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October 2010 Technology News

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

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Color Microscope Cameras

  • Upgrade any microscope with one-click image capture and storage capability
  • Two CMOS models are available, as well as a high-end CCD version
  • Each camera can shoot in still or video mode
  • Easily attaches to any trinocular port


Gel Documentation System
Gel Doc EZ™

  • Requires no training for first-time users and provides automated push-button functionality, minimizing the potential for human error
  • Ideal for DNA, RNA, protein electrophoresis and western blotting
  • Capable of imaging stain-free gels



Tangential Flow Filtration System
Ideal for R&D scale microfiltration and ultrafiltration processing

The KrosFlo® Research IIi Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF) System from Spectrum Labs is ideal for processing and monitoring filtration volumes ranging from 2 mL to 10 L. Whether maintaining a validated separation or characterizing a process for scale-up, the system can be combined with Spectrum’s KrosFlo Automatic Back Pressure Valve to control transmembrane pressure (TMP) and monitor process conditions in a wide range of TFF applications.

A Digital Pressure Monitor which displays feed, retentate, permeate and transmembrane pressures (TMP) is integrated into the peristaltic pump. The monitor is controlled by an embedded microcontroller, and uses a RS232 signal to control the valve’s set point TMP or permeate pressure.

The Back Pressure Valve opens or closes by pinching on the outside of the tubing (no fluid contact) to maintain a preset pressure. This reduces the chance of membrane fouling, minimizes operational support, and provides a uniform seiving coefficient within the hollow fiber module.

Dave Serway, VP of Business Development, Spectrum Labs, says, “Tangential flow filtration utilizing ready-to-use hollow fiber modules is scale-able. With the KRIIi system, TFF can be used to characterize a process at the bench scale that can then be easily implemented into a client’s production environment.”

Included with the system is KFComm Data Collection Software, which interfaces with a computer to download data in real-time and graphically display the process conditions.

When used with Spectrum’s hollow fiber filters, the system provides faster separation or concentration of proteins, cells, viruses, nano-particles and other macromolecules.

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HPLC Columns for Peptide Purification

  • Available in 3 different surface chemistries, covering range from hydrophobic peptides to hydrophilic
  • Include analytical, semi-prep and preparative HPLC columns from 2.1 mm to 30 mm diameter for predictable scale-up from micro-gram to multi-gram scale
  • Available in three different pore sizes to optimize separation of any peptide


UV-Vis Flash Purification System

  • Enables detection of organic molecules with spectral absorbance between 200 nm and 800 nm
  • Incorporates Innovative GO Technology to reduce solvent use up to 60% by converting linear gradients to optimized step-gradients
  • Optimized for use with universal fit, SNAP flash purification cartridges


UV-Visible-NIR Spectrophotometer for Microscopes
308 PV™

  • Designed to be added to an open photoport of a microscope or probe station
  • Non-destructively analyzes the spectra of many types of microscopic samples
  • Features Lightblades™ spectrophotometer technology to acquire spectra of microscopic sample areas by absorbance, reflectance, luminescence and fluorescence

CRAIC Technologies

Portable GC
Mini Gas Chromatograph

  • Based on Seacoast’s SeaPORT Mini GC, which uses MEMS technology originally developed for the Army Research Laboratories
  • Provides real-time data for analysis on-site or to be sent to supervising chemist via cell phone
  • Has the ability to acquire, monitor and analyze data from up to six simultaneous sensor inputs

Forston Labs

Personal Benchtop Purification System
PLC 2020

  • Features interchangeable pump heads for flow rates of 25 mL/min at 4600 psi, 50 mL/min at 2100 psi, and 100 mL/min at 1200 psi
  • Ideally suited for high-pressure reverse phase and normal phase applications with built in selection of up to 5 separate solvents
  • Features electronically actuated manual injections of up to 10 mL volumes and variable dual wavelength UV/VIS detection


Scanning Electron Microscope
Through-the-Lens System (TTLS)

