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January 2009 Technology News

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

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Air Science USA -
Purair 5 Ductless Fume Hoods
• Available in 24”, 36” or 48” widths
• Exceed OSHA, ANSI and all relevant international standards
• Unit can be positioned over a sink or benchtop apparatus
• A face velocity of 100 fpm ensures containment of fumes and
particulates for operator protection

Dynacon -
Innova—Automated Microbiology
Specimen Processor

• Automatically plants and streaks all microbiology specimens to
standardize procedures and automate front-end culture setup
• Automatically adapts to different-sized specimen containers without
needing to switch parts or change accessories
• Large container and plate capacity allow users to enjoy a walkaway
time of up to one hour
• Preloaded with a large library of traditional streak patterns
• Frees staff resources so they can perform other tasks

Arizona Instrument -
Computrac® MAX® 4000 Moisture/
Solids Analyzer

• Full-color screen displays separate graphs for rate of
moisture evolution and total moisture evolution
• Forced-air cooling system allows instrument to cool from test
temperature to idle temperature 25% faster than previous models
• Temperature Ramp Rate Control option allows user to control
the rate at which the instrument heats from idle to test temperature

Fluid Imaging Technologies -
VisualSpreadsheet© V2.0 Particle Image Software
• Permits on-the-fly filtering during data acquisition
for faster detection of particles of interest
• Filters in real time while sample runs
• Cuts clicks and adds shortcuts for faster access to data
• Comes installed with the FlowCAM and can be
retrofitted on the benchtop and portable models

ATS RheoSystems -
Merlin Rotational Viscometer
• Capable of both steady shear and yield stress testing
• Comes with built-in Peltier temperature control
• Angular velocity range from 0.01 to 200 rad/s
• Torque range from 0.005 to 20 mNm
• Temperature range from 5° to 85°C

GE Healthcare -
DeCyder 2D 7.0 Differential Analysis Software
• Requires just two microliters of sample
• Optimizes sample and storage conditions
• Verifies quaternary structure of protein complexes
• Assesses protein solubility and sample purity

Axiom Analytical -
Multiplexed Diffuse Reflectance Near-IR
Sampling System

• Combines up to 10 diffuse reflectance probes with one fiber-optic multiplexer
• Monitors up to 10 separate sample locations with a single
near-infrared spectrometer
• Probe combines high sensitivity with excellent stray light rejection
• Optimum sample offset is adjustable from approximately 40 to 60 mm

Grant Instruments -
PSU-20 Platform Shaker
• Can be programmed to provide orbital, reciprocation
and vibration mixing functions
• Three functions can be set for continuous or timed operation
in a single function mode or any combination of all three
• Enables mixing optimization for a wide range of applications
• A variety of interchangeable platforms accommodate
different sized flasks, beakers, Petri dishes and other vessels

Beckman Coulter -
SPRI-TE™ Nucleic Acid Extractor
• Prepares between one and 10 samples in about 30 minutes
• Requires minimal user training
• Prepackaged extraction kits prepare genomic DNA, viral or formalin-fixed,
paraffin-embedded nucleic acid samples
• SPRI® technology extracts nucleic acids without centrifugation or vacuum manifold

J.G. Finneran Associates -
Big Mouth Insert with Bottom Spring
• Has up to 250 μL capacity
• Available as is or preassembled with polymer bottom springs
• Spring acts as a shock absorber that protects against breakage if the needle bottoms out
• Conical design of the insert permits complete sample removal
• Available in either glass or plastic, with dimensions of 6 x 29 and 6 x 31, respectively

Cole-Parmer -
Polystat® Circulating Baths
• Feature improved control and new tank configurations
• Provide more efficient heat exchange, better uniformity and improved reservoir agitation
• Offer digital, advanced digital and programmable controllers in 6-, 13- and 28-liter models
• Feature small footprints and added pump pressure

 J-KEM Scientific -
The Voyager Workstation
• Provides optimized weighing and sorting of plastic and glass microvials in 96-position tube racks
• Standard configurations hold 12- or 24-tube racks, plus two additional racks
for cherry-picking operations
• Includes a built-in 2-D bar code scanner and microanalytical balance
with either 0.1 mg or 0.01 mg resolution
• Bar code scanner can be configured to read bottom-encoded tubes

 Dickson -
Start-Stop Data Loggers
• Available with both push-to-start and push-to-stop functions
• Digital displays track temperature and humidity conditions between data downloads
• Display current or min/max temperature and humidity readings
• Offers USB-enabled triple-speed data downloading

 JM Science -
Potentiometric Titrator COM-1700
• Reliable high-speed communications with no response time lag and results appear in real-time
• Compact design reduces bench space by 25%
• Buret design allows automatic reagent exchange quickly and efficiently
• New sample changer accommodates a wide selection of test tubes, beakers and conical flasks

