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Laboratory Technology

October 2009 Technology News

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


Full Wafer Analysis System
Helios 1200™

  • Accommodates full wafers up to 300 mm
  • Improves efficiency of semiconductor and data storage failure analysis
  • Combines SEM image resolution and extremely fast switching between imaging and ion beam milling
  • Allows users to navigate directly to multiple features of interest


ICP-OES and ICP-MS Accessory
Niagara Plus

  • Halves ICP operating costs
  • Utilizes flow injection technology to reduce the laboratory’s environmental footprint
  • Analysis time typically reduced by 50%
  • Internal standard added automatically
  • Very low carryover - the sample does not contact any peristaltic pump tubing

Glass Expansion

Radio-HPLC Flow-Through Detector
Model 5 Beta-RAM

  • Active Counting Mode enhances the latest UHPLC methodologies
  • Simplified heterodyne model monitors and adjusts run conditions in real time
  • Better signal-to-noise ratios for low-level samples
  • Re-designed flow cells with reduced dead volume offer faster resolution and sharper peak definition


Gas Analysis System

  • Offers precise monitoring of up to 128 gases
  • 20% smaller footprint measures only 12” x 22”
  • Quadera® software tool and fast Ethernet connectivity for easy network integration
  • Capable of measuring from ppb to percent concentrations
  • Suitable for both qualitative and quantitative gas analysis

Pheiffer Vacuum

Multi-Dimensional GC System

  • Expands the capabilities of target compound analyses in complex sample matrices
  • Two combined capillary columns of different selectivity greatly increases separation power
  • “Multi-Deans switch” directs flow from the first column directly to a monitor detector or to the second column and detector
  • Allows the use of any combination of GC and MS detectors
  • Dual-oven system eliminates the need for cryo-trapping

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments



Trinocular Stereo Microscopes
SMZ-745T line

  • Features the highest zoom magnification in its class at 7.5x zoom
  • Well-suited for digital imaging in both industrial and biomedical fields
  • Equipped with a camera port and a built-in 0.55x c-mount adapter
  • Allows bright and high contrast images to be obtained
  • A long working distance of 115mm provides room for fabrication and manipulation on the sample

Nikon Instruments

Moisture Analysis in Food
HB43-S Halogen Moisture Analyzer

  • Monitors vat-to-vat variation during production
  • Robust enough to cope with the production environment
  • Provides reproducible results in just 5 to 8 minutes
  • Built-in ‘plug and play’ applications provide established baseline methodologies for many food analysis functions


Basic Lab

Ductless Fume Hood

  • Exceeds OSHA, ANSI and all relevant international standards
  • Eliminates installation costs
  • Can be positioned over a sink or benchtop apparatus
  • Three models available with a choice of 24”, 36” or 48” widths
  • Recirculation prevents conditioned and/or heated air being exhausted into the atmosphere

Air Science USA 

3-IN-1 Microtube Shaker
PHMT Thermoshaker

  • Functions as three instruments in one: microtube thermoshaker; compact benchtop incubator without shaking; microtube shaker without temperature control
  • Can accommodate 0.5 mL, 1.5 mL, and 2.0 mL size microtubes
  • Each unit is supplied with a heating block for a desired microtube size
  • Can be used either as a operating temperature range of 4 to 45ºC

Grant Instruments

Separation Membrane

  • Integrated with the barrel, no assembly required
  • Simply place the barrel in the manifold, add the sample and run
  • Removes residual water from smaller volume, non-polar solvent extracts
  • Replaces conventional sodium sulfate drying
  • Compatible with 3rd party SPE vacuum manifolds

Horizon Technology

Digital Magnetic Stirrers
170/220 mm

  • Two sizes: 6.25” plate with a 4 liter load capacity; 8.25” plate with a 5 liter load capacity
  • Supplied with two non-slip silicon plate pads
  • Wide speed range of 30 to 2,000 rpms
  • BLDC Motors are controlled with easy-to-use key pad Large, bright VFD readout allows easy monitoring of stirring speed

Jeio Tech

MEMS-based Microfluidic Viscometer

  • Enclosed system provides high degree of accuracy and reproducibility
  • Requires sample volume of 50 microliter -- the target for protein and other biological formulations
  • Improved, optional temperature-control (via an external circulating water bath) provided
  • Optional purge air supply prevents condensation inside the chamber when operating at low temperatures
  • Meets the stringent R&D or QC requirements of most applications


Digital Dry Baths

  • Broad temperature range up to 150ºC
  • Precise temperature control and fast heating provided by microprocessor and high wattage heater
  • Stainless steel block chamber ensures even heat transfer to the block
  • Temperature is quickly and easily set using the arrow keys and large digital display
  • Interchangeable blocks accommodate a wide variety of tubes, plates and slides

Labnet International

Recirculating Chillers NESLAB

  • Cooling capacities up to 10,000 watts
  • Able to operate from 5°C to 90°C with the hightemperature range option
  • High-performance chiller platform configurable to the most demanding applications
  • Multi-line LCD controller includes alphanumeric display, temperature alarms, pressure alarms, fluid level readout and DI control and readout

Thermo Fisher Scientific 

Orbital Mixing Dry Baths

  • XT models go from -20ºC to 100ºC; XR models go from -10ºC to 110ºC
  • Orbital shaking motion adjustable from 100 to 1000 rpm
  • Both units are digitally controlled, have 30-day count-down timers and built-in data loggers
  • All models use the same sample blocks for assay plates, centrifuge tubes, vials, test tubes and more

