EVAPORATION WITHOUT SOLVENT BUMPING
Available for use with Genevac evaporators - Dri-Pure® technology enables scientists to rapidly dry their samples without cross-contamination or loss of sample due to solvent bumping. Dri-Pure® offers significant benefits to scientists, especially those working in synthesis and purification. Other methods of solvent removal tend to be very laborious or lead to unacceptable cross-contamination, Dri-Pure® running on a Genevac evaporator gives smooth, controlled solvent removal in optimum time. The patented Dri-Pure® technology is available for all current models of Genevac centrifugal evaporators, from the affordable EZ-2 through to the production-scale HT-24. Genevac's unique anti-bumping system works by carefully controlling the reducing pressure in the evaporation chamber in combination with an increase in rotor speed to achieve greater g-force. In addition, heat flow to the samples must be reduced during the pressure ramping stage. Dri-Pure® achieves all this via the embedded instrument software and hardware that makes such an elegant solution easy to apply. For a copy of an independent study demonstrating how Genevac's unique Dri-Pure® anti-bumping system was able to prevent solvent bumping from occurring in all the samples tested please visit www.genevac.com/en/ProductDetail1.asp?S=3&V=1&G=5&Product=9
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IMPROVING ACCELERATED SOLVENT EXTRACTION (ASE®) WORKFLOW
Genevac has launched the Flip-Flop™ system to improve post Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE®) concentration and preparation of samples. Using the special double-ended Flip-Flop™ tube - samples can be collected directly from a Dionex ASE® system. A SampleGenie™ adaptor with GC vial is then fitted. The tube is flipped over and placed into the Puck sample holder in a Genevac Rocket Evaporator and the cap removed. The samples are then concentrated directly into a GC autosampler vial. The Genevac Rocket Evaporator enables rapid concentration or evaporation of up to 18 Dionex ASE® vials simultaneously. In addition using Genevac's proprietary SampleGenie™ technology in conjunction with the Rocket Evaporator enables samples to be concentrated directly into an autosampler or storage vial, eliminating the need for manual sample transfer. Addition of the new Genevac Flip-Flop™ system completes the automation of transfers from ASE® vials. Using this simple procedure eliminates manual transfer steps and helps automate the ASE® evaporation / concentration process resulting in improved laboratory workflow, increased reproducibility of results and enhanced sample recovery. Genevac, part of the SP Scientific group within SP Industries Inc, was founded in 1990. Today the company employs around 85 people, with manufacturing, R&D and marketing headquartered in Ipswich, United Kingdom. Genevac today offers a comprehensive portfolio of evaporators to suit almost any solvent removal application, purchasing budget or productivity requirement.
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LEICA MICROSYSTEMS HAS ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF TISSUE IA 2.0
Leica Microsystems has announced the release of Tissue IA 2.0, high performance image analysis for discovery research. Combining fluorescence and bright field analysis capabilities in a single platform, with precision cell modelling, Tissue IA 2.0 offers a superior solution for IHC biomarker quantification. Tissue IA 2.0 joins the Total Digital Pathology portfolio from Leica, providing streamlined end-to-end excellence in capture, management and analysis of digital pathology images. A major challenge in research today is retrieval of quantitative, reproducible data from tissue-based IHC studies. Tissue IA 2.0 provides expert tools for researchers to extract the most from their studies. Powerful colour separation and multi-marker colocalization functionality provides advanced insight and unbiased measurement of multiple antigen immunostaining in bright field or fluorescent samples as the company refers. Sophisticated cell modelling accurately detects and quantifies differential expression of staining in cellular compartments, providing detailed insight into cytoplasmic, membrane and nuclear biomarker localization. The company adds that the advanced dual staining capabilities in Tissue IA 2.0 enable researchers to identify cell cohorts at the molecular level. Use one marker to identify a population of interest and then quantify expression of a second, providing exceptional analysis performance and greater understanding of a user’s slides. Algorithms are easily adjusted and optimized for different markers, tissue and protocols giving a flexible platform for drug discovery applications.
