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December 2011 Technology News

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

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Handheld Raman Spectrometer

  • Support a broad range of applications in multiple industries
  • Easy to use and operates single-handedly
  • Allows rapid development of standardized and validated methods to facilitate 100% inspection for purity and quality
  • Includes CleanLaze® technology for exceptional laser stabilization and narrow linewidth

B&W Tek, Inc.

Micro Volume Spectrophotometer
NanoPhotometer™ P-Class

  • Includes NanoVolume (0.3µl) analysis, cuvette capability, built-in vortexer, and standalone operation
  • Offers the smallest sample requirement, widest dynamic range, fast scan times, and lifetime accuracy without need for recalibration
  • A good fit for small volume analysis


Product Spotlight
High Absorbance Level, Ultra-Low Stray Light
New compact, research grade UV-Vis

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has launched the compact UV-2600 and UV-2700 UV-Vis spectrophotometers, which feature advanced optical systems and proprietary “Lo-Ray-Ligh” diffraction gratings. The systems substantially reduce stray light, which is great for routine analysis and demanding research applications. instruments launched

In response to feedback that typical spectrophotometers are too large, the design of the UV-2600 and UV-2700 reduces required installation space by 28 percent, while maintaining the same sample compartment size.

“Overall size reduction of the UV-2600/2700 instruments was achieved by the use of Shimadzu’s patented Lo-Ray-Ligh gratings and a re-design of the monochrometer system,” a Shimadzu product manager said.

With that double monochromator design and diffraction gratings, the UV-2700 achieves ultra-low stray light of 0.00005 %T at 220 nm. Its photometric performance range has been expanded to 8 Abs, with a transmittance value of 0.000001%. This eliminates the need to dilute samples and allows the measurement of low transmittance samples.

In addition, power consumption has been reduced to 170 VA for a 10-percent energy savings.

“A reduction in power consumption … over the previous series of UV-visible instruments was achieved by incorporating modern surface-mount electronic technology in the design of the processing and control electronic hardware,” a Shimadzu representative added.

Equipped with a single monochromator, the UV-2600 features a measurement wavelength range to 1400 nm, using the ISR-2600Plus two-detector integrating sphere. This ultra-wide range permits measurements in the near-infrared region, and expanded research of photovoltaics and other materials.

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Radio Scanner/Detector

  • Money-saving ‘two in one’ device combines Radio-TLC scanner and Radio-HPLC flow through detector
  • Saves bench space and improves workflow
  • Features easy-to-learn and use Laura software


Shimadzu Adapter Kit for Merlin Microseals™
P/N 61-12

  • Allows Microseals to be used with Shimadzu GC-2010 and GC 2025 gas chromatographs (GC)
  • Available for immediate shipment
  • The Microseal is a microvalve replacement for conventional injection port septa, providing longer lifetimes and improved chromatographic performance

Merlin Instrument Company

GC Column Range and Toolkit

  • Strong performance in achieving separations for biodiesel analysis
  • All ASTM International and European National (EN) biodiesel methods have been evaluated to demonstrate the suitability of BPX-BIOD GC columns to achieve optimal separation

SGE Analytical Science

Handheld EDXRF Spectrometer

  • Delivers grade identification and material verification within two seconds of clicking its trigger for metals and most alloys
  • Offers exceptionally low detection limits
  • Lightweight, compact design makes it easy to use in the field


TN/TS Analyzer
iPRO 5000 Series

  • Features an innovative direct injection design providing the capacity to analyze both heavy and light hydrocarbons without changing introduction modules
  • Reduces the time spent from analysis to viewing results
  • Ensures high accuracy, as well as reproducibility and repeatability

Thermo Fisher Scientific

GC Column with SafeGuard

  • Combines an analytical gas chromatography (GC) column with a built-in guard column
  • SafeGuard feature extends the life of the analytical column without compromising its chromatographic performance
  • Available in a range of guard column lengths and analytical column specifications

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Basic lab

Fume Hoods
New 36” Deep Models

  • The new 36” depth is available in AirClean Systems 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-foot wide folding-sash ductless fume hood models
  • Use a unique gas phase bonded carbon filter which eliminates filter dusting and dead zones associated with traditional granular carbon filters
  • Seamless polypropylene construction is chemically resistant and will not rust

