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November 2009 Technology News

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

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Elemental Analyzer

  • Delivers simultaneous CHN analysis in less than 5 minutes 
  • Features horizontal furnace design 
  • Uses thermal conductivity detection to measure carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen 
  • Features low gas and reagent consumption, as well as high reduction tube life 

Exeter Analytical

Direct Electron Detector

  • For proprietary Titan™ and Tecnai™ transmission electron microscopes 
  • Achieves signal to noise ratios equivalent to CCD cameras at a fraction of electron dose 
  • Overcomes excessive electron beam deterioration 
  • Offers 4K by 4K resolution 


Particle Characterization System
Sysmex FPIA-3000

  • Provides reference method for measuring porous HPLC column materialsnbsp;
  • Uses automated image analysis to characterize silica particles 
  • Features an electrical sensing zone (ESZ) to measure porous particles 
  • ESZ is the reliable method, provided the device is mass calibrated to compensate for particle porosity 


Single-Use Targets for MALDI Analysis

  • Consist of high-quality reproducible metalized target surface 
  • Suitable for either manual or automated robotic sample spotting 
  • For use with Precision™ adaptor 
  • Permit analysis of up to 192 samples in a single session 
  • Minimize sample preparation time, and eliminate carryover issues from sample to sample


High-Temperature Mid-Polarity GC Columns
Zebron™ Inferno™ ZB-XLB-HT and ZB-35HT

  • Able to withstand temperatures up to 400° C 
  • Enables analyses of compounds with high molecular weights and boiling points 
  • Features proprietary coating and binding technologies 
  • Ideal for environmental, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, toxicology and biofuels applications 


Basic Lab

Dissolved Oxygen Meter

  • Measures dissolved oxygen concentration/ saturation, pH, mV, conductivity, TDS, salinity, resistivity and temperature 
  • Features automatic salinity compensation and manual barometric pressure compensation 
  • Can store up to 400 readings with series number, measured value and temperature 
  • Unit is waterproof to IP57 standards and is buoyant in water 

Extech Instruments

Titrators for Moisture Analysis
Coulometric Titrando 851 and Coulometric/Volumetric Titrando 852

  • Autostart function begins moisture analysis as soon as sample is introduced 
  • Makes titration of water virtually foolproof 
  • Bromine index according to ASTM D1159 can also be determined 
  • 852 model features hands-free reagent exchange using Dosino® top-down dosing 

Metrohm USA

Melting Point Systems
Excellence Line

  • Feature an intuitive color touch-screen user interface for simple instrument operation 
  • Three models available: MP50, MP70 and MP90, which all support video recordings 
  • All models feature ability to simultaneously measure up to six samples 
  • Ability to examine color changes, transparency point, and decomposition temperature 

Mettler Toledo


Multiresidue Pesticide AnalysisQ-sep 3000
First Centrifuge Designed Specifically for QuEChERS Methodology

Restek’s Q-sep™ 3000 centrifuge was developed specifically for QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) sample prep methods. Powerful, yet quiet and compact, the centrifuge spins at 3,000g and features a programmable spin time.

Neil Mosesman, marketing manager for Restek, says more labs are adopting QuEChERS technology as a simple and effective alternative to conventional sample prep for multiresidue pesticide analysis.
“The Q-sep 3000 meets all the needs of QuEChERS in one single unit, while reducing the amount of solvent required,” he says. “In the past people had to buy a large floor-standing centrifuge or several benchtops to handle all the requirements.”
Mosesman says the Q-sep, which was designed around the QuEChERS methodology, is ideal for food and beverage laboratories, as well as government bodies that perform tests on food, such as the Department of Agriculture.
Released on October 1st, the Q-sep™ 3000 centrifuge is UL, CSA and CE approved and meets AOAC and European method requirements. It can accommodate 50, 15 and 2 mL centrifuge tubes, and is backed by a one-year Restek warranty.
For more information, visit Marketing manager Neil Mosesman can be reached at or by phone at 800-356-1688 x2125.
To see a video on QuEChERs technology, visit

Advanced Thermostats
Meet Specific Application Requirements

  • Compatible with Thermo Scientific heated or refrigerated baths
  • Offer multi-level turbulence controls, programmable application temperature alarms and automatic shut-off protection
  • Ideal for closed- and open-loop applications, chemical reaction management, rotary evaporators and spectroscopy
  • Feature new user interface and quick-start guide

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Life Science

Detection Cartridges
AlphaScreen, GeneBLAzer, MultiTox-Fluor and Fluorescence Intensity

  • Compatible with PARADIGM Detection Platform
  • Enable researchers to perform prominent assays with reduced set-up time
  • Incorporates two photomultiplier tubes to provide simultaneous detection of two labels
  • Features Z-Height focusing for both top- and bottom-read configurations

Beckman Coulter


Mobius Cellready

  • Comes pre-assembled and gamma irradiated
  • Compatible with most standard bioreactor control systems
  • Provides a higher degree of predictability during process scale-up
  • Features integrated side sampling, addition and drain ports
  • Eliminates time-consuming steps associated with cleaning, assembly and sterilizationM



Molecular Interaction Analysis System
Biacore X100 2.0 and Biacore X100 Plus Package 2.0

  • Includes specifications for detection of small molecules (as low as 100 Da)
  • Eliminates the need for sensor surface regeneration
  • Features calibration-free concentration analysis (CFCA), unique to Biacore T100 and X100
  • Using CFCA can reduce error and improve accuracy in affinity and kinetics measurement

