With XML support

Tharo Systems Inc, Brunswick, Ohio, introduces the newest version of its EASYLABEL® software that includes extensible markup language (XML) support for Oracle enterprise management systems. The EASYLABEL 5 Platinum’s XML Monitor will watch a file directory or TCP/IP port and automatically print RFID or bar code labels when a compatible XML file is received. This feature provides a direct connection to Oracle or any other application capable of generating a properly formatted XML file. A complimentary trial edition is available for download from Tharo’s Web site.

Tharo Systems Inc
(800) 878-6833

SPRI-TE Nucleic Acid Extractor

Strong binding and reproducible results

Beckman Coulter Inc, Fullerton, Calif, introduces the SPRI-TE™ Nucleic Acid Extractor for the automated purification of DNA and RNA. The system prepares between one and 10 samples in about 30 minutes and requires minimal user training. Prepackaged, ready-to-use extraction kits are available for preparing genomic DNA, viral or formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded nucleic acid samples. SPRI-TE incorporates the company’s proprietary SPRI® (solid phase reversible immobilization) technology, which extracts the nucleic acids without centrifugation or vacuum manifold. The SPRI technology helps ensure strong binding and high-quality purification.

Beckman Coulter Inc
(714) 993-5321


Gamma spectroscopy

The ORTEC®, Oak Ridge, Tenn, business unit of AMETEK Advanced Measurement Technology extends its Trans-SPEC series of handheld gamma spectroscopy instruments with the addition of the Micro-trans-SPEC, an ultralight-weight version featuring enhanced display, communications, data storage, and analysis capabilities. The portable, high-purity Germanium gamma spectroscopy system weighs only 15 pounds and is a self-contained instrument providing a complete spectrometer in a single, easy-to-handle package. It offers a dramatic 20% reduction in size and a 34% reduction in weight compared with previous versions, with no loss in performance.

ORTEC Products Group
(800) 251-9750

Liquid Chromatography Columns

Designed to use less ACN

Faced with a worldwide shortage of acetonitrile (ACN), labs are seeking ways to reduce consumption of this common HPLC solvent. To this end, Prominence UFLC/UFLCXR systems and Shim-pack XR-ODS liquid chromatography columns from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, Md, minimize ACN consumption through high-speed analysis. Engineered for low carryover, the valves on the Prominence auto samplers require little or no additional rinsing after injection. The autosampler’s injection cycle time is 10 seconds, reducing mobile-phase consumption. For situations requiring operation under pressures up to 66 MPa, UFLCXR permits the substitution of methanol for ACN. In addition to reduced acetonitrile usage, analysis is five times faster with the use of the Shim-pack XR-ODS. No specialized, high-pressure hardware is required for operation.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
(800) 477-1227

DS2 ELISA Processing System

Computer-controlled microplate processing system

Inverness Medical, Princeton, NJ, a member of the Inverness Medical Innovations group, offers the DS2™ ELISA processing system manufactured by Dynex Technologies. The computer-controlled microplate processing system fully automates the sample-distribution, reagent-addition, incubation, washing, and detection steps of microplate ELISA assays. Designed with full walkaway capability, the system processes two 96-well microplates and up to 12 different assays simultaneously, and features user-friendly control systems, chain of custody, and instrument diagnostics. It is useful for most ELISA applications, from clinical diagnostics such as autoimmune and infectious disease, to food safety and drugs-of-abuse testing. Combined with the company’s ELISA product line and the ability to automate enteric assays and front-end dilute Inverness AtheNA assays, the system provides an open, fully automated solution.

Inverness Medical
(609) 627-8081


Series of balances

The Cubis premium balance series, from Sartorius, Edgewood, NY, features a modular design that can be custom-configured to meet the requirements of a variety of applications. It can perform simple weighing functions and can manage complex sequences using a user/password management feature, which helps enable it to meet advanced weighing requirements at the most sophisticated level. The Cubis includes automatic leveling, toploading analytical balance with a motorized draft shield, five-digit toploading lab balance, and a choice of three different display and control units. It also provides a full range of data communication options for PC and data networks thanks to its integrated Q-Com package.

(800) 635-2906, ext 8272

Magnetic Stirrers

Stirring capacity up to 5 liters

Jeio Tech Inc, Woburn, Mass, introduces a new line of Lab Companion magnetic stirrers in three different sizes and four colors. These Stirrers are available in 120-mm, 170-mm, and 220-mm, with stirring capacities of 2, 4, and 5 liters, respectively. Stirring speed range is from 150 to 2,500 rpms. The tops are polypropylene and come complete with two nonslip silicon covers (in black and white) to prevent sliding of the sample vessel. They feature a wide base and rubber feet, for stability and to reduce noise.

Jeio Tech Inc
(781) 376-0700

DQ302 Fluorometry Standard

For calibration of fluorometers

Hoefer Inc, Holliston, Mass, introduces a high-quality DNA standard for use in fluorometry. The DQ302 fluorometry standard contains 0.25 mL DNA at a concentration of 1 mg/mL and is suitable for calibration of fluorometers, such as the Hoefer DQ300, when using the Hoescht 33258 (bis-benzimide) assay for quantitation of double-stranded DNA.

Hoefer Inc
(800) 227-4750

PRO Lab Plus Series

Includes mixers, shakers, and stirrers

The PRO Lab Plus series, from PRO Scientific, Oxford, Conn, complements the company’s current lines of homogenizers, centrifuges, and thermostatics. Featuring compact, durable pieces of laboratory equipment, the new series includes the VSN-5 Nutating Mixer, the VSM-3 Vortex Mixer, the VSR-50 Variable Speed Rocker, and the VSOS-4 digital programmable Orbital Shaker, as well as the HPS-7 hot plate stirrers (available with ceramic or aluminum tops). A variety of accessories for an array of applications are available. All products in the series have been designed to effortlessly handle lab workload while simplifying everyday lab processes such as mixing, blending, and resuspending.

Pro Scientific
(203) 267-4600