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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How do I clean the probe on a Loser Osmometer?

Question: How do I clean the probe on a Loser Osmometer?

Answer: The Loser Micro-digital Osmometer is a freezing point depression Osmometer, ideal for use in laboratories.

Micro-digital Osmometer MOD200PLUS

The Osmometer needs little maintenance except for the cleaning of the thermistor and freezing needle, however the thermistor may need cleaning dependent on the sample type.

Alcohol such as IPA will be suitable for cleaning but a better option would be to use a product called Klercide 70/30 ( 1137662).

Hints and tips for smooth operation.

Blocking the needle with frozen water is prevented under normal conditions by the automatic thawing function. The thawing water from the needle
cooling aperture is automatically sucked off and collected in the waste bottle. Note: This waste may contain infectious residues of samples. Dispose of this correctly.

In case of very high humidity  the needle can get blocked.
Manual thawing is recommended, selectable by the menu. A beep indicates the end of the thawing process.
The menu also allows the cleaning of the needle aperture. Select the corresponding item of the «Service» menu and follow the displayed advice.

To fill with cleaning fluid only use the soft plastic-funnel delivered with the osmometer to prevent any damage of the needle aperture.

Never use force or sharp or pointed tools. For cleanig fluid use only water.

Wipe needle tip carefully with a wet cloth  (water or Klercide).

Depending on the number of measurements a daily clean is recommended.

It is necessary  to clean  at least once a week.

With organic samples the cleaning will be probably be necessary more than once  a day because the needle tip becomes water-repellent and  ice crystals will accumulate.

The probe must not be cleaned with any chlorinated products – it causes corrosion, particularly around the freezing wells.

Spare thermistors are available along with microcentrifuge tubes and Standards.

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Posted on November 17, 2014 at 11:00 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What’s the difference between free and total chlorine?

Most methods of measuring chlorine in water refer to free and total chlorine, but what exactly do these mean and what is the difference?

Pocket Colorimeter for Chlorine

Measuring Chlorine with a Pocket Colorimeter

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Bostwick Consistometer – To Incline or Not

The Bostwick Consistometer is used all over the World to check the quality of sauces and condiments. In our in-house training session we do blind product tests and clearly define the differences between brand of ketchup and mustard. This is a testament to the value placed on Bostwick Consistometer tests by the top food manufacturers.

We continually get questions about set-up of the consistometer. It is very simple to operate. Consequently, questions about set-up and theory of operation are often given short shrift. Read the rest of this post »

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 10:23 am by David Miller · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Congratulations to our winners!

We would like to say congratulations to our two winners of the Camlab Ipads at Lab Innovations 2014. Wednesday’s prize was won by David Farren who was shocked but delighted with the news when

we called him. Our second winner on Thursday was  James Dayus of Coventry University who was equally shocked.

Picking up the Ipad was James’s colleague Elliot Barson.

Elliot picking up James's Prize

Elliot picking up James’s Prize from Camlab’s Oliver Guy

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Glasswashers – what are the choices?

Camlab have many years of experience in providing the right glasswashers and disinfectors for your application. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you need to purchase, the choice is  vast. Unlike other providers, Camlab have developed a system whereby the glasswasher can be configured to your exact requirements. This is a guide to the options available and once you have decided on the basics we can help you complete your purchase so it performs optimally and efficiently.

GW0160 Model

GW0160 Model

Questions to consider:

Once you know what parameters you have to work with you can go ahead and choose a glasswasher that will fit into the space you have allocated.

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Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Digital Overhead Stirrers and Viscosity…

Camlab have a good choice of overhead stirrers for most applications. The type and choice of accessories is really determined by the size and viscosity of the sample. The larger the product and the more viscous it is, the more powerful the stirrer with more torque to move the paddle through the liquid at an even rate.

The Camlab Choice OS20-S has a maximum stirring capacity of 20 litres. The motor is rated at 50 watts. It has a speed range of 50-2200 rpm. It’s maximum torque is 40 Ncm.

OS40(20)-Pro (LCD) main unit

The Camlab Choice OS40-s is the big brother to the OS20-S and has a maximum stirring capacity of 40 litres, a motor rated to 120 watts and a speed of 50-2200rpm.

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Posted on November 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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New Hach Dr1900 Portable Spectrophotometer

Hach Lange has developed a new generation device for portable water analysis – the Hach DR 1900 Spectrophotometer.

Hach DR 1900 portable spectrophotometer

Hach DR 1900 portable spectrophotometer

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How can I test the stability or degradation of products over time?

The stability and degradation of products over time is an important issue to consider in the food manufacturing industry – not only in terms of the quality of the product but also with regards to bacterial growth and shelf life testing.

Memmert IPP incubator

The IPP range of incubators are a popular choice for shelf life testing in the food industry

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Posted on October 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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