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Technology News December 2013

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market. This month, we also highlight some of the vendors who will be exhibiting at SLAS2014.

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Vapor Pressure Tester

  • Automates the manual ASTM D2879 Standard Test Method for Vapor Pressure by Isoteniscope used by the chemical industry
  • Measures gasoline, jet fuels, solvents and chemicals as well as food, flavor and fragrance products with improved precision
  • Optimized for a pressure range from 0.1 to 100 kPa and shows a measuring repeatability better than 0.1 kPa

AMETEK Petrolab Company

IR Spectroscopy Platform

  • Can operate with top-side illumination, eliminating the prior need to prepare samples
  • on a ZnSe prism and enabling measurements on a much more diverse set of samples
  • Provides the new resonance-enhanced mode which significantly increases the sensitivity of the technique and enables AFM-IR measurements on samples of sub-20nm in thickness
  • Expands the range of applications for AFM-IR

Anasys Instruments

Peltier Cooler for GC Inlet

  • High running cost of the inlet cooling can be greatly reduced by replacing the cryogenic system with a Peltier cooler
  • Cooler is designed for the OPTIC inlet and uses the dry compressed air or nitrogen gas as a cooling media
  • Especially suited to cases when cooling to sub-ambient temperatures is not required


Fluorescence Spectrometer

  • Features ultimate single photon sensitivity throughout the specified spectral range and high data acquisition speed
  • Includes comprehensive yet easy to operate software and a wide range of plug and play sample cassette options
  • Designed for the research and analytical market
  • Available with a number of options including a phosphorescence lifetime option, and more

Edinburgh Instruments

NIR Analyzer

  • Provides flexibility in testing all sorts of samples
  • Unit now has a smarter design and is smaller
  • Gives users a broad wavelength range for a variety of standard and special tests and proven stable performance
  • Has an advanced full spectrum (400 – 2500 nm) research-grade spectrometer, with exceptional signal to noise, wavelength accuracy and bandwidth performance


Integrated Raman Spectrometer

  • Features Raster Orbital Scanning (ROS) technology, a sampling technique that enables more efficient Raman signal collection with lower background effects
  • Overcomes sampling hurdles associated with dispersive design Raman devices by maintaining high resolution and minimizing the power buildup of a tightly focused laser typical in Raman applications
  • Allows users to exploit a larger sample interrogation area

Ocean Optics

Milk Powder Analyzer
Booth 1013 and 1005

  • Tests for unknown adulterants as well as known compounds, such as protein, moisture and fat content
  • Provides faster preparation and sampling times that yield real-time results
  • Gives users heightened protection from supply chain risks to the safety and quality of milk powder
  • Preconfigured mathematical models of specific analytical profiles for milk powder—similar to a fingerprint— eliminates the need for up-front instrument configuration


Product Spotlight

Everyday Mass Spectrometry
New detector gives users mass spectral data without the complexity

Waters recently released the first mass detector to bring high-quality, mass spectral data to chromatographic separations—the ACQUITY QDa™.

The new detector is designed as a synergistic component of a chromatographic system and is compatible with Waters ACQUITY® UltraPerformance LC® (UPLC®), ACQUITY UltraPerformance Convergence Chromatography™ (UPC2®), Alliance® high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Waters supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) and LC-based purification systems.

“The ACQUITY QDa Detector adds a whole new dimension to separation science and it is the most progressive leap forward in chromatography detection since the first photodiode detectors were introduced decades ago.” Art Caputo, president, Waters Division says.

Waters’ new system addresses the barriers of complexity, size and cost that have kept many users from adopting mass spectrometry for everyday use. The QDa features on/off simplicity, fully automates sample analysis, and eliminates sample-specific adjustments for certainty in sample results, from user to user and system to system.

This detector is robust and reliable for routine use and complements optical detection, such as the PDA detector, by confirming the identity of compounds with mass spectral information. The system also extends the limits of sample detection for a chromatographic separation by quantifying compounds having no UV response or that are present at levels not detectable and quantifiable by optical detection.

“The ACQUITY QDa Detector is the realization of a vision that started 20 years ago at Waters,” Caputo says. “We foresaw a day when we could blend chromatography and mass spectrometry technologies together in a way that gives every analytical scientist access to mass spectral data regardless of their previous experience with mass spectrometry.”

