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The list keeps getting longer with products and companies presenting at Lab Africa 2015

Radwag from Lasec – A New Generation of Microbalances

The New generation
of microbalances from Radwag, the MYA 3Y, is designed to meet the highest requirements for determination of mass. Measurement reliability and accuracy are maintained by system of automatic internal adjustment / calibration.

Each microbalance comprises two major components (an indicator and a precise mechanical measuring system which are enclosed separately). The device design eliminates an influence of heat sourcing from instrument's electronics on its mechanical components and additionally protects it from shocks and vibrations caused by users operating the instrument. All the elements of a microbalance are made of glass and steel which eliminates an impact of electrostatics on weighing process.

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  Products and Companies at Lab Africa

This months issue features 6 companies and products that are due to be displayed at Lab Africa 2015.

Thousands of international and local products will be on display.

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The 832 Series: Sulfur/Carbon Analysis by Combustion

St. Joseph, Mich.— LECO is pleased to introduce the new 832 series, which will redefine the way you determine sulfur and carbon in a wide variety of organic materials.

Using extensive customer feedback and innovative engineering, our latest instrumentation takes advantage of an on-board software platform powered by a touch-screen interface, increasing usability and operational control without using valuable bench space.

A high-efficiency combustion furnace, improved IR cell design, and a robust, rugged design make the 832 a valuable resource for any laboratory needing fast and accurate analysis of sulfur and/or carbon in organic materials.

The 832 uses LECO’s exclusive Cornerstone® brand software, which enables complete access to analysis control, method settings, diagnostics, reporting, and more in a highly organized, intuitive, and immersive environment. The Cornerstone Mobile option provides access to data, plots, and instrument status from the user’s smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Highlights of the 832 include a high-efficiency furnace system design which is composed of a ceramic horizontal high-temperature furnace with intelligent control that optimizes furnace reliability, and a ceramic lance that directs oxygen onto the sample to ensure rapid analysis times and complete combustion.

An improved solid-state IR cell design with temperature stabilized construction provides increased isolation from temperature fluctuations.

Find out more by visiting the Leco stand at Lab Africa 2015 

 Optimized emitter control and detection circuitry improves cell lifetime and long-term stability. Design and accessibility for maintenance areas has also been improved to enhance safety and convenience.

The 832 series is available in several configurations to meet the needs of a wide variety of applications. Models include the S832 for sulfur, S832DR for dual range sulfur, C832 for carbon, SC832 for both sulfur and carbon, and the SC832DR dual range sulfur with carbon determinator.

The Performance package adds an instrument leak check feature and electronic back pressure control.


Agilent Technologies Boosts Productivity of Biopharmaceutical Labs with MassHunter Enhancements

Easy-to-Use Software Improves Analysis Consistency, Transferability
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 12, 2015

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced new software releases designed to make research and development easier for scientists in the biopharmaceutical field.

Enhancements to the company's industry-leading MassHunter BioConfirm and MassHunter Walkup products enable researchers to more easily focus on protein characterization, helping them obtain molecular weight, locate post-translational modifications in protein sequences, and create comprehensive peptide maps with speed and accuracy.


 "With the shift from small-molecule pharmaceuticals to large-molecule biopharmaceuticals, companies need to retool their discovery operations in terms of both laboratory equipment and employee skill sets," said Gurmil Gendeh, Ph.D., director of Biopharmaceutical Segment Marketing for Agilent.

"We have responded with software tools that allow virtually anyone to use highly advanced instruments for tandem liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry."

Dr. Gendeh noted that the Agilent software for biopharmaceutical analysis is easy to learn and easy to use. "Agilent has taken the lead in offering biologists the ability to walk up to an LC/MS instrument and get back excellent analytical results," he said. "The software greatly improves user-to-user and day-to-day consistency and allows for easy method transferability between laboratories and sites."


The software significantly reduces the learning curve for researchers because they can submit samples through a simple, three-step process. The system then emails the results to them, using reports that were designed by and for biologists.

Far less training (and far less setup time) is required, so researchers can focus on advancing new biological entities along their company's development pipeline. What's more, the Agilent software provides more accurate results because it makes use of Agilent databases and searches for more diverse, post-translational modifications than other systems.

Find out more by visiting the Agilent / Chemetrix stand at Lab Africa 2015


SB200-X (Orb Shake) from Kuhner, Switzerland
Orbital shaken bioreactor for disposable bags

The SB200-X is an orbital shaken bioreactor for the cultivation of human, mammalian and plant cells in a disposable bag.

A working volume from 50 liters up to 200 liters for the SB200-X ensures easy scale-up from microtiter plates to shaking ­ asks and all the way up to 200 liters. This user friendly system can be easily deployed in research, process development or production.

The SB200-X was developed and tested in collaboration with ExcellGene SA (Monthey, Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland).

  Now available up to 2’000 Liters!

Find out more by visiting the Bruno Steiner stand at Lab Africa 2015


Eppendorf Microcentrifuges: Meet the Next Generation!

Since the introduction of Eppendorf’s first centrifuge in 1964, they have completely revolutionised life science research practices worldwide! As a result, the Eppendorf name remains synonymous
with creative design, innovative technology and reliable performance that stands the test of time.


Consequently, Eppendorf have developed a comprehensive line of microcentrifuges that serve the multiple applications you encounter in your lab—from spinning a few tubes at a time through to the extra versatility required for handling plates and larger volume tubes directly on your lab bench.

Eppendorf microcentrifuges are designed to go beyond speed and capacity to offer you unparalleled ergonomic operation and superior temperature management. You will not only experience enhanced performance, but also exceptional joy in their use and improving your work environment.

Gone are the days of noisy centrifugation with Eppendorf’s world-class technology resulting in whisper quiet runs; even when running without the rotor lid!

Please kindly contact us for further information on Eppendorf’s enticing range of microcentrifuges!

Find out more by visiting the Analytical Solutions stand at Lab Africa 2015


The New Milestone Ethos Up and Ethos EASY

It is a common misconception that a laboratory microwave is just a microwave and that there are very few differences between systems.At Milestone they would like to demonstrate that this is not the case and that microwave digestion systems provide the first important step for a successful analysis.If there is no confidence in the initial sample preparation stage, then there can be no confidence in the results from subsequent analyses.The new ETHOS EASY and ETHOS UP has incorporated Milestones vision for the future, with the ultimate goal of helping chemists.

Find out more by visiting the Magna Analytical Stand at Lab Africa 2015
  • The system is equipped with 2 magnetrons of 950W (each) for a total power of 1.900W.This is unique to our new Microwave systems.
  • The microwave cavity has the following dimensions 43cm (W) 40cm (D) 41cm (H) and a volume of 70,5L to ensure maximum safety of operation and be suitable for high throughput rotors.

  The system is capable of working with:

  • 15 positions segmented high pressure rotor (100 bar or
  • 44 positions high throughput rotor (35 bar or 500psi, 300°C, 100ml)
  • 1500 psi, 300°C, 100ml
  • All rotors have PTFE vessels and PEEK safety shields.
  • The software is available in 11 languages, icon-driven, with a built-in library of minimum 150 methods including EPA, ASTM and USP methods.
  • The software displays simultaneously, time, power, temperature and pressure.
  • The software is able to use the same method regardless the number of vessel or rotors used.
  • Complete control of all temperatures and pressures in all vesse ls can be monitored and controlled.

Lab Africa is due to display the most comprehensive list of local and international brands EVER seen under one roof in South Africa.

If you have news that you would like to share with the Lab Africa Team, send it to and we will do our best to share your news with our readers.


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