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  1. Total Algae Sensor: Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms
    3 September 2018

    Harmful algal blooms (or HABs) are becoming more frequent, intense, and are now seen by many as a public threat. For this reason, now more than ever, water quality monitors and managers need reliable tools that can help them monitor, reduce, and manage the impacts of harmful algal blooms.

    Why is the Total Algae Sensor (TAL) from YSI the Right Tool to Fight Harmful Algal Blooms?

    They help with early detection by allowing easy collection of data on blue-green algae for data analysis with consideration of weather conditions as well as other important parameters.

    Built for the field, this sensor features welded titanium construction and military-specification connectors which are ideal for rugged conditions. Similar to other smart sensors, the TAL sensor has onboard memory, processing, and allows for sensor-zeroing to be performed on-site.

    Main Features:

    Detect the onset of an algae bloom as early as possible to plan your response
    Support a rational approach for the collection of samples for other laboratory analyses, saving you time and money
    Understand the seasonal and weather-related patterns of algae growth in your system
    Understand the relevance of other parameters like pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature

    There are two sensors available:

    The Total Algae-Phycoerythrin (TAL-PE) for saltwater, used for monitoring marine cyanobacteria and the Total Algae-Phycocyanin (TAL-PC) a dual-channel fluorescence-based sensor, perfect for monitoring freshwater cyanobacteria. Bot are ideal for early detection of blue-green algae that could lead to harmful algal blooms.

    The Total Algae sensor is ideal for applications like beach monitoring, vertical or horizontal profiling, and source water monitoring for potentially toxic algae – especially when paired with the ProDSS multiparamter system or the EXO sondes.

    Want to Know More?

    Visit our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/total-algae-sensor

    Total Algae Sensor: Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms
  2. Sun’s Out: Bring on the Sunburn Gel
    27 August 2018

    Sunburn Treatment Gel is very important for everyone around this time, especially after one has enjoyed the sun a little bit too much. It naturally cools and soothes the burn while moisturising the skin.

    Summer goes on with high temperatures, we are sharing an application note from the experts at Brookfield Ametek, regarding the measurement of viscosity in Sunburn Treatment Gel.

    Three different methods were tested for this paper, using different Brookfield Viscometers/Rheometers, spindles and speed - all appropriate to perform testing in creamy, pasty, or gel-like materials.

    In these methods, they used the Brookfield RVDV-II+Pro as well as the Brookfield RVDV-III Ultra and the Brookfield RVYR-1 Rheometer. These are now obsolete instruments, but one could use the DV2T and DV3T which are perfect and suitable to be used for the same applications.

    Be sure to read the application note and discover more about the viscosity profile of Sunburn Treatment Gel. Check out our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3573

    Sun’s Out: Bring on the Sunburn Gel
  3. Calibrate Your ProDSS Water Quality Meter like a PRO!
    27 August 2018

    The Ultimate Guide for the YSI ProDSS instrument provides helpful insights, instructions and troubleshooting tips for calibrating your ProDSS water quality meter.

    The guide includes a Calibration Worksheet to help you track and document all your calibrations and the performance of your sensors. For accurate calibration results, be sure to follow the calibration procedures in the manual of the meter and to check that your calibration solutions are fresh.

    What You'll Find in the Guide?

    Temperature | Conductivity | pH | ORP | DO | Turbidity | Depth |

    Ammonium | Nitrate | Chloride

    You will also find instructions on how to:
    install and uninstall sensors
    clean a sensor port
    verifying sensor accuracy & calibration
    resetting a sensor to factory default

    Keep reading or download the easy printable guide to get all the tips and start calibrating your ProDSS like a pro!

    Don't have a ProDSS yet? Be sure to read our post on the 7 Things You Need to Know about the ProDSS or download the newly issued brochure with all the main highlights about the ProDSS.

    Should you need any further information about the ProDSS water quality meter, visit our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/cms/cms.jsp?menu_id=34767

    Calibrate Your ProDSS Water Quality Meter like a PRO!
  4. Latest Changes in borer Chemie Range
    27 August 2018

    borer cleaning solutions have issued a product change notification regarding the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) of the deconex 11 Universal & deconex 15 PF-x cleaning solutions.

