Processes six specimens at one time
The SlidePrep Plus from EKF Diagnostics, Cardiff, UK, is a self-contained, compact centrifuge for in vitro diagnostic use. Its primary function is to produce a monolayer of cells onto a glass slide from any fluid suspension under the safest conditions possible. Samples are centrifuged in reusable or disposable concentrating funnels, or in concentrating funnels that include a filter material to absorb and capture suspension fluid during cytocentrifugation. The centifuge is capable of processing up to six specimens at one time. Features include a removable, sealed rotor; an LCD display with digital controls; and an audible alarm that signals when the device is out of balance or when specimens can be removed.
(800) 531-5535; www.ekfdiagnostics.com
Electronic Pipetting System
For high-throughput screening
The Thermo Scientific E1-ClipTip pipetting system from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, locks tips firmly onto a pipette, ensuring a quality seal for consistent, reproducible results. Patented interlocking technology delivers sample security, while the electronic pipetting action and flexible user interface enables efficient use of time and resources. The E1-ClipTip pipette is the latest extension of the Thermo Scientific ClipTip portfolio and is ideal for scientists conducting high-throughput screening. Designed for comfort and ease of use, the electronic tip ejection and index finger pipetting action permits a user’s thumb to relax during pipetting. Models feature adjustable tip spacing, making sample transfers between different labware formats more efficient. Program functions can store up to 20 programs and have as many as 40 steps in each Matrix mode program.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
(800) 678-5599; www.thermofisher.com
Sterile Sleeve Protector
Reduces risk of contamination
The Kimtech Pure A4 sterile sleeve protector from Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga, provides barrier protection from hazardous chemicals and biologics. Features include reinforced seams, an advanced barrier fabric that provides enhanced protection against dangerous liquids, and thumb loops for full wrist coverage. The sleeve protectors are offered in a range of sizes and are available in bulk packages. They are also recyclable through RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the company’s recycling program for non-hazardous lab and cleanroom waste.
(800) 241-3146; www.kimtech.com
Platinum Code, Lakeville, Minn, offers a line of cohesive bandages that are typically used in place of adhesive bandages or medical tape. Designed to produce a pain- and trauma-free experience, bandages are made of non-latex, stretchy material that sticks to itself. Bandages enable light compression, are easy to tear, and are safe on all skin types. Customers can select from six colors and sizes, including 1-, 1.5-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-inch models.
(888) 446-9965; www.platinumcode.us
Quantifies blood lead levels
Magellan Diagnostics Inc, North Billerica, Mass, has released the LeadCare Plus blood lead testing system in the United States for the quantification of lead levels in blood. Developed to enhance accessibility to blood lead testing, the single-channel system performs lead analysis in a compact footprint suited for space-constrained labs and clinics. Weighing approximately 3 pounds, the system requires a sample volume of 50 ?l of capillary or venous whole blood. Detection relies on the anodic stripping voltammetry electrochemical technique and takes 3 minutes. Designated as moderately complex, the test system is not intended for point-of-care use but rather for prescription use only. Magellan Diagnostics recommends that a minimum of two levels of quality control be performed each day or shift, before patient samples are tested.
(978) 856-2345; www.magellandx.com
Available in custom sizes
Platinum Code, Lakeville, Minn, offers a portfolio of laboratory labels supporting a variety of applications. Lab labels for Dymo printers are distinguished by the unique, small, oval-shaped holes punched in the paper backing, while labels used in microbiology and pathology meet specific size requirements and are xylene resistant to hold up to contaminating agents. The company also offers labels for bedside and point-of-care testing, in addition to ribbons for thermal transfer printers. Labels are available in a range of colors, perforations, and core sizes. Compatible laboratory information systems include Cerner, CompuGroup Medical, Epic, McKesson, Meditech, Orchard, SCC Soft Computer, Siemens, Sunquest, and more.
(888) 446-9965; www.platinumcode.us
Fume Hood Line
Ergonomic airfoil for ease of use
The Mistral line of fume hoods from Hamilton Scientific, De Pere, Wis, provides a wide variety of sizes and options to accommodate varying laboratory needs. Available in bench, high-line, floor-mounted, perchloric, radioisotope, and demonstration versions, Mistral fume hoods meet industry safety standards and combine quality, reliability, and efficiency into a single platform. Designed with customer input, the Mistral platform allows end users to improve laboratory workflow. Features include an increased sight line for improved safety, a low profile, ergonomic airfoil for ease of use, and a chain and sprocket drive mechanism for improved performance and reliability.
(920) 793-1121; www.hamiltonscientific.com
Flushes away hazardous chemicals
Emergency shower and decontamination booths from Hemco Corp, Independence, Mo, are fully assembled and ready for installation to water supply and waste systems. Designed to immediately cleanse personnel who have been exposed to hazardous chemicals, the booth is equipped with an overhead pull-rod-activated shower and a rear-wall-mounted push-handle eye and face wash. The shower features a seamless mold of chemical-resistant fiberglass, frosted front strip curtains, interior stainless steel grab bars, raised deck grating with a self-draining containment basin, and a 2-inch bottom or rear drain outlet. The booth is compliant with ANSI and OSHA requirements.