GE Healthcare


Cell Density Meter
CO 8000

  • Measures the density of cells grown in suspension by measuring OD at 600nm
  • Ideal for cells grown in suspension, such as yeast and bacterial cultures
  • Can be used in incubation cabinets, under anaerobic conditions and in fume hoods
  • Built-in memory stores up to 99 sample results for easy downloading to a computer



Phosphorylated-ERK1/2 Investigation
Cellulerk assay

  • Directly detects endogeneous phosphorylated ERK1/2
  • Able to explore G-protein Coupled Receptor (GCPR) signaling pathways
  • Provides simple and rapid alternative to Western blot or ELISA
  • Able to be miniaturized to 1536-well formats

Cisbio Bioassays


PCR Plate
ABgene Diamond Ultra 384-well PCR plate

  • Features warp-resistant proprietary polymer, ensuring consistent plate dimensions
  • Strong polymer contributes to maintaining integrity of seal, reducing evaporation
  • Well design lessens splash-back during pipetting steps to ensure problem-free liquid handling
  • Offers thin walls to allow for rapid and consistent heat transfer

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Lims & Software

Chemical Imaging Software
ISys 64-bit version

  • The well-known ISys software is now available as a 64-bit version
  • 30-day trials of 32-bit and 64-bit versions can be downloaded from Malverns website
  • Allows researchers to work with data and image files associated with MIR, NIR and Raman imaging and chemical mapping
  • Provides a universal platform to import data files from a variety of vendors


Quality Control Software
QC Reporter

  • Designed for high-throughput quality control of synthetic products using AXIMA MALDI TOF MS 
  • Operates on a newly developed software platform called MALDI Solutions 
  • A large number of samples can be lined up for automatic analysis on a single plate 
  • Runs on Microsoft Windows Vista, XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 and uses SQL Server 2008 


Chromatography Data System Software
ChromSwordAuto and Dionex Chromeleon CDS

  • ChromSwordAuto interface features automatic search for optimal separation conditions 
  • Interface can be combined with column and solvent switching capabilities of UltiMate 3000 HPLC product line 
  • Allows for combining Dionex UltiMate 3000 instruments with ChromSword tools 
  • Using ChromSwordAuto and Chromeleon in tandem allows a chromatographer to run all method development tasks automatically 



Decision Support System
Isentris 3.2

  • Supports ongoing collaboration between Symyx and Thermo Fisher Scientific 
  • Extends the current analysis and reporting capabilities of Symyx Lab Execution and Analysis (LEA) software 
  • Enables LEA researchers to easily combine data from multiple sources in a single view 
  • Enables reporting on chemical structures, images, chromatograms, spectra and XY datasets in Microsoft Excel 

Symyx Technologies

Chromatography Software
Clarity version 2.7

  • Features new control drivers covering Hitachi LaChrom Elite HPLC system components and HTA autosampler HT800L 
  • Able to control more than 250 instruments 
  • New SOPs were included into Clarity GLP documentation 
  • SW update is available to Clarity users for free 


PCR Workstation
PCR1000-115V & PCR1000-230V

  • Provides effective decontamination of solutions, reagents and equipment 
  • Features two safety interlocks that switch off automatically when side doors are opened 
  • Constructed of UV-impermeable 10 mm acrylic 
  • Meets Safety Certifications EN61010-1, CE 


Supplies & Consumables

Cryogenic Vials

  • Lot-certified to be free of human DNA, DNase, RNase, pyrogens and ATP 
  • Screw cap features an enclosed silicone washer to prevent leaks and contamination 
  • Available with internal or external threads 
  • Vial bottoms are designed to interlock with Globe Scientific work stations 

Globe Scientific

Titanium Tweezers
Function-designed Models

  • Available in nine styles, with purpose-configured tips 
  • Features abrasion-resistant, corrosion-resistant construction with anti-glare finish 
  • Heat tolerant to 800 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Ideal for life sciences, pharmacology, biology, forensics, histology and other lab situations 


Reliable Light Resistance
Light Protection Tubes

  • Provide effective protection for photosensitive substances against UV radiation 
  • Made of pigmented polypropylene 
  • Available in 15 and 50 mL sizes 
  • New addition is a 1.5 mL light-protection polypropylene reaction tube with attached cap 

Greiner Bio-One GmbH

Gas Fed Refillable Permeation Tubes
Trace Source™ 57 Series

  • Extend the range of analyte compounds available to include high-pressure gases 
  • Used in KIN-TEK Gas Standards Generators to blend ppm and ppb mixtures directly from pure gas 
  • Dilutions from less than 103:1 to over 109:1 can be achieved in a single step 
  • Useful for preparing trace mixtures containing atmospheric gases, light hydrocarbons and acid gases 

KIN-TEK Laboratories

Refillable Cylinder for Calibration Gases

  • Features negative pressure technology, guaranteeing calibration precision 
  • Combines integrated cylinder valve, pressure regulator and flow control, all within the cylinder 
  • Has pressure of 150 bar, containing 50 percent more gas than most disposable cylinders 
  • Abolishes environmental waste and costly regulatory cylinder return issues 


Certified Reference Materials
Quinine Sulphate Dihydrate Fluorescence Reference

  • Requires no solution preparation 
  • Developed for organizations looking to qualify their spectrofluorometers 
  • Offers certified values produced by ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO Guide 34 accredited Reference Material producer 
  • Reference is truly traceable to NIST primary SRM 936a