Lab Armor beads can now be used with Grant Sub Aqua Pro and JB Nova Water Baths

Have you tried Lab Armor beads?

These smooth, thermally conductive metallic beads can be used in place of water in many water baths.

They offer a simple way to save on water consumption in the lab, avoid the risk of water borne contamination and save on cleaning.

Lab Armor beads in a water bath

Lab Armor beads can be used in place of water in a water bath.

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Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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How can I extend the life of my rotary vane vacuum pump?

Rotary vane vacuum pumps are a popular choice in laboratories when a strong vacuum application is needed, but they do need maintenance to keep them running smoothly.

However, there are some simple steps you can follow to extend the life of your pump and the pump oil

Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump

Rotary Vane Vacuum pumps are used in the lab for a range of applications from rotary evaporators to vacuum ovens or freeze dryers

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Posted on February 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Chromium detection in water and soil……..

What is chromium?

Chromium is a metal that is widely distributed in the earth’s crust (soil and rocks), air and water. Naturally occurring chromium occurs mainly in the chromium (III) form as chromite

ore, which contains oxygen, chromium (III) and other metals such as iron. Chromium (VI)  compounds are produced commercially from chromite ore for a wide variety of uses.

How does chromium get into the environment? Chromium occurs naturally in rocks, soil, plants and animals and land erosion causes release of chromium into water. However the major sources of chromium (III and VI) in the air, soil and water are through combustion of fossil fuels and from domestic and industrial waste.

Photometer 7500

Photometer 7500

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Posted on February 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What are the key steps in measuring pH? Why do I need to calibrate?

pH is a useful parameter which is used across all industries for quality control, environmental monitoring, lab work and much more.

There are 10 key steps which should be followed to ensure pH measurements using a meter are accurate.

SevenCompact Benchtop pH meter

pH can be measured on benchtop units like this one in the lab, or using a portable meter for work in the field or around a site.

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Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The perfect solution for air purification……..

Health and safety legislation demands that air quality is monitored in laboratories where solvents, acids and other chemicals are used. Most of the hazards encountered are contained within a fume cabinet but there are also low level contaminants that do not require containment in a cabinet but make the air inside the laboratory tainted.

Halo Air Purifier

Halo Air Purifier

Halo has been designed by Erlab to purify the air so that the laboratory has clean air circulation and removes any residual odours from the immediate environment.

Halo is ideal for food handling laboratories where lingering odours can effect test results; wine tasting and tea blending, blending perfumes where the raw materials contain alcohols, histology laboratories, microbiological labs, etc.

Continually monitoring 24 hours a day 7 days a week:

Halo will continuously pull the dirty air in the lab through the filter, adsorbing the molecules that cause noxious odours onto the filer and returning the cleaned air to the room through low disruptive side vents.

The laboratory grade filter system contains Neutrodine, a unique and powerful activated carbon mix combined with a pre filter that captures a large variety of airborne contaminants.

Halo is easily installed in the ceiling with no requirement to connect to the HVAC system. Multiple units can be added to increase the coverage.

Easy Operation:

A soft band of light surrounding the ceiling unit assures the lab staff that the air is clean. When the LED lights start to pulsate Halo lets you know that it is operating and removing fumes it can detect. The Halo will link to any smart phone, tablet or PC to monitor performance. Intended lifetime of the filter is 18-24 months before it needs changing.

Read more here about Halo Air Purification


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Posted on February 6, 2015 at 10:43 am by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ducted or Ductless Fume Hoods? Is this the real issue?

Most laboratories will need some form of fume cabinet at some point. The type of cabinet is usually the starting point of the process, and the choice of either ductless or ducted cabinet is made.

With the ever increasing need to save money and to be environmentally responsible there are other considerations that need to be explored before a decision can be reached.

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Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Have you tried Azlon storage bottles?

The popular range of Azlon HDPE storage bottles by SciLabWare have been redesigned to improve the features and benefits.

Azlon Wide Mouth HDPE storage bottles

Azlon Wide Mouth HDPE storage bottles

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Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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New digital hotplate stirrers from Stuart for greater control

Stuart have expanded their popular Undergrad range of hotplate stirrers with two new digital models for higher levels of control and accuracy.

Digital Undergrad Hotplate Stirrers

The new digital versions of Stuart’s Undergrad hotplate stirrers for better control of temperature

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Grant Bio to Launch New Shaker/Vortex Mixer

Camlab are pleased to announce that Grant Bio have a new  shaker/vortex mixer which will be available from February 2015. Pre-orders are now being taken, so register your interest with us and we will send you a FREE Camlab timer and a pack of micro centrifuge tubes of your choice.

The Shaker/vortex mixer comes in two variants:

The MPS-1:

Is a high speed shaker/vortex mixer for plates and microtubes and includes an integral platform for a single tube vortex, skirted PCR plates, skirted microplates and deep well plates.

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Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm by Karen Lemon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What is the difference between Rotary Vane and Diaphragm vacuum pumps?

Most laboratories will have a vacuum pump. They are widely used across labs of all disciplines for a range of tasks from basic filtrations or evacuating a desiccator right up to use with large equipment such as vacuum ovens or rotary evaporators.

The two most common types are rotary vane or diaphragm pumps – but what do these mean and what is the difference?

Laboratory vacuum pump

A typical vacuum pump for use in the lab

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Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Sophie Bryant · Permalink · Leave a comment
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