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Handheld XRF analyser Olympus’s latest addition to the Vanta series of handheld XRF analysers is optimised to help ensure compliance with RoHS and local or international regulatory laws. The product combines fast results with a durable design for maximum uptime. The analyser provides on-the-spot chemical analysis to quickly scan for toxic metals like lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium and bromine in consumer products such as toys, apparel, footwear and electronics to comply with RoHS regulations. Good sensitivity and repeatability enable the product to achieve low detection limits.

Rapid tube identification Tecan is helping to reduce waiting times for bulk sample identification with a high-speed barcode scanner for its Fluent laboratory automation solution. The Fluent ID module eliminates the need for users to watch and wait while their liquid handling platform scans and identifies each individual sample tube, allowing 32 barcoded samples to be loaded and identified in just 3 s. The scanner is fitted with a status indicator light offering a clear pass/fail notification as soon as the tube rack is loaded onto the worktable. If one or more barcodes is unreadable, the system’s graphical interface provides step-by-step instructions to quickly and easily resolve any issues, either by rescanning the barcodes or manually inputting the tube IDs. The user can then simply press ‘Start’ and walk away, confident that there will be no tube identifica-

The product is IP65 rated for protection against dust and water and drop tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810 G) for greater uptime. It also incorporates Olympus’s Axon XRF signal processing technology that utilises ultralow-noise electronics to deliver high X-ray count rates per second and test-to-test repeatability. The analyser’s low limits of detection accommodate future compliance as regulations change over time. Other features include: an intuitive interface and responsive touch screen; optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for fast data downloads; and a customisable home screen. Olympus Australia Pty Ltd

tion errors. For larger sample batches, the system can even start pipetting the first rack of samples while additional tubes are being loaded onto the system. The easy-to-use solution supports all major 1D barcode formats and is compatible with 10–16 mm diameter tubes, as well as microcentrifuge tubes. By combining rapid scanning with instant feedback and error handling, the product can save several days of technician time annually compared to traditional automated approaches, helping to streamline busy laboratory workflows. Tecan Australia

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