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sample automation Applications

  • Automated System for High Throughput PCR Setup

    Modern genomics labs are looking for high-throughput, quality-data workstations to perform PCR reactions at a reduced cost. PCR reaction setup is a tedious and time consuming process as it requires mixing multiple reagents in specific ratios to achieve the proper master mix for amplification. Moreover, the exact volumes of the reagents and buffers depend upon the total number of samples to be amplified and the desired final concentration of sample DNA. Automation of such procedures eliminates both human error and contamination problems generally associated with manual process. To provide an automated solution to such a cumbersome protocol, Aurora Biomed’s VERSA 110 PCR Setup Workstation was developed for the preparation of reagents and samples used in an amplification protocol in 96-well format.

    By Aurora Biomed Inc. based in Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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    Measurement of methyl bromide in ambient air for monitoring workplace exposure limits in fumigation facilities

    The Series 8900 Methyl Bromide Monitoring System provides an automated, direct measurement of Methyl Bromide in ambient air. This instrument can meet and exceed the requirements for ambient methyl bromide monitoring. It is utilized in fumigation facilities and industrial plants to detect potential worker exposure to methyl bromide, resulting from mechanical failure, human error or product off gassing. Multipoint sampling options allow the analyzer to monitor multiple sample locations for greater coverage.

    By MOCON - Baseline based in Lyons, COLORADO (USA).

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    Low concentrations monitoring of benzene and aromatic hydrocarbons (BTEX) for pollution control and environmental monitoring

    With over 15 years of experience in the measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOC), Environment SA announces the VOC72M, a new generation analyzer for the measurement of BTEX compounds by gas chromatography with photo-ionization detector (PID). The VOC72M can handle up to 40 compounds and eight configurations for analysis. This compact and fully automated analyzer with wide voltage range specifications (90-240V) provides equivalent performance to the laboratory chromatographs and is particularly suited to fixe or mobile ambient air quality monitoring laboratories. The VOC72M is fitted with a PID detector new generation, much more sensitive, more stable and whose lamp does not need to be cleaned; the analyzer integrates flow control fittings a 3 levels security system built on and uses only one gas (nitrogen). This robust and low maintenance instrument performs all the functions (sampling, analysis and data management) in a simple and completely autonomous mode. It is a particular

    By Environnement S.A based in Poissy, FRANCE.

  • Catalysis

    Hiden's modular CATLAB offers a wide range of experimental tools for catalyst researchers, from rapid dynamic screening to fully automated precise investigations of active surface chemistry & optimisation of catalytic activity. The CATLAB performs analysis using temperature programmed methods such as TPR/TPO/TPD. Pulse chemisorption is also available with the CATLAB-PCS. The integrated QGA mass spectrometer system provides for quantification of the adsorbed/desorbed species. Physical analyses such as metal surface area, catalyst dispersion and surface acidity/basicity are provided. All CATLAB & mass spectrometer sampling wetted surfaces are designed to have the widest possible compatibility for use with aggressive species. Hiden Analytical’s HPR-20 QIC mass spectrometer is available for coupling to existing catalyst reactors with integral analysis software available for TPD/TPR/TPO quantification. A range of specialized connectors & couplings optimise integration with reactor vessel

    By Hiden Analytical based in Warrington, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Agricultural, Storm and Highway Runoff

    The ability to collect useful data about sediment transport and other pollutants closely coupled to SSC (such as nutrients, e-coli, phosphates and nitrates) is dependent on the timing and frequency of manual grab samples during run-off events. Most sediment and pollutant is transported during a small number of storm events which are infrequent and unpredictable. When they do occur, trained personnel or the proper equipment may not be available to collect grab samples. An automated pump sampler can eliminate the need to sample manually, but for the expense of a rechargeable power system, the autosampler, and possibly a datalogger and a typical turbidity probe, you’re no better off. With an automated pump sampler driven by the DTS-12 digital turbidity sensor and controlled by the Axiom H2 datalogger, you obtain a better understanding of the water’s quality, while taking a minimum number of samples, reducing site visits and saving lab analysis costs.

    By FTS based in Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • Airport Environmental Monitoring

    Water pollution from airport run-off is increasingly coming under public and government scrutiny. As environmental regulations tighten, the ability to monitor for aviation fuel contamination from runway run-off has become essential.

    Monitoring sites at airports can be extremely challenging often with no power or telephone lines available and with limited access for maintenance. Chelsea’s robust UviLux Hydrocarbon Sensor with its low power consumption and high accuracy is ideally suited for this application. Installed at various locations around the airport, deployed with it’s own integrated anti-biofouling system, utilising the GSM network, the monitoring sites send data to a secure ftp site, where any internet enabled device can access the data. In this way the systems act as any early warning system allowing any hydrocarbon discharge to be detected in real-time.

    Optional environmental monitoring features include remote control to allow the user to turn equipment on and off, change the sample rate and detection range. There is also a facility to allow SMS text and email alarm notifications triggered by user-defined set-points together with customised web pages, data displays and automated data downloads via an ftp server.

    Airport runoff can contain high concentrations of various pollutants, in particular polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the environmental levels of which have to be monitored. An understanding of the magnitude of contamination due to airport runoff water is important for the effective management of airport infrastructure. Chelsea’s robust UviLux Hydrocarbon Sensor with its low power consumption and high accuracy is ideally suited to the airport environment.

    By Chelsea Technologies Group based in West Molesey, UNITED KINGDOM.

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