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Gas Sorption Analyzer
Quadrasorb evo

  • Provides the opportunity to measure surface area and pore sizes with four independent analysis stations
  • Dedicated transducer has been provided for measurement of Po (adsorbate saturated vapor pressure), so that continually measuring Po does not slow down analysis capabilities.
  • Several new analysis modes have been introduced such as the Quick Mode which allows for accelerated analysis time

Quantachrome Instruments

Fiber Optic Probe Accessories

  • For Rigaku Xantus-2™ 785nm and 532nm portable Raman analyzers
  • Compact and easy-to-use
  • Enable users to significantly improve routine laboratory Raman spectroscopy and support true in situ analysis of an even broader range of materials
  • Also allows users to fulfill applications, such as immersion analysis, that standard spectroscopic platforms cannot achieve

Rigaku Raman

Basic Lab

Energy-Saving Ductless Fume Hood
Purair ECO™

  • Designed for both chemical and particulate protection over a broad range of laboratory and industrial applications
  • Available with a choice of controllers including the company’s new ECOair™ touchpad control with color display interface
  • Optional BACnet network interface connects all cabinet control, monitoring and alarm functions to an open-source facility monitoring system
  • Five standard sizes available

Air Science USA

Jacketed Reaction Vessel
ReactoMate Pilot

  • Offers precise control of reaction variables, a powerful direct drive overhead stirrer and excellent reaction visibility even with the vacuum jacket option
  • Optimized for process scale reactions from 1 to 30 liters
  • Available packaged with a Julabo A40 Presto Circulator, a ReactoMate-Pilot Super Support system, and IKA overhead stirrer


High Precision Digital Pipettors
Ultra EZpette™

  • Provides both accurate and precise liquid dispensing in a comfortable ergonomic design
  • Available in the choice of pink or blue with 8 different models that cover volume ranges from 0.1μL to 10mL
  • Ejector’s “clik-to-fix” system allows users to easily adjust the tip ejection
  • Includes a calibration tool for easy in-lab recalibration

Denville Scientific

Membrane Chip Interface
Part No. 3200345

  • Designed specifically for in-line liquid-liquid separation, liquid-liquid contacting, dead-end and cross-flow filtration, and electrochemistry applications
  • Offers rapid setup with just standard 1/16” tubing; no additional tools or fittings are necessary
  • Standard setup achieves a low internal volume of 60μl and minimizes the dead volume
  • Has excellent chemical compatibility, and can accommodate a wide range of temperatures and pressures


Portable Thermal Imaging Kits
FLIR E40 / T420

  • Eliminate risky guesswork with instant noncontact readings that deliver up to 76,800 repeatable, accurate temperature measurements in each thermographic image
  • Visualize temperatures from -20°C to +650°C
  • High accuracy (±2%) and sensitivity (up to <0.045°C) lets users see the finest thermal variations
  • Includes FLIR ResearchIR software, which provides a comprehensive set of easy-to-use acquisition, diagnostics, and data sharing tools

FLIR Systems

Thermal Imaging Camera

  • Combines high speed and high resolution with ease of use and the flexibility to be configured for
  • many scientific or research applications
  • Features a high-speed 640x512 digital InSb detector with broadband (1.5-5.5μm) spectral sensitivity and F/3 aperture
  • Provides images up to 350Hz in full frame and up to 4500 Hz in a 320x8 sub-windowing mode

FLIR Systems

Solvent Removal Technology

  • Enables scientists to rapidly dry their samples without cross-contamination or loss of sample due to solvent bumping
  • Gives smooth, controlled solvent removal in optimum time
  • Available for all current models of Genevac centrifugal evaporators, from the affordable EZ-2 through to the production-scale HT-24


Serological Pipettor
Booth 911

  • Provides a significant increase in pipetting speed and a sizeable weight reduction, making using the instrument over extended periods of time even more comfortable
  • Also gives users precision, ease-of-use, long operating battery life and reliability
  • Designed for use with all commercially available glass and plastic serological pipettes in the volume range 1-100 ml


