Mixes tubes in any position
Labnet, Edison, NJ, introduces a new multipurpose rotator that accepts a variety of tube sizes and mixes them in any position—horizontally or vertically. Interchangeable rotisseries accept tubes from 1.5 mL to 50 mL. Each rotisserie is split into two halves, which can be exchanged to mix more than one tube type at the same time, and each rotisserie half can be rotated independently from a center point on the shaft. Placing the halves in line with the shaft produces an end-over-end tumbling motion, similar to that used to mix blood tubes. Rotation speed is fixed at 18 rpm, and a 36 x 1.5/2.0 mL rotisserie is supplied with the rotator.
MVS Multichannel Verification System
New functionality for glycerol, ethanol, and DMSO
Artel, Westbrook, Me, has developed functionality for the ARTEL MVS® Multichannel Verification System to verify volumes of glycerol, ethanol, and DMSO transferred from an automated liquid handling system or a handheld pipette to a microtiter plate. The MVS system documents the volume-dispense performance of each channel of an automated liquid handler. Able to function within a volume range of 100 nL to 50 µL, the system provides automatic reporting of volume statistics on tip-by-tip and well-by-well bases within minutes of dispensing. It can integrate into existing automated quality-control protocols and can be implemented by technicians of any skill level.
Digital tissue homogenizer
The new Omni THQ, from Omni International Inc, Marietta, Ga, is a digital tissue homogenizer that provides accurate and repeatable results in a lightweight, handheld design. The company’s new Whisper Drive Technology™ employs a maintenance-free, brushless motor that is both quiet and reliable. An integrated digital speed display ensures consistent results for a variety of applications. The Omni THQ operates with stainless-steel generator probes or the company’s own Omni Tip™ plastic homogenizer probes.
Omni International Inc
PA2000 Tamp/Blow Label Printer and Applicator
Applies labels to convex, concave, or flat surfaces
Tharo Systems Inc, Brunswick, Ohio, introduces the latest addition to its product line of print and apply systems, the PA2000t/b Tamp/Blow Label Printer/Applicator, an accessory for the company’s H-Series thermal transfer bar code label printers. The device features a footprint as small as 16.5 inches wide by 30 inches long, and includes a remote front panel for easy access, regardless of the orientation of the applicator. The Tamp/Blow prints and applies labels with or without a computer attached and has the unique ability to apply labels to convex, concave, or flat surfaces, on either the top or side of a product.
Tharo Systems Inc
BD FACSCanto II
For routine HIV/AIDS monitoring
The BD FACSCanto™ II flow cytometry system from BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ, offers clinical laboratories an FDA-cleared cell analyzer for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) use. This new benchtop analyzer supports the first six-color flow cytometry IVD application for routine HIV/AIDS monitoring using a highly efficient one-tube test. The system offers a range of turnkey IVD applications, as well as the flexibility and performance required for complex life science and clinical research applications, such as an optional eight-color configuration. It also assists laboratories in achieving data quickly and efficiently, offering users high-fluorescence sensitivity, industry-leading low sample carryover of less than 0.1% between tests, and processing speeds of up to 10,000 events per second.
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
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