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    Laboratory information management for environmental laboratories

    Under the Thermo Scientific brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (NYSE:TMO), we help scientists meet the challenges they face in the lab or in the field every day. From routine analysis to new discoveries, our innovations help professionals do the science they need to do, the way they want to do it.

    By Thermo Fisher Scientific, LIMS & Laboratory Software based in Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

  • Laboratory equipments for fluid typing

    GeoSpec2 instruments fitted with Pulsed Field Gradients (pfg) are able to carry out measurements dependent on the diffusion, flow, or distribution of the fluids within the core sample. One application is for fluid typing. It is possible that different fluids, such as heavy oils and partially bound water, may exhibit similar T2 values, which makes it difficult to identify which fluid is which using a standard T2 distribution. However, even if they have similar T2 values they are unlikely also to have similar diffusion characteristics, so a measurement that collects both T2 and diffusion data should in principle be able to separate the fluid types. GIT Systems software, together with a pfg accessory on a GeoSpec2 NMR instrument, enables such measurements to be done. The result is a two-dimensional data map illustrating the relative proportions of the different fluid types in the sample.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Laboratory equipments for pore size distribution

    NMR can determine porosity and pore size distributions easily and quickly. Essentially, NMR signals are generated from liquids (oil or brine) when the sample is placed in a magnetic field and then excited with a brief pulse of radio frequency (RF) energy. Immediately after the pulse, an NMR signal appears and then dies away with a characteristic relaxation time or decay rate, known at T2. The amplitude of the signal immediately following the pulse is an indication of total fluid present, while theT2 of the signal gives valuable information about the physical environment of the fluid (ie. size of pore where the fluid is located).

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Improved Reproducibility and Reduced Sample Preparation Time for the HPLC Analysis of Aflatoxins in Raw Peanut Paste

    The US FDA and international regulatory agencies have set contamination levels for aflatoxins in animal feedstuffs. Since Aspergillus may infect commodities pre-harvest, during storage or during processing, monitoring for aflatoxins in associated agricultural commodities at all stages of production is requisite. Field screening methods exist that are adequate to estimate contamination levels for aflatoxins. When additional confirmation or quantification is desired, chromatographic laboratory analysis is often necessary. Preparation of matrix samples prior to chromatographic analysis typically requires extraction and purification. Commonly, immunoaffinity columns (IAC), which employ a multi-step bind and elute mechanism to concentrate and purify aflatoxins, are used to purify matrix samples for subsequent analysis. Solid phase extraction (SPE), an alternate method which may use interference removal, can also be employed.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany based in Darmstadt, GERMANY.

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    Analytical and measuring instruments of environmental industry

    The environmental field requires robust, high-sensitivity analysis capable of complying with regulations in order to always meet the stringent target values that have been established to assure the safety of the water supply and protect the environment. Moreover, in laboratories where more than 100 samples are processed per day, increasing the throughput and saving energy are issues of concern.

    By Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc based in Columbia, MARYLAND (USA).

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    TPH in Soil Remediation

    InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers allow for TPH (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons) in soil testing at remediation sites such as leaking underground storage tanks and produced water evaporation ponds. Site managers can avoid having costly soil remediation equipment sit idle while waiting for off-site lab results. Sampling requires a few simple steps that can be performed by non-technical personnel. The soil is mixed with the extraction solvent, shaken, filtered, and then presented to the InfraCal Analyzer for measurement. Features include: - Results in under 15 minutes, including extraction ¨ Detect levels as low as 10 ppm ¨ Portable, rugged, lightweight, easy-to-use ¨ Battery operable ¨ Ideal for field or laboratory applications ¨ Factory calibration available

    By Spectro Scientific based in Chelmsford, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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    Machine condition monitoring for military & aerospace

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    Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis has become an essential maintenance practice of military organizations throughout the world. An effective oil analysis program will keep important military assets such as planes, ships, tanks, trucks, and any other oil-wetted machinery in operation by reducing unexpected failures and costly unscheduled downtime. Mission readiness of military equipment is paramount, and proper maintenance can also decrease the long-term expense by minimizing replacement costs and anticipating problems. With cutting-edge technology for laboratory and field analysis, Spectro Scientific can help ensure that military forces are always ready to move.

