Nimbus Series of Precision and Analytical Balances Introduced from Adam

The new series of Nimbus balances from Adam deliver powerful performance and a superior weighing experience to every type of laboratory. Nimbus replaces the PGL, PW and PGW balance range.

Innovative design enables a compact footprint, so the balance occupies minimal space in the lab, yet retaining high performance reproducibility. The weighing system of the Nimbus is fabricated using hardened materials that are capable of tolerating rigorous lab use.

Nimbus Group

Nimbus Group

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Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Stir different samples at different speeds on one unit…

Torrey Pines Scientific Inc has launched a range of multi-position analogue magnetic stirrers with 5 or 9 positions which can be independently controlled for maximum flexibility in one unit. They are available as a magnetic stirrer or as a hotplate stirrer.

9 place magnetic stirrer with independent control of each position's stirring speed

9 place magnetic stirrer with independent control of each position’s stirring speed

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How can I label and identify my samples even in extreme temperatures?

The team at Brady have developed a range of extremely durable and printable labels for quick identification of laboratory samples, even when working with liquid nitrogen or autoclaves.

Brady BMP21-Lab Label Printer

Brady’s range of tough labels for sample identification can be used on simple handheld printers like the BMP21-Lab

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Posted on December 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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How can I test the accuracy of my volumetric glassware?

A huge range of tests in the laboratory require the use of volumetric glassware such as bulb or volumetric pipettes, volumetric flasks, graduated cylinders and burettes, to accurately measure larger volumes of liquid.

As this volume measurement is a critical part of the overall test the glassware should be considered for regular monitoring.


Volumetric Glassware is used in the laboratory for high accuracy measurement of volumes – but how often do you monitor this?

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Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Nanotechnology Provides Alternative Method to Dichromate Based COD Analysis

Nanotechnologies hold a lot of promise for improving the world and offering revolutionary advancements over traditional technologies that have not changed for decades, including for water quality analysis.

Laboratory staff have known for a long time about the potential negative health impacts associated with Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) testing using the traditional dichromate method, however the determination of COD for the analysis of wastewater is required under the EU Urban Waste Water Directive 91/271 and no viable safe, user friendly alternative method existed.

The traditional COD analysis approach has been used for decades and is based on the use of potassium dichromate, one of the reagents necessary for dichromate COD analysis.  Dichromate is listed as a “Substance of Very High Concern” on the Annex XIV list of the European Union’s REACH regulation. The European Chemical Agency has found potassium dichromate to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and a reproductive toxin. These properties make the dichromate COD method potentially unsafe for the analyst, the public and the environment.  As a result, starting September 2017, producers of COD tests will need authorisation from the European Union to sell these tests, which creates demand uncertainty for end users.

The challenge has been to identify an alternative COD analysis method that overcomes the limitations of the traditional dichromate method, and a new nanotechnology based approach called PeCOD® from MANTECH is the first alternative method to be adopted by leading global regulatory agencies.

The core of the technology is a nanotechnology based sensor, which consists of a UV-activated nanoparticale TiO2 (titanium dioxide) photocatalyst.  The high electrochemical potential of the TiO2 gives it a substantial advantage over the modest chemical potential generated by the dichromate method.  The PeCOD® approach measures photocurrent charge originating from the oxidation of organic species contained in a sample.  The result is that the user obtains a very accurate measurement of organic pollution, in less than 15 minutes, with no use of dichromate or other hazardous chemicals.

Regulatory approvals are conservative in the water industry, as they should be since incorrect decisions can have serious impacts for the environment and public health.  The nanotechnology based COD method has been methodically validated by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (ON MOECC) in Canada.  After 20 months of validation testing, the ON MOECC released official method E3515 in February 2014, which replaces the standard dichromate methods previously used within the regulatory agency. A comparison between the standard dichromate method and the PeCOD® method in terms of performance was provided in a validation report. Method E3515 eliminates environmentally hazardous waste and the use of harmful and toxic reagents.  The MOECC now utilizes two PeCOD based units and relies on them for analysis of samples for enforcement, compliance and legal purposes.  The technology validation is also now underway by the Dutch RWS Laboratory.

