Labconco Newshttp://www.labconco.com/newsLabconco periodic e-news featuring helpful tips, application information and new product announcementsen-usWed, 18 Oct 2017 06:13:53 6OctCDT-6:00Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:13:53 6OctCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/rssCMC3 RSS Generatorcontact@labconco.com ()webmaster@labconco.com (Web Master)<![CDATA[Cart for the Cure: Survivor Stories]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure-survivor-stories Nearly everyone has been impacted by cancer whether directly through a diagnosis or indirectly through a loved one’s diagnosis. That’s why Labconco hosts our Cart for the Cure promotion and fundraiser every fall. Externally, we offer our Portable Table in the official breast cancer awareness pink at a discounted price and participate in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Internally, we hold raffles and a charity lunch. Proceeds from these events go to St. Luke’s Foundation to fund research and provide free mammograms to those who can’t afford them.

The cause hits particularly close to home for some of us, but none as much as our very own Denise York and Wilma Dean. Both of these women work in our Kansas City office and are breast cancer survivors. Denise was diagnosed in June 2014; Wilma in 2007 and again in January 2015.

Both women are shining examples of the importance of organizations like St. Luke’s Foundation.

Cart for the Cure could save a life: Join the fight.

Denise found out she had cancer through a mammogram. “That’s why mammograms are so important,” she says. “I was definitely caught off guard. I’ve gone faithfully every year since I was 40 and the year before everything was fine.” After the mammogram, the doctor called her back in for more tests and eventually two surgeries to get clear margins, then chemotherapy and radiation. Despite the tumor being relatively small, “It all went pretty quick. They didn’t wait long,” Denise says.

Wilma’s story has a twist in that she has two cancer stories. “The first time, I knew it before I ever had my mammogram. From what I saw in the mirror and my mom had breast cancer. I saw it in October and had my annual mammogram scheduled for November so I just waited for that,” Wilma says. “The second time, what they saw on the mammogram was so tiny that they weren’t even sure what it was.”

The stories vary but the message is constant, early detection is key and mammograms are the first line of defense. Wilma explains how she was surprised the second time because she was on the AI inhibitor after the first diagnosis. “I was naïve enough to think that if you do chemo, that’s it [you won’t get it again], and that’s not the case.”

Both women credit their families and the people they work with for helping them to keep their spirits up during treatment. For Denise, it was how open and sympathetic people were, always asking her how she was doing. “I don’t think I went a day without someone asking how I was doing,” she says. She also talked to Wilma a lot because she’s had it. “You lean on each other for moral support.”

For Wilma, it was the understanding, humor and less attention. “I had a red wig and some hats and scarves. A coworker gave me different names based on my look that day. People didn’t come up and ask how I was doing every day, that would have bothered me to have people worrying about me. Everyone handled it really well.”

Though opposite in responses, both fit in with the culture of Labconco. Knowing how to best approach each person. We think of ourselves as a family and treat each other as such. Cart for the Cure blends right in with that culture.

Both women agree the people that buy the cart to support the cause are wonderful. And they’re thankful Labconco supports this. “I appreciate [Labconco running the Cart for the Cure promotion]. It’s a double positive that people who buy our carts may be doing research on breast cancer or associated with healthcare and cancer treatment,” Wilma explains.

Denise credits Diane Williamson, who got this all going. “Here’s someone who hasn’t had breast cancer leading up this great program and getting people involved.” The cart not only gets awareness out there but it can become a talking point if someone asks why the cart is pink. It helps to open a dialog about cancer and raise awareness.

“To those thinking of purchasing a cart, I say do it! Support it. Support us and what we do as a company for breast cancer. Support all the women out there who have survived breast cancer and in memory of those who have died from breast cancer. I went to my first Susan G. Komen [race] and I was floored at how many women had breast cancer. I didn’t realize what an epidemic it is. That day was a prideful day for me. It makes you feel good to know you’re not alone in the fight,” Denise explains.

Cart for the Cure “helps raise money that goes to St. Luke’s to provide free mammograms for women in need which is an incredibly important step in early detection,” Wilma says. Treatment has progressed so much since her mother had it in 1980, and it will continue to get better as more money is given to research.

Join Labconco in the fight...

with a Cart for the Cure, and help other women join Denise and Wilma in proclaiming, “I survived.”