  • Combines optics that enable ultrahigh resolution imaging at low kV and high spatial resolution microanalysis
  • Designed to enable imaging of a wide variety of samples, including magnetic materials
  • In-lens detectors and energy filtering provide topography (SE) and Z contrast (BSE) images
  • Operates at low magnification (10X) with no distortion of the image or the EBSD pattern


Polymer-based SPE Phases

  • Available in five models for neutral, basic and acidic compounds
  • Diverse mixed-mode phases permit more aggressive washing procedures for matrix removal
  • Allow for high reproducibility with extremely low blind values
  • Optimized pore structure and high specific surface permit low solvent consumption


Manual Gas Injector for GC
MicroShot Injector

  • Unique product design minimizes wear on manual syringes by reducing bent plungers
  • Reduces required needle dwell time in the injection port
  • Allows the user to draw from a wide variety of sample containers
  • Available in five volume delivery sizes from 0.1ul to 2ul

Merlin Instrument Company

Metal GC Columns
Zebron™ ZB-1XT SimDist

  • Specially designed for simulated distillation analyses in petrochemical applications
  • Features Glass Infusion™ technology to ensure consistent phase coating and reproducibility
  • Provide documented efficiency gains of up to 70 percent
  • Exhibit less than 3.5 percent loss in resolution after 90 hours at 430° C


EMCCD Microscopy Camera
Rolera EM-C2

  • Engineered for high sensitivity and performance in low-light imaging applications
  • Fast frame rates are enabled by camera’s 40 MHz pixel clock rate
  • Delivers low noise and high sensitivity (~65% peak quantum efficiency) across a broad spectrum
  • Variable exposure times range from 200 microseconds to 17.9 minutes


GC-MS System
GCMS-QP2010 Ultra

  • Advanced Scanning Speed Protocol (ASSP™) enables data acquisition speeds of up to 20,000 u/sec and 100 Hz
  • Double jet cooling system cools from 350 to 50 degrees Celsius in less than three minutes
  • Can accept two narrow-bore capillary columns into the MS simultaneously
  • Ecology mode eliminates unnecessary power consumption by the GC, MS and PC, and decreases carrier gas consumption

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

HPLC Injector
Cheminert® C52 Series

  • Needs only to be connected to the instrument’s power supply
  • Control is simplified to require a single contact closure
  • Injector’s position is determined by whether the closure is held high or low
  • Available in 4, 6, 8 and 10 port configurations, in stainless or PEEK

VICI Valco



Molecular Fields Viewer

  • Designed to create, modify, view and compare molecules along with their associated field patterns and physiochemical properties
  • Up to 10,000 compounds can be loaded and displayed individually, overlaid or side-by-side
  • Automatically converts small molecules loaded in 2D from SDF or MOL2 files into minimized 3D conformations with their associated fields


Electronic Pipette

  • Features electronic piston stroke, low weight and intuitive user guidance to minimize user strain
  • Features an innovative rocker: when tip is ejected, piston automatically returns to zero position
  • Features a spring-loaded tip cone for maximum tightness
  • Single-channel and multi-channel models are available

Eppendorf North America

Calibration Gas Generator
Dynacalibrator® Model 150

  • Features a wide range of temperature settings (5°C above ambient to 110°C)
  • Digital temperature controller maintains chamber temperature at set point with accuracy of ±0.01°C, traceable to NIST standards
  • Reduced flow path volume permits low concentration generation of mercury, water and other difficult materials

VICI Metronics

Multichannel Pipette

  • Features a 50% drop in tip insertion forces and line-of-sight enhancements to further minimize physical effort and save time when acquiring pipette tips
  • Four 12-channel models are available for precision liquid dispensing from 0.5 μL to 850 μL
  • Four 8-channel models are available for volumes from 0.5 µL to 1,250 µL
  • Three user-defined volume settings can be stored for later recall with a single keystroke