Torrey Pines Scientific 

Two-Gas Mixer for Microscope Incubators
Model 2GF

  • Generates CO2-air mixtures with adjustable CO2 concentration in the range of 0-15%
  • Compatible with any microscope stage incubator
  • Can also be used as a standalone device
  • Accurate to ±0.1% and supplied with a reusable 0.2 mm pore PTFE membrane filtering device

Warner Instruments 

Life Science

Ultracentrifuge Centerpiece
For XL-A and XL instruments

  • Carbon epon centerpiece is chemically inert and compatible with a variety of proteins and macromolecules
  • Aluminum epon centerpiece is offered as an alternative for low concentration solutions
  • Both can be used at speeds up to 60,000 rpm
  • Both feature a long, two-channel path-length that enables more data points to be collected before samples pellet

Beckman Coulter 

Compact Cell Analyzer System

  • Wide choice of lasers and wavelengths to meet precise assay requirements
  • Benchtop footprint is approximately 50% smaller than BD™ LSR II cell analyzer
  • Researchers can choose from 30 positions for detectors, 11 laser wavelengths and multiple power options to detect up to 18 colors simultaneously

BD Biosciences 

Integrated Fluidic Circuit
Access Array

  • Can process 48 samples against 48 amplicons (primer pairs)
  • Provides 2,304 independent reactions at a time
  • Only six steps are required to get the results from these thousands of experiments
  • Minimizes reagent consumption and costs
  • Operator time is reduced six-fold when compared with conventional methods


Cell Analysis System
BioFlux 1000 Workstation

  • Delivers high throughput and unattended operation with integrated microscopy
  • Offers an automated stage that enables fast scanning of the BioFlux plates
  • Enables physiologically relevant shear flow assays in a standard well-plate format
  • Ensures that only the most promising compounds move forward into animal and clinical trials

Fluxion Biosciences

Life Science Spectrophotometers

  • Include 16 predefined methodologies
  • Can accommodate up to 90 custom protocols
  • Novel Gifford optics for high energy is combined with a Xenon source for long life
  • Integral cuvette tray is for storage of expensive cells and sample support
  • Optional integrated printer or wireless Bluetooth connectivity available


Laser Microdissection System

  • Combines high laser power and high repetition rate
  • Distinguishes between relevant and non-relevant cells and tissues
  • Laser beam movement is controlled by high precision optics
  • Microscope stage and the sample are both fixed
  • Uses a simple method of gravity to gently collect the samples

Leica Microsystems

Laser Scanning Cytometer
Acumen® eX3

  • Ultra-high throughput system for cell-based screening
  • Offers enhanced multiplexing capability
  • Maximizes data content and the rapid generation of robust data sets
  • Enables the high-throughput analysis of a wide variety of toxicity parameters

TTP LabTech 

DNA Polymerase

  • Amplifies difficult or long templates up to 10kb
  • Formulated as a 2X Premix containing a specially formulated stabilizer/enhancer
  • Provides outstanding performance in genotyping and routine PCR
  • Contains an optimal concentration of magnesium for excellent PCR results


Electrophoresis System

  • Uniform electric field provides full control of all electrophoresis parameters
  • 1bp resolution can be achieved in an 8cm format
  • Unique gel matrix allows for direct recovery of samples
  • Bands can be excised and used directly for cloning, sequencing and re-amplification
  • Eliminates need for gel purification columns and kits


Synaptogenesis HCS Reagent Kit

  • Enables simultaneous detection of neuronal population, neurite, pre-synaptic vesicle, post-synaptic puncta and synapse
  • Uses a fixed end-point assay based on immunofluorescence detection in cells grown on high-density microplates
  • Enables drug discovery and systems biology researchers to uniquely measure synaptic function
  • Validated in cellular imaging assays for reliable and reproducible results

Thermo Scientific

Micropipette Injector

  • Provides reliable large volume (10-100 picoliter) micropipette injections
  • Features a high quality multi-turn regulator
  • Delivers precise control of pressure to the pipette
  • Ideal for applications such as extracellular sample delivery and Xenopus oocyte injections

Warner Instruments

Lims & Software

ELN Software Enhancement

  • Gives users access to chemistry drawing, chemical structure and reaction searching, stoichiometric calculations and iLabber’s reagent and reactant databases
  • Offers chemistry searching capabilities powered by ChemAxon’s JChem Cartridge
  • Provides access to ChemAxon’s MarvinSketch
  • Operation, maintenance and data storage is securely managed by Contur Software

Contur Software

Revised Automation Platform
CyBio® Scheduler

  • Simplifies the compilation of complex workflows
  • Enables a clear arrangement with microplate-orientated workflow display
  • Reduces the impact of temperature variations, crystallization, and precipitation effects while the assays are executed
  • Includes data management that monitors all essential data for the implementation

CyBio AG

Algorithm for Nitrogen Composition
Linear Regression Plus

  • Enables unmatched accuracy in the determination of the nitrogen content of combustible samples
  • Reduces the time taken to accurately determine nitrogen composition in samples
  • Offers improved operational accuracy and precision across the entire analytical range
  • Reduces human errors through incorporation of extensive automation, comprehensive customer help and diagnostic facilities

Exeter Analytical

Density and Refractometry Software
LabX direct

  • Supports the download of the entire results data memory of Refracto and Densito portable meters
  • Provides users with easy result and calibration data transfer to a PC
  • Installation is simple and fast, and operation is intuitive
  • Offers a choice of parameters to transfer


Modular Optical Sensing Platform Enhancements
Jaz-IRRAD and Jaz Scripting Language

  • Offer increased usability and flexibility
  • Allow customization for a range of applications in field, lab or process environments
  • Jaz-IRRAD allows users to measure calibrated absolute irradiance without need for an external computer
  • Jaz Scripting Language enables non-programmers to build measurement sequences into a self-contained application

Ocean Optics