


Extended Length Pipette Tips LONG GripTipExtended Length Pipette Tips
LONG GripTip

• Available in non-sterile, sterile, filter and GREEN CHOICE configurations
• Designed to work with single, eight, 12 and 16 channel VIAFLO electronic pipettes and VOYAGER eight and 12 channel adjustable spacing electronic pipettes
• Enables easy access into labware types such as 1.5mL tubes and deep well blocks
• Reduces PCR cross contamination


Shallow 96-Well PlatesShallow 96-Well Plates

• Available with well capacities of 350ul, 270ul and 220ul in a height of just 14.7 mm
• Allow more plates to be stored or stacked in a given space
• Offered with flat, round or v-bottom - a choice of shallow plate is available optimized for particulate collection or liquid removal
• Feature raised rims


Mass Spectrometric Immunoassay Pipette Tips

Mass Spectrometric Immunoassay Pipette Tips MSIA• Provide scientists with an easier immunoaffinity approach that yields better and more reproducible quantification results
• Feature a 300 l pipette tip embedded with a proprietary, highly porous immunoaffinity column that provides increased sensitivity with improved reproducibility and sample throughput
• Include a number of benefits such as enhanced antibody/antigen-binding kinetics

Thermo Fisher Scientific