    The company has made some changes in the classification and labelling of these products, due to “the continuous harmonization of the classification and labelling of substances by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and the related adjustments to the classification of their raw materials.”

    These changes only affect the MSDS, and not the actual composition of the product. The changes to the MSDS are effective immediately. Below are a list of the affected parts and their new updated MSDS:

    - Deconex 11 Universal cleaner, 5kg, 4AJ-6083424 (500100.00-K05W)
    - Deconex 11 Universal cleaner, 10kg, 4AJ-6202891 (500100.00-K10W) 
    - Deconex 11 Universal cleaner, 1kg, 4AJ-6801886 (500100.00-F10W) 
    - Deconex 15 PF-x, 1 kg, 4AJ-9192892 (518000.00-F10W) 
    - Deconex 15 PF-x, 5 kg, 4AJ-9192893 (518000.00-K05W) 
    - Deconex 15 PF-x, 10 kg. 4AJ-9192894 (518000.00-K10W) 
    - Deconex 15 PF-x, 28 kg.4AJ-9192895 (518000.00-K25W) 

    Be sure to download the Deconex 15 PF-x and the Deconex 11 Universal cleaner MSDS sheets.

    Should you require any more information regarding these changes, check out our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3564

    Latest Changes in borer Chemie Range
  5. Neodisher® LaboClean FLA Changes Formula
    27 August 2018

    Dr Weigert, leading company in professional systematic hygiene solutions, have announced a change in the formula of their popular special cleaner Neodisher® LaboClean FLA.

    The company has stated that the change was due to the discontinuation of a component by their supplier, which forced a slight adjustment to the formula of the detergent. 

    In a statement issued by the company, they state that "the complexing agent contained in the product was replaced by an equivalent alternative. The type of cleaning agent of the neodisher® LaboClean FLA and its characteristic features, application properties, as well as used concentration, remains unchanged. The equivalency of the formula was verified, evaluated and consequently, its conformance determined.”

    This change in the formula will be taking place from December 2018. 

    Should you like to know more about the Neodisher® LaboClean FLA formula change or how it may affect your application, visit our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3563

    Neodisher® LaboClean FLA Changes Formula
  6. Pipetting: Are you Doing it Wrong?
    27 August 2018

    The experts at BioSistemika know that inconsistent pipetting can interfere with your application results and even cause experimental failure. 

    To make sure your pipetting technique is spot on, they have put together 12 simple tips you can follow to improve your pipetting technique!

    1. Pre-Wet the Pipette Tip
    Evaporation in the tip can cause sample loss before delivery, so make sure to aspirate and expel any samples at least 3 times. This increases humidity in the tip and reduces sample evaporation.

    2. Immerse Tip in the Proper Depth When Aspirating
    Too little immersion can lead to air aspiration where too much immersion can cause samples to cling to the outside of the tip. Aim for immersing the tip below the meniscus.

    3. Pause After Aspiration
    After the plunger stops the liquid in the tip might still be moving, so leaving the tip in the liquid for about one second after aspirating the sample will help keep the volume of sample correct.

    4. Keep Plunger Pressure & Speed Consistent
    The better consistency you achieve while aspirating and dispensing – applying the same force and speed – the better, more repeatable your results will be.

    5. Take the Pipette Straight out
    Always hold the pipette vertically, as holding the pipette at an angle or touching the sides of the container might alter the volume of the sample.

    6. Check the Tip Before Dispensing
    Gently remove any droplets from the outside of the tip, avoiding the tip opening, as absorbent material can draw sample out of the tip.

    7. Check the Tip After Dispensing
    Remove the tip after dispensing, while pressing the second stop of the plunger to avoid sample re-aspiration. Also, dispensing the sample with the tip touching the side of the container helps delivering any residual sample in the tip.

    8. Standard Mode Pipetting
    With aqueous samples, choose “standard” over “reverse” pipetting mode, as in reverse mode the pipette tends to deliver more than the calibrated volume.

    9. The Right Pipette
    The volume range in the pipette is everything. The closer it is to the volume of your sample, the more accurate your results will be.