VistaLab Technologies

Diaphragm Vacuum Pumps

  • Deliver pumping speeds of 14 lpm and ultimate vacuum of 100mbar
  • Feature robust PTFE diaphragms and valves for optimal chemical resistance
  • Feature a well-proven and long diaphragm life of 10,000 to 15,000 operating hours
  • ME1C features a full fluoropolymer flowpath, for a complete chemistry-design pump


Microfluidic Pump
Mitos P-Pump

  • Features a pressure-driven pumping mechanism to deliver liquid with a smooth and even flow
  • Operates over a wide pressure range of 0 – 10bar
  • Features a lockable pressure chamber for safety, which is easily accessible and accommodates a wide range of standard and non-standard fluid vessels


Syringe Pump
Legato 270

  • Allows a user to change the syringe clamping mechanism to hold from 0.5 µl up to 140 ml syringes
  • Features a touch screen interface with TFT color display
  • Includes a continuous push and pull pump, which will continuously dispense, as long as there is fluid in the reservoir
  • Features ±0.35% accuracy and 0.05% reproducibility

Dorton Analytical

Laboratory Fume Hood
UniFlow SE Air Stream

  • Features unitized flame retardant composite resin construction for chemical and corrosion resistance
  • Includes picture framed sash opening with aerodynamic air foil for uniform air flow into fume chamber
  • Fume chamber is a molded one-piece design with coved corners
  • Available in CAV and VAV models in 48”, 60”, 72” and 96” widths


Gas Standards Generator

  • Configured with 2 permeation ovens and a secondary dilution module to produce mixtures containing H2S, COS, and a range of higher boiling sulfur compounds
  • Features Trace Source™ permeation tubes which add precisely known concentrations of sulfur compounds to nitrogen, ethylene or propylene matrix


Cold Trap

  • Features a temperature graph that illuminates when the collector coil reaches the operating temperature of -65°C
  • HCFC-free refrigeration system lowers the cold trap to -105°C in less than 40 minutes
  • Includes a 4 L stainless steel collector and a stainless steel drain port with a corrosionresistant, nylon valve
  • Also includes an acrylic lid with two Quick-Disconnect fittings


Differential Pressure and Temperature Data Logger

  • Features three channels: Internal Ambient Temperature, Remote Temperature (Thermocouple) and Remote Pressure
  • Accepted thermocouple types: J, K, T, E, R, S, B and N
  • Measures differential pressures and temperature in ducts, pipe or tank

Omega Engineering

Nitrogen Generator
Parker Balston® NitroVap 1LV and 2LV

  • Produce over 320 LPM or pure evaporation grade nitrogen
  • Require less than 1 square foot of bench space and can supply over 100 evaporator nozzle positions
  • User interface provides inlet compressed air control to eliminate compressed air consumption while the sample concentrator is not in use

Parker Hannafin

Magnetically Levitated Turbopumps
HiPace™ M

  • Feature pumping speeds of 300 l/s, 700 l/s and 800 l/s
  • Optimized to run in all orientations with a low vibration signature
  • Integrated electronic drive unit reduces the need for costly and cumbersome cabling
  • Optional sealing gas connection protects against particulate buildup and oxidizing gases

Pfeiffer Vacuum

Glass Pressure Reactor System
Atlas Potassium

  • Can be controlled manually or automatically
  • Can be supplied with glass vessels ranging from 100 mL to 3 liters; vessels can be changed in less than a minute
  • Features overhead stirring and a temperature range of -80°C to 200°C
  • Provides automatic temperature and stirrer control, as well as pressure sensing


Recirculating Chillers
ThermoFlex 24000

  • Newest addition to the NESLAB ThermoFlex series
  • Features a cooling capacity of 24,000 watts
  • Includes water filters that can be changed while the unit is in operation
  • Features an intuitive user interface for ease of operation

Thermo Scientific

Compact Heating/Chilling Dry Bath
EchoTherm™ Model IC20XR

  • Can freeze, chill or heat samples from -10°C to 110°C in assay plates, centrifuge tubes, vials and test tubes
  • Features a digital display and control of temperature to 1°C
  • Includes data logger and RS232 interface to control unit by computer or to record data
  • A variety of over 25 standard sample blocks are available

