Supports rapid tube decapping
The RC/DC 900 Flex from Sarstedt Inc, Newton, NC, combines preanalytics and postanalytics in a compact standalone instrument, providing a cost-effective alternative to complete automation. The 900 Flex enables rapid and safe identification, decapping, and recapping of up to 900 tubes per hour, reducing staff risk for repetitive motion injuries and accidental exposures. Multiple tube types can be processed in mixed operations. Push, stopper, and screw caps are safely removed and hygienically disposed. The instrument recaps with either a universal push cap or screw cap for archiving. The unit can also be designed as a decapper or recapper only, with subsequent retrofitting capability.
(800) 257-5101; www.starstedt.com
Cleanroom Truck Oven
Includes recirculating blower
Grieve Corp, Round Lake, Ill, offers a 500ºF electrically heated, Class 100 cleanroom oven supporting such heat processes as sterilizing, depyrogenation, curing, and drying of workloads. The unit measures 36 inches x 42 inches x 66 inches. The oven is heated by incoloy-sheathed 30 KW tubular elements, while a 2400 cfm, 3-hp recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload. The oven features 4-inch thick insulated walls and an aluminized steel exterior, and includes a 4-inch thick insulated floor with removable truck wheel guide tracks. The oven also features a stainless steel powered exhauster; two recirculating, high-temperature, high-efficiency particulate air filters; and multiple temperature controllers.
(847) 546-8225; www.grievecorp.com
Designed for tight spaces
The EcoFlow fume hood from Hemco Corp, Independence, Mo, is offered in 24-inch, 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch-wide models suited for laboratories where space is limited. The compact hood size makes the models suitable for student workstations and additional hood applications with limited space availability. Because of their reduced size, the hoods require less exhaust air to be drawn from the lab. The fully adjustable sliding sash is made of 3/16 inch thick shatter-proof Plexiglas and is fully adjustable to allow easy access into the fume chamber. Easy-touch operation allows for precise positioning. A full selection of accessories and components are available, including work surfaces, base cabinets, plumbing, and electrical services.
(800) 779-4362; www.hemcocorp.com
Wireless 2D Barcode Scanner
Reads barcodes displayed on LCD screens
The SE1-QB Bluetooth wireless 2-D barcode scanner from Denso ADC, Long Beach, Calif, is designed to serve as the front end of a mobile data-capture system consisting of a scanner and host smartphone or tablet. Measuring 3.9 inches long, 1.6 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick, and weighing only 2.1 ounces, the durable, pocket-sized device can read 2-D or 1-D barcodes displayed on LCD screens of mobile devices or printed on paper. Two AA batteries provide up to 50 hours of operating time. A one-touch feature enables display of a virtual keyboard on iOS devices.
(888) 693-3676; www.denso-adc.com
For small batch filling
Flexicon PF6 and PF22 benchtop peristaltic fillers from Flexicon Liquid Filling, Ringsted, Denmark, a subdivision of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, are designed for small batch filling in clinical trials, contract filling, and diagnostics applications. Batch setup is achieved in 1 minute, with fill volumes from 0.2 mL to 5 L and precise ± 0.5% dosing accuracy. Offering a contamination-free single-use flow path, the peristaltic technology simplifies cleaning validation and enhances the integrity of high purity fill and finish applications. The closed fluid path removes the risk of cross contamination, making the PF6 ideal for a production environment where many types of liquids need to be filled in various batch sizes. The fillers can be used as standalone units for manual filling, or can be used with an automatic bottle handling system for larger batch production.
(800) 282-8823; www.watson-marlow.com
HPLC Medical Device
For general clinical use
The Prelude LX-4 MD high-pressure liquid chromatograph from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, is listed with FDA as a Class I medical device for general clinical use. The device features four parallel channels, which can deliver up to four different separations to a single mass spectrometer to enhance sample throughput. The channels can run identical or different methods simultaneously. Recently receiving a CE mark, the device aims to deliver accurate, reproducible flow and gradient formation. It is designed and manufactured in a Thermo Fisher Scientific facility certified to ISO 13485, the quality systems standard for medical device manufacturing compiled by the International Organization for Standardization.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
(800) 678-5599; www.thermofisher.com
Available in five colors
Tourniquets from Platinum Code, Lakeville, Minn, are designed with safety in mind, helping to reduce the risk for leave-on accidents. The portfolio of products is available in a range of options, included smooth, textured, bariatric, pediatric, and infant, in addition to multiple color and packaging options. Smooth and textured finishes aim to meet different requirements for grip and stretch, providing patients and employees with a better draw experience. Flat packs are commonly used for primary draw stations, roll packs are notch cut every 18 inches for quick dispensing, and dispenser boxes offer extra protection for tourniquet rolls. Meanwhile, individually rolled tourniquets are ideal for phlebotomists on the go.
(888) 446-9965; www.platinumcode.us
Printed in English, French, and Spanish
Azlon multilingual wash bottles from SciLabware, Staffordshire, UK, are compliant with guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In order to meet the latest requirements in European safety legislation, bottles display the chosen solvent’s chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service number, appropriate National Fire Protection Association diamond, Globally Harmonized System symbols, and safety information. Also on display are pictograms of the appropriate personal protective equipment to be used, and a list of target organs that may be affected by each solvent. Bottles, which are printed in English, French, and Spanish, utilize the company’s DripLok venting system, a two-way valve that prevents the build-up of pressure by allowing volatile solvent vapors to escape. All bottles feature a wide mouth for easy filling and precision jet tip for fine control.