    10. The Right Tip
    Make sure the tips are high quality with airtight seal to minimize pipetting force and are free of moulding defects. However, the most important thing to consider is that mismatched tips and pipettes can result in inaccuracy, imprecision, or both.

    11. Ambient Temperature Balance
    Try to reach a temperature balance between the liquid and the equipment. Working at a single, constant temperature improves overall precision, as it helps to minimise variations in air pressure, relative humidity and vapor pressure of the liquid.

    12. Keep Pipette Handling to a Minimum
    Always wear gloves when pipetting to reduce heat transfer, put it in the stand or set it on the bench when not in use and avoid handling pipette tips or containers of samples yet to be pipetted.

    Read the full article on our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/cms/cms.jsp?menu_id=34728

    Pipetting: Are you Doing it Wrong?
  7. IDS Go Wireless: No more Wet Feet in the Field
    20 August 2018

    The new waterproof bonding on the IDS probes is what makes them perfect for outdoor measurements and your greatest ally in the field. According to WTW, come July 2018, the new modules will be labelled with an IP 66 rating (hose-proof).

    One of the applications where these will prove to be more helpful is groundwater pumping testing. A classical pumping test includes the measurement of pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), and maybe Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP). The groundwater is pumped through a flow-through vessel equipped with the appropriate sensors which are connected to the meter(s) – any of the Multiline®IDS Portable Meters will do perfectly.

    What’s the big advantage?

    Ease of use, convenience, accurate results, no cables & no wet feet! When using tethered sensors, the operator would have to wait near the measuring spot until stable results were achieved – which can be hard sometimes, depending on the weather and field conditions. 

    Now, using the IDS probes there’s no need for that! The sensors communicate with the meter, via wireless, without any problems or cable hassle. Plus, the measured values can be read in real time from a dry shelter close by or even a car.

    Download the WTW IDS probes brochure, or check out the portable meters we have available on our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3549

    IDS Go Wireless: No more Wet Feet in the Field
  8. How Do You Communicate with Your Alicat Device?
    20 August 2018

    Alicat flow meters or pressure controllers output a large amount of data that can be useful in multiple ways. The most elementary way of communication would be through the LCD panel on the front of the device. Here you can choose to display different scientific parameters like: unit ID, absolute pressure, temperature, volumetric flow, mass flow, set point and gas type. 

    However more advanced communication features are also available like internet protocols, ethernet-based protocols, RS232, RS45, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, EtherCAT, and analog signals like 4-20mA, 0-10 volt, or 0-5 volt.

    Depending on your application it is important to choose the ideal form of communication and interaction with the instrument. According to Alicat, before deciding on which protocol to use, the customer needs to be mindful of the existing set up. “For example, a small laboratory starting from scratch interested in getting the experiment up and running quickly would be best served using RS232 connected to a computer. Even more simply, they could use the six buttons on the front panel, right out of the box. However, if a large factory is integrating an Alicat into a system with potentially hundreds of other existing devices on a common network, we can usually accommodate the protocol that allows the device to integrate into the factory’s system.”

    Supported Protocols:


    RS232 is the most feature-rich way to digitally communicate with 
    your Alicat devices, (through a standard DB9 cable);

    RS485 if you need to run a line for thousands of feet.

    Internet protocols, ethernet-based protocols, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, EtherCAT (to communicate with other equipment and/or networks);

    Analog signals like 4-20mA, 0-10 volt or 0-5 volt (to accommodate legacy systems);

    Alicat has engineered a multi-drop version of their communication language that allows up to 26 devices to talk on the same RS232 network in parallel. “By assigning each with a letter of the alphabet, the named instruments will only respond when they are addressed by their corresponding letter.” 

    Would you like to know more?

    You can read the full article from Alicat or check out the range of flow meters we have available on our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3528

    How Do You Communicate with Your Alicat Device?
  9. Nucleic Acid & Protein Quantitation in the Microplate Format
    20 August 2018

    Read about Nucleic Acid and Protein quantitation in the Microplate Format from the experts at BioTek, global leader in life science instrumentation.

    The quantitation of nucleic acids and protein are conventional measurements used in basic science and clinical research. In this application note from BioTek, you will learn about different assays for total protein or nucleic acids that can be performed in microplates.

