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January 27, 2014



Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an FTIR Spectrophotometer

  1. What applications are you using FTIR for? This will determine what type of FTIR spectrophotometer will be the best fit for you. For example, if you will be conducting most work outside the lab, a portable instrument is likely a good fit. FTIR microscopy may also be an option you’ll want to consider, depending on what type of research you do.
  2. What sort of environment will you be working in? If you are out in the field, in a humid area for example, the instrument should be tough enough to handle the conditions.
  3. Who will be using the instrument? If non-experts will be the main users, it makes sense to go for a user-friendly instrument that won’t take too much time to learn to use. The complexity of the software is also important to consider.
  4. What accessories are available for the instrument and how wide is their range?
  5. As with most instruments, you should ask what sort of service and support the company provides for the FTIR spectrophotometer, and its cost in terms of acquisition, running the FTIR, and maintaining the instrument.

Click here to learn more about FTIR Spectrophotometers.

1500 ShaQer™

The ShaQer™ is designed to effectively homogenize samples for food analysis. It is the ideal tool for QuEChERS and the SWeETmethod. It offers higher throughput that handshaking alone. It shakes up to six samples simultaneously and offers increased recovery of pesticide residue. There is no variation in the shaking process which ensures equal conditions for samples.

The vigorous vertical motion of the ShaQer is effective at improving the analyte extraction from food products for the analysis of pesticides, PAH's, antibiotics, mycotoxins and dyes.

Visit the SPEX SamplePrep Website to learn more about the ShaQer™. 

NEW! The BRAND HandyStep® S repeating pipette

NEW! The BRAND HandyStep® S repeating pipette provides unprecedented versatility in a purely mechanical repeating pipette. In conjunction with BRAND PD-Tip™ syringe tips—available in two new sizes, the HandyStep S offers nearly sixty different volume settings with accuracy, precision and dependability.

Comfortable: Slim, lightweight design
Reliable: Robust construction & Mechanical design (no batteries) so the instrument is ready when you are.
Contact-Free: A tip ejection system allows the user to remove tips without handling.·       
Flexible: Ten tip sizes for 59 different dispense volumes.

Visit the BrandTech Scientific Website to read more about the HandyStep S Repeating Pipette

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?

PerkinElmer Optima 7000 DV error message
I am trying to fix my instrument and I am getting an error message stating "Initialization failed-profile shifted too far".  Help this member.

Agilent Technologies 1290 Infinity Binary Pump problem
Good day. I have a problem with Agilent binary pump.  The pump sensor is red and I have postated that error. Writing of purge valve tag failed.  When I push on Chemstation program purge then sensor is yellow and pump not ready.  I have a second error primary air removal, defill tuning.  I took off purge valve and cleaned it, but it is still not working. I think that the problem is in the purge valve motor. But I don't know how I check it. Help this member.

PerkinElmer AAnalyst 300 GPIB Interface Problem
I have a PE AAnalyst 300 and an XP computer with a new National Instruments GPIB card, but I can't get the machines to communicate. I get "too many listeners". The NI technicians have connected to my desktop, but are baffled. Help this member.

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Thank you ABB for sponsoring the FT-IR Spectrophotometers category on LabWrench

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For more than 40 years, ABB Analytical Measurements enables scientists around the world to perform through excellence in infrared spectroscopy. Its portfolios of high performance laboratory, at-line and process FT-IR/FT-NIR analyzers have addressed a wide variety of applications. Our spectrometers perform real-time analysis of the chemical composition and/or physical properties of a process sample stream. As part of its portfolio ABB provide custom calibration modeling services and application support.

ABB designs, manufactures, and markets reliable spectrometers as well as turnkey analytical solutions for Petroleum, Chemical, Life Sciences, Semiconductor, Academic, Metallurgy, OEM industries and spectroradiometers for Remote Sensing/Aerospace market.

Visit the ABB website to read the latest news from ABB

Analytik Jena AG: Spectrophotometer SPECORD® PLUS - FDA Compliance Guaranteed!
With regard to verifiability, forgery protection and traceability the WinASPECT® PLUS FDA 21 CFR Part 11 software offers a comprehensive user management to comply with all requirements of FDA conforming analysis, e.g. individual access rights for different users, electronic signatures, passwords with limited period of validity and an Audit Trail. This guarantees absolute data security. Read more.

Techne’s new range of Dri-block® heaters have been given a new look and increased functionality
With a fresh new look and a wide selection of instruments, users can now select two, three and four-block models for high throughput applications, as well as a twin control unit for more complex experiments. The new range offers updated electronics, a brighter, larger LED display, and an innovative count-down timer function with audible alarm, ensuring timely and precise heating of test-tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, cuvettes, microlitre plates and more. Read more

Brooks Introduces Next-Generation Automated Sample Storage Systems; Feature-Rich, Flexible, Reliable Technology in a Standardized Platform
Brooks Life Science Systems, a division of Brooks Automation, Inc., has introduced its next-generation of automated systems for sample and biological storage. The systems include standardized control software that offers a best-in-class user experience. The company also launched its new “Ask Brooks” expert services portal. Read more.

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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?

Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 gas cell optic cleaning
The 2M gas cell gold coated mirrors are coated with a residue. Can I clean these mirrors? Does the gold have a coating on it? Respond to this member.

PerkinElmer Spectrum 400 FT-IR, FT-NIR pressure question.
I have one question to ask. When I test the FTIR of a sample, I need to added a pressure to the sample, I want to know when we added the pressure the number (the range maybe 0-100) which is simultaneous display in the computer is stand for a numerical value or percentage of the pressure? Help this member.

Shimadzu SSI FTIR-8400S Preventive Maintenance
Besides checking and changing the desiccant in the sample compartment when necessary, What kind of preventive maintenance is suggested for FTIR-8400S.  How often does it need to be done?  Advise this member.

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