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Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for Lab Innovations 2015

More than 100 industry leading suppliers have already booked stands for Lab Innovations 2015, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 4 & 5 November 2015. These suppliers have been quick to show support for the UK’s only show dedicated to the latest laboratory technology and consumables, analytics and biotech equipment.

Those registered for the show include an array of first time exhibitors, including Scientific Laboratory Supplies, Bambi Air Compressors, Falcon Scientific, Radleys, Ohaus and Zinsser Analytic. These will  join major returning names such as Anton Paar, Buchi UK, Mettler Toledo, Oxford Biosystems Cadama, Retsch UK, Sympatec and Vacuubrand.

Innovation will take centre stage, with numerous exhibitors using the show to launch new products and services to the laboratory market. For instance Asynt will be showcasing its Asynt CondenSyn, which is its new high performance air condenser. It is designed specifically for synthetic chemistry experiments and requires no cooling water. The robust design uses a new borosilicate glass manufacturing technique, together with a proprietary multiple hyperbolic profile, ensuring optimum heat removal as vapours pass along its length.

Bosch Packaging Technology will be presenting its Manesty Xpress 100, which is a compact and mobile rotary tablet press, designed for research, development and small clinical batches. Mounted on castors, it permits mobility throughout different laboratory rooms with its ‘plug and play’ capability. The optional data acquisition software provides the opportunity to evaluate new tablet formulations, whilst its range of flexible turret options ensures the production of clinical trial batches.

LabInnovationsLogoJune2015The QCL Scientific stand will feature two new products. It will be presenting its new FoodLab Touch range of benchtop analysers, which provide a fast, simple and reliable analysis of multiple parameters in a variety of food and beverage products. It will also be showcasing its Zeutec SpectraAlyzer 2.0, which is its latest range of benchtop NIR analysers, delivering cost effective measurements of major quality parameters in food, beverage and agricultural products. The range is easy to operate and features a touch screen interface, which is compact and robust, so it can be used close to the production line, in environments with fluctuating temperatures, vibration and dust.

Bibby Scientific will be using the show to highlight its range of benchtop equipment and lab products. It will be showcasing its Stuart range of heating blocks, which have been developed to provide the best possible solution for heating round bottom flasks. These will run alongside its ranges of electromantles, conductivity meters and spectrophotometers.

Spectronic Camspec will be displaying its analytical instruments including its Food Texture Analysers, UV/VIS Spectrophotometers, FTIR Spectrophotometers, Mercury Analysers, Polarimeters, Refractometers, Flame Photometers and its comprehensive range of Electrochemical instrumentation for all laboratories.

Industry leaders, Anton Paar, will be using the show to demonstrate its Abbemat, which is a digital refractometer, allowing fast and non-destructive refractive index measurements. Also on display will be its automatic Cleveland Open Cup (COC), a solution for investigating oxidation stability – RapidOxy and its Modular Compact Rheometer Series.

Katie Crocombe, Lab Innovations Event Manager comments: “We are pleased to have so many exhibitors already signed up for the 2015 show. With over 100 suppliers getting behind the show, we can feel the momentum really starting to build, even though we still have five months to go! We have more innovation on the show floor than ever; I would say we are going to be bursting at the seams when it comes time to open the doors.”

More than just an exhibition, Lab Innovations 2015 will boast a packed conference programme, with two theatres providing valuable, educational and inspirational content. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Campden BRI will once again both be running top flight conference programmes, with big name speakers to be unveiled closer to the show.

Lab Innovations 2015 will be held on the 4 & 5 November 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC. For more information please visit www.lab-innovations.com or to find out about exhibiting contact please contact Mauricio Montes on 020 8843 8829 or email mauricio.montes@easyfairs.com.

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Jump Ahead of the Competition with Accelerated Oxidative Stability Testing

A new accelerated stability testing service for oils, fats and finished products will provide invaluable support to the food industry, says Reading Scientific Services Ltd. Accelerated testing allows oxidative stability to be evaluated in a fraction of the standard time, so more stable products with longer shelf-life can be developed quicker.