MERCK MILLIPORE HAS LAUNCHED THE DIRECT DETECT™ SYSTEM FOR RAPID, SIMPLIFIED PROTEIN QUANTITATION
Merck Millipore has launched the Direct Detect™ system for rapid, simplified protein quantitation. The Direct Detect™ system exploits Merck Millipore’s membrane expertise to enable infrared-based measurement of amide bonds in protein chains, an intrinsic component of every protein, without relying on amino acid composition, dye-binding properties, or redox potential. Conventional assays based on UV-Vis spectroscopy rely on absorbance by a protein’s aromatic amino acids and therefore have limited utility. John Sweeney, Head of Life Science Business Field, Merck Millipore refers: “In addition to its analytical powers, the Direct Detect™ system provides a ground-breaking departure from traditional sample prep requirements typical of biomolecular quantitation. After samples are spotted on assay cards, they can be stored in ambient conditions without appreciable change in readout […] Another important advantage over conventional assays is that the Direct Detect™ calibration standard curve requires generation once, which provides additional time savings and ease of use”.
The novAA® series by Analytic Jena covers up the complete range of fully automatic single element and sequential multi element analysis. The company refers that there are flame-AAS, graphite furnace-AAS and compact spectrometer for all techniques. The novAA® series combines a unique union of performance, versatility, automation, reliability and flexibility. Moreover, they add that the contrAA® atomic absorption spectrometer is the first commercially available instrument for the HR-CS AAS and launches a new generation of instruments for AAS. contrAA® closes the gap between AAS and ICP.
PHOTONIS USA WAS AWARDED A PATENT FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF RESISTIVE GLASS TUBES
PHOTONIS USA was awarded a patent for the manufacture of resistive glass tubes with non-linear gradient electrical resistance changes. The patented process can be used to create a solid-piece reflectron lens for use in reflectron-type time of flight mass spectrometers. Reflectron lenses are used in Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectrometers to create an electrostatic field to alter ion flow, providing for a longer flight path and therefore greater resolution. Current reflectron-type TOF-MS instruments use complex multi-piece stacked ring assemblies which carry time-consuming assembly and cleaning processes. They also require the use of a voltage divider in each layer to reverse ion direction. A reflectron lens made with resistive glass provides a solid assembly replacement for a stacked ring assembly yet provides the same ability to alter ion flow, becoming a form-fit-function replacement for the multi-piece stacked ring assemblies. Additionally, the solid resistive glass piece provides for simpler cleaning and replacement. Resistive glass is manufactured in a patented process that creates an electric field to guide or direct charged particles. It consists of alkali-doped lead silicate glass that has been reduced to make the surface a semiconductor. A previous patent was awarded which encompassed a uniform electric field; the latest patent documents that varied, non-linear electric fields can also be manufactured. The patent is the latest of many awarded to PHOTONIS for its innovation and development of improving mass spectrometer detection sensitivity and ion flow.
CDS HAS INTRODUCED THE FIRST AND ONLY HIGH-PRESSURE PYROLYSIS SYSTEM
CDS has introduced the first and only high-pressure pyrolysis system. Scientists studying new material, such as various biomass feed stock, need to understand how these materials break down in a reactor at varying conditions. The high-pressure pyrolyzer allows them to study both high temperature & pressure on a small scale in the lab before undergoing the time and expense of scaling up to a pilot reactor. And in addition, the background gas can be carrier gas or a reactant gas such as air or oxygen. The company explains that the High Pressure Pyrolysis instrument will use the model 5200 which has been modified with a back pressure regulator (BPR) to the trap of the 5200. Samples can then be pyrolyzed at elevated pressures (500PSI max) and collected onto the built-in trap. After pyrolysis of the sample is complete, the analytes can be transferred to the GC at normal operating conditions. The company explains that any reactant gas can be used including H2, O2, CH4 or CO in the pyrolysis chamber.