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<![CDATA[Press Release: Smarter, more reliable protection for your samples]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/smarter-more-reliable-protection-for-your-sample Lyo-Works™ OS powers new FreeZone® Freeze Dryers

For release: September 19, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – You can trust Labconco freeze dryers to be reliable. Some of them have been hard at work in labs around the world for more than forty years. You can trust the newest FreeZone® Freeze Dryer to be smart, too. It helps you optimize sample quality with Lyo-Works™ OS. The Lyo-Works operating system handles all of your lyophilization programs and data.

Natural laws govern the sublimation process. But new freeze dryer controls make lab lyophilization quicker and more reliable.

Stay connected

Your samples are valuable, and so is your time. Since lyophilization can take days, it’s reassuring to know the status of your sample when you’re not in the lab.

Lyo-Works can email your run status at programmed time intervals. So you’ll get an email alert if anything goes wrong, and with End-Zone™ end point detection, get an alert when your samples are finished. Staying informed equals peace of mind.

Vacuum pump protection

If your vacuum pump fails, it can be expensive. Pump maintenance can be a pain. The FreeZone protects your pump with its auto start-up, vacuum break valve, and patented drain line sensor.

Auto mode won’t start your pump until the collector is cold enough to protect your vacuum pump. And to prevent dry pump damage and oil mist in the lab, your pump will automatically shut down if it doesn’t reach 5 mbar of vacuum within 30 minutes of startup.

The patented drain line sensor detects moisture before it can damage your pump. And in the event of a power failure, the vacuum break valve saves samples that haven’t melted. It also protects the pump by not allowing the vacuum to restart on samples that have suffered melt back.

Data collection & visualization

Lyo-Works on-board storage lets you monitor and store your samples’ conditions. So you can prove sample integrity without connecting a PC or special accessory. Real time on-screen tables and graphs clearly show the variables affecting your samples. Access vacuum and temperature data with a touch of its screen. And transfer data easily with the built in Ethernet or USB port.

Plug-and-Play accessories

Freeze dryers can last for decades, but your samples and science change. FreeZone Freeze Dryers can change when your science changes, just switch out an accessory or two.

All temperature controlled drying accessories can be operated from the FreeZone’s touch screen display. For samples in flasks, add the End-Zone for end point detection and eliminate the risk of ending a run too soon. You won’t waste energy and time by running your equipment far too long, and still feeling unsure.

Test drive Lyo-Works at labconco.com/lyo-works, and try the Lab Evaporation Scout for help finding the right FreeZone for your samples. 

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<![CDATA[Press Release: New safety benchmark for full-view fume hoods, redesigned Protector ClassMate]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/press-release-new-safety-benchmark-for-full-view For release: July 10, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Labconco has just released the newly redesigned Protector® ClassMate® chemical fume hood. The new design is the first full view fume hood that meets the SEFA definition of a high performance hood. This means it has been ASHRAE 110 containment tested with the sash fully open (28” above the work surface) at a 60 feet per minute (fpm) face velocity, and there was less than an average of 0.05 ppm of the Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) tracer gas detected. In fact, the test reports show the new ClassMate exceeded those requirements, and show an average of 0.00 ppm of detected SF6!

The ClassMate’s mostly glass construction allows instructors to keep an eye on their pupils’ safety during class, and the high performance rating gives them extra confidence that the hood will prevent contaminants from entering the breathing zone.

The new ClassMate is available with up to eight service fixtures and two electrical duplexes, allowing further customization with easy access to all accessories. Service fixtures can be plumbed from above or below the newly redesigned hood. It can be ordered with either a vertical-rising sash, or a combination sash, and its LED lighting requires only half the wattage of a typical fluorescent light bulb, and provides three times the rated lifetime. 

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<![CDATA[People at Labconco: 5th Annual Wreath Ride at Fort Scott Cemetery]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-people-5th-annual-wreath-ride 125 motorcycles circled the Fort Scott Cemetery. On that warm Saturday in August, their annual mission had only begun. Associates at Labconco's Fort Scott plant have been involved with the national nonprofit organization Wreaths Across America (WAA) for years. They take WAA's mission to remember, honor and teach personally.