AirClean Systems

Ductless Fume Hood

  • Exceeds OSHA, ANSI and all relevant international standards
  • Ductless design eliminates installation costs
  • Three models available with a choice of 24”, 36” or 48” widths
  • Operate at low noise levels
  • Face velocity of 100 fpm ensures containment of fumes and particulates

Air Science

Test Tube Capper

  • Reduces finger soreness and hand stress
  • Features a vinyl covered handhold that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand while a polypropylene tip presses down on the cap to securely position it within the test tube
  • Capping can be performed on glass or plastic test tubes using recessed center test tube caps

Bel-Art Products

Automated Lab Management System
Element ID

  • Makes compliance with NELAP, ISO, and GLP easier by recording user badge, timestamp, and automatically identifying samples
  • Allows users to create safety & environmental audit records
  • Creates a paperless audit trail without adding time-consuming steps
  • Ensures that each sample is tested within holding limits

Element ID

Water Purification Systems
PURELAB Flex 3 & 4

  • Ensure accurate, consistent results
  • Both systems deliver up to 10 liters of ultrapure water per day and up to 2 liters per minute
  • The Flex 3 delivers ultrapure water direct from potable tap water and the flex 4 requires a pre-purified feed


Potentiometric Titrator

  • Can run four titrations and stirrers that easily allow end user to do different types of titration
  • Has reliable high-speed communications with no response time lag and results appear in real-time
  • Compact design reduces bench space by 25 percent

JM Science

Benchtop Meters

  • For measurement of pH, ion concentration, ORP or conductivity
  • Comes in pH/Ion S220 and Conductivity S230 models
  • Easy to operate; menu guidance is available in 10 different languages
  • Two display layouts available

Mettler Toledo

Supercritical Fluid Extractor

  • Simple to operate and easy to modify for evolving applications needs
  • Extraction vessel is forged from durable stainless steel; vessels can range in size from 100 mL to 5 liters
  • Includes a wide range of operations pressures (up to 10,000 psi) and temperatures (ambient to 200°C)

Supercritical Fluid Technologies

Chemicals, Kits & Reagents

Transfection Reagent

  • Designed to transfect stem cells and primary cells
  • Provides excellent transfection efficiency with minimum cytotoxicity
  • Formulated from proprietary compounds that are chemically defined and are of animal-free origin
  • Offers minimal optimization to achieve superior expression results


DNA & RNA Isolation Kits

  • Developed specifically for use with biofilms
  • Full range of nucleic acid isolation and purification products in mini, midi, maxi and 96-well formats available
  • Provide a typical yield of over 95%
  • Contain everything needed for analysis


pH Buffer Standards
Traceable® One-Shot™

  • 100% compatible with all instruments and probes
  • Accuracy at 25°C is ±0.010 pH
  • Certified Reference Materials meet Federal/State/local agencies’ strictest mandates and deliver exact calibration results for any pH meter

Control Company

Enzymatic PCR Clean-Up Kit
illustra™ ExoStar

  • Provides a high performance and cost effective product for the enzymatic removal of unincorporated primers and nucleotides from PCR and sequencing reactions
  • Enables efficient primer digestion with no degradation of target PCR products
  • Contains two enzymes that have been expressly designed to work together

GE Healthcare

Cytoskeleton Enrichment Kits

  • Enables enrichment of cytoskeleton-associated proteins in as little as 20 minutes
  • Maintains actin cytoskeleton and associated proteins in their native, adhered conformations
  • Significantly reduces background signal, while allowing for improved detection of low-abundance cytoskeleton-associated proteins

EMD Millipore

SPE Solutions
Servo and Servo+

  • Enable analysts to isolate drug compounds from complex biological samples
  • Servo offers a fast and effective resource for high sample throughput
  • Servo+™ provides greater selectivity, higher loading capacity and increased robustness
  • Are a complete workflow enhancement for dealing with difficult sample matrices

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Lab Automation

Vial Handling Instrument

  • Decaps and recaps vials for downstream processes
  • Performs data collection of sample ID and volume of incoming samples
  • Consolidates racks of sample tubes to save space in freezers
  • Rearrays sample tubes for efficient liquid handling operations
  • Weighs tubes for sample volume tracking


Product Spotlight
Prevent Human Error and Stress

Autosampler provides reliable unattended operation

Designed to provide exceptional repeatability and reliability, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s TriPlus™ RSH Autosampler delivers high-quality analytical results and features precise built-in automation to improve productivity and prevent human mistakes.