NEW CUTTING MILL FOR A VAST RANGE OF SIZE REDUCTION TASKS
RETSCH have extended their range of cutting mills by a new model which combines powerful size reduction with very easy handling. The new cutting mill SM 300 can be perfectly adapted to many different – and also difficult - size reduction tasks thanks to the variable speed from 700 to 3,000 rpm and a very high torque. This mill tackles heterogeneous sample mixtures without any problems! Another advantage of the SM 300 is the easy access to the grinding chamber for cleaning: the housing is simply folded back and the push-fit rotor can be removed without tools. This only takes a few seconds. The cutting mill SM 300 can be equipped with a wide range of accessories, among them a version for heavy-metal-free sample preparation.
Benefits at a glance: -Powerful size reduction thanks to 3 kW drive with high torque; -Perfect adaptation to application requirements by variable speed from 700 to 3,000 rpm; -Optimum cutting effects thanks to double acting cutting bars; -Quick and easy cleaning thanks to fold-back housing with smooth surfaces and push-fit rotor; -Ergonomic design.
IRIS: THE FIRST “ELECTRONIC EYE” FROM ALPHA MOS
Alpha MOS announces the launch of an artificial eye named IRIS Visual Analyser dedicated to visual and sensory analysis. Already a specialist of odour and taste digitalisation, Alpha MOS innovates once again: with this new instrument, the electronic eye, the company strengthens its range of sensory analysis instruments. The newly developed IRIS Visual Analyser is aimed at analyzing complex food and packaging products (pizzas, cookies, ready-made meals, grains mixtures, etc…). The specificity of the instrument is to proceed in a way similar to human visual perception: a detection system (in this case a CCD camera) analyzes colors or shapes, transmit the signals to a computing system and compares them to a standard or a defined pattern. The company explains that thanks to the camera that takes a picture of one or several samples simultaneously, this Electronic Eye analyzes the surface of each sample (colour, surface) in a few seconds. In-depth analysis of complex images is achieved thanks to advanced multivariate statistics processing (Principal Component Analysis, Discriminant Factorial Analysis, Statistical Quality Control). Upon measuring qualitative and quantitative attributes, IRIS Visual Analyser can be used in product development and at-line quality control: -Palatability assessment of complex food or packaging products; -Monitoring of product stability and shelf life (ripening, freshness); -Benchmarking of competitive products; -Process monitoring (cooking, roasting, blending, etc); -Quality control and batch to batch consistency monitoring for routine tests; -Exogens colors / materials identification in a batch or a product (impurities, unwanted ingredients); -Surface homogeneity analysis; -Automated estimation of ingredients weight; -Identification of ingredients overlapping; -Analysis of consumer visual likings.
INTRODUCTION OF THE AB SCIEX 4500 SERIES
AB SCIEX has announced the introduction of the AB SCIEX 4500 series, which is next-generation, mass spectrometry instrumentation that sets a new benchmark for routine quantitation and screening. The AB SCIEX TripleQuadTM 4500 System is a new triple quadruple system that delivers 10x better sensitivity over competitive triple quadrupole systems in the same mid-level class. AB SCIEX is also delivering the 4500 system with the option of QTRAP® technology, which is recognized as delivering the world's leading solution for simultaneous quantitation and library searching. The proprietary QTRAP® system increases full-scan sensitivity by 100x over basic triple quadrupoles by incorporating the world's most sensitive Linear AcceleratorTM Trap, providing unmatched levels of confidence in results for screening applications. Rainer Blair, President of AB SCIEX, refers: “AB SCIEX extends its technology leadership in the mass spectrometry industry once again […] AB SCIEX has introduced the industry's most rugged mass spectrometry platform with the best combination of sensitivity and performance for reliable quantitation and simultaneous library searching. The AB SCIEX 4500 series is truly best in class for analytical scientists who need a dependable LC/MS/MS workhorse system to deliver results they can trust hour after hour and day after day”.
