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February 3, 2014



Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Cleanroom Products

  1. What applications are you using your cleanroom for? This will determine the classification of cleanroom you will need and the setup and type of shelves, cabinets, hinges and doors you’ll require. If you expect applications to change in the near future, getting modular casework is probably a good idea.
  2. How easy to clean is the furniture and other equipment? Cleanroom products must be easy to clean since the purpose of a cleanroom is to protect the environment from hazardous or sensitive materials.
  3. What materials will you be working with in the cleanroom? This will help you determine what finish/materials you will need in your cleanroom furniture, etc. Polypropylene casework is a good choice if your lab works with corrosive acids or chemicals that experience high humidity. However, it is expensive while casework made from welded steel with an epoxy powder coat finish is more economical and also has high resistance to acids and moisture.
  4. How large is the space you will be working in? This will also help you decide the size, shape, and configuration of cleanroom products you will need.
  5. How much do the products cost? Ask about warranties and how long the products last, based on their use with the materials you work with.

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8 Detection Modes - 1 Microplate Reader

SpectraMax® i3 Multi-Mode Detection Platform is a flexible plate reader that evolves to fit your application needs. This system offers one-of a kind ScanLater™ Western Blot Detection, SpectraMax® MiniMax™ Imaging Cytometer, as well as built in absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence detection modes while the patented cartridge design allows FP, HTRF, and AlphaScreen® field upgrades – all on a single detection platform.

 Click here to see how the system works.

Hitachi UH5300 Double-Beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer with Wireless Control Capability

The UH5300 double-beam system features wireless control capability and a market-leading 7-year factory warranty on the pulsed Xenon lamp. System control is achieved via an iPad®, PC, or PC with optional LAN package. Standard equipment includes a 6-position automatic cell changer for added convenience and sample throughput.  Built-in software supports standard %T, absorbance, and concentration measurements as well as DNA and protein analyses.  The Hitachi UH5300 is a cost-effective solution for routine testing to education, water analyses, and biotechnology research.

*: The 7-year warranty requires compliance with instrument registration. iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

Visit the Hitachi High Technologies America website to read more about the Hitachi UH5300

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?

Issues with Agilent Technologies 7890A in splitless mode with a 7693 A sampler
Has anyone tried to run a 7890A in splitless mode with a 7693 A sampler and Empower software? When a run is started from EMpower with Auto Prep Run parameter ON, I am getting an instrument failure. Is this an expected behavior?  Anyone else experience this or know of a work around? Help this member.

Used FT-IR Spectrophotometers - gems vs dogs?
Looking for a cheap, cheap, cheap used FTIR, but wanted some feedback from the users out there about the gems and the dogs. Share your experiences.

PerkinElmer Spectrum 100 FTIR Spectrometer Error In System Suitability Check Report
When I run the instrument system suitability test, the report shows the message: "Return to endstop timed out, Fatal scan error" for Background, Abscissa Check, Throughput check, and Contamination check.  What do I need to do?  Advise this member.

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Thank you CLEATECH for sponsoring the Cleanroom Equipment category on LabWrench

CLEATECH Located in Santa Ana,California has a tradition of innovation, performance and durability built into each of its laboratories products. CLEATECH is manufacturing high quality equipment fabricated of Stainless Steel, powder-coated industrial-grade steel, Acrylic, Polypropylene, Polycarbonate and PVC in fire-resistant and static-dissipative formulations to meet your Cleanroom and laboratory needs. CLEATECH's products are extensively tested and meet all major standards. All designs and technologies are developed in-house by our dedicated R&D division.

Visit the CLEATECH website to view their full line of products.

Calibrated Glass and Oil Standards for Glass Refractive Index Measurements
CRAIC Technologies, a leading innovator of UV-visible-NIR microanalysis solutions, is proud to announce the introduction of its Glass Refractive Standards set.  This set is used to calibrate instruments, such as CRAIC Technologies rIQ™ , that are designed to measure the refractive index of microscopic fragments of glass and glass-like materials. Read more

New Efficient Automated Sample Changers
METTLER TOLEDO is pleased to introduce InMotion™ Autosamplers—a new, flexible and efficient automated sample changer for titrators, density meters and refractometers. The InMotion Autosampler offers maximum productivity in minimal space with flexible solutions for analyses. Read more.

KNF Neuberger Launches SIMDOS® 02 Fine Dosing/Metering Pump for Aggressive and Corrosive Liquids
KNF Neuberger announces the launch of SIMDOS 02 fine dosing/metering pump, which delivers 0.03 – 999 ml dosing volumes, and a flow rate ranging from 0.03 – 20 ml/min.  Boasting simple, intuitive operation, SIMDOS 02 is adaptable to fluid characteristics, making it ideal for a variety of liquid applications. 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?

Questions about a Beckman Coulter DTX 800/880 Series area scan
I am reading GFP signal in 384 well plate but I saw the user manual says only 96 well plates can use area this true? I have read dozens of times with different sized grids and only had a problem when the grid got too close to the edge of the well.   Also, I get a good percentage of green cells (up to 50% or 3k-4k green cells) and my control has zero green cells yet my dynamic range after I aspirate the media and add PBS is only 2 fold...on a good day.  Any suggestions out there? I have spent about 40 hours reading and slightly tweaking each time but that's the best I get. I did get about 2 to 3 times better though when I either harvested the well and redistributed cells in same well evenly or concentrated the cells in more of the center of the well. Advise this member.

Shodex ERC-3000 Alpha Series (HPLC)
Can this be used with Fluorinert FC-40? Help this member.

Applied Biosystems StepOne standard curve question
We want to do an absolute quantification of a certain gene, we already do the standard curve for these target and we want to know if there is a way to use these curve for quantify an unknown sample in a different run? or we have to run the curve every single time? Share your knowledge.

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