New Products

Science  06 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6150, pp. 1127
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6150.1127-a

THERMAL PLATE SEALER

The MicroSeal is a manual microplate heat sealer designed to be compact, easy-to-use, and offer great performance. Of the various methods of sealing microplates, heat sealing has become the preferred option for many labs as it creates an air tight and chemically resistant seal without the complications of adhesives being applied to a plate. Incorporating a unique ergonomic pull down mechanism makes single action heat sealing of a wide range of plates on the MicroSeal quick and simple. Using a preset temperature of 170°€”deal for most common sealing applications—and dual LED status display of power and heating, the MicroSeal is very safe and easy-to-use. A built-in thermostat prevents overheating of plates. With its small footprint and ability to handle a wide range of plates the MicroSeal is the obvious choice for laboratories looking for an affordable manual thermal plate sealer.

STORAGE TUBES

The Octygen 0.50 mL screw cap tube sets a new standard for low-temperature sample storage. In low-temperature storage facilities the cost of freezer space is an important cost of operation. The ultracompact design of the Octygen tubes—at just 25.6 mm tall to deliver 475 μL working volume—uses only 60% of the space that competitive 0.50 mL 96-well format screw cap tubes use to store the same volume. To further optimize use of valuable storage space, 96 individual 0.50 mL Octygen tubes can be stored in an automation-compatible rack. The unique design of the Octygen tube means that a Revco -80°freezer can store 120,960 0.50 mL Octygen tubes compared with only 80,640 0.50 mL tubes of a competitive design. Designed for both manual and automated low-temperature storage applications, the external thread design of Octygen tubes facilitates fast and simple sample handling.

MULTICHANNEL PIPETTES

The manual Rainin Pipet-Lite XLS+ and electronic Rainin E4 XLS+ offer users durable, lightweight liquid ends and new mechanical designs that all but eliminate hand strain while ensuring the highest channel-to-channel consistency. This combination of improved ergonomic comfort and exceptional performance helps pipette operators work more comfortably and reduce the risk of error and potentially expensive rework. Experiment costs go down as throughput accuracy increases. The Rainin XLS+ multichannel pipettes represent an intelligent advance in both performance and ergonomics. Reduced weight and lower pipetting/tip-ejection forces—combined with improved balance—reduce operator fatigue during intensive 96-well plate work. Enhanced reliability ensures data integrity. And operators concerned about cross-contamination will appreciate XLS+'s reduced stiction (piston stickiness), which helps to eliminate splash-up. Capitalizing on recent advances in molding technology, Rainin has achieved an optimal balance between lightness and performance—two goals that often run counter to one another.

ELECTRONIC PIPETTE CONTROLLER

Replacing the existing pipette controller model, the Easypet 3 gives greater accuracy by controlling the speed conveniently and intuitively with the use of the operating buttons. The new Easypet 3 boasts decreased battery charging time to three hours, allowing for increased cordless operation time. With its lightweight ergonomic design Easypet 3 enables stress-free pipetting. Easypet 3 promotes reliability, ease of use, and simplicity. Operation buttons are ergonomically shaped, making aspirating and dispensing of liquids easy. Increased or reduced pressure on the buttons regulates speed for precise measurements. Vibrant backlit LEDs highlight the battery status contributing to the user's peace of mind. Easypet 3 delivers efficient performance through a high-powered motor speeding up the pipetting process and can be used with any type of pipette from volumes of 0.1 mL to 100 mL. Easypet 3 is also able to be operated while recharging, ensuring that the workflow is not interrupted.

HEATING BLOCK

New versions of the DrySyn Maxi and DrySyn Super Maxi for labs tasked with larger scale reactions (2,000 mL to 5,000 mL) are now available. Constructed in solid anodised aluminium, both the DrySyn Maxi and DrySyn Super Maxi deliver outstanding thermal and magnetic transfer efficiency and have durability suitable for use in any laboratory environment. Design improvements in the latest generation of these products has resulted in improved heat transfer characteristics up to 300° faster heating and cooling, and a smaller footprint. Affordably priced, the DrySyn Maxi single position heating block system is designed to accommodate 2,000 mL or 3,000 mL flasks. For 4,000 mL and 5,000 mL flasks the DrySyn Super Maxi is the heating block of choice. Used in combination with a standard hotplate stirrer, DrySyn Maxi and Super Maxi units are proven to outperform the heat-conducting properties of oil baths.

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