Rack Reader Traces 2D-Coded Tubes
Synchronized reader and software
Optimized for rapid and accurate sample identification, the new Micronic DR500 rack reader comes complete with in-house designed Micronic code reader software. The DR500 can scan and decode a whole rack of 2D datamatrix codes in less than 5 seconds, and a single 96-well plate in less than 2 seconds. Its small benchtop footprint makes the DR500 an efficient, space-saving option for organizing laboratory sample inventory. The reader is compatible with most brands of 2D datamatrix coded tubes, whether they are in a 24-, 48- or 96-well format. The DR500 can be powered via external power supply or by USB, enabling users to decode a rack of tubes using only a laptop. The DR505 option features an anti-frost system, which minimizes condensation of frozen samples on the scanner plate. Additionally, the software’s CSV-file output enables users to smoothly integrate the software with their laboratory information management system.
Micronic America LLC
(484) 480-3372; www.micronic.com
Class 1 Ductless Workstation
Captures fumes and vapors
Suited for capturing fumes, odors, and non-hazardous chemical vapors, the MicroFlow III is a Class 1 ductless carbon-filtered workstation equipped with a particle prefilter and activated carbon filtration. Dimensions are 20.75 inches high x 24 inches wide x 24 inches deep. The unit is completely self-contained and features an integral recessed work surface to contain spills. A convenient clear viewing sash surrounds the work area for user protection. The sash is easily removable, and can be configured for use with a microscope. Variable speed fan control allows for high-speed 100 f/m airflow through the sash opening, or medium and low flow during sensitive operations. Typical applications include containment of forensic applications, general chemistry involving small volumes of common chemicals, gluing and drying operations, sample weighing, soldering, solvent cleaning of electronic parts, and tissue staining and processing. The hood is also available with a mobile table.
(800) 779-4362; www.hemcocorp.com
Automatic Cell Washing System
Removes plasma and unwanted antibodies
Helmer Scientific has released its next-generation automatic cell washing system, the UltraCW II, for use in hospital blood banks and clinical labs. The UltraCW II automates steps within typical tube testing and blood bank workflows. Tube testing is considered the gold standard method for ABO and Rh grouping, antibody identification, and cross-matching. The UltraCW II removes plasma and unwanted antibodies from blood cells for these pretransfusion testing procedures, which are critical for avoiding adverse events that may be associated with transfusions. The UltraCW II automatic cell washer is designed for precise, consistent, and reproducible blood cell washing results. The system also improves the user experience through the incorporation of a full-color touchscreen for intuitive and easy-to-use programming and operation. The UltraCW II incorporates an electronic flow meter for the precise saline fills required for reliable results.
(317) 219-3120; www.helmerinc.com
Sensitivity and accuracy
Being Instruments has introduced its BIT/BIF series of laboratory incubators, which have been designed for a wide range of applications. The series consists of 10 models; the five BIT models feature natural convection, while the five BIF models feature mechanical convection. The Being controller ensures temperature accuracy, control, and safety, and provides programmability for nine steps in each of seven periods, for a total of 63 programmable steps. BIT models offer chamber sizes from 0.6 cu ft to 7.8 cu ft; a temperature range from ambient +5° C to 80° C; and temperature stability of ±0.2° C. BIF models offer chamber sizes from 0.8 cu ft to 8.9 cu ft; a temperature range from ambient +5° C to 80° C; and temperature stability of ±0.2° C. General features common to all models include a colorful LCD display; chamber made from 304 stainless steel; and a Pt100 temperature sensor that provides high temperature sensitivity and accuracy.
Being Instruments Inc
(800) 278-1390; www.beinglab-usa.com
Biological Safety Cabinets
Combines ergonomics, safety, and aesthetics
The Purair Bio biological safety cabinet is certified for safety and performance in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standard 49 and EN 12469, which certifies that Class II, Type A2 laminar flow cabinets are suitable for working with biosafety agents at levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. Air Science 4-foot models are certified by NSF. The cabinet features a single EC blower motor for ease of use, reliability, and lower operational costs. It is also energy efficient, using a brushless DC motor with a high performance rating. The cabinet is one of the narrowest on the market, allowing for easy passage through standard doorways for easier installation and relocation. The cabinet’s user interface combines ergonomics, safety, and aesthetics to reduce operator eye strain and fatigue.