“The Laboratory Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change supports the development of new green technology. The new approach for measuring chemical oxygen demand by photo-electrochemical measurement eliminates the use of corrosive (H2SO4), carcinogenic (K2Cr2O7), toxic (HgSO4) and irritant (Ag2SO4) chemicals for the analysis of chemical oxygen demand. Analysis time was significantly reduced and the method detection limit was 1 mg/L O2.” commented Vasile Furdui, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

The PeCOD(r) method also provides a significant breakthrough in terms of reducing COD sample analysis time to 15 minutes or less, vs ~3 hours for the traditional dichromate test.  This rapid analysis can have a significant impact for wastewater facility operators in terms of understanding incoming COD levels, optimizing plant operations and monitoring discharge effluent for regulatory compliance.

“We moved from the COD vials to the PeCOD® primarily because it allowed us to run our process more efficiently and further adjustments to our process could be made up to ten times a day.  With the COD vials, only 3 or 4 adjustments could be made.  This increase in efficiency and turnaround time in sample analysis has easily paid for the system, not to mention the added benefit that we’re no longer using carcinogenic chemicals to test for COD.  We have also seen a reduction in cost of consumables and waste disposal.” said Mark Westhorpe, Analytical Shift Leader, Vertellus Specialty Materials based in the United Kingdom.

The nanotechnology based approach is currently deployed at nearly 100 sites around the world and used in a variety of sectors including regulatory agencies, academic laboratories, industrial facilities, food and beverage producers and municipal water treatment facilities.  Beyond the COD analysis capabilities, the application of the technology is being expanded to BOD5 correlation, and for COD testing of potable water sources where early technology applications have shown that with PeCOD monitoring, removal of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) is approximately 3.5x greater vs the use of traditional surrogates analysis methods such as TOC, DOC and UV254 (Application of Photoelectrochemical Demand to Drinking Water Analysis, Stoddart & Gagnon |

For more information on the PeCOD analyser click here

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Posted on December 8, 2014 at 8:53 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Camlab Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

Monday 22nd December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Tuesday 23rd December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Wednesday 24th December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Thursday 25th December- CLOSED

Friday 26th December- CLOSED

Monday 29th December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Tuesday 30th December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Wednesday 31st December – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Thursday  1st January – CLOSED

Friday 2nd January 2015  - CLOSED

Monday 5th January – Normal Hours 8.30-5.00pm

Camlab would like to take this opportunity in wishing all of its customers and suppliers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Cell Culture equipment from a single source….

Basic Equipment Required:

Cell Culture Hood:






Water Bath:




Refrigerator or freezer:

Cell Counters:

Inverted Microscope:


Cell Scrapers:

Cell Scrapers

Cell Scrapers

For more information on Camlab cell culture products or to enquire about Invertion Microscopes Click here.

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Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:33 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Temperature Control of Experiments and Equipment – how do you keep your cool?

Maintaining a constant temperature is vital in many processes to ensure consistency and safety, however this can be difficult in a working environment.

Cooling systems might be used to keep a reaction or piece of equipment below room temperature, but they are also employed to remove excess heat generated by the system to give a constant temperature which might be at, or even above, the room temperature.

Camlab can help you choose the right system to “keep your cool”

A chilling circulator unit being used to keep the reaction in this jacketed vessel at a constant temperature

A chilling circulator unit being used to keep the reaction in this jacketed vessel at a constant temperature

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Posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What happened at WWEM?


WWEM 2014 in Telford is the leading event in water and wastewater in the UK with specialist conference sessions on the current MCerts  situation, innovation in water and wastewater and the UK water companies funding cycles

Camlab’s stand  at the Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring Exhibition and Conference (WWEM) has been praised for being one of the best stands at this years show.

Comments made by participants include:

Thanks very much!

By far the coolest stand at the WWEM!

By the way I visited your booth in WWEM, I was very impressed by the roll coaster simulation, I actually thought that the floor was moving!!!

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Posted on November 21, 2014 at 9:49 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Microscope cameras at a glance

Camlab have a wide variety of cameras to choose from that fit most microscopes with a C-mount. The adaptor tubes should be specific to the microscope and should be ordered from the manufacturer.

Optika cameras are very easy to use and produce very impressive images whether its a budget range camera or the HDMI version.

At a glance:


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Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:57 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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