Rich Manzari, product manager at New Brunswick Scientific, reports that the Innova 40 and 40R incubated/refrigerated benchtop shakers and the Innova 43 and 43R floorstanding incubated shakers will soon be available. These models complement the Innova 44 and 44R Stacking incubated shakers.
A key feature of the new Innova series is intuitive programming, which enables multiple parameter changes, including temperature, speed, photosynthetic lights, and UV light decontamination.
There are four programs of 15 steps each on a large display that is visible throughout the laboratory. All are easily changed on a timed basis, making them well suited for heat inductions or temperature reductions to slow growth, eliminating unnecessary trips back to the lab, according to Manzari.
"Researchers can program the system automatically to make changes in temperature, speed, and other parameters, instead of coming in on weekends to change it."
AutoGen's (www.autogen.com) new shaking incubator, the AutoIncubator 96, can incubate and shake up to 16 of AutoGen's tube units to prepare 96 samples at a time, says Jill Podzka, sales specialist.
"This new system is appropriate for bacterial cultures and enzyme reactions, such as Proteinase K digestion. Now researchers can further simplify their pre-DNA extraction process by preparing their samples with the AutoIncubator 96 and then placing the company's 6-hole tube units directly onto one of its medium throughput DNA extraction systems."
The iEMS Incubator/Shaker from Thermo Electron (www. thermo.com) is a high-performance 96-well plate incubator and orbital shaker designed for demanding microplate EIA assays requiring temperatures of up to 40C. It can handle up to nine 96-well plates and fit into a small bench space in medium-sized laboratories.
A high-performance microplate incubator and orbital shaker, the iEMS Incubator/Shaker offers temperature control and orbital shaking capabilities that help to reduce incubation times. Features include temperature uniformity across the plate, efficient orbital shaking, sensitivity and specificity for EIA assays, and capacity up to nine microplates.
The iEMS Incubator/Shaker uses an individual thermal microplate holder designed for ease of use and uniform heating of each microplate. Temperature variation is less than 0.3C across the microplate. To eliminate temperature gradients and edge effects, microplates are evenly heated from all sides to ensure assay reproducibility.
A powerful variable-speed orbital shaker facilitates effective mixing. Featuring an orbit of 0.1 mm and speeds from 400 to 1,400, in 250 rpm increments, the shaker motion ensures efficient mixing of even very viscous liquids.
In today's laboratory, small is beautiful, according to Steve Mitchell, president of Appropriate Technical Resources (ATR; www. atrbiotech. com). The company has taken its Infors Multitron line of shaking incubators and optimized it for specific applications.
The products have optional refrigeration, CO2, and humidity controls for small sample sizes in high throughput applications. Other features include a front-loading pullout platform, stainless steel interior panels, a panoramic front window, an inspection light, and a patented drive system for uniform motion and quiet operation without vibration, notes Mitchell.
ATR also offers the Ecotron personal shaking incubator. This new addition takes the equipment out of the common area and puts it directly on the benchtop, continues Mitchell.
"Sample sizes are smaller, though sample volumes are increasing. That's the nature of high throughput screening."