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September 14, 2015


10 Principles Of Good Product Design (Part One)

We were inspired by Lee Underwood’s guest blog last week to look into product design more ourselves.

In our searches we stumbled on the eruditely articulated approach to product design by Dieter Rams. Rams, a German industrial designer closely associated with the consumer products company Braun introduced the idea of sustainable development in design in the 1970s. Accordingly he asked himself the question: is my design good design? The answer formed his now celebrated ten principles.

First up “Good Design is Innovative”. This is the first blog in a four part series taking a look at how our latest product holds up to the acclaimed designers test.

Click here to read more about the 10 Principles Of Good Product Design by Ian Morbey.

Product of Interest

The most sensitive monochromator plate reader on the market

Bring sensitivity and flexibility to your lab with the CLARIOstar microplate reader from BMG LABTECH. With its innovative LVF Monochromators™ you can quickly and easily define bandwidths of up to 100 nm and wavelengths from 320 to 850 nm, giving you maximum flexibility without compromising on performance. The new ACU also offers full atmospheric control, making it even easier to perform live cell-based assays.

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SPEX SamplePrep 6870D Freezer/Mill

SPEX SamplePrep 6870D Freezer/MillThe 6870D Freezer/Mill® is a high-throughput, dual chamber cryogenic grinder with a self-contained liquid nitrogen tub and insulated case. It accommodates 0.1 to 100 grams of samples per grinding chamber. This mill chills samples in liquid nitrogen then pulverizes them with a magnetically driven impactor. Vial reaches approximately -100°C in one minute, -196°C in 4 ½ minutes.

Visit the SPEX SamplePrep website the learn more about the 6870D Freezer/Mill.


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Rigaku SmartLab Goniometer video

Rigaku SmartLab®, an advanced X-ray Diffractometer (XRD), is a versatile multipurpose X-ray diffraction system with Guidance™ expert system intelligent software. Applications include: powder diffraction, thin film diffraction, SAXS, USAXS, in-plane scattering, pole figure, residual stress and non-ambient experiments. Watch the video here.

Help your Colleagues

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals on LabWrench. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

Beckman Coulter Avanti J-E - Sytem Errorr S7
I am getting a system error S7 upon power up on our Avanti JE. Anyone have any idea what this error code is telling me. What should I be looking for. I am an experienced centrifuge tech! Advise this member.

PerkinElmer Frontier - Calibration failed
While self-checking and initializing, when I start my FTIR up, calibration fails. I leave the instrument in power on state for many days for conditioning but the issue still exists. The instrument works regularly and normal and also passes any standard tests. Can anyone help me? Advise this member.

METTLER TOLEDO AE163 - Won't power on
I have a Mettler AE163 that won't power on and the fuse is fine. I'm wondering about buying a donor machine with a good power supply and putting it in my machine. Is that something a bright guy could do himself to resurrect an otherwise good machine? Are similar looking models all using the same power supply? Advise this member.

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Company News Hot Off The Press

Plate Selection Guide for Absorbance, Fluorescence & Luminescence Assays
Correct assay plate selection is vital for successful research, whether you are performing absorbance, fluorescence or luminescence assays. Porvair Sciences offers a wide range of assay plates which are recognized as industry-leading tools for Pharma drug discovery and screening. Read more.

Low Profile Screw Cap Storage
Since the tube height with low profile screw caps is now identical to the tube height with a TPE Cap - the same low profile rack cover can be used for both types of caps increasing operational flexibility for organisations using both types of storage tube closures. Beneficially the low profile screw cap has a Torx10 screw head which makes it ideal for automated storage facilities. Read more.

B&K Precision Expands Popular Multi-Range System Power Supply Series with 3000 W Model
B&K Precision today announced the expansion of its 9115 Series with the addition of a new multi-range programmable DC power supply, model 9117. The new 9117 can deliver up to 3000 W of output power in any combination of voltage up to 80 V and current up to 120 A within its power rating.  Read more.

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Sponsor of the Week

Thank you to Glass Expansion for sponsoring the ICP Systems category on LabWrench


Glass Expansion has been manufacturing sample introduction components for ICP emission and mass spectrometers since the early 1980s. At Glass Expansion we believe that the best design, production, and service are all necessary to achieve the highest product quality. We have developed unique and proprietary manufacturing methods, which enable the production of components with the high mechanical strength and micron-level dimensional accuracy to satisfy the narrowest of analytical specifications, each and every time. You want the best performance your ICP can provide, so choose a Glass Expansion sample introduction system recognized worldwide for excellent precision, cost effectiveness and reproducibility of results.

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Questions from the Vault

We have so many questions filling our forums that sometimes questions can be missed and go without answers. Can you help us provide answers for these users with unanswered questions?

Rudolph Instruments DigiPol-DP781 - After battery exchange
Interesting characters appear on the printout instead of the reading. Like Chinese characters, after we exchanged the Li battery. Any suggestion to solve the problem? Advise this member.

Eyela FDU-1200 - Temperature and pressure
I have a freeze dryer FDU-1200 in my Lab. I would like to know what would be the temperature and pressure when it runs (after attaching the sample vessel). The Freeze drying light should stay "on" or "off" when the sample vessel is attach and VAC?  Advise this member.

Qiagen QIAxpert System - Negative results
Qiagen QIAxpert SystemI received negative numbers (e.g. -4.2, -58.0) when using QIAxpert. I have been using it for High Sensitivity DNA samples, selecting A260 dsDNA. As well, when comparing to the Qubit 2.0 equipment the majority of results are different and negative quantities compared to Qubit reads. Any ideas? Advise this member.

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