THE PHIT™ SCANNER AT PITTCON 2012
Senova Systems introduced the first calibration-free pH meter: The pHit™ scanner at Pittcon 2012. The company explains that pHit is a revolutionary new pH sensor platform which replaces current glass electrodes with solid state smart sensors that contain no glass, require no user calibration and can be stored dry. These and other important features of the pHit platform make it a perfect “fit” for a myriad of important process, research, educational, and medical applications.The pHit scanner will fundamentally change the way pH is measured: -No more tedious and frustrating calibrations; -No more fragile glass and broken electrodes; -No more frustrating signal drift; -No more messy salt solutions; -No more maintenance- period.
MICRO™ SERIES IS A NEW HIGH-FLUX SMALL (SAXS) AND WIDE ANGLE X-RAY SCATTERING (WAXS) SYSTEM
At Pittcon 2012, Bruker Corporation announced several new product introductions for the research, industrial and applied markets, designed to deliver confident analyses with increased sensitivity, specificity and productivity, and to push the boundaries of advanced molecular and materials research applications. MICRO™ Series is a new high-flux Small (SAXS) and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) system, intended for research, development and quality control in bio-medical and pharmaceutical applications. The company explains that utilizing an air-cooled high-brilliance micro-focus X-ray source, it provides superior performance beyond widely used rotating anode sources, while avoiding complexity, significant maintenance, and operating costs. In particular, the new Bruker MICROCalix™ system enables ground-breaking simultaneous SAXS and calorimetry investigations, contributing to a better understanding of the properties of biological nanostructures.
SALD-2300 LASER DIFFRACTION PARTICLE SIZE ANALYSER
Shimadzu introduces the SALD-2300 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyser, which measures the size and distribution of particles. The particle size distribution of raw powdered materials is known to have a significant effect on the performance and function of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, rechargeable batteries, and other finished products, and is an important quality control element. As measurement needs are expanding in a variety of fields and domains, Shimadzu has extended the measurement range from 30 nm to 1,000 µm to 17 nm to 2,500 µm, and developed an instrument that can easily perform highly efficient, sophisticated measurements. The company adds that by increasing the sensitivity by a factor of ten over our conventional models, this system accommodates a wide range of particle concentration conditions, from a low concentration 0.1 ppm to high concentrations of 200,000 ppm. In addition, it is equipped with a continuous measurement function that provides measurements in intervals as short as one second. As a result, the real-time state of particle size distributions that change with concentration or time can now be measured accurately.
AUTOCAR E3 REFUSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH PARKER’S RUNWISE® ADVANCED SERIES HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM
Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced positive results after more than a year of service for its fleet of pre-production vehicles operating in several communities in South Florida. These Autocar E3 refuse vehicles are equipped with Parker’s RunWise® Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System and on average have reduced fuel consumption by 43 percent when compared to conventional diesel fuel refuse vehicles. Importantly, the vehicle owners have experienced 99 percent uptime with these vehicles further confirming their commercial success announced positive results after more than a year of service for its fleet of pre-production vehicles operating in several communities in South Florida.
ACE® EXCELTM UHPLC COLUMNS
Designed to take full advantage of low dispersion, ultra-high-pressure UPLC® and UHPLC instruments, the introduction of ACE® ExcelTM UHPLC columns gives chromatographers more choices to achieve better results. All ACE Excel UHPLC columns are manufactured using a proprietary HSCTM (High Stability Column) manufacturing process that results in ultra robust UHPLC columns. Moreover the company adds that ACE Excel UHPLC columns are available in a new high efficiency 2μm particle size. Selectivity is unchanged from existing 3μm, 5μm and 10μm ACE HPLC phases. ACE Excel columns utilise specially developed low dispersion hardware which enables high efficiency UHPLC separations up to a maximum pressure limit of 1,000 bar (15,000psi). The company explains that the introduction of ACE Excel UHPLC columns means chromatographers now have more choices within their reach to achieve better results with their UPLC and UHPLC instruments.