    You will also see the main differences between tube-based instrumentation and microplate readers and how they relate to the assays.

    In the paper you can read, “These assays have used either absorbance or fluorescence as a mean to measure the analyte in question. Regardless of the method employed, laboratories requiring high throughput have often adapted the described protocol to a 96- and more recently a 384-well microplate-based format. These standardized formats, in conjunction with instrumentation capable of recording measurements from them, allow for the rapid determination of large numbers of samples.”

    Read the application note in full on our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3524

    Nucleic Acid & Protein Quantitation in the Microplate Format
  10. Think Possible with BioTek
    20 August 2018

    Lab Unlimited is pleased to show BioTek Instruments - global leader in life science instrumentation - as part of our product portfolio.

    BioTek adds their 50+ years expertise and know-how with a wide selection of high performance, cost-effective products ranging from Microplate Readers, Micro-Volume Plates, Microplate Washers and Microplate Imager & Reader Software. 

    Similar to Lab Unlimited, BioTek has the customer at the core of their mission, so they strive to develop fresh, original solutions that satisfy customer needs, even before the need is known.

    With systems and solutions that bring innovation and efficiency to your lab, we stand by the BioTek slogan: Think Possible. It’s the difference between leading and following.

    Check out our website for more information on the BioTek range of instrumentation we have available: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3518

    Think Possible with BioTek
  11. How to Take Care of Your New EXO Sonde?
    20 August 2018

    Your EXO multiparameter water quality sonde is very rugged and strong-built to withstand the harshest weather conditions, however, there are some recommended practices to keep your system functioning properly for years to come.

    What about Wear and Tear?

    Severe wear on any one part of the sonde's body can lead to water intrusion which can potentially lead to costly repairs and faulty data. One of the things you can do to prevent excessive damage is using a probe and sonde protective sleeve which protects the sonde's body and bulkhead. This combined with good maintenance practices and easy handling of the sonde - so they don't get beat up too much-, will keep the body and bulkhead tube in good shape.

    Mind Your Wetmate Connectors!

    The Wetmate connectors on the top of the battery compartment and in the bulkhead, and sensors have to be properly maintained. A very costly repair, these are mostly damaged by lack of lubricant in the sensor's wetmate and usually leads to a pin being galvanic oxided off the sensor. What can you do to prevent some of the issues? Never introduce any foreign objects into a female connector and only use only Krytox grease to lubricate the mating surfaces of the connectors. 

    Be Careful with Batteries!

    When a battery leaks acid it can lead to the loss of all the electronics and sensors in your sonde. Never store batteries in the sonde for an extended period and always check your batteries before each deployment. Please note that battery life is reduced in cold water applications and is heavily dependent on sensor configuration.

    When using alkaline batteries, the estimated battery life is approximately 90 days for EXO2, and 60 days for EXO3, at 20°C with a 15-minute logging interval, with temperature/conductivity, pH/ORP, Optical DO, turbidity, and Total Algae-PC sensors installed along with a central wiper.

    Also, keep in mind that when using rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, the estimated battery life is not always the same, as they vary in manufacturer capacity and discharge curves. YSI recommends a NiMH D-cell battery with a minimum rating of 10,000 milliamp hours, fully charged each time it is used.

    Do you have any questions about maintaining your sondes?

    Check out our website: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3516

    How to Take Care of Your New EXO Sonde?
  12. 10 Critical Facts about Carbon Monoxide
    13 August 2018

    The experts at Analox – leading company in custom gas detection solutions – have created a list of the top ten most essential facts about Carbon Monoxide (CO) that you must know.

    It is important to understand that CO is an odour & colourless gas that is found naturally in the atmosphere and that exists at around 0.2 parts per million (ppm), which is considered the safe level for humans. However, with the ever more intense industrial activity in the world, CO is reaching unsafe levels. 

    Show me the Facts!