(800) 779-4362; www.hemcocorp.com
Designed for heating glass vials
The model 949 cleanroom oven from Grieve Corp, Round Lake, Ill, is a 500°F, electrically heated Class 100 cleanroom oven for heating glass vials. Workspace dimensions measure 36 inches x 36 inches x 51 inches. A 1500 CFM, 2 HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload. The oven features a stainless steel interior with continuously backwelded seams, stainless steel exterior with a brushed finish, and 4-inch insulated walls. It also includes four high-efficiency particulate arrestance filters, a minihelic pressure gauge, and a dispersed oil particulate validation port across the recirculating blower air filter bank, in addition to a recording and programming temperature recorder.
(847) 546-8225; www.grievecorp.com
Tube Storage Racks
Precision manufactured in a certified Class 7 cleanroom production facility, the 24-, 48-, and 96-tube ultra-low temperature rack range from Micronic, Lelystad, The Netherlands, meet automation-compatible dimensional footprint standards from the American National Standards Insititute and Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. The racks incorporate features that aid in automation, including a twist-lock design that prevents tubes from turning during screw decapping and capping; lead-in tube and cover placement; closed side walls with minimal notches for optimized rack orientation; and an automation-friendly cover lock system. Traceability and reproducibility are ensured through laser-etched alphanumeric visual location aids placed on top of the racks and a laser-etched barcode on the side of the racks.
Micronic America LLC
(484) 480-3372; www.micronic.com
Clean Rapid Transfer Port
Newly redesigned from Destaco, Auburn Hills, Mich, is the CleanRTP, a clean rapid transfer port that was developed with flexibility in mind. The remote-handling port is specifically engineered for moving materials in and out of isolators and gloveboxes without breaking containment. The port features smooth surfaces without exposed fasteners, and minimal rotation is needed before disengagement of the port door. As the handle is turned, an interlock assists in breaking the seal, reducing operator effort. The product line is available in a variety of sizes and configurations with three port-door designs, including stainless steel, polypropylene, and liquid transfer. Ports can also be customized for specific requirements, with door configurations largely application dependent.
(651) 388-3565; www.destaco.com/crl
Portable Cell Counter
Stores up to 1,000 counts
Olympus Corp, Waltham, Mass, has released the cell counter model R1, which stores up to 1,000 counts and offers 300 different cell protocols for quick setup and counting in routine culturing procedures. Using innovative liquid lens autofocus technology, which mimics the way the human eye focuses, the device features software with a unique algorithm for accurate automated cell counts in as little as 15 seconds. It features a 7-inch touchscreen display with an intuitive interface. The software features cell size- and roundness-based sorting capabilities, the ability to identify live and dead cells, clumped cell declustering, and an automatic dilution calculator. The device measures 195 mm × 237 mm × 272 mm and weighs 2.1 kg.
(800) 446-5967; www.olympus-lifescience.com
Proportional Temperature Controller
Designed for resistive heaters
The model 5R1-001 proportional temperature controller from Oven Industries Inc, Mechanicsburg, Pa, is compliant with the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. A universal AC input proportional temperature controller for resistive heaters, the unit is designed with 1500 VAC isolation from the electronic circuitry, which reduces interference from noise or errant signals. The device includes user-friendly PC software that requires no programming experience. After setup is completed, the computer may be disconnected, enabling the controller to become a standalone unit. The computer can also remain connected for data acquisition. The temperature may be set through the optional display or with a remote potentiometer. The load circuit delivers a maximum load current of 15 A.
(717) 766-0721; www.ovenind.com
Blade Removal System
Stores 100 blades
The Qlicksmart blade removal system from Mopec, Oak Park, Mich, is a medical safety device specially designed, engineered, and manufactured to comply with recently revised bloodborne pathogens standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Qlicksmart supports single-handed removal and immediate containment of contaminated scalpel blades in order to reduce the risk and cost of injury to the user. Available as a counter, cart, or wall mount, Qlicksmart requires users to place the scalpel into the slot, listen for a click, and withdraw the handle. The blade is securely contained inside the sealed, spill-proof, and puncture-resistant container. Offering storage for 100 blades, the system features a built-in counter that displays its remaining capacity, and an automatic shut-off that prevents overfilling.
(800) 362-8491; www.mopec.com
For automated and semiautomated biochemistry analyzers
Randox Laboratories, Crumlin, UK, offers 116 clinical assays, covering testing panels such as antioxidants, cardiac, coagulation, diabetes, drugs-of-abuse testing, hepatic and renal function, lipids, metabolic profiles, proteins, and therapeutic drug monitoring. To complement its line of assays, Randox offers Easy Read reagents, which are packaged in dedicated bottles and barcoded for use on specific analyzers, and Easy Fit reagents, which are presented in bottles designed to fit the channels of specific analyzers. A wide range of formats and methods is available, with reagents displaying high correlation to reference methods, providing confidence in testing and minimal lot-to-lot variability in performance. The reagents are available for use on hundreds of automated and semiautomated biochemistry analyzers.
(866) 472-6369; www.randox.com