ADVION ANNOUNCES COMMERCIAL INTRODUCTION OF THE EXPRESSION CMS, A COMPACT MASS SPECTROMETER
Advion, Inc. introduces the expression, a Compact Mass Spectrometer (CMS), designed for the discovery research and process development synthetic organic chemistry market. Compact enough to operate in fume hoods and space-restricted laboratories, these chemists now have direct access to identify, monitor and confirm compounds rapidly as they are created in the reactor. Moreover, the personal single quadrupole mass spectrometer allows for rapid compound confirmation in normal phase chromatography fractions. The company underlines that the combination of a small footprint, critical design features, and an intuitive software package permits operation within a fume hood, or next to existing bench instrumentation, allowing users access to fast answers.
FIRST CARL ZEISS APP LAUNCHED
Light Lab, the first accompanying app for ZEN 2011 imaging software from Carl Zeiss, is now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Light Lab supplements the ZEN 2011 controlling and image processing software functions within the experimental lab workflow. The app supports the configuration of fluorescence experiments in both confocal and light microscopy. The user can also access all product brochures, social media channels and microscopy activities of Carl Zeiss. Light Lab utilizes information on the current location and notifies the user of the closest contact person for Support and Service. Light Lab consists of different modules: the Spectra Viewer simulates the parameters of a fluorescence microscopy experiment and tests the compatibility of dyes and selected microscope components. There are over 500 different dyes available to the user. Dyes, light sources and filters can be freely configured. Light Lab calculates the efficiency of imaging the chosen dye with the selected microscope system. The result is shown both in a table and as a preview of the experiment with real photographed images of fluorescence specimens. The combined settings may then be exported to a pdf by the researcher. The integrated Microscope Manager saves the basic configurations of the microscope as the default setting.
AMINO ACID ANALYSER L-8900
Hitachi has manufactured over 1800 Amino Acid Analysers for over 40 years. The L-8900 is capable of analyzing physiological fluids and protein hydrolysates. Hitachi offers the best solution to amino acid analysis. The company explains that in conventional analysers, sample zone spreading within the reaction coil causes adverse effects on separation. The L-8900 features a special reaction column (patent pending) to maintain good separation of the sample zone and yet offering high sensitivity and high-speed analysis. Moreover the company adds that no space is needed at the side of the instrument for maintenance. Just open the front door to replace consumables, columns and the liquid waste container.
RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID ANALYSER
Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. introduces the RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID analyser as the first Raman analyser to feature both traditional small spot Raman sampling and PhAT-based wide area Raman sampling. Small spot immersion sampling remains the preferred approach for liquid-phase analysis of reaction mixtures while the added capability of PhAT-based wide area Raman sampling allows Raman analysis to be extended into the solid sampling arena eliminating sub-sampling concerns. The RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID analyser uses, as the company explains, PhAT technology to allow quantitative monitoring and control of solid formulations during unit operations. Moreover, The RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID fibre-coupled Raman analyser serves the needs of the analytical Raman market, process analytics, chemical, and polymer markets, as well as the pharmaceutical and biotech markets. When combined with the latest compliant version of the iC Raman™ data acquisition software, the RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID analyser meets the needs of both GLP and GMP governed areas within the pharmaceutical industry for both PAT and QbD applications. And the company adds that the RAMANRXN2™ HYBRID analyser provides the capability of several different Raman analysers in a single system.
THE TANGO IS AN INNOVATIVE STAND-ALONE FT-NIR
The TANGO is an innovative stand-alone FT-NIR (Fourier Transform Near Infrared) spectrometer, further expanding Bruker’s existing industry-leading FT-NIR product range. TANGO is a robust, small footprint, very easy to use bench top system with touch-screen operation for routine users as the company explains. Moreover the TANGO offers efficient and cost-effective analysis for the identification and quantification of constituents in a wide variety of application fields in the food, feed, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. TANGO is fully GMP and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for working in regulated environments. The company adds that the TANGO is available in two versions – one for measuring solids in reflection and one for measuring liquids in transmission. Moreover the company underlines that the intuitive user interface of the TANGO quickly and securely guides the operator through the work flow. The new automated background measurements help untrained staff to operate the spectrometer securely and error free. The user interface is available in many languages to make sure that the TANGO is well-accepted by local operators. The company refers that TANGO demonstrates how easy NIR analysis can be. Its housing and touch-screen monitor are rugged and easy to clean, making it ideal for laboratory and for dusty environments. Urban Faeh, President of Bruker Optics, commented: “We have been working closely together with our customers to develop a system which fulfils the major requirements of modern FT-NIR spectroscopy: robustness, high precision and straight-forward operator guidance. As we advance through 2012, we see that our efforts pay off. Many multinational companies now commit to the TANGO as the new workhorse in their laboratories. This month, we received an order of 13 systems from a large German animal feed manufacturer to equip their QC labs with latest technology. Customers very much appreciate that proven Bruker FT-NIR technology has been combined with easy-to-use touch screen operation and a small footprint, which makes TANGO ideal for their routine applications”.