The RSSL Lipids Team uses Rancimat and Oxipres equipment to study the oxidation of oils, fats and lipids in raw materials and finished products that leads to rancidity and off flavours in food over time. Conditions within the instruments are set to accelerate the oxidation process, therefore allowing evaluation of stability in a shorter timeframe. This can provide guidance to performance throughout shelf-life, as results can be interpreted to predict real-life behaviour.

The accelerated oxidative stability testing service will assist in product development by allowing a range of formulations to be quickly tested and narrowed down to the most promising, which can then be taken through real-time shelf-life testing using the bench chemistry techniques commonly used to assess oxidation. The accelerated testing can also be used to rapidly assess the impact of different processing conditions and product format on product stability.

A significantly shorter timeframe for developing products with the desired shelf-life provides numerous benefits to manufacturers: the route to market for new products is shortened, costs reduced and quality maintained.

RSSL’s new service launches at Nutraformulate in March.

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Mitsubishi Electric robot emulates intuitive human cake icing movements

Solving a long-standing automation problem in cake decoration has also produced a groundbreaking development that could be taken up across a whole range of other industries.

Quasar Automation wanted to create a system that can neatly apply icing or other embellishments to cakes regardless of irregularities and imperfections in the cakes’ surface.

To achieve this they have integrated a ceiling-mounted food safe robot from Mitsubishi Electric with a vision system and data processing software from Scorpion Vision.
Bob Hinchcliffe, Managing Director of Quasar in Ripon, North Yorkshire, explains that the project fulfils an existing need: “Cake decoration is mainly undertaken manually and is very skilful. It can be time-consuming and the final result is, of course, variable.”

The top of any cake is far from smooth; in fact each one is uniquely uneven.  When applying writing, such as Happy Birthday, or an image, the decorator intuitively adjusts to allow for the irregularities. Early attempts at automated icing effectively used 2D images, which distorted on the rough surface and rarely looked perfect.

Hinchcliffe goes on to say that Quasar specialises in automation for the food industry and in recent years has developed a growing interest in the potential of robots for food applications. He was recently invited to Mitsubishi’s UK headquarters where he was given a demonstration of a new robot range designed for the hygienic industries such as food manufacture.

The F-series robots are based on a revolutionary new mechanical design and can be floor, wall or ceiling mounted. They incorporate a powerful new controller and other high performance components, so can maintain high positioning accuracy and high speed movements.

All cabling is fully enclosed for total hygiene, including pneumatic tubing and an Ethernet connection for specialist functions.

Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric comments: “Food and Beverage producers are increasingly looking at robotic automation. To meet this emerging need the F-Series robots are designed to meet IP67, allowing easy cleaning of the arm, while food safe HG1 food grade grease is used for lubrication. For the ultra-hygienic pharmaceutical and medical sectors a cleanroom version meeting ISO 5 is available.”

Quasar decided to use the F-series robot, ceiling-mounted in a dedicated cell. Utilising the Ethernet cable, a machine vision camera is mounted on the robot and the first step of the operation is to scan the cake’s surface so that a 3D mapped image of all the irregularities is produced.

The vision system was developed with Scorpion Vision, whose Window-based software can be combined with Gigabit Ethernet digital industrial cameras and bespoke lighting. The Windows format is familiar to almost everyone, so the system is far easier to use than those based on proprietary software.

With the 3D mapping compiled, the 2D image or decoration is compared to it and adjusted for any surface irregularities. Although this represents a substantial amount of data process, it typically takes only about one second. From this data, the tracking path for the robot to apply the icing is calculated.

Hinchcliffe: “To ensure even application, the robot keeps the icing gun – or other tool – a precise height above the surface of the cake. It follows the major contours and also smaller local bumps, dips and discontinuities, so it is a very detailed profile of vertical movements.”
The automated system not only produces a consistent quality of product, it does it in a predictable time, so that production runs can be properly planned and scheduled.

While Quasar is largely focussed on applications in the food industry, Mitsubishi is taking a wider view, as Shinton explains. “What we have effectively done is replicate humans’ intuitive hand-eye coordination and ability to automatically compensate for variations, defects and discontinuities in real-time.

