Thermo Fisher VisionMate

High-speed 2D barcode reader

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, Waltham, Mass, presents the VisionMate High Speed 2D Barcode Reader, an all-in-one solution for decoding 2D storage tubes in the lab. The reader is compact and provides flexible data export formats, tube type readability, and tube layout options. Additional features include robust optics, a 1D barcode-reading accessory, and an automation-friendly design, with recessed lid corners for better robotic placing. It also has the ability to limit data access, ensuring maximum security via a password-protected user log-on, and can be controlled using on-screen software or by remote TCP/IP access, enabling fast screening and continuous use with reliable results.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
(800) 582-0494


QC connectivity for the clinical laboratory

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc, Hercules, Calif, launches UnityConnect™, a complete connectivity solution, using Bio-Rad software and optional hardware to interface QC data from instruments, middleware, and LIS’s directly into Unity Real Time™, Unity Desktop™, UnityWeb™, and Unity Real Time™ online to provide QC data processing. It automates the import of QC data, thereby eliminating manual data entry and errors, and also can provide QC results in real time. It facilitates regulatory compliance under CLIA and ISO 15189 by allowing QC data to be easily interfaced directly into any of Bio-Rad’s Unity QC data management solutions. Unity QC data-management solutions provide statistical process control with available audit trails, QC data review, and comprehensive charts and reports.

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc
(800) 224-6723

Instrument Manager v8.07

Data-management solution for labs

Data Innovations, South Burlington, Vt, releases its new Instrument Manager version 8.07, which includes a new archiving feature, a redesigned rules interface, and enhanced backup functionality. The Instrument Manager, designed for laboratory use, can be used as a data-management solution that stands between the lab’s instruments or medical devices and the information system, filling the gaps in functionality between the two. It also can be used as a connectivity solution to ease the burden on laboratory information systems or as a stand-alone small information system. The company also offers a free upgrade from previous Windows versions in all support and maintenance programs.

Data Innovations
(802) 264-3470

Symyx Notebook

Electronic lab notebook

Symyx Technologies Inc, Santa Clara, Calif, offers Symyx Notebook, a new, enterprise electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) that is configurable to meet the needs of biologists and analytical chemists out of the box. It helps simplify lab operations and lower costs by enabling R&D organizations to replace multiple discipline-specific ELNs with a single, multidiscipline application that is deployable enterprise-wide. Built on an enterprise-scale informatics platform, it consolidates experimental data from multiple domain areas into fully versioned, shareable, and searchable documents controlled by customizable document workflows with secure document versioning, electronic signatures, and audit trails. Features include the full software developer kit that permits rapid creation of custom functionality and extensions, including incorporation of third-party software; searching and browsing enabled via full-text searching of data-entry forms, experiments, embedded files, and annotations; Boolean searching of data-entry forms quickly narrow result sets; improved consistency and streamlined editing of experiments; ability to drag-and-drop files and annotate experimental data and images; single application to deploy and maintain minimizes IT setup while facilitating systems management and integration; new functionality and third-party add-ins automatically downloaded from the server when needed; Citrix® compatibility, facilitating remote access and enabling operation with Microsoft® Windows®, Mac OS®, and Linux® operating systems. The product uses the company’s Vault document management platform, which supports document browsing and searching; 21CFR11-compliant electronic signatures and audit trails; enterprise-level security; and configurable, flexible document workflows with secure versioning for single- and multisite deployments.

Symyx Technologies Inc
(408) 764-2000

Direct Benchtop Tube Printer

Eliminates hand labeling

The TubeWriter from California Advanced Labeling Inc, Fremont, Calif, is a direct printer for lab media, such as microcentrifuge tubes, cryogenic vials, cluster tubes, plates, slides, and glass vials. Printing can be done on the tops or sides of media. Up to 50 samples can be printed simultaneously within 3 minutes. Information is entered in an Excel spreadsheet on a PC or Mac and printed with the same waterproof and alcohol-resistant ink used in labs. Because no adhesive labels are used, tubes may be placed in liquid nitrogen, -80ºC freezers, boiling water, and microcentrifuges, without the printing coming off. The company introduces consumable, preloaded racks and a high-throughput model with 15 times greater capacity.

California Advanced Labeling Inc
(650) 906-5600