PRESTO® SYSTEMS BY JULABO
The new PRESTO® systems by JULABO are designed for precise temperature control as well as rapid temperature changes, making them ideal for reactor vessels, material stress tests, or temperature simulations. These instruments cover a working temperature of -80 to +250°C with high cooling and heating capacity. Highly efficient components give these instruments the ability to compensate for exothermic and endothermic reactions with extraordinary speed. Permanent internal monitoring and self-lubricating pumps contribute to the new PRESTO®’s long service life. The integrated 5.7-inch colour industrial-grade touch panel is one of the identifying characteristics of the new PRESTO®. The company explains that it gives the user a clear and well-organized view of important information while greatly improving user-friendliness. Moreover they add that once in operation, the new PRESTO® units are whisper quiet and barely audible in a laboratory. The new PRESTO® units are extremely robust and work reliably even if the ambient temperature climbs as high as +40°C. Multiple interfaces permit remote control of the PRESTO® across networks and in superordinate control systems. Closed side panels without ventilation slits reduces to a minimum the amount of space needed to operate.
ANALYTIK JENA AG PRESENTS ITSELF
During ARABLAB 2012 in Dubai, Analytik Jena AG presents itself with its current instrument portfolio for Analytical Instrumentation and Life Science and with a new solution for laboratory information management systems (LIMS). Klaus Berka, CEO of Analytik Jena AG refers: “The development of the Middle East region is a key task for us in the coming years. We have been well positioned with a strong representation in Dubai and a solid dealer network in the whole region for over ten years […] Along with the continuous expansion of our core business Analytical Instrumentation, we are aiming particularly to expand the Life Science business. The market offers massive opportunities for this". The products exhibited by the Analytical Instrumentation division include its High-Resolution Continuum Source Atomic Absorption Spectrometer contrAA® 700 which is unique on the market. It is used, in particular, for the analysis of heavy metals at extremely low concentrations. Moreover, the company has introduced the multi EA® 5000, a new generation of elemental analysers for determining carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and chlorine from solid, liquid, pasty and gaseous samples. It finds wide use e.g. in petrochemistry and oil and natural gas production.
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES BY THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC
Thermo Fisher Scientific is pleased to announce a technical note describing procedures and practices that help chromatographers get the most out of their capillary ion-chromatography system. Technical Note 113: Practical Guidance for Using Capillary Anion Chromatography presents tips and techniques that will help ensure that good chromatographic results are obtained as system volumes are reduced for capillary IC. The company explains that capillary ion chromatography (IC), which separates ions using 0.4 mm diameter columns at 10-30 μL/min flow rates, provides increased mass sensitivity, reduces water consumption, and reduces waste generation to only ~5 L per year. The company refers that the increased mass sensitivity is ideal for samples of limited amount and for trace analysis. To achieve these benefits, some additional care is required to maintain flat ends on tubing, to prevent gaps between tubing and connectors, and to prevent air bubbles from being trapped in the capillary system. TN 113 describes techniques for plumbing and flushing the system, and procedures for performing trace analyses, including direct large loop injections and concentrator column installation and loading.