Torrey Pines Scientific


  • Available in single-channel and multi-channel formats
  • Tapered tip cones accept TipOne® and other universal tips
  • Plunger forces minimize stress and maximize control
  • Light, balanced weight reduces fatigue

USA Scientific


Spotlight: Simple Benchtop Titration
Flexible data export from titrators

Metrohm’s new 900 Touch Control device starts titrimetric analyses through the use of a touch screen. Smaller than a netbook, and powerful as a PC, the device measures 19 cm by 18 cm, and provides direct access to LIMS and network printers. An Ethernet interface also allows users to access the corporate intranet.

The brilliant color touch screen doesn’t need direct skin contact to function—it can be operated by a user wearing gloves. Up to 14 methods can be linked to “favorite” icons on the touch screen, and each user has direct access to his or her favorites with a single touch of an icon.

George Porter, Product Manager, Titration, at Metrohm, says the device allows for flexibility in the lab. “It allows more flexible data export from titrators,” he said. “And it’s a space saver, since it takes up a lot less space than a computer.”

The 900 Touch Control is compatible with all Titrando titrators and USB sample processors and meets FDA 21 CFR, Part 11 compliance. It also features an autostart function so that coulometric Karl-Fischer titrations are started automatically once a sample is added.

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Electrophoresis System

  • Complete system includes CometAssay™ kits, CometSlides™, Comet Assay™ control cells and a specialized electrophoresis unit
  • Based on the alkaline lysis of labile DNA at sites of damage
  • Unit retains test cells in an electrophoretic field permitting consistent DNA migration patterns, which are critical for standardization of the assay


Gene Delivery Tools
Lentiviral Particles

  • Supplied ready to use, eliminating the need for any lipids or transfection reagents
  • Enable real-time monitoring of protein expression
  • Can be used to create stable cell lines for long-term high constitutive or Tet inducible expression applications in the presence of TetR
  • Packaged in culture medium with 10% FBS, in serumfree medium or concentrated in PBS for in vivo use


Assay Kit
SsoFast™ EvaGreen® Control Assay

  • Features a broad dynamic range over six orders of magnitude, from 102 to 108 copies of template
  • Kit contains enough reagents to run a standard curve three times
  • Includes control template DNA and primers, SsoFast EvaGreen supermix, nuclease-free water and recommended cycling protocols


Multi-Mode Microplate Reader
Synergy™ H1 Hybrid

  • Monochromator-based reader for UV-Vis absorbance, top/ bottom fluorescence and luminescence assays can be upgraded to a “hybrid” reader with the addition of a highperformance filter module
  • Independent filter module with dichroic mirrors supports FP, TRF, TR-FRET and BRET assays


Cold Blood Storage

  • MaxedRack made from 9% nickel steel; holds 25ml cassettes
  • Cassettes are designed to accommodate the guidelines of AABB for bag storage
  • Cassettes are fabricated from lightweight aluminum alloy 5083-O
  • Allows for reduced liquid nitrogen consumption


Segmented PCR Plate

  • Unskirted 96-well plates fit almost all available PCR instruments
  • Can be snapped into pre-defined segments so that 24, 48 or 72 wells can be used as required
  • Frame is manufactured from polycarbonate and wells from flexible polypropylene
  • Inert surface of wells prevents DNA, RNA and enzymes from binding

Eppendorf North America

Equilibrium Dialysis Plates

  • Provide simple methods to analyze up to 96 samples simultaneously on disposable dialysis plates
  • Each test well consists of two chambers separated by a regenerated cellulose membrane with a molecular weight cut off of either 5000 or 10000 Daltons
  • Each chamber holds up to 300µl of sample or buffer

Harvard Apparatus

Benchtop Flow Cytometers
guava® easyCyte™

  • Offer up to eight-parameter detection in a single-sampler format
  • Four models are available: two single-laser units capable of detecting five to six parameters and two dual-laser systems that can detect six to eight parameters
  • Features microcapillary technology to reduce the number of cells needed for analysis and the amount of waste generated