    - At a concentration of 12,800 ppm, CO will cause someone to collapse, lose consciousness, and death is likely to occur in just one to three minutes

    - In 2015, 53 people died in the UK from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

    - Carbon monoxide is the most common type of indoor air poisoning, in countries where they still rely on fires to heat homes and cook food

    - The most common source of human-produced CO is formed during combustion, when there is not enough oxygen available to produce carbon dioxide

    - CO gets into the bloodstream and prevents it from carrying oxygen to the cells and vital organs of the body

    - CO is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it has no taste, no smell and you can’t see it

    - Open fires, boilers and cookers all produce carbon monoxide

    - Carbon monoxide leaves the body quickly, so taking immediate action such as turning off an appliance, opening windows and leaving the area in the case of a suspected leak could save your life.

    And a Bit of Trivia

    - Cats can sense a carbon monoxide leak and are known to refuse to come into the house – this is a good, but not to be relied upon, warning sign

    - The phrase, ‘canary in a coal mine’ came about because miners used to take birds into mines to act as a warning signal for dangerous gases like carbon monoxide

    Nowadays, many companies and organisations are making a great effort to monitor and control CO levels with a carbon monoxide gas detector. Browse our blog for more information: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3511

    10 Critical Facts about Carbon Monoxide
  13. Anglian Water Optimizes Water Treatment with THM Analyzer
    13 August 2018

    Parker Hannifin released an application note regarding how their Trihalomethane (THM) Analyzer was able to help Anglian Water - largest water company in England and Wales – to optimize their processes.

    In the paper, you can read how THM analysis can be quite costly and time consuming. It involves prepping the samples, sending them to the laboratory and waiting for the results. This approach means that the analysis data cannot be used for real time process control which can lead to harmful consequences in water safety. For companies and plants that are dealing with public water safety, such as Anglian Water, this called for a new strategy: the THM Analyzer.

    The THM Analyzer provides rapid measurement of THMs in water. It is a time and cost saving solution for a water plant or facility, as it ensures safe drinking water without tedious sample preparation, allowing the analysis to be made on-site and within 30 minutes.

    These features certainly appealed to Anglian Water when they started looking for an alternative to traditional THM analysis.

    So, as we can read in the application note, when Anglian Water decided to change its strategy regarding their water treatment and supply processes, they installed a THM Analyzer. With this new approach, the company managed to improve their sampling processes by making them more time and cost efficient.

    In the paper, you can also read what Mark Berry, Innovation Project Manager, at Anglian Water had to say regarding the The Parker THM Analyzer:

    “Using the Parker THM analyser we are now able to measure THM concentrations inhouse, and in less than 30 minutes. We are currently analysing over 20 samples a week and have found the system to be very easy to use. Aside from the potential cost-saving benefits, the much faster analysis capabilities provide scope for further improvements in operational efficiency.”

    Read the application in full and watch the video to see the THM in action on our blog:
    https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3501

    Anglian Water Optimizes Water Treatment with THM Analyzer
  14. Get Trihalomethane Measurements in 30 minutes
    13 August 2018

    The THM Analyzer is vital for drinking water safety and compliance. It can, in a matter of minutes, display the Trihalomethane concentration in water, thus making sure that the water is suitable and safe for drinking.

    Designed with the expertise from Water Industry end users and specialists, the Parker THM Analyzer is a cost effective approach to the monitorization of water disinfection by-products.

    Why is it SO Unique?

    The THM Analyzer performs a 30 minute analysis, without the need for tedious sample preparation, right at your plant or facility. With an integrated purge and trap gas chromatograph system, it will help to optimise water treatment, evaluate water age and ultimately improve your control over the formation of THMs.

    It also comes with a powerful software which provides better understanding and use of THM measurements and data analysis. The status panel operator interface is very intuitive and user-friendly. It displays measurement progress during an analysis cycle and then displays the measured concentration levels for individual and total THM.

    Also, Parker’s THM Analyzer is fully portable. Its rugged, light and compact design allows him to be easily moved and carried around (carrying case available).

    What's the difference between the On-line and the benchtop THM Analyzer?

    The on-line version does not require operator interaction. Once set up, regular sample analysis will occur automatically regardless of where the analyzer is installed.

    The Parker on-line THM Analyzer features a more robust enclosure to allow installation right at the process or distribution point of interest. Through SCADA interaction (Supervisory control and data acquisition) the operator can remotely, and safely, determine when and how often the analysis is performed.

    How does it Work?