The combination of a GC coupled to an IMS allows a fast and enhanced selectivity of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) detection in the headspace of solid and liquid samples of food and beverages within 3 to 7 minutes. The FlavourSpec® further consists of an automatic headspace injector, a very easy menu as well as G.A.S.’ in-house data acquisition, -analysis, and visualization software LAV. Besides the possibility of quantifying single compounds, the purpose-made software allows to match the peak pattern with sensory wise defined flavours. The result classifies unknown samples and characterizes e.g. their quality. This concept corresponds to the so-called electronic nose, whereas the FlavourSpec does a physical separation/detection of the volatile compounds due to its GC-IMS arrangement.
THE WATERS CORPORATION INTRODUCES THE FUMO-V™ STRIP TEST
The Waters Corporation has announced VICAM®, a Waters® Business, introduced the Fumo-V™ strip test, the newest member of its quantitative strip test family. Designed to work with the portable Vertu™ Lateral Flow Reader, Fumo-V uses the proven sensitivity and selectivity of VICAM’s monoclonal antibodies to accurately detect and measure fumonisin B1, B2, and B3 (mycotoxins derived from fusarium) at levels as low as 0.2 ppm (parts per million) and as high as five ppm. The single dilution sample preparation procedure saves time and materials, and the strip test yields results in just five minutes. Marjorie Radlo, General Manager, Director of Operations, for VICAM explains: “Fumo-V strip tests in combination with our Vertu reader make testing for mycotoxins more accessible to food and agriculture producers worldwide. They rely on early detection to protect humans and animals from potentially lethal effects of contamination […] Our quantitative strip tests can easily be performed onsite or in the laboratory giving precise, numerical results”.
Stephen Powers, Head of Research & Development for VICAM explains: “The Fumo-V test is well-suited to onsite locations. Users do not need to be chemists and can learn to use the test in less than 30 minutes, yet still obtain quantitative results”.
KJELTEC™ 8000 SERIES
Based on the renowned accuracy, cost effectiveness and safety of FOSS Kjeldahl analysis solutions, the Kjeltec™ 8000 series takes Kjeldahl analysis to new levels of efficiency with facilities to match today’s demands, including: - Easy data-handling for reporting and traceability; - More versatility and reduced operational costs. Kjeltec keeps customers analysis up to date, matching on-going demands for improved economy and traceability in the laboratory. Lab staff will be grateful for the proven reliability, ease of use and time saving facilities that make everyday operations simpler, safer and more convenient. The Kjeltec™ 8000 series builds on the proven FOSS reputation for safe, high-performance instruments, with innovative features to make your laboratory operations even simpler, more versatile and at the lowest cost per test available. The company adds that Service costs are also minimised by the use of carefully selected, long-life components. Surfaces exposed to reagents are made of corrosion-free materials.
FRIESLANDCAMPINA DMV IN VEGHEL, A DIVISION OF THE BUSINESS GROUP INGREDIENTS, HAS WON THE TPM EXCELLENCE AWARD
FrieslandCampina DMV in Veghel has won the TPM Excellence Award for its success in stimulating staff on the shop floor to realise sustainable improvements across the chain. The award, which is granted by the leading Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance, recognised DMV's efforts in the areas of energy savings, improving machine yield, reduction of disruptions, decreasing raw materials wastage as well as enhanced information provision. The programme has realised more than 10 million euros in structural improvements since its launch in 2007. Herman Sips, Director of FrieslandCampina DMV in Veghel: “As an organisation, we are very pleased with this prize. We used a method developed in Japan for our improvement programme. Through trial and error these methods teach you to develop improvement tools that are appropriate to your particular situation rather than just adapting a method designed for others. You also learn that improvement should be fun: you'll only achieve results if everyone in the company enjoys the process. That was the key factor in our success. All staff members are truly committed to developing and implementing sustainable improvements”.