EMD Millipore

Filtration Plates
Low and High Binding

  • Filtration plates can simultaneously filter 96 samples of up to 350µl volume
  • For larger volume applications (up to 5 ml / well) a choice of 48-well filtration plates are available
  • Each well has an individual drainage spout ensuring 100% sample transfer and zero crossover contamination

Porvair Sciences

Automated Liquid Handler
Freedom EVO® Series

  • Arm can be equipped with disposable and/or washable tips with various coatings and lengths
  • Pressure Monitored Pipetting (PMP™) option detects errors by comparing recorded and real-time-simulated pipetting pressure signals
  • MultiChannel Arm™ 384 works with 8, 12, 16, 24, 96 or 384 channels depending on application


96-well Screening Plate

  • Four different screening plates deliver 128 selective resins based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs)
  • Contains a collection of proprietary separation phases based on MIPs and their nonimprinted homologs
  • All plates and resins are re-usable when clean solvents are used (without surfactants or proteins) and can be regenerated



Absorbance Microplate Reader
Instantly capture full spectra for low volumes, microplates and cuvettes

The SPECTROstar Nano absorbance microplate reader from BMG LABTECH uses a proprietary spectrometer that can capture a full UV-Visible spectrum (220 to 1,000 nm) in less than one second per well, and measures sample volumes down to 2 μL.

An integrated cuvette port, which measures all standard microplate formats up to 1,536 wells, lets users analyze individual samples without the need to pre-program wavelengths.

Some of the most common absorbance assays, including ELISAs, DNA, RNA, Protein (Bradford, BCA, Lowry), cell growth, and beta-galactosidase can be read at the touch of a button due to predefined protocols. button due to predefined protocols.

SPECTROstar Nano’s built-in cuvette port, assigned for individual samples, can be used for kinetic studies and quick experiments. It also allows for single push-button operation for basic commands, as well as specific assay protocol set up.

EJ Dell, Business and Applications Development Scientist, BMG LABTECH, says the device’s durability makes it an essential instrument for any lab. “Being a solid-state detector with no moving parts, the spectrometer is highly durable,” he said. “It never needs to be retuned or recalibrated, thereby ensuring perfect measurements each time.”

Additional features include multimode shaking, incubation, kinetic readings, well scanning, automated path length correction and a gas vent.

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PCR Consumables
White Real Time qPCR

  • DNase-, DNA- and RNase-free
  • Feature extra-thin wall dimensions to provide optimal thermal transfer and short cycle times
  • Feature smooth surfaces to optimize reflection of the fluorescence signal
  • Uniformly colored with titanium dioxide (TiO2)

BrandTech Scientific


Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)
Symyx Notebook 6.5

  • Features rapid material property look-up and insertion using Available Chemicals Directory sourcing database and DiscoveryGate ChemSeek properties database
  • Enables consistent, rapid calculations supporting the planning, recording, and scaling of synthetic routes for improved process efficiency
  • Provides a single portal for accessing and re-using captured experimental procedures and data


Matrix Gemini version 5.2.7

  • Compatible with Windows 7
  • Features a “configuration wizard,” allowing free choice of screen and menu designs, customer specific tables/ modules, and multiple sample numbering systems
  • Assists with audit trails, time and date stamping of all actions, version control of all reference data, and helps with 21CFR Part 11 compliance


Software for Visualizing GPCR
Data Analysis and Report Tool (DART™)

  • Creates an interactive map of target profiling assay results
  • Projects each compound’s activity profile onto a map depicting clusters of target protein families
  • Data limits, sizing, colors and target subclasses can be adjusted in seconds
  • Selected target information is dynamically populated and includes the gene symbol and aliases

EMD Millipore

Software for Polyolefins Analysis

  • Integrates information gathered by different detectors used in GPC/SEC technique
  • Allows customized calibration and analysis procedures, to fit any laboratory-specific need
  • Integrates quality control tracking tools (SQC database) in the data processing workflow
  • Offers versatility to support different reports and data formats