(844) 442-9566; www.scilabware.com
Offers 20-position primary sample tube carousel
The A2O from Advanced Instruments Inc, Norwood, Mass, is a fully automated, multisample osmometer equipped with a menu-driven operating system, intuitive software control, and multilanguage capability. It features direct sampling from the primary sample tube, which eliminates the need for manual liquid handling and pipetting; and intelligent liquid handling technology, which offers liquid level sensing, crash detection, a self-cleaning pipette, and a simple fluid management system. A 20-position primary sample tube carousel accommodates common sample tubes sizes and low-volume sample cups. Other features include positive sample identification, stat sample capability, bidirectional data communications, and a built-in quality control software package.
(800) 225-4034; www.aicompanies.com
Microprocessor-Controlled Jar Evacuation System
Under 3 minutes for complete anaerobiasis
The Advanced Anoxomat from Advanced Instruments Inc, Norwood, Mass, can create exact, repeatable conditions with gas mixtures that will always be within 0.5% of the required value. Anoxomat quickly creates anaerobic, microaerophilic, or capnophilic and hypoxic environments in jars using a reliable automated evacuation and replacement method, enabling microbiologists to draw confident conclusions. Complete anaerobiasis is performed in less than 3 minutes. After the anaerobic cycle, 0.16% residual oxygen is left in the jar, which is removed by a small palladium catalyst. Recently launched ergonomic jars feature nested stacking, a fold-down grip handle, and a unique lid clamp-on system that creates a secure seal with a simple click.
(800) 225-4034; www.aicompanies.com
High Recovery Vials
Made of borosilicate glass
High recovery vials from Wheaton Industries Inc, Millville, NJ, support comprehensive collection, automated handling, and storage, facilitating maximum retrieval of high-value samples. Precision vials are made from low expansion borosilicate glass and designed with a conical well interior bottom that allows for maximum retrieval of contents by a syringe. Especially useful for high-value contents, vials reduce product waste by up to 99%, according to the company, and enable full retrieval without the need to overfill. NextGen V vials are suited for primary packaging for biological and diagnostic reagents, while E-Z extraction vials are suited for chemical compounds or biological sample storage.
(800) 225-1437; wheaton.com
12-Place Rotor Centrifuge
Supports coagulation studies
Ideal for use in both the hospital and laboratory, the PlasmaPrep-12 from EKF Diagnostics, Cardiff, UK, is designed for stat serum and plasma separation and supports coagulation studies. Enabling fast blood separation, the easy-to-use centrifuge is controlled by a microprocessor with four preprogrammed spin times. These include the platelet-poor plasma mode, providing serum or plasma separations in 3 minutes; and the platelet-rich plasma mode, providing platelet-rich plasma in 30 seconds. The device is equipped with a 12-place rotor, and accepts 13 mm x 75 mm through 16 mm x 100 mm tubes.
EKF Diagnostics, via Separation Technology
(800) 777-6668; www.ekfdiagnostics.com
1.5 mL total capacity
Microlock centrifuge tubes from Thomas Scientific, Swedesboro, NJ, feature pierceable lids and support secure sealing with one hand. The graduated, rugged tubes, designed to withstand the stress of high-speed centrifugation of up to 17,000 rpm, have a capacity of 1.5 mL. A Microlock, positive click closure has a latch feature that eliminates sample loss and hazardous splashover. An etched writing area is located on both the flat surface closure and the side of the tube for convenient sample identification. Tubes are comprised of nonwetting polypropylene and are autoclavable at 121°C.
(800) 345-2100; www.thomassci.com
Laboratory Paddle Blender
For small tissue processing
Seward Laboratory Systems, Davie, Fla, offers Stomacher 80 Biomaster and Stomacher 80 microBiomaster laboratory paddle blenders for small tissue processing. Features include a 250 µL to 80 mL sample capacity, diluent-free sample processing, adjustable processing time and paddle speed, 3-year warranty, and 10-year service support. Stomacher 80 technology provides efficient and economical preparation of viable cell suspensions from tissue samples, with numerous methods documented for tissue biopsies, antibiotics, veterinary, and forensic applications. The enhanced Stomacher 80 bag range features closure and strainer bag formats, double bags for biosafety, and the new MicroBag for effective homogenization and sample recovery below 1 mL volumes.
Seward Laboratory Systems
(954) 862-1421; seward.co.uk
2-minute kill time
The AC-Peroxy disinfectant from Mopec, Oak Park, Mich, kills Clostridium difficile spores in 2 minutes. Containing no bleach or harsh acids, the heavy duty, one-step disinfectant also functions as a cleaner and deodorizer. The concentrated solution contains peroxyacetic acid in addition to hydrogen peroxide, which promotes surface shine. It destroys such bacteria as Bordatella pertussis, Escherichia coli, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, human immunodeficiency virus type 1, influenza A, norovirus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella enterica.
(800) 362-8491; www.mopec.net