Thermo’s new system also offers unattended operation over the weekend.

“The majority of autosamplers available will complete running the available sample positions within 24-36 hours after the sequence begins,” said Massimo Santoro, Thermo’s GC Product Manager. “This translates in the whole system (usually consisting of an autosampler, GC and mass spectrometer) being idle and not producing data for up to a day and a half during weekends. For some laboratories, this represents a big loss in terms of productivity and often money.”

He added Thermo’s new autosampler enhances productivity and versatility of laboratories running multiple methods requiring different injection techniques.

“Its extended sample capacity and innovative capability of changing injection technique while unattended during a single sequence allows the running of, for example, liquid samples followed by headspace or SPME injections,” Santoro said of the machine.

There are also several other features users are particularly pleased with so far.

“Early-adopters are impressed by the system’s unique ability to handle low-sample volumes (as low as 5 microliters), providing reliable and dependable results,” Santoro said. “This, for example, allows food, environmental and forensic laboratories performing trace analyses to achieve higher sensitivities, while also saving precious and expensive internal standards.”

The system saves time and prevents those potential human errors, thanks to its ability to automatically perform some standard and sample preparation, such as internal standard addition or dilutions and derivatizations, Santoro added.

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Automated Aliquoting Liquid Handler

  • Enhances laboratory efficiency through workflow automation
  • Can accurately dispense liquid volumes from 100- 875 µL and process up to 1000 samples per hour
  • Compatible with a wide variety of sample management software, but can also be used as a stand-alone instrument

Thermo Fisher Scientific

High-Throughput Targeted Sequencing System

  • Enables researchers to process 96 samples per day
  • Quickly generates high-quality data
  • Supports a range of targeted sequencing applications
  • Simultaneously processes millions of individual single molecule PCR reactions by encapsulating each reaction in separate aqueous droplets


Life Science

Antibody Panels
Custom Design Services

  • Work with a wide variety of proprietary or customer-supplied human and non-human antibodies
  • Two- to 10-color panels can be composed using a comprehensive array of fluorochromes to meet specific experimental requirements
  • Panels are packaged in exclusive black vials to protect against photobleaching

Beckman Coulter

Isoelectric Focusing (IEF) System

  • Designed to simultaneously run up to 12 immobilized pH gradient (IPG) strips in 12 independently programmed lanes
  • Controls lanes separately, allowing researchers to set precise current limits for each lane
  • Allows researchers to test several optimization conditions simultaneously and run samples from different experiments together


Lentiviral Biosensors

  • Pre-packaged lentiviral particles containing GFP- & RFP-tagged proteins of cell structure, autophagy, apoptosis and neuroscience
  • Detects the presence or absence of proteins and their subcellular location in live cells
  • Enables real-time visualization and tracking of protein movement

EMD Millipore

One-Step RT-qPCR System

  • Gives a brighter signal for earlier quantification of low and high copy RNA targets
  • Compatible with all real-time PCR instruments in both fast and standard cycling conditions
  • Engineered to enable simple reaction setup and provide consistently efficient, sensitive, broad range and robust performance in all standard or fast instrument platforms


CMOS Camera
Rolera Bolt

  • Designed for low-light imaging
  • Features an aggressive price point
  • Includes a high quantum efficiency 1.3 mega-pixel sensor (3.63 µm x 3.63 µm pixel size) combined with low read noise (~ 3e-) and high-speed (30 fps full resolution) simultaneous readout


Online qPCR Tool

  • Simplifies compliance with Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments (MIQE) guidelines
  • New features include primer and probe homology searching, template secondary structure analysis, the ability to design across exon splice sites, and more
  • Free, robust design tool is easy to use for both novices and experts

Sigma Life Science


  • Allows quick and easy measurement of samples down to 2 µL
  • Provides a straightforward way of analyzing up to 16 microliter-scale samples simultaneously
  • Lets users detect dsDNA from a few micrograms to a few milligrams per milliliter, without needing to perform any dilutions