Labnet International -
Prism R Refrigerated Microcentrifuge
• Has smallest footprint in its class
• One control knob and large LCD make programming and operation simple
• Maximum speed is 13,500 rpm/17,133 x g
• Refrigeration system can cool the centrifuge to 4ºC in less than 8 minutes
• Supplied with a 24-place rotor for 1.5/2.0 ml tubes

Thermo Fisher Scientific -
PocketTip® D.A.R.T.s® Dispensing Tips
• Enable nanoliter volume dispensing on Thermo Scientific Matrix automated systems
• Allow the transfer of 50-500 nL of concentrated sample compounds suspended
in dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) directly to assay plates
• Capillary pocket fills with the specified amount of compound solution and
facilitates soft in-tip mixing of sample and assay material
• Unique face seal of the tip minimizes tip-to-tip height variations for consistent dispensing

 Malvern -
SyNIRgi Chemical Imaging System
• Used for advanced troubleshooting of dissolution failures in tablets and granules
• Provides reliable measurement of the spatial distribution of pharmaceutical ingredients
• Enables chemical composition and structural data to be obtained nondestructively
• Removes any reliance on statistical correlation of results

 Torrey Pines Scientific -
EchoTherm™ HPLC Column Chiller/Heater
• Temperature range from 4.0°C to 100.0°C readable and settable to 0.1°C
• PID temperature control software regulates temperatures to ±0.2°C, even at ambient
• Repeats any program from 1 to 99 times automatically
• Ideal for chiral and biomedical chromatography

Toledo -
InPro7250 Inductive Conductivity Sensor
• Endures most hazardous conditions while screening for manufacturing seepage
• Hermetically sealed calculation system and safeguard maintain stable conductivity
for difficult-to-measure developments
• Consists of two high-precision coils hermetically sealed in a robust and chemically
resistant polymer matrix
• Inert to strong mineral acids, inorganic bases, inorganic oxidizing agents and
salt solutions

 VICI Metronics -
Dynacal® Permeation Tubes
• Capsules contain chemical compound in a two-phase equilibrium between the gas phase
and the liquid or solid phase
• Accurate, stable concentrations range from PPB to high PPM
• Permeation tube rates can be certified using standards traceable to NIST
• Permeation rate data is already established for hundreds of different compounds

Microfluidics -
M-110P Series of Benchtop Processors
• M-110P-20 delivers nanoemulsions, nanosuspensions,
nanoencapsulations and nanodispersions at 20,000 psi or lower
• M-110PS and M-110P-20S processors work with smaller
minimum sample sizes of 25 ml
• All include a glass reservoir for fast and accurate visual identification
• All allow flow rates starting at 110 ml/minute (95 ml/minute for
CE versions), depending on process pressure

Waters -
Oasis HLB Disk
• Handles larger and dirtier samples at higher rates of speed
• Enhances retention of polar compounds
• Works with compounds and extraction solvents for samples with a pH range of 1–14
• Built on the Horizon Technology® Atlantic® Disk platform

PerkinElmer -
General Purpose Optical Bench Accessory
• For the Spectrum™ 100 and 400 spectrometers
• For more advanced or specialized applications difficult to perform using the
base instrument’s standard sample compartment
• Leaves standard sample compartment open for normal operation while providing a
second position for an permanently attached additional accessory
• Can accommodate extra-large or specialized sampling systems such as
cryostats, high-vacuum chambers, and specialized detectors

Wheaton Science Products -
CryoFile™ and CryoFile XL™ Storage Boxes
• Offer secure cryogenic storage for samples at 196°C
• ID grid aids in identifying the contents of the box without having to check the vials
• Numbered grid on the inside lid provides a space for written identification information
• Partitions in the box are removable for storing contents other than cryogenic vials

Phenomenex -
SFC Columns for Analytical and
Preparative Applications

• Columns expand application of the SFC technology to analytical and
preparative applications
• Advantages over HPLC include improved resolution, faster separations
and higher throughput
• Reduces the use of toxic solvents, meeting demands for “greener” solutions
• Columns represent Luna® HILIC (hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography);
Synergi™ Polar-RP (ether-linked phenyl phase); and Lux™ chiral phases brands

Xenosep Technologies -
FunnelFit™ Pre-Formed Conical Filters
• Used for organic extract drying applications
• Eliminate the need for solvents to “wet down” and keep quadrant folded
or prepleated filters in the funnel
• Eliminate inconsistent preparation steps that cause sample bypass,
tip blow-out and contamination issues
• Available in three quantitative ashless grades

Carl Zeiss -
The Cell Observer SD
• Enables confocal observation and documentation of experiments with living cells over a
long period of time and at high frame rates
• All major incubation parameters are saved automatically with the image data
• Software modules can be combined, from simple camera-controlled, multichannel imaging to a special high-speed mode