Heading to Philly: Cole-Parmer Packs Up for PITTCON

March 14, 2013

The world’s largest annual conference and exposition on laboratory science is only a few days away. From March 17-21, PITTCONwill populate the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia with scientists, students, exhibitors, and other industry professionals. “It’s like the Auto Show or the Flower Show, but for scientists!” writes CBS Reporter Lauren Lipton.

According to PITTCONPresident Ronald Bargiel, who first attended the conference in 1980 in New York City, “I was overwhelmed by the size of the conference and the excitement of a new city. This year in Philadelphia we are going back to all the excitement and flavor that I experienced in New York.”

The 2013 show features 1,926 exhibitor booths, 100 short courses, 62 poster sessions, and 12 workshops. Cole-Parmer will be ready to meet attendees in booth #2225.

“We’re excited to introduce some of our new products, which will offer enhanced versatility in labs,” said Cole-Parmer Marketing Manager Brian Buzinski. “We’re also taking requests for our new 2013/14 Cole-Parmer® Sourcebook and one lucky visitor will win a Nintendo® Wii U Basic System.”

CP_LSPrecisionModularDrivesBooth visitors can view the new Masterflex® L/S® Precision Modular Drives. These peristaltic pump drives allow users to position the motor and controller separately—ideal for limited spaces, hoods, or isolation chambers. The new non-DEHP formulation of Masterflex® Tygon® E-Lab Pump Tubing, containing no BPA or phthalates, will also be on display. This versatile tubing handles virtually all inorganic chemicals and viscous fluids and offers near-global compliance.

Other new lab instruments to check out:

  • The new Cole-Parmer® Variable-Speed Centrifuge ensures powerful and complete separation of serum specimens in samples.
  • The new LabTouch Water Activity Meter uses the latest noncontact infrared sampling technology and a maintenance-free Aw sensor designed to measure almost any kind of sample.
  • The new PBI Shredder SG3 System enables users to achieve better sample integrity and longer DNA. The device creates a closed system in which to safely prepare samples.
  • The Cole-Parmer® Rotational Viscometer determines the dynamic viscosity of samples in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biofuels, adhesives, and more. It is available in basic, intermediate, and advanced models.

Stop by and meet Brian and our team of experts from March 18-21.

Lab Efficiencies 2.0: More Time-Savers that Boost Your Budget

August 18, 2011

In the second part of a two-part series, we consider efficient options for lab professionals:

Saver Suggestion #2: Use an advanced bioreactor with one control interface

Bioreactors simulate an environment for photosynthetic organisms, especially algae, to grow and chemically convert. They are used for biodiesel research, fermentation, and various applications within the production of nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and more. Many, if not most, bioreactors require external lighting systems and peristaltic pumps to operate. Yet, newer, more advanced models combine these elements into one compact system that also takes up less space in the lab.

IKA® BR 10 Bioreactor

IKA® BR 10 Bioreactor

Doug Stark, IKA Manufacturing Engineering Manager, along with his colleagues worked with marine scientists to develop a unit that contains these efficiencies and more. “The IKA® BR 10 Bioreactor is a self-contained automated unit that optimizes cell growth,” he explained. “The interior of the vessel is chemically inert, with no exposure to metal. It contains six compact double-fluorescent lamps which can be timed to simulate day or night. A digitally controlled overhead stirrer gently agitates the contents to assist with oxygen transfer while also preserving fragile cells. A variable-speed peristaltic pump provides the flow. One interface controls all of the variables―lighting, motion, pH value, and temperature.”

Because of the automation, users spend less time adjusting and monitoring the variables and can concentrate on other lab work. Also, with an integrated compact system such as this, labs can save more than twice their counter space as compared to traditional units.

According to Bob Hardin, Director of Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering, IKA, they can realize other savings as well. “Traditional bioreactors typically cost in the $50,000 range. With these newer, more progressive units, the price point is about half that even though users are getting more advanced features,” he said.

Some systems are also versatile. For example, as a 10-liter system, the IKABR 10 Bioreactor can also be put to use as a lab reactor. “Simply turn off the lighting system and this unit is equal to many lab reactors,” said Hardin.

The savings accumulates―less time to operate, less lab space, lower price point―to deliver enhanced efficiency.


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