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October 28, 2013


 Product Resources

Top 5 Signs You Should Service or Replace Your Mill or Grinder

To grind something solid, many of us might think of a mortar and pestle as the original grinding machine. In fact, that technology goes back at least to 1550 BCE, when one was described in Egyptian writing. Many other hand-powered mills and grinders followed, leading to powered devices in today’s many forms.

Top 5 Signs You Should Service or Replace Your Mill or Grinder

  1. The mill or grinder is no longer producing accurate and reproducible results.
  2. The instrument does not have the features/accessories you need, to support new or future applications, or the instrument is unable to grind material to the fineness you need.
  3. It is becoming too difficult and costly to find replacement parts for the instrument.
  4. Liquids and powders have built up on the machine to a disgusting degree. Regular cleaning with a mild cleaner or damp cloth should help users avoid this problem. Users should always remember to turn the machine off when cleaning.
  5. Mechanical components are worn or dried out and may need either replacing or lubricating.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Mill or Grinder

  1. Will the mill/grinder be used for wet or dry milling?
  2. For dry milling, ask how finely the material needs to be ground and what are the properties of the material? Rotor beater, disc, and mortar mills for example, are best for mid-range grinding (final fineness of ~0.01-0.1 mm).
  3. For wet milling, ask what capacity of grinder you will need. Bead mills are usually best for small capacity applications while rotor-stator homogenizers should be considered for larger scale applications. For very large scale applications, industrial-scale mills are probably the best fit.
  4. How important is preventing cross-contamination? Bead mills are likely a good choice if you don’t want any risk of contamination.
  5. Based on the materials you will be milling, how long does the miller or grinder typically last? How much do replacement parts cost and how easy are they to get? What level of support/warranties does the company offer?

Article courtesy of Lab Manager Magazine

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 Product of Interest

CALRIOstar® - High Performance Microplate Reader with Advanced LVF MonochromatorsTM, Spectrometer, and Filters

The CLARIOstar® is a multimode microplate reader with Advanced LVF MonochromatorTM, highly sensitive filters, and an ultra-fast spectrometer. It is a modular microplate reader, having up to eight different detection modes, including: Fluorescence Intensity, FRET, Fluorescence Polarization, Luminescence, BRET, UV/Vis Absorbance, Time-Resolved Fluorescence, TR-FRET, and AlphaScreen® /AphaLISA®.

Visit the BMG LABTECH website to learn more about the CLARIOstar®. 

Infra-Red Spectrophotometers Made in the USA

The Buck Scientific Model 530 IR Spectrometer is the easiest IR spectrophotometer to operate and maintain. Touchscreen controls set all instrument parameters for operation and rapid data collection. Advanced self-help menus are user friendly even on complex applications. The unit does not require purge of moisture and CO2 prior to use, allowing for fast and easy sample analysis.

The M530 is the most cost effective infrared system available anywhere. Click here to read more about the Buck Scientific 530 IR Spectrometer.

 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?

Tecan Freedom Evoware 2.4 Active Directory logon
I'm testing Evoware 2.4 SP2 with MS Active Directory user management. All groups had been created. My problem is that I can only login to Evoware if I'm a member of Tecan_Administrator group. If I'm a member of any another group, "This user does not have proper rights in Evoware", error popup. User Manual is no help. Can you help?

How do I calibrate a Thermo Genesys 10UV-Vis
I have a Thermo Genesys 10 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer.  When I turn this on it goes through some test and then an error shows; "Cannot calibrate filter wheel, check sample compartment then press enter".  Can someone please help me to clear this error? Offer assistance.

(GE Healthcare) Biochrom Ultrospec 3300 Pro Spectrophotometer
I purchased a Biochrom Ultrospec 3300 Pro Spectrophotometer. Can some help to unlock/enable keyboard. When I turn on unit, it reads COMPUTER CONTROL - AN EXTERNAL DEVICE HAS TAKEN CONTROL. Please help with this.

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 Company News Hot Off The Press

Turn-key Packages for Process Scale Reactions
The new ReactoMate Pilot jacketed reaction vessel, from Asynt, offers precise control of reaction variables, a powerful direct drive overhead stirrer and excellent reaction visibility even with the vacuum jacket option.  Optimised for process scale reactions from 1 to 30 litres - the ReactoMate Pilot is available packaged with a Julabo A40 Presto Circulator to ensure superb temperature management and unrivalled performance.   To read more about the new ReactoMate Pilot click here.

Range of tools for microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip experiments
Trianja and LabSmith plan to leverage their technical expertise and market experience to offer products that can be easily integrated into any microfluidics experiments for R&D laboratories and industrial applications.  They have joined forces in the promotion of the LabPackage Micro and Nano-Fluidic Workstation and microfluidic chips. Read more about this new co-marketing agreement.

High-throughput Screening of Wnt Pathway Modulators
This kit is an excellent drug discovery tool for detecting small molecule inhibitors that disruption the interaction between SOST and LRP5.   With this first to market complete kit, Enzo Life Sciences enables the screening of sclerostin inhibitors in a high-throughput, reproducible manner without the need for cell lines or transfection.  To learn more about the Leading Light™ Sclerostin-LRP Screening System click here.

 Sponsor of the Week

Thank you UDY Corporation for sponsoring the Mills Category on LabWrench

UDY Corporation - We make Analysis Practical
The world famous Cyclone Sample Mill is used for lab sample preparation. This powerful mill grinds samples to the consistency necessary for accurate test results. Many models and accessories to meet your lab needs.

Visit the UDY Corporation website to learn more about their mill offerings.

 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?

Cary 100 Failing Photo Accuracy
I am in the middle of a Performance Check and my Cary 100 Bio UV/VIS is failing at 590nm on the Photo Accuracy test.  I have attempted this test using two different calibrated sets of NIST filters with similar results.  What does this failure indicate and how do I repair the instrument?  Help this member

Quality Control Sample on a Sysmex KX-21N™.
Can you explain your QC procedures with Low, Normal & High control blood samples?  Share your expertise.

Microbubble Sizing compared to Light Scattering sizing (Beckman Coulter Multisizer™ 3)
I understand sizing with multisizer M3 has a different measurement principle than light scattering. I am comparing those 2 tools (using the side scatter from a flow cytometer to size bubbles and compare it with coulter m3. If anyone has ideas about light scattering sizing vs. multisizer sizing that would be very helpful! Provide feedback.

View all Questions and Discussions on LabWrench

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