MOBIL SHC CIBUS SERIES OILS HELP REDUCE THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced that its range of NSF H1 registered Mobil SHC Cibus Series oils have the potential to help food and beverage companies achieve energy efficiency savings of up to 3.6 percent for gear oil applications. Rainer Lange, Mobil SHC Brand Advisor – Europe, Africa and Middle East, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company refers: “Food and beverage processors are uniquely challenged not only with maximising equipment performance and boosting productivity, but also ensuring food safety […] Mobil SHC Cibus Series lubricants are expertly formulated to help food and beverage processors meet their application-specific goals and provide valuable sustainability-related benefits, such as enhanced energy efficiency and extended oil drain intervals”. The company refers that: ideal for the full spectrum of hydraulic, gear, bearing, circulation system and heat transfer applications, Mobil SHC Cibus premium-performance synthetic lubricants offer enhanced safety and productivity benefits alongside energy efficiency potential. Mobil SHC Cibus Series oils are NSF H1 registered lubricants and comply with Title 21 CFR 178.3570 of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lubricants with the potential for incidental food contact and are manufactured in facilities that meet the hygiene requirements of ISO 21469:2006. In addition to being manufactured in equipment where cross contamination is minimised, Mobil SHC Cibus Series lubricants are formulated to nut-, wheat- and gluten free and suitable under Kosher and Halal dietary law.
RAW MINCED PORK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RISK FACTOR FOR CONTRACTING YERSINIOSIS
According to a recent study by the Robert Koch Institute, even small children in Germany eat raw meat more often than expected. Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) refers: "Raw animal foods are often contaminated with pathogens […] For this reason, especially vulnerable sections of the population, such as small children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system, should as a rule not eat these foods raw". Raw meat can transmit, among other things, Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli including EHEC, Yersinia, Listeria and also viruses and parasites. A recent study by the Robert Koch Institute published in the Epidemiological Bulletin has shown that raw minced pork is the most important risk factor for contracting yersiniosis. Yesiniosis is a gastro-intestinal disease which is notably caused by the bacterium Yersinia enterocolitica. Yersinia are predominantly spread through food, especially raw pork. Pork, for example minced pork and seasoned minced meat, is often eaten raw in Germany. One of the surprising findings of the published study was the high number of children who had eaten raw minced pork. Even of children who were one year old or younger it was reported that almost 30 percent of those who had fallen ill (and 4 percent of the control persons) had eaten raw minced pork. The study refers that consumers can continue to protect themselves by cooking meat and poultry sufficiently and evenly before it is eaten. Such meat must be cooked until the juices run clear and the meat has a whitish (poultry), grey-pink (pork) or grey-brown (beef) colour. The inside temperature of the meat should be at least 70°C for two minutes. If in doubt, consumers can measure this temperature by means of a meat thermometer.
Peak Scientific Launches the Genius 1022 Nitrogen Generator
Peak Scientific expands on its Genius range with the Genius 1022 nitrogen generator, designed specifically for use with the Thermo Scientific Q ExactiveTM Mass Spectrometer. Peak Sceintific’s Genius range of Nitrogen generators has officially added another string to its bow with the introduction of the Genius 1022 Nitrogen Generator. Based on the popular NM32LA model, the 1022 has been modified for unparalleled integration with Thermo Scientific’s Q Exactive™ Mass Spectrometers. The Q Exactive™ is part of a new generation of Mass Spectrometers with a fast scan speed and multiplexing capabilities, allowing greater confidence in identifying and quantifying a wider range of compounds. The Genius 1022 Nitrogen Generator increases the operational pressure to meet the required input specifications of the Q Exactive™, ensuring a reliable and continuous flow of gas. “Our Genius 1022 nitrogen generator has been specifically designed to support the higher input pressures demanded from instruments such as Thermo’s Q Exactive™ Mass Spec. Maintaining the balance of compressor cycling at a higher pressure to maximise operational service life, without compromising on the quality of gas delivered by the Peak Genius range.” – Chris Pugh, Engineering Director The Q Exactive™ brings a new level of sensitivity and performance at bench-top Mass Spectrometer prices, making it a perfect partner for Peak Scientific’s range of high-performance, ultra-quiet bench-top nitrogen generators. The new wave of bench-top mass spectrometry technology is expected to have a significant impact on several areas of research and basic analysis which require LC/MS including food safety, environmental analysis, drug metabolism and clinical research.