Peristaltic Pump System

  • Allows maintenance free, continuous flow pumping for various fluids
  • Can easily dispense in forward or reverse direction using the touchscreen display
  • All parameters are clearly displayed on the touchscreen for easy viewing
  • Unit can be configured for your specific flow profile using the programmable multi-step operations available right on the pump

KD Scientific

Workstation for Micro- and Nano- Fluidics
Booth 950

  • Includes the HVS448 eight channel sequenceable high voltage power supply, the SVM340 synchronized video microscope, uProcess™ automated pumps, valves, and sensors, and CapTite microfluidic microconnectors
  • Labsmith technologies combined with Trianja glass and fused silica chips provide a complete capability for lab-on-a-chip R&D —from proof-of-concept to prototype to production
  • Gives users an integrated microfluidic solution for precise fluid and voltage control


Super-Resolution System

  • Widefield system offers 2D and now also 3D superresolution imaging of molecules and cellular structures
  • Attains resolutions of down to 20 nm in the lateral and 50 nm in the axial direction
  • Features unique precision for localizing single molecules, excellent system stability and strong optical performance
  • Fully automated system and software are also easy to operate


Rotational Rheometer
Kinexus pro+ and Kinexus ultra+

  • Two new models incorporate enhancements to Malvern’s unique proprietary air bearing technology
  • New capabilities extend the range and robustness of test conditions that can be applied during rheological characterization
  • Enhancements further reduce inherent torque bias that exists in all rotational rheometer bearings, minimizing data corrections and extending the instrument’s torque range


Temperature Controller

  • Features universal AC input and integrated potentiometers for set temp and PI control
  • Also includes PC programmable set temp and PID control as well as TTL level UART communication port
  • The set temp range is determined by thermistor type and the unit features open sensor protection
  • RoHS compliant

Oven Industries

Programmable Circulators

  • Sixteen low temperature circulators that provide precise temperature control for demanding external applications now offered
  • Feature operating temperature ranges as broad as -40° to 200°C and temperature stabilities as precise as ±0.005°C
  • Available in reservoir sizes from 7 to 45 liters
  • Circulators’ variable-speed pressure/suction pump is capable of delivering pressure flow rates as high as 20.1 LPM


Scientific CMOS Camera

  • Captures fast cellular dynamic events across a larger field of view without compromising sensitivity
  • Features 2.1 megapixels at 100 frames per second (FPS) compared to 1.4 megapixel at 10 FPS for the typical CCD camera
  • Achieves 45 percent larger field of view than standard 1.4 megapixel fluorescence CCD cameras
  • Also features


Lab Waste Collection Containers
Bench-Top Keepers™

  • New design makes it even more convenient to economically collect infectious waste in the lab
  • Easy to assemble containers feature more useable interior space but keep the same small, space-saving footprint
  • Wide opening allows for easy disposal of items and closes securely for disposal
  • Plastic lining prevents leaks
  • Help keep user’s immediate work area cleaner and safer

Whitney Medical Solutions

Cell Culture

Animal-Free and Endotoxin-Free Stem Cell Factors
Booth 1513

  • Address the growing body of evidence suggesting accepted levels of endotoxin contamination may significantly compromise stem cell maintenance and differentiation
  • Produced in a plant based expression system that utilizes barley seed to eliminate the risks and limitations associated with these traditional expression systems


Glass Bottom Plates

  • Precision-manufactured using a proprietary process resulting in excellent light transmission and an ultraflat optical plane (+/- 15μm)
  • Complete range of 24-, 96- and 384-well Krystal glass bottom microplates is available sterilized for tissue culture to optimize cell growth or non-sterile for assay development
  • Fully compatible with automated liquid handling and robotic devices

Porvair Sciences

Cell Line Imaging & Analysis System
Cell Metric™ rapid

  • Quickly and reliably screens hundreds of plates from limited dilutions via automated image capture and analysis
  • Suited to large-scale projects investigating the optimal conditions for cell growth, processing many thousands of clones per day with walk-away ease of use
  • Can capture images from an entire 96-well plate in just 45 seconds


Microscale Bioreactor
Booth 520

  • Can now be used as a perfusion mimic
  • Enables scientists to rapidly and easily develop large scale perfusion culture processes of unstable, low producing or minimally expressing proteins or antibodies
  • Has been utilized as a semi-continuous chemostat model for perfusion culture in 10-15mL micro bioreactors
  • Features an integrated cell counter and automated liquid handling