People at Labconco play a big part, and Labconco is a sponsor of the event. But it's not just us. People from all over our community and the region come together to make it happen. The Wreath Riders organized their annual motorcycle ride to raise funds needed to honor Fort Scott's veterans. The final stage of their event will come months later. The memorial ceremony, when they adorn the veterans' headstones with a fresh balsam wreath, will be held in mid-December.

Kevin Wagner, Labconco Manufacturing Engineer, is close to the heart of the Fort Scott Wreath Ride operation. "We're hoping weather will allow us to escort the tractor-trailer carrying the wreaths into Fort Scott with the motorcycles leading the way." The informal parade will announce to the town that their loved ones are being honored. 

"Proceeds from the Wreath Ride and sponsorships allowed us to purchase 2,053 wreaths as of right now," Kevin said. "We're still taking donations and selling wreaths for specific grave requests up to the week of Thanksgiving. We need about 6,000 to completely cover Fort Scott National Cemetery." The Wreath Riders have been selling shirts to support their cause. "We've almost sold out of shirts and had to take orders for later this week."

Riders at Fort Scott Cemetery for 5th Annual WAA Wreath Ride

Last year, the Wreath Ride consisted of 184 motorcycles. They raised enough money to sponsor 3,600 wreaths and adorned more than half of the 5,600 headstones at Fort Scott Cemetery.

“The Wreath Ride started as an effort to raise awareness for our mission, and has grown into one of the biggest events of the year in our community,” said Kevin Wagner. “Every year, we are able to sponsor more wreaths than the last. Our goal this year is to raise enough money to honor every veteran buried here.” And our Wreath Riders aren't finished yet. "We're contemplating having a 5K run and walk in October," Kevin added. 

All proceeds from the event go toward wreath sponsorships. Every $15 donated sponsors one wreath that will be placed at Fort Scott Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day.

“Each donation is a meaningful gift from a Wreath Ride participant or supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of WAA. “We are so grateful to the community of Fort Scott for hosting this event and for continuing to spread our mission.”

For more information about the 5th Annual Wreath Ride, or to help out:

Visit FortScottWreathRide.com

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. 

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

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<![CDATA[Press Release: Cart for the Cure™ & Breast Cancer Awareness]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/press-release-cart-for-the-cure P R E S S     R E L E A S E

For release: August 30, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – When we realized how dedicated our associates are to fighting breast cancer, Labconco wanted to do something to support their efforts. Cart for the Cure™ is our answer.

Since 2011, people at Labconco have been organizing to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They run together. They bring their families. They recruit friends, spread the word, give time and money. They hand out water to thirsty racers at Labconco's water station. 

They don't mind breaking a sweat to make a difference. 

Cart for the Cure funds mammograms for women who cannot afford them. It's a bright Breast Cancer Awareness Pink version of the Portable Table, our most popular laboratory cart. We sell them at a $100 discount and give $50 to the Saint Luke's Foundation for each one sold. 

The sale runs from September 1 through November 30. A three month time frame with Breast Cancer Awareness Month right in the middle. But we'll donate $50 for each one any time of year. 

Get Your Cart for the Cure

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<![CDATA[Video: How to Choose the Right Freeze Dryer]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/video-how-to-choose-the-right-freeze-dryer If your freeze dryer has been ruining samples, breaking down, or just generally requires a lot of baby sitting, it may be time to look into updating it. Our “Linda the Lab Manager: How to Choose the Right Freeze Dryer” video will guide you to the right choice.

The Basics

Picking a new freeze dryer requires some fore-knowledge of what you need. Knowing the eutectic temperature (freezing point) of your sample helps you pick the temperature capability of the freeze dryer you will need.

The volume of your samples dictates how large the lyophilizer should be. Small units that sit on your benchtop or console style units that rest on the floor are available in many sizes. It’s important to know what chemicals your samples will contain as well; any corrosive material will require a PTFE coated collector, and special considerations about your vacuum pump. Wouldn’t want your samples rusting out your new freeze drying equipment!

Other Variables

Depending on the samples, bulk tray dryers, clear chambers, and other drying accessories will be necessary to reach your desired result. Vials, flasks, and many other kinds of glassware can be attached to a lyophilizer for your freeze-drying process; you'll need to know which one is optimum for your sample type. The chemical makeup and material state of your samples, along with your desired level of maintenance, will determine the type of vacuum pump you’ll need.

Finally, be aware of the new features made possible by advances in freeze drying technology, such as touch-screen interfaces, defrost features, automated data collection, and end-point detection.