Thermo Fisher Scientific

LIMS & Software

Chemistry Applications
Cheminformatics Suite

  • Allows users to register, search, mine and analyze information on chemical structures and reactions, chemically modified sequences and associated data
  • Features an all-new web-based chemical registration system
  • Includes HEOS® by SCYNEXIS, a proven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workspace that supports real-time data sharing across multiple organizations


ADME/Tox Software

  • Accurately predict physicochemical properties, ADME characteristics, and toxicity endpoints
  • Optimize candidate characteristics and endpoint with Structure Design tools
  • Easily share and report data with streamlined interface

Advanced Chemistry Development Inc. (ACD/Labs)

Informatics Software
KnowItAll 9.0

  • Includes unlimited spectral range and resolution feature
  • Allows users to store spectra in a user database at the precise range and resolution at which each spectrum was measured
  • Features new structure drawing tools to comply with IUPAC structure drawing guidelines
  • Provides higher resolution spectra in HaveItAll® IR, NIR, Raman database subscriptions

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Flow Meters/Controllers Software
BSI 0260

  • Provides a turnkey solution for monitoring and controlling up to 30 mass flow meters or mass flow controllers
  • Eliminates the need for multiple secondary electronics boxes
  • Software allows users to display the full-scale flow rate and measured flow rate
  • Includes the ability to create automated process recipes

Brooks Instrument

Calorimetry Software

  • Enables early characterization of the stability of molecules in solution
  • Minimizes the data analysis bottleneck and simplifies experiment design and setup
  • Provides a single, intuitive graphical user interface for selecting and entering all sample and experiment run parameters

GE Healthcare

Debra 6

  • Users can import both current and legacy Version 5 study data for further reporting, PK analysis, pooling of samples and metabolite profiling
  • Allows the consolidation of all data into a single database
  • Barcode label printing facility now includes 2D barcodes that can carry much more information

LabLogic Systems

Scientific Water and Environmental

  • Allows users to establish protocols and documentation methods that meet NELAC compliance requirements and ISO 17025 guidelines
  • Automates reports and records to ensure full traceability
  • Improves lab and workflow efficiencies

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Supplies & Consumables

Pipette Tips

  • Feature a patented surface treatment which makes them extremely liquid repellent
  • Provide a highly homogeneous surface free of defect sites, preventing nonspecific binding
  • Available in nano-cap™, ultra-micro, 200µL, 300µL, 1000µL and 1250µL, non-sterile, BIO-CERT® sterile, and Filter tip BIO-CERT® sterile versions

BrandTech® Scientific

Solvent-Resistant Labels for HPLC Columns
CILS-8200S Series

  • Designed to permanently adhere to all surfaces and withstand aggressive HPLC cleaning agents
  • Printable straight from a standard desktop printer
  • Variable data (batch numbers, barcodes etc) can be added ‘at the click of a button’

CILS International

Reagent Reservoir System

  • Economically and environmentally friendly due to reusable base
  • Unique design enhances the visibility of the selected volume line
  • Pour back spouts control liquid flow and enable easy, spill-free return of excess reagent into its original container
  • EZ Peel paper lids ensure sterility with less expense and waste


Cell Culture Flasks
TC Plastics

  • Allow cells to adhere more efficiently to the surface
  • Ensure perfect visualization every time
  • New features include molded graduations in the flask walls, opaque areas for laboratory markers and sector division marks on the dishes
  • All products free from DNA/RNA, DNase/RNase and Pyrogen contamination

Porvair Sciences

2D Barcoded Tubes
Matrix Amber

  • Available in 0.5 and 1.0 mL sizes
  • Sterile, DNase/RNase-free
  • Safeguard samples from potentially detrimental ultraviolet (UV) light while still allowing users to gauge liquid levels inside the tube
  • Work with 2D barcode readers, handheld de-cappers, freezer racks and automated instruments

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Permeation Tubes

  • At a constant temperature, the device emits the compound through its permeable portion at a constant rate
  • Accurate, stable concentrations range from PPB to high PPM
  • Rates can be certified using standards traceable to NIST
  • Useful for any situation requiring a stable concentration of a specific trace chemical

VICI Metronics

Sample Vials

  • Certified for LC/MS/MS analyses where analyte concentrations are on the order of ng/mL or pg/mL and where analytical sensitivity and accuracy are critical
  • Manufactured under tight controls using a proprietary process that limits the concentration of free ions on the surface of the glass
  • Dramatically lowers analyte adsorption