    By Spectro Scientific based in Chelmsford, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Improved Reproducibility and Reduced Sample Preparation Time for the HPLC Analysis of Aflatoxins in Raw Peanut Paste

    The US FDA and international regulatory agencies have set contamination levels for aflatoxins in animal feedstuffs. Since Aspergillus may infect commodities pre-harvest, during storage or during processing, monitoring for aflatoxins in associated agricultural commodities at all stages of production is requisite. Field screening methods exist that are adequate to estimate contamination levels for aflatoxins. When additional confirmation or quantification is desired, chromatographic laboratory analysis is often necessary. Preparation of matrix samples prior to chromatographic analysis typically requires extraction and purification. Commonly, immunoaffinity columns (IAC), which employ a multi-step bind and elute mechanism to concentrate and purify aflatoxins, are used to purify matrix samples for subsequent analysis. Solid phase extraction (SPE), an alternate method which may use interference removal, can also be employed.

    By MilliporeSigma based in Bellefonte, PENNSYLVANIA (USA).

  • Environmental Monitoring

    Environmental monitoring is becoming more important every day in local, national and international policies, showing the environmental awareness demanded by society.

    This fact gives rise to an increase in the amount of legislation that obliges companies to law enforcement. Thus, the necessity of making more pollutants controls means high analysis expenses to the companies, which need to subcontract this service.

    Although applications in this area advance, there is still a clear demand to get new portable and versatile analysis systems for many different application fields such as pollution in environmental or waste waters, monitoring nutrients in agricultural or horticultural water as well as general process control in chemistry industry. Because of the number of enviromental analysis required, there is a need for screening and monitoring measurements of these compounds at contaminated areas.

    Traditional monitoring techniques are typically based on laboratory analysis of field-collected samples that require considerable effort and expense, and the sample may change before analysis. Moreover, the equipment currently available is too large and expensive and it cannot be made portable.Alternatively, microfluidic and electrochemical sensor technologies can contribute to the development of new portable monitoring systems, complementing standard analytical methods for different environmental monitoring applications.In this way, the decentralization and integration of all those typical analyses is the paramount importance in order to reduce cost, simplify the analytical process and make more accessible these technologies to end-users. The development of portable, robust, and accurate Lab-on-a-Chip systems to monitor priority compounds such as contaminants, explosives, chemical warfare agents, inorganic and organic ions is a demand of modern society. Portability allows analyses to be carried out outside of the laboratory, minimizing the risk of contaminating the sample and leading to a faster response time at a lower cost.

    Thus, MicruX solutions and technologies open the gate to develop portable and esay-handly Lab-on-a-Chip devices in order to improve pollutants in-situ analysis in a very economic and efficient way.

    By MicruX Technologies based in Oviedo, SPAIN.

  • Water quality testing for drinking water services in remote areas

    In 1985, the University of Surrey in collaboration with Oxfam developed the Oxfam DelAgua Portable Water Quality Monitoring Test Kit. The Oxfam DelAgua kit enables field workers to test water quality in remote and isolated situations and in circumstances where there is no access to a water testing laboratory. Since its development in 1985, the water test kit has been used by all the major International NGO-s and other aid agencies in over 130 countries around the world.

    In 2006, The University of Surrey and other investors founded DelAgua Water Testing Limited to take over the management of the DelAgua organisation. Since then, various improvements have been made, including:

    • The upgrading of all kits
    • The upgrade of the design, manufacturing and distribution functions
    • R&D to produce a portable microbiological testing kit that provides quantitative results in less than 20 minutes.
    • The upgrade of existing services and the introduction of new services, including:
      • Free access to a water quality risk assessment software program on DWT`s website
      • Free access to a library of reference documents on DWT`s website

    In addition to distributing its own kits and consumables, DWT also offers a distribution service for other manufacturers` products. The most popular products are detailed on this website, but those not detailed can also be supplied - DWT is able to source in excess of 60,000 products from numerous manufacturers.

    DWT is committed to providing services and products to enable the provision of clean drinking water for everyone around the world.

    By DelAgua Group based in Marlborough, UNITED KINGDOM.

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