(800) 306-0656; www.airscience.com
Safe and innovative formalin dispensing
The PMT Scientific grossing station features Forma-Flow, a patent-pending design for safe and innovative formalin dispensing. The system eliminates formalin bubbling and splatter; evacuates fumes from stored formalin; eliminates the need for pump priming; provides ergonomic formalin transfer from carboys; contains a high-capacity sealed formalin tank for efficiency and fume reduction; and features formalin monitoring with easy-to-read indicators. Built on an elevating base frame of heavy-gauge steel and aluminum, the grossing station’s panels and worksurfaces are fabricated from US-made types 304 and 316 stainless steel. Plumbing fixture configurations are customizable to meet customer requirements. Featuring a technologically advanced lighting system, imaging systems are manufactured into the stations. The stations also incorporate the latest technology in air quality monitoring.
(888) 519-2286; www.pmtscientific.com
Cell strainers by Sarstedt consist of a polypropylene frame and a nylon mesh with a filtration area of 4.2 sq cm. The strainers are available with pore sizes of 40 µm, 70 µm, or 100 µm. For easy identification, the cell strainer frames are color-coded blue, white, or yellow, based on the corresponding mesh pore size. The frames also have ventilation cams around their edges to prevent blockage and overflows resulting from poor air exchange. The strainers are stackable, allowing for multiple filtration steps to be performed at one time. The strainers are suitable for use as-is with standard 50 mL conical tubes; an adapter is available to customize the strainers for use with 5 mL, 15 mL, and FACS tubes. The strainers are sold individually wrapped to meet project needs.
(800) 257-5101; www.sarstedt.com
Automated Digital Microscope
Delivers high-quality cell imaging and data
The latest offering in the line of cell-imaging systems from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the fully automated Invitrogen EVOS M7000 microscope features a high-end camera and more powerful computer to deliver better images in less time. Equipped with color and monochrome cameras, the microscope features automation routines for multiwell plate scanning and image tile stitching, with autofocus, Z-stacking, and time lapse that can be set up with just a few clicks of a button. The microscope features an upgraded XE3 computer and a Quadro graphics card to significantly reduce time acquiring and saving images. On a 50 x 50 scan with the monochrome camera, the EVOS M7000 microscope reduces average image acquiring time by 19 minutes and average saving time by 15.9 minutes when compared to its predecessor, the FL Auto 2. On a 1000-image scan with the color camera, the EVOS M7000 decreases average acquiring time by 7.76 minutes and average saving time by 21.5 minutes.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Gel Documentation System
Visualizes stained DNA and proteins
The next generation of gel documentation systems, the Enduro GDS II and GDS Touch II are used for visualization of DNA and protein stained within a gel, providing photo documentation for the gels in a laboratory setting. The GDS II comes in either a 302 nm or 365 nm wavelength version and runs on Windows-based PCs. The GDS Touch II comes in either a 302 nm or 365 nm version, with 470 nm epi-blue lights for use with safe dyes that eliminate the need for ethidium bromide. The GDS Touch II also includes a built-in Windows 10 tablet computer. Other features of the systems include qualitative software for publication and notebook quality images; region of interest function allows optimal exposure in less than 30 seconds; transilluminator good for 30,000 hours; ability to save photos as jpg or 16-bit tiff files.
(888) 522-6381; www.labnetinternational.com
IVD Staining Platform
Fully automated open system
The Valent in vitro diagnostic staining platform is the first open-system, fully automated immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining platform, merging high throughput and quality staining with an intuitive user interface. The new system features a fully automated platform, 48-slide capacity, multiplex IHC capability, and high-quality staining. The unit’s IHC protocol is completely automated, performing fast, nontoxic online deparaffinization and utilizing a patent-pending, continuous antigen retrieval dispensing technology. Valent’s open system enables users to apply enzyme pretreatments, antibodies, detections, or chromogens from any source. The unit processes 48 slides simultaneously, supporting increased throughput with minimal hands-on time. Valent is equipped with an array of automatic sensors, minimizing errors before and during runs, and performing self-leveling and self-cleaning functions. The system’s onboard mixing capability allows for walkaway operation. Use of reagent vials with a 50 ?L dead volume minimizes precious reagent loss, saving money.
(800) 799-9499; www.biocare.net