“This technology will transfer to a great many other applications, such as 3D glue-laying, coating of unusually shaped objects, and accurate working with organic objects.
“In fact, it is really only manufactured objects that are of regular size and shape, nearly everything else has a variable topography. So this new system could be useful in automating a great many currently manual processes.”

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Randox Food Diagnostics develops new generic Tetracyclines ELISA screening kit

UK-based Randox Food Diagnostics has developed a generic Tetracyclines ELISA screening kit, based on biochip array technology, which is designed for veterinary residue testing.

Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum polyketide antibiotic produced by the Streptomyces genus of Actinobacteria and is used for reducing bacterial infections across all food producing animals.

Randox Food Diagnostics will initially launch the ELISA for the honey market, followed by validations for meat, seafood and dairy products.

As tetracyclines are used in major markets including China, India and Mexico within apiculture, the company expects initial demand for the ELISA from these key regions.

The new kit will be launched by the end of this month and will complement the company’s existing multiplex arrays.

Randox Food Diagnostics business manager Aaron Tohill said that although biochip array technology is a trusted screening test for tetracyclines within the honey sector, both this market and others demand a lower volume solution.

“Reacting to that dynamic this new immunoassay-based kit provides a cost-effective screening solution for a wide variety of laboratories and we are pleased to add it to our growing array of products,” Tohill added.

“This new immunoassay-based kit provides a cost-effective screening solution for a wide variety of laboratories and we are pleased to add it to our growing array of products.”

Randox Food Diagnostics noted that this launch comes in the wake of the recent joint report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on antimicrobial resistance data among zoonotic and indicator bacteria in 2011, which showed high resistance to tetracyclines in Salmonella isolates from humans.

Over the past few years, regulators have been increasingly concerned about the development of a human antibiotic resistance through the food chain.

For instance, in 2010 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised producers that antibiotics should be used solely for disease control, phasing out growth promotion.

In 2011, the European Union (EU) initiated a major data study and with those findings now published it is clear that industry can expect further action, the company said.

Randox Food Diagnostics is an associate of Randox Laboratories and is responsible for the distribution of Randox drug residue kits, wine testing kits and analysers worldwide with several products designed for the food, wine and beverage industries.

Headquartered in Crumlin, UK, Randox Laboratories is engaged in the research and development, design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of clinical diagnostic products, offering biochip analysers and immunoassays, biochip molecular diagnostics, clinical chemistry analysers, and diagnostic reagents.

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Neogen develops simple tests for shellfish toxins

AYR, Scotland, 25, July 2013 — Neogen Europe Ltd. has added to its comprehensive range of tests for the seafood industry with the introduction of rapid tests to detect the toxins that cause amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP).

 

Neogen’s new Reveal® 2.0 for ASP detects ASP-causing toxins at a level of 20 parts per million (ppm), and Reveal 2.0 for DSP detects DSP-causing toxins at 160 parts per billion (ppb). Both are one-step rapid tests, and are compatible with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Union Commission permitted levels.  

 

Both new shellfish toxin tests offer easy extraction processes, meaning they are on-site field tests capable of being used on a boat, and are used with Neogen’s innovative AccuScan® Pro Reader that provides consistently accurate and reliable results.

“The combination of the new tests and test reader provide an unparalleled ease in achieving consistently accurate results when testing for these toxins,” said Neogen Europe’s Steve Chambers. “The AccuScan Pro Reader completely eliminates the variance in interpreting test results that can exist when only using a visual appraisal, especially with inexperienced testers. It also provides a very easy method of storing and analysing test results — which is becoming increasingly required as many nations move to reduce the risk posed by these shellfish toxins.”

 

Toxins that cause ASP are produced by toxigenic diatoms of the genus Pseudo-nitzschia, and primarily include domoic acid (DA). In addition to contamination of seafood, these marine biotoxins can result in human and marine wildlife mortality. The clinical toxicological effects attributed to DA can include: permanent loss of short-term memory, nausea, vomiting, headache, disorientation and loss of balance. Most countries have currently established a maximum permitted level of 20 mg DA per kg whole shellfish (20 ppm).

