Lab+Life Scientist Oct 2014

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what’s new

System for western blot imaging The ChemiDoc Touch Imaging System from Bio-Rad is a complete solution for gel and western blot imaging. The system combines the sensitivity of film with advanced detection technology to determine the best exposure settings for publication-quality western blot images. The intuitive touch-screen interface enables simple acquisition with features such as image preview, auto-focus and optional exposure modes. Images can be viewed, compared, pinched and zoomed into on the 12″ touch screen with Image Lab Touch Software and exported via USB or network connection. In addition to chemiluminescent western blot detection, the product employs Smart Tray Technology for gel imaging. The system recognition of each tray automates the set-up of the chosen application, eg, UV transillumination or colorimetric stain detection. The device also fully supports Bio-Rad’s stain-free in-gel technology, allowing rapid fluorescent detection of protein gels and blots and giving multiple points at which to visualise, verify and validate results. This enables western blot loading control normalisation by using total protein concentration values, calculated by Image Lab Software, which eliminates the need for housekeeping proteins. Bio-Rad Laboratories Pty Ltd www.bio-rad.com

Integrated HPLC and UHPLC systems Shimadzu has released its i-Series of integrated HPLC systems. The series promotes high efficiency and productivity with features including remote monitoring, graphical user interface touch screen and auto validation with self-diagnosis. The series consists of the Nexera-i, which supports ultrahigh-speed analysis; and the Prominence-i, which supports conventional to high-speed analysis. The integrated HPLC systems realise a PC-free laboratory by enabling control of the instrument from a smart device, such as a smartphone, and via an interactive communication mode (ICM). The series offers an intuitive operating environment that allows anyone to analyse samples easily. Full automation from start-up to shutdown after analysis, and a direct access function that allows multiple operators to set samples at any time, provide for an efficient workflow. Method transfer from an existing HPLC system is seamless due in part to its architecture and ease of operation. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Oceania) Pty Ltd www.shimadzu.com.au

ICP-OES instrument Analytik Jena has released the PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 highresolution array ICP OES for multiple element analysis. ICPOES is an analysis method in which very hot argon plasma is used to analyse the elements present in a sample using optical emission. The method is routinely used for determining smallest element concentrations especially in environmental analysis, material research, metal or pharmaceutical industries. The product has been developed to master complicated analytical challenges in emission spectrometry with a high degree of precision, method flexibility and operating comfort. Technological advances include improved optical resolution, the plasma torch design and the generation and observation of the plasma. The product is especially suited to demanding samples and complicated matrices. It is high performing in identifying spectral interferences. MEP Instruments Pty Limited www.mep.net.au

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