    The THM analyser is quite simple to use and does not require any expensive and time consuming sample preparation or off-site analysis.
    Simply collect a sample and connect it to the analyzer sparging system. Push the start button to begin the measurement cycle and you will see the individual and total THM information displayed clearly on the touchscreen and laptop display. 

    Not only do you get access to the THM concentration information, but you will be able to view other analytical results as well. Such as measured concentration and detailed chromatography data which are automatically archived for future review. 
    You can also transfer the data to other software packages for more detailed trending analysis of THM information.

    This application note about Anglian Water and the Parker Hannifin’s fast drinking water analyzer is a great example of how the THM can help optimise water treatment.

    Does it suit my Application?

    The Trihalomethane Analyzer can be used in many places where THM water testing is key, e.g., Local Water Plants, Universities, Beverage Plants, amongst others.

    Check out our blog: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/p/5582/Trihalomethane-(THM)-%20Analyzer

    Get Trihalomethane Measurements in 30 minutes
  15. YSI’s 8 steps to Calibrate & Measure Ammonia ISEs in the Lab
    13 August 2018

    Are you required to calibrate & measure Ammonia ISEs in the Lab? According to YSI, there are 8 easy but sensitive steps you must follow, to obtain repeatable and reliable results.

    Step #1: Connect the ammonia electrode to a meter that has a BNC input and can show ion concentration directly. Also, make sure to set up the instrument to measure ammonia.

    Step #2: Connect a temperature sensor to the instrument. This is key as effective ion concentration measuring depends greatly on temperature. The standard solutions temperature as close as possible to the expected sample.

    Step #3: Prepare the standards. Standards should bracket the expected sample range. There should be a tenfold difference in concentration between the high and low standards. Make sure standards are in date and use a minimum of two standards. You can also use a third standard if there is more than a tenfold difference. 

    Step #4: Place the electrode in the lowest concentration standard and stir at a constant rate using a stir bar and stir plate. The stirring speed should be limited to minimize loss of ammonia gas. Use the same stirring rate when calibrating and measuring samples.

    Step #5: Add your ionic strength adjustor (ISA) to the standard and start calibration. Once the ISA is added, the solution should have a pale blue colour, indication the pH.
    Allow the solution to stir for 1 minute and begin calibration. This is a delicate and time sensitive process. Ammonia in the sample will no longer be sufficient 4 minutes after ISA is added, so after this time, a fresh standard will need to be prepared.

    Step #6: Calibrate with additional standards. 
    Once the instrument has accepted the first calibration point, finish calibrating using steps #4 and #5 for the remaining calibration points. Make sure to calibrate in order of increasing concentration.
    If calibrating with less than 7 standards, you can finish calibration process after calibration using the highest concentration standard.

    Step #7: Evaluate electrode slope on the calibration record. For highest accuracy, the ammonia electrode slope should be between -53 mV/decade and -65 mV/decade. If not, recalibration is required.

    Step #8: Recalibration is KEY! The ammonia electrode should be calibrated at the beginning of each day. Verify the calibration result every 2 hours by preparing a fresh low to mid-range standard, adding ISA, and verifying the reading. 

    Read the article on our blog: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3486

    YSI’s 8 steps to Calibrate & Measure Ammonia ISEs in the Lab
  16. New version of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Carl Stuart Group
    13 August 2018

    After successfully maintaining our ISO 9001 certification for over 20 years, we continue to evolve our systems in alignment with developments of this standard. Therefore, we are proud to say that the Carl Stuart Group have now been certified to the latest version of this standard: the ISO 9001:2015.

    What is different?

    According to ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, the biggest change from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 is its new structure. ISO 9001:2015 now follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards (known as the High-Level Structure), making it easier for companies like us to maintain two distinct management systems supporting our ISO 9001 & ISO 17025 accreditations. There is a new focus on the identification and mitigation of risks within our business, and equally so on opportunities that we are presented with. 

    Quality is at the heart of our operations, the re-certification process for the new standard has provided us with a more user-friendly QMS, with a deeper management input throughout OUR organisation. Achieving this new standard has allowed us the opportunity to review and streamline many of our existing process. It is helping to ensure our operations, services and knowledge management capabilities are fully aligned to the needs and expectations of our customers.