 

Toxins that cause DSP include the okadaic acid (OA) group of toxins. OA is produced by marine dinoflagellates such as Dinophysis, and has structural analogs referred to as the dinophysistoxins (DTXs). Clinical toxicological effects attributed to DSP following consumption of contaminated seafood includes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The established EU maximum permitted levels are 160 µg OA equivalents (OA, DTXs, pectenotoxins) per kg shellfish meat (160 ppb). FDA action limits are 160 µg (160 ppb) OA equivalents (OA, DTXs) in shellfish. Reveal 2.0 for DSP’s rapid screen is validated to detect OA, DTX1 and DTX2. Due to industry regulations, Neogen can provide an additional validated extraction for the detection of DTX3 in shellfish samples.

 

Neogen Europe Ltd., the European subsidiary of Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG), is a high technology business dedicated to the development and marketing of novel diagnostic kits. These kits focus on topical concerns about the quality and safety of food and agricultural products, from the quality of seed that goes into the ground, right through the chain to the safety of fully processed food products. Neogen Europe was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for international trade and development, one of the highest awards bestowed on a UK company.

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LABCELL INTRODUCES AQUALAB PRE, AN ENTRY LEVEL WATER ACTIVITY ANALYSER

Labcell is introducing the new Decagon Devices AquaLab Pre water activity analyser, an entry-level instrument that costs substantially less than the high-end AquaLab Series 4TE yet delivers higher performance than the pocket-sized Pawkit water activity meter. This fast, accurate and affordable instrument will create new opportunities for companies in the food industry that have previously been unable to justify the purchase of a water activity analyser.

The new instrument will be useful throughout the food industry supply chain for quality assurance checks on ingredients and production, as well as in the development of new products and packaging. Because it is so easy to operate, clean and calibrate, the AquaLab Pre can be used by operatives with only minimal training.

In common with the higher-specification AquaLab Series 4TE, the AquaLab Pre uses chilled mirror dewpoint technology to make fast, accurate measurements. Readings are obtained in five minutes or less, and the accuracy is +/-0.01 aw over the full measurement range of 0.05 to 1.00 aw. The sample temperature is maintained at 25 degrees C, so users can be confident of achieving consist results. Measured values are indicated on an integral two-line alphanumeric display, and data can also be output to a PC and/or printer for storage and subsequent analysis.

Labcell is the sole distributor for Decagon Devices in the UK and Ireland, and demonstration instruments are available for customers interested in seeing the new AquaLab Pre water activity analyser. For more information about this and other laboratory instruments for applications in the food industry, visit www.labcell.com, email mail@labcell.com or telephone +44 (0)1420 568150.

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Labcell Introduces Innovative Dip-style Digital Refractometer

Labcell is adding the Atago Pen Pro dip-style digital refractometer to its range of instrumentation for the food and drink industries. This high-quality, fast and accurate instrument is believed to be unique in that it can be dipped into vessels without product samples having to be removed for testing. In non-homogeneous products, the mix can be stirred with the ‘pen’ refractometer until the reading stabilises on the integral display.

Very easy to use, the Pen Pro refractometer generates readings in around 2 seconds and, because readings are continuous, any inhomogeneity can be readily identified. The measurement range is 0.0 to 85.0% Brix with an accuracy of +/-0.2%. Temperature-compensated Brix measurements can be made in any liquids, sauces or pastes with temperatures of 10-100 degrees C.

Because the entire instrument is waterproof, it can be simply rinsed under the tap before the next reading is taken. A further useful feature is the patent-pending ELI (External Light Interference) technology that provides a simple warning if ambient light might interfere with the reading – in which case, the instrument can simply be shielded by hand.

The Atago Pen Pro digital refractometer is available for rapid delivery from Labcell, complete with a calibration certificate if requested. A data sheet can be downloaded directly from the Labcell website at www.labcell.com or contact the company with specific enquiries by telephone on +44 (0)1420 568150 or email mail@labcell.com.