TAP Biosystems

Automated Cell Culture System
Cellmate Mk9
Booth 520

  • Designed for safe, high throughput production of adherent cell-based vaccines in a GMP environment
  • Can be UL certified and include in-line particle counter that can be used to monitor non-viable particle loading in the processing area
  • Supports the OPC interoperability standard for industrial automation allowing users remote access to process information

TAP Biosystems

Chemicals, Kits & Reagents

Acrylamide Kits for Gel Electrophoresis
TGX™ FastCast™ and TGX Stain-Free™ FastCast™

  • Provide handcast gel users access to Bio-Rad’s TGX gel chemistry, previously available only in precast gels
  • Allow users to hand cast polyacrylamide gels with fast run times, efficient protein transfers, and consistent, reproducible results
  • TGX Stain-Free version allows users to monitor the success of each step in their protein electrophoresis and western blotting workflows


Sclerostin-LRP Interaction Screening System
Leading Light™

  • Developed to meet the market need for a simple, sensitive biochemical screening assay for detection of sclerostin (SOST) inhibitors
  • Enables the screening of sclerostin inhibitors in a high-throughput, reproducible manner without the need for cell lines or transfection
  • Allows for initial screening of sclerostin inhibitors in less than 2.5 hours

Enzo Life Sciences

Direct Prep Bisulfite Modification Kit
Booth 415

  • Eliminates the need to isolate genomic DNA prior to performing bisulfite analysis
  • Conversion efficiencies are >99.5% from as few as 10 cells or as low as 50 pg of DNA
  • Suitable for downstream analysis by methylation specific PCR, restriction digestion, sequencing and microarray hybridization
  • Allows for the recovery of DNA without additional precipitation steps, producing more consistent results

EMD Millipore

Lab Automation

GC Autosampler
Flex Series

  • Offers a new level of automation for today’s GC and GC/ MS laboratory for both end users and OEM customers
  • Designed with liquid injection capability with an upgrade path to Headspace or SPME analysis
  • Allows the user to unlock the true power of a fully functioning XYZ robotic platform

EST Analytical

Life Science

Strawberry Genotyping Array

  • Successfully enables high-resolution genotyping and fully automated data analysis of the octoploid strawberry genome
  • 90,000 SNP array will enable complex trait research and set the stage for multi-trait, marker-assisted breeding of the cultivated garden strawberry
  • Provides genome-wide genotyping and accurately calls the genotypes of both diploid and polyploid species


High Throughput Array System
BioFlux Quattro

  • Can expand the capabilities of any existing BioFlux 200 or BioFlux 1000/1000z system
  • Runs up to four BioFlux plates at the same time
  • Plates can be read by a microscope or High Content Screening system as a time-point or end-point assay
  • Increased throughput is especially valuable for lead optimization applications

Fluxion Biosciences

Single-use Waste Collection Bottles
Booth 911

  • For INTEGRA’s VACUSIP benchtop aspiration system, which provides a compact, portable solution for safe and convenient disposal of small volumes of biological liquid waste
  • Made of heavy duty polypropylene
  • Shatterproof and vacuum resistant design eliminates risks of breakage and contamination by the biological agents during manipulation


ChIP Assay Plate
Chromatrap®96 HT

  • Designed to enable researchers to perform up to 96 ChIP experiments in parallel
  • Assays can be performed either by using hand-held multichannel pipettes or by using automated liquid handling robots for even higher throughputs
  • Volume and dimensions of the wells in the microplate are very similar to that of the established Chromatrap Spin-columns

Porvair Sciences

96-position, Deep-well Microplate
AC Extraction Plate™
Booth 405

  • Automation-friendly solution designed to streamline sample preparation for LC-MS analysis of small molecules
  • Reduces the sample preparation process to a convenient ‘pipette and shake’ routine
  • Inner surface of each well is coated with a highly controlled layer of TICE (Tecan Immobilized Coating Extraction) material
  • Coating efficiently extracts low molecular weight analytes from aqueous solutions


Rhinovirus Monoclonal Antibodies

  • There are 99 different Rhinovirus types based upon variation in the four outer capsid proteins (VP1-VP4) Reinfection with different types is common
  • These three new monoclonal antibodies have broad reactivity with several Rhinovirus types
  • Reactive with the VP3 capsid protein and function in ELISA and IFA to detect these viruses