    Should you have any questions about the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard, check out our blog: https://www.labunlimited.co.uk/News-Article?articleid=3477

    New version of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Carl Stuart Group
  17. The Smart, Reusable Bottle for Cell Culture Media Preparation
    12 December 2016

    DURAN® TILT is designed for making work in biosafety cabinets and clean hoods safer and easier. The handling of traditional cell culture media bottles in biosafety cabinets and hoods is inconvenient and time-consuming. The innovative features of the DURAN® TILT bottle change everything. The TILT bottle has two positions: upright for filter sterilisation or storage, and tilted at 45° for pipetting. 

    DURAN® TILT Features:

    • The TILT bottle has a unique 45° tilt position for pipetting.
    • The innovative design enables both good aseptic and ergonomic practice.
    • The GL 56 mouth has a 100% larger area than the standard GL 45 mouth for easier pipetting.
    • It easily accommodates even the largest serological pipettes (100ml), and helps avoid contamination.
    • Ergonomically shaped GL 56 screw cap included, made from polypropylene
    • Vacuum resistant glass bottle for the safe filter sterilisation of media.
    • Space saving shape for fridge storage and warming media in a water bath
    • Low bottle height is practical for use in a biosafety cabinet.
    • Tilted volume indicators in both positions and on both sides
    • Manufactured from DURAN® borosilicate 3.3 glass
      • A tried and trusted material
      • Certified as non-cytotoxic (according to ISO 10993-5:2009)
      • DURAN® glass does not leach any organic molecules that might affect the culturing of cells
      • Borosilicate 3.3 glass for reusability and lower whole life costs.

    Find out more about the DURAN® TILT Cell Culture Flask 

    The Smart, Reusable Bottle for Cell Culture Media Preparation
  18. The All Weather Rotary Shaker
    7 November 2016

    Scientific Industries have developed the Rotator Genie™ as an ideal "All Weather" rotary shaker as it is designed for both cold room and incubator use.

    This laboratory mixer is designed to provide variable speed liquid mixing in a compact, durable and user-friendly unit. And the rotary shaker's compact footprint will fit into most incubators allowing for controlled environment mixing. 

    The Rotator Genie™ STANDARD has a durable thermoplastic platform that securely holds vessels with super stretch latex rubber strapping.

    While the Rotator Genie™ MAGNETIC has a unique spring clip plate system that is designed to securely hold a number of vessels of varying shapes simultaneously. Different Clip plates can be purchased to fit the sample container you are using.

    Both platforms are interchangeable on the Rotator Genie™ and together make this Lab Shaker the ideal instrument for mixing almost any kind of laboratory samples.

    For more information and to watch a video of the Rotator Genie in action visit our Rotator Genie promotion page

    But act fast as this promotion is only valid until 31/12/2016

    The All Weather Rotary Shaker
  19. Great savings to be made on the Colony Counter Scan® 100
    1 November 2016

    The Colony Counter Scan® 100 from Interscience is currently available complete with a Magnifying Lens on a flexible arm with an amazing 30% OFF

    That's Interscience Colony Counter Scan® 100 P/n 435.000 PLUS Interscinece Colony Counter Magnifying Lens P/n 435.001 for just £941.85

    This is a limited offer until 15th December 2016, so act fast before the stock is gone.

    Comfort and technology are paramount with the Colony Counter Scan® 100

    Scan® 100 is a high-tech colony counter remarkable for its user-friendly functions and great ergonomics, which allow accurate colony counting on all media used in microbiology (Petri dishes, Petrifi lmTM, fi ltration membrane).

    A LED lighting system gives a contrasting and clear view of the colonies. The integrated USB port allows easy export of the results to the software of your choice (PC and Mac) to guarantee traceability of the results.

    Advantages of the Colony Counter Scan® 100

    • All stainless steel, very robust
    • Long lasting white LEDs, adjustable intensity
    • Dark Field lighting
    • Ergonomic hand rest
    • Instant export of results via USB

     

    Find out more information on the Colony Counter Scan® 100 and watch the product video at www.labunlimited.com

    Great savings to be made on the Colony Counter Scan® 100
  20. The Folding Trolley that will make your Lab work easier
    21 October 2016

    The Clax Mobil Trolley is an essential Lab Trolley for every-day use. It is a versatile folding hand trolley that is light, easy to use and simple to store in the office, home or laboratory. 