Find Out More

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<![CDATA[June Truelove “Voice of Labconco” Retiring]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/june-truelove-voice-of-labconco-retiring Unlike most businesses these days, you still hear a live voice on the other end when you call Labconco. For the past 32 years, that voice has been June Truelove. It’s unmistakable. Dial up Labconco, and a cheery British accent greets you. If you call in more than once, she’ll recognize your voice and likely call you “Dear.”

The same is true in the office. There’s an instant connection when you first meet June and it never goes away. She’s the real deal. Funny, not afraid to speak her mind, self-deprecating. Beloved.

Shirley and June at Labconco Ladies Night in 2011

We all have a favorite story about June. Mine goes back 30 years when she and I took sailing lessons together. Since neither of us is particularly athletic, we found ourselves in one predicament after the other including ending up in the lake while the boat "turtled" sail facing downward. Imagine Lucy and Ethel with June playing the role of Lucy, of course.

What I remember most is the laughter.

So as news spread around the office that June was planning to retire on August 15, there was a collective feeling of losing a family member or close friend. No one exemplifies the Labconco brand of caring about our customers and people more than June. She has been our touchstone to show us the way.

We’ll miss her terribly.

At the same time, we are thrilled for her. A new adventure awaits. She’s headed to Alaska to live near her daughter Kim and son-in-law Bret.

June has always had a love of animals—especially her dogs—and flower gardens. We take solace knowing she’ll be surrounded by nature. And she’ll no doubt have plenty of visitors from Kansas City.

Please join me in wishing June all the happiness the world can offer and thanking her for being the Voice of Labconco. She is one of a kind. Unforgettable. 

Find out more about why Labconco is "More Than a Business"
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<![CDATA[Press Release: New FreeZone® Freeze Dryers come with peace of mind, built-in]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/press-release-new-freezone-freeze-dryers P R E S S     R E L E A S E

For release: July 1, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Lyophilizing (or freeze drying) samples is a common laboratory practice, but that doesn’t mean the equipment it requires should be ordinary. At Labconco, we’ve been committed to manufacturing our line of quality FreeZone® Freeze Dryers since 1974. This year, we’ve taken that commitment a step further, redesigning our freeze dryer line to incorporate unique features focused on bringing utility and peace of mind to the people behind the process. 

“My main attention in this new product development was to consider the way people use the equipment—specifically, what they needed the new lyophilizers to do that the old design simply wasn’t doing,” said Kelly Williams, a veteran Labconco Product Manager. 

The new design is focused on flexibility, device connectivity, and sample integrity, Williams said. The culmination? Lyo-Works™ OS, a robust, 5" color touch screen display built to empower scientists and researchers by providing the following: 

  • On-board collection of sample data with real-time graphing, including collector temperature, vacuum level, and drying accessory parameters.
  • Sample data that can be quickly exported via USB or Ethernet.
  • Plug and play control of drying accessories with many new accessories that are specific for sample types.
  • Security settings that protect parameters from being changed.
  • Smartphone-compatible e-mail notifications that offer updates about sample status and system alerts.

“We knew that customers wanted to know the conditions of their samples without having to be in the room with the freeze dryer. Being able to easily gather data points from a run as it was happening was another key focus for us,” Williams said. 

In addition to Lyo-Works OS, each freeze dryer also features automatic controls that protect samples and vacuum pumps—one more way to provide peace of mind to end users.  A vacuum break valve helps protect the integrity of samples in case the vacuum pump or freeze dryer shut off unexpectedly. The valve bleeds air into the unit, which automatically restarts the refrigeration and vacuum systems after outages of less than five minutes. 

The moisture sensor prevents refrigeration or vacuum from starting if moisture is detected in the collector chamber area preventing damage to the vacuum pump. The vacuum alert with auto shut down eliminates the chance of creating a large oil mist or of the vacuum pump running dry in the event of a large vacuum leak. 

FreeZone® Freeze Dryers are available in benchtop and mobile console models and come in a variety of capacities, ranging from 2.5L to 18L with collector temperatures of -50°C, -84°C, and -105°C. For end users working with corrosive compounds, PTFE-coated collectors are available for each size. 