Lims & Software

Software-based LIMS

  • Now launched globally
  • Expands user functionality to include mobile device applications, advanced analytics,and HTML5 compatibility
  • Enables users to access LIMS information anywhere on any screen
  • Allows users to build their own apps and start up quickly
  • Offers users advanced analytics capabilities with out-of-the-box dashboards
  • Allows labs to optimize workflow and identify bottlenecks


NGS Data Analysis Software

  • Features high performance and an intuitive interface
  • Enables genomic and biomedical researchers to more quickly glean meaningful insights from their data
  • Capable of analyzing NGS data up to 100 times faster than similar systems
  • Can reduce analysis turnaround times from days—or even weeks—to hours
  • Supports real-time collaboration between geographically-dispersed colleagues


Software for Fear Conditioning, Tail Suspension and Porsolt Swim Testing

  • Features a video-based system for fear conditioning
  • Able to detect minute movements of grooming, sniffing, turning and rearing
  • Utilizes a proprietary motion detection algorithm to filter out shadows, light flicker and camera
  • noise while detecting movement as fine as 1 mm
  • Includes multiple stimulus protocol capabilities
  • Stored video images are exported as QuickTime and AVI movies

Coulbourn Instruments

Quantitative Open Access Software
Quantitative Open Access Software Quan Solution

  • For use with Shimadzu’s LCMS-8030, LCMS-8040 and the LabSolutions LCMS
  • Gives users unfamiliar with LCMS software the opportunity to perform LC/MS/MS analysis using pre-set methods without extensive training
  • Creates opportunities for laboratories to simplify their workflows
  • Provides open access to the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer
  • Equipped with a function that copies analyzed data files to a file server


Flow Totalizer Software
QuadraTherm® 640i/780i

  • Designed for the QuadraTherm 640i/780i mass flow meter
  • Allows users to view the totalized value of multiple gases and totalize up to four gases with one device and software package
  • Also gives users the ability to set units per pulse and pulse width, turn totalizers on/off, and reset the totalizer

Sierra Instruments

High-Performance Workflow Manager
High-Performance Workflow Manager Intelligent Storage Bridge (ISB)

  • Designed to transfer large data sets quickly and automatically between fast scratch storage and enterprise storage
  • Purpose-built for application users working in high performance computing (HPC) environments that use the Lustre® parallel file system and need direct access to project data at any point in the application workflow
  • Helps users manage data transfer tasks more easily


Supplies & Consumables

Dual 10 to 50 Milliliter Flask Clamps Dual 10 to 50 Milliliter Flask Clamps

  • Answer the demand for a clamp capable of holding small sample sizes
  • With the new clamp, LabStrong now offers EZ-Clamp Flask Clamps ranging in size from only ten milliliters up to two liters
  • Feature magnets on the base of the clamp allowing for simple attachment and reconfiguration of the clamp, without the hassle of any tools


Low Profile Screw Caps

  • Compatible with Micronic’s entire range of 96-well format Screw storage tubes (0.50ml, 0.75ml, 1.10ml, 1.40ml and 2.00ml)
  • Since the tube height with Low Profile Screw Caps is now identical to the tube height with a TPE Cap—the same low profile rack cover can be used for both types of caps, increasing operational flexibility for organizations using both types of storage tube closures


96-Well Deep Well Plate

  • Delivers 2.00 ml liquid capacity / well in an automation compatible SLAS / ANSI footprint
  • Enables labs involved with fraction collecting, storage, plate replication and mixing applications the chance to use the full well capacity without compromise
  • Measures 45mm in height
  • New plate design incorporates features that prevent ‘locking’ when stacked and enable easy heat sealing

Porvair Sciences

Tissue Vials
CryoELITE® Booth 944

  • Designed for the safe, secure and effective cryopreservation of biological tissue specimens
  • Offers researchers a uniform vial able to maintain sample integrity while maximizing storage capacity and organization
  • Feature a wide-mouth opening, 5mL capacity and high integrity closure
  • Manufactured from low binding, cryogenic-grade virgin polypropylene that meets USP Class VI classification