    The 2-tier collapsible trolley with wheels folds flat for easy storage. It boasts an ergonomic handle with a simple push-button mechanism that enables effortless folding of the cart. It also includes a wheel brake, a lift-up top tray and safety strap to hold a collapsible crate in place. 

    This Clax folding trolley comes complete with a Clax collapsible crate that allows for maximum storage with minimum space. The spare folding crate fits perfectly on both the top or bottom level of the Clax trolley. All four sides of the crate are fully collapsible for easy transport and storage. The trolley can even be collapsed & stored with the cart attached. 

    This heavy duty folding trolley is very versatile and can be used in a number of ways. With a single button press the handle is adjustable to two different positions, and the top tray can be folded away so that there are no height restrictions on what you can transport. The swivel wheels make manoeuvring a breeze and the large back wheels can easily traverse small steps. 

    Visit the Clax Lab Folding Trolley Cart web page to view more information and to watch a video of the trolley in action!!

    Features:

    • Stable, multi-use trolley with parking brake
    • Push-button collapsing/unfolding
    • The perfect utility cart
    • Easy to fold away and store
    • Strap included for attaching folding crate
    • Sturdy build
    • Low cost
    • 2 year manufacturer warranty
    • Made in Germany

     

    Clax Trolley Load Capacity:
    Total: 60kg
    Upper shelf: 20kg
    Lower shelf: 40kg

    The Folding Trolley that will make your Lab work easier
  21. New Labware Catalogue Available
    16 September 2016

    Lab Unlimited's new Labware Catalogue has just arrived!

    With a great selection of the best Consumables and Instrumentation that every Lab needs, this Catalogue will be the perfect ally on all your purchases.

    Start stocking up on all your Lab Favourites and Must-Haves today, by requesting your FREE Copy of our Labware Catalogue and we will post one out to you the same day!

    Or if you just can't wait, you can download a PDF version of the Labware Catalogue to start viewing great value products right now!

    Below is a list of the product headings included in this special Labware Catalogue:

    • General Laboratory Consumables
    • Occupational Safety & Security
    • Analytical Measurement and Testing
    • Stirring, Shaking and Mixing
    • Sample Preparation
    • Distillation, Separation and Filtration
    • Heating and Cooling Technology
    • Liquid Handling
    • Vacuum Technology, Drying and Dry Storage
    • Optical Instruments and Microscopes
    • Cleaning
    • Environmental Analysis, Soil Analysis, Water Analysis and Food Analysis
    • Life Sciences
    • Chromatography
    New Labware Catalogue Available
  22. Top 5 factors for choosing the right disposable glove
    16 September 2016

    The HSE issued guidelines to help employers select the right type of protective glove for their particular situation.  They realise that considering all possible implications in the decision can be a daunting task, and so they have provided 5 main factors that all employers should consider when choosing the right type of protective glove:

    1. Identify the substances handled
    2. Identify all other hazards
    3. Consider the type and duration of contact
    4. Consider the user - size and comfort
    5. Consider the task

     

    Check out the full HSE guidelines Choosing the right gloves to protect skin to get the questions you need to answer before searching for the right type of disposable glove for you.

    At Lab Unlimited we know that each of the above factors can greatly influence the type of glove you need. And that's why we supply a wide range of disposable Nitrile Gloves to help you match the glove to your needs.

    Our nitrile gloves go through rigorous testing and are certified to conform to Standards: EN 420, EN 374 and EN 455 and offer CE Category III chemical resistance. They are also food grade gloves and so are suitable for those working in the food and drinks industry.

    Our disposable nitrile gloves come in sizes Extra Small to Extra Large and they can be as little as 9p per PAIR of gloves (ex VAT) with the ability to be even cheaper if multiple boxes are purchased at the same time, qualifying you for a bulk discount!

    Visit our dedicated page now to see more information on our exciting range of nitrile gloves.

    Top 5 factors for choosing the right disposable glove

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