The revamped FreeZone line also includes many new accessories, including the Scroll Vacuum Pump with available silencer and the FreeZone Cart, which can support benchtop freeze dryers or other equipment up to 450 pounds. In addition, there are a host of tray dryers, shelves, manifolds, and flask options to meet a variety of lyophilization needs. 

Test drive Lyo-Works OS yourself at labconco.com/lyo-works

Need assistance determining which freeze dry configuration is most suitable for your application? Contact Labconco at 800-821-5525. 

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<![CDATA[Michael Flanagin: A day in the life of a Labconco Representative]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/michael-flanagin-a-day-in-the-life We checked in with Michael Flanagin, the Labconco Representative for the northern central region, to better understand a day in the shoes of a Labconco Representative. Many of our representatives work outside the office across the United States or across the globe. Michael is in Chicago, a short flight from our Kansas City home base.

Although no day is the same, his morning starts with a phone call or a web request, which is the initial introduction followed by Michael placing a face-to-face meeting. Michael tries to meet with at least three different clients face to face every day. These meetings could be as short as 15 minutes or could last for as long as it takes to answer laboratory planning and equipment questions for any size of group, which might take hours. Michael says, “I want to learn as much as I can about the laboratory’s current projects, architecture, the lay-out of their labs, and especially their biggest pain points we can try to address.”

“The process of developing a laboratory equipment solution from start to finish can take anywhere from three months to 24 months,” Michael stated, “so you often don’t get things done in one meeting or even two. It can take months or even years of work.”

Over lunch, he usually stops at his second office – Panera – where he turns their free wi-fi and bottomless coffee into intelligent answers to the onslaught of emails he receives every day.

In the afternoon, he follows up on new calls for help. If a customer is looking for a specific piece of equipment, he inquires if they have a favored equipment distributor. Then he gets skilled partners at that distributor involved and hands it off to them to take care of the final details to get the equipment delivered. Often times he follows up a week or so later to see if his clients need anything else.  

Michael wears many hats from presiding over Type C1 Axiom Lunch-and-Learn sessions to joint-training sessions with dealer representatives, along with the occasional visit to ongoing or recently completed projects.

One of Michael’s favorite things about his position is being on the frontline for Labconco. He loves being in the labs and working with the scientists and researchers; getting to know their needs and supplying solutions. “I believe these labs are doing work that will change lives every day,” Michael says. “One lab is making 3-D antigens that will be able to detect breast cancer when injected. That’s world-changing work and it is being done in our equipment.” 

You can contact Michael (or the representative for your area) when you need expert laboratory equipment and planning help. 

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<![CDATA[Meet Labconco's International Team]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/international-team Our international team is an exceptionally eclectic and dedicated group, and we’re proud to have them in our Labconco family. Led by International Sales Manager Nathan Ladd (second from bottom left) and International Operations Manager Aide McLaughlin (top right), team members work with our international network of distributors throughout 138 countries to provide the documentation and support necessary to ensure orders are shipped promptly and correctly.

“Some territories are more complex than others in terms of export requirements,” Aide says. “We also handle letters of credit, which are forms of payment, and produce a number of other types of documentation based on shipping locations. We hear all the time that our forwarders appreciate our consistent, clear and well-presented documentation.”

Collectively, the team is proficient in Italian, Russian, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese. They work together seamlessly, dividing their time between our home office in Kansas City and their respective locations around the globe. Each member plays an integral role, bringing unique skills and significant professional experience to the group. Each regional sales manager, for example, has been working in laboratory equipment sales for at least 10 years.

While they work together as a cohesive unit, individual personalities shine through all the same. Kevin Conley, Senior International Support Specialist (second from bottom right), for example, collects currency from various countries and displays them on his cubicle wall (see photo). Alex Reymar, International Support Specialist (second from top right), travels for pleasure as often as his schedule allows and has visited 49 states and 31 countries—so far.

When the regional sales managers visit our office for training sessions or meetings, the international team enjoys going out to lunch as a group. In fact, food brings the department—and others—together often, Nathan says.

“One of the highlights for those who do regional travel is getting to try local specialties or unique dishes native to a location. It is always amazing how food can be such a unifier and a great conversation starter with distributors, end users and colleagues,” he says.

While the cuisine of choice may vary, the topic of conversation at these luncheons generally features two central themes. “It’s an opportunity to catch up on what’s happening in our lives and also discuss projects,” Aide says. “We are always focusing on what we can do better next time.” 