Polymer Char

Software Module

  • Integrates sampling location coordinates with other collected data to provide a visual tool for recording, analyzing and interpreting LIMS data
  • Can be used to simplify sample login, schedule sampling pick-up run, and quickly access information for sampling sites
  • Configured and optimized for use with portable computing devices

Quality Systems International

Online Storage Service

  • Store and share data from Data Loggers for free
  • Set up any compatible T&D products to send data via FTP to WebStorage Service
  • Allows users to view the transmitted current readings in graph form via their browser and also includes a function to store and download recorded data from the compatible units



Computer Imprintable Labels

  • Polyester label range features a fast curing ‘Heavy Duty’ Adhesive that provides a permanent bond to textured and uneven surfaces
  • Can be applied to difficult surfaces including textured paint, powder coats, galvanized steel, cast aluminum, etc.
  • Can withstand abrasion, oils, chemicals, solvents and temperature ranges of -45°C to 155°C

CILS International

Removable Glassware Labels

  • Provide excellent initial tack and superior removability without leaving any adhesive residue
  • Can withstand extreme temperatures, autoclaving, chemicals, solvents, cryo-storage and the harshest of laboratory conditions
  • Variable data can be added by the end-user ‘inlab’ with their existing PC and laser or thermal transfer printer

CILS International

Absorbent Wipes

  • Available in wipes, liners and rolls in three absorbencies: Standard, Heavy and Super
  • Orange barrier side blocks soak-through of blood and fluids to gloves and counters
  • Inhibits transmission of microbes to phones, pens, keyboards, etc.
  • White absorbent side is low-linting and much more absorbent than gauze or paper towel

Current Technologies


Films and Foils
Thin and Ultra-Thin

  • For research applications and prototype development across dozens of industries
  • Includes polymer films as thin as 0.0005 mm, metalized polymer films as thin as 0.002 mm, metal foils ranging from 0.0005 mm – 2.0 mm thin, and microleaf – ultra-thin (0.01 micron – 1.0 micron) metal foils


Devices for Biological Sample Dialysis

  • For equilibrium dialysis, regular dialysis or electro-elution
  • Cover volumes of 25µl, 50µl, 100µl, 250µl, 500µl, 1000µl and 1500µl
  • Can be placed in a temperature-controlled device for even faster dialysis times
  • Pre-cut dialysis membranes are available with Molecular Weight Cut-Off ranges from 100 to 300,000 Daltons

Harvard Apparatus

Sample Storage Tubes

  • Manufactured under US Federal standard 209E Class 7 cleanroom conditions to ensure cleanliness and sterility
  • Feature internal double rings at the top for securing caps in place and prevent popping during freeze/thaw cycles
  • Available in U- or V-bottom interior shapes and 0.50ml, 0.75ml, 1.10ml, 1.40ml, 2.50ml, and 7.50ml volumes

Micronic Europe

Primary Chlorine Standard Kit
EZ Mix

  • Allows for preparation of a 1.5 mg/L chlorine standard without the use of additional pipettes or other glassware
  • Ideal for use in the lab, plant or out in the field
  • Can be used to comply with the new regulations specified in US EPA Method 334.0


Cell Culture Products
Thermo Scientific BioLite Series

  • Includes 35 – 150 mm diameter dishes, multidishes with 6, 12, 24, 48 or 96 wells, and flasks with surface areas of up to 175 cm2
  • Sterile, non-pyrogenic, USP Class VI and non-cytotoxic
  • Manufactured from a US Pharmacopeia (USP) class VI polystyrene resin
  • Feature a cell culture surface for cell attachment and growth

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bifocal Safety Glasses
Sport and Sport Expo

  • Sport Expo are available in clear, amber, infrared, smoked and photochromic
  • Feature soft rubber noses and ear pads and vents between lenses
  • Large bifocal insert reduces eye strain
  • Sport Expo frames are silver alloy with side shields

Vision USA