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LABCELL INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE DIP-STYLE DIGITAL REFRACTOMETER

Labcell is adding the Atago Pen Pro dip-style digital refractometer to its range of instrumentation for the food and drink industries.

This high-quality, fast and accurate instrument is believed to be unique in that it can be dipped into vessels without product samples having to be removed for testing. In non-homogeneous products, the mix can be stirred with the ‘pen’ refractometer until the reading stabilises on the integral display.

Very easy to use, the Pen Pro refractometer generates readings in around 2 seconds and, because readings are continuous, any inhomogeneity can be readily identified. The measurement range is 0.0 to 85.0% Brix with an accuracy of +/-0.2%.

Temperature-compensated Brix measurements can be made in any liquids, sauces or pastes with temperatures of 10-100 degrees C.

Because the entire instrument is waterproof, it can be simply rinsed under the tap before the next reading is taken. A further useful feature is the patent-pending ELI (External Light Interference) technology that provides a simple warning if ambient light might interfere with the reading – in which case, the instrument can simply be shielded by hand.

The Atago Pen Pro digital refractometer is available for rapid delivery from Labcell, complete with a calibration certificate if requested. A data sheet can be downloaded directly from the Labcell website at www.labcell.com or contact the company with specific enquiries by telephone on +44 (0)1420 568150 or email mail@labcell.com.

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Vitiva announces opening of Analytical Services

Vitiva, Slovenia, opens Vitiva Analytical Services to offer analytical, applications and R&D services. The new service is part of Vitiva’s recently inaugurated New Innovation Center.

Product and ingredient system analysis, consulting, development and optimization services will be available at competitive rates to the pharmaceutical, food, beverage, feed, pet food and cosmetic industries.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality services, bringing clients accurate results in time, with expert consulting by highly qualified staff,” explains Ohad Cohen, CEO of Vitiva.

“The reliability and accuracy of produced data help our customers make critical decisions on risks, and meet their increasingly stringent quality and safety high standards—and the demands of regulatory authorities—around the world. Vitiva Analytical Services will act as a partner to its clients by assisting them in finding the most cost-effective, top-quality service to meet their needs.”

Product and ingredient system manufacturers can turn to Vitiva Analytical Services for:

ANALYTICAL SERVICE
? Analyses execution (HPLC with UV and EC detection; GC-FID with headspace and liquid sampling; spectrophotometry; Karl Fisher moisture analysis; densitometry; Rancimat, titration; and more).
? Analytical methods development and validation for food and pharmaceutical industry.
? Stability execution for food, pharmaceutical and other industries.

CONSULTING SERVICE
? EU Food legislation.
? Quality (ISO 9001:2008), food (IFS, BRC) and feed (FAMI-QS) safety standards implementation.
? Active substance master files preparation for herbal API, and more.

DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMISATION
? Product development and optimisation.
? Application development and optimisation.
Customised services and analysis also are available.

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NEW SHORT FORM CATALOGUE OF WATER ACTIVITY INSTRUMENTS

Labcell is offering a new short form catalogue for the Decagon Devices AquaLab series of water activity instruments. This eight-page, full-colour guide includes a useful chart showing the relationship between water activity levels and the growth of microorganisms in food.

Water activity can influence the shelf life, odour, colour, flavour or texture of various products, so is of major interest to companies in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. As well as having an important role to play in the quality assurance of ingredients and manufactured products, water activity is also invaluable in the research and development of both products and packaging.

The new short form catalogue presents the latest AquaLab instruments, including the AquaLab 4TE, AquaLab 4TEV and AquaLab DUO, the latter of which measures both water activity and moisture content. It also contains information about the AquaLab VSA high-resolution vapour sorption analyser, and the portable AquaLab Lite and Pawkit water activity meters.

For each instrument in the catalogue there is a QR code that readers can scan with a mobile phone or tablet computer to access more detailed information online.

Labcell has a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to water activity and can advise on instrument selection and applications. In addition, Labcell offers a moisture sorption isotherm generation service for those customers who need this data but do not wish to purchase their own analyser.

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