Contact Labconco's International Team

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<![CDATA[Crisis averted: Lab equipment on demand]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/crisis-averted-lab-equipment-on-demand Even in the calculating world of science and manufacturing, problems can come at you fast. But when one unexpected problem arose, Customer Service Representative Becky Alexander put her experience to work to come to the rescue.

One of our Distributor Representatives was having a major issue with a mistake encountered by a lab manager who was in a hurry to get a new process up and running in her lab. The buyer had spent a lot of time focusing on finding the right fume hood for her specific application; however, she had been so focused on finding the right hood that she neglected entirely to buy a base cabinet for it, putting her in a real bind to get the fume hood installed in time.

In a panic, the lab manager and her distributor came to Becky looking for a speedy solution. The lab manager made the urgency of the situation absolutely clear. From the production facility, the lead-time for a new base cabinet was around four weeks. Based on her urgency, a standard order just would not do. After talking the problem through with the representative to fully understand the situation, Becky turned to Labconco XPress Shipping for the solution. She knew, based on the fume hood specifications, that XPress Shipping had the base cabinet they needed in stock.

The XPress Shipping program stores an inventory of readymade equipment, ranging from glove boxes to fume hoods to base cabinets, that can be shipped quickly when someone needs an item that doesn’t require custom design. Through this program, after we receive a receipt of order and upon request, products are shipped in 48 hours or less. This means that the lab manager would get the base cabinet for her fume hood much more quickly than she feared.

Even when the shipping order had been placed, Becky wanted to make sure not to let the order fall through the cracks. Throughout the shipping process, she also gave the lab manager’s distributor updates on when the package shipped, its location periodically through the shipment, and finally gave a solid delivery date while helping the distributor smooth out any concerns that the laboratory manager had.

Great work, Becky! With quick thinking, personal interest in the success of our clients and XPress Shipping, Becky was happy to make someone’s day. 

*Shipping in 48 hours or less is subject to availability.

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Labconco XPress speeds delivery of selected equipment to you. View a list of products that qualify.

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<![CDATA[2016 R&D 100 Finalist: Congratulations to our Purifier® Axiom® manufacturing team]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/2016-rd-100-finalist-congratulations In a small, quiet lab, in the back of the Kansas City headquarters of Labconco, a design team labored for two and half years to develop a unique biological safety cabinet (BSC) that is shaking up nearly half a century of lab design dogma. This BSC (the world’s first Class II, type C1) was selected as an R&D100 Awards Finalist. But that’s not the whole story.

When I started with Labconco almost a decade ago, my grandmother asked me, “What does Labconco do?” A tough question to succinctly address.

We support scientific research… We are experts at moving air… We design laboratory equipment. We innovate.

We bend steel.

We build laboratory equipment that serves people—to keep scientists safer—to enable scientific work that may otherwise be impossible—to enable science to make the world a better place for everyone.

The efforts of our purchasing, engineering, metal fabrication and assembly groups resolutely demonstrate Labconco’s support for those who depend on biological safety cabinets to make their work, life and the world safe.

Because that… is what we do.

Congratulations to our entire manufacturing and production teams for exemplary production of the 2016 R&D100 Awards Finalist: The Purifier Axiom. Thank you for your dedication and craftsmanship; without which, this ground-breaking new technology would not be possible.

In the photograph: Standing (left to right) are Eric Swope, Brian Garrett, Francis Sutton, Herb Watts, Harold Davis, Sean Meadors, Jim Hogan and David James. Seated (left to right) are Joshua Mustain, Colton Brockmeier, Daniel Hull (holding plaque) and Larry Streeter. Just some of the many people at Labconco whose work goes into the Axiom. 

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<![CDATA[Labconco makes mammograms possible for women in need]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconcos-cart-for-the-cure Cart for the Cure

During our annual Cart for the Cure™ Promotion, our popular Portable Table, painted the official Breast Cancer Awareness Pink color, is sold for $100 off. With each Pink Cart sold, Labconco donates $50 to the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

For the past 5 years, Labconco has partnered with Saint Luke’s Foundation, located in northern Kansas City. We've made a monetary donation each year to Saint Luke’s Foundation/Center for Women’s Care, where they direct those funds to help provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. 

In 2014 Labconco was able to present a check to the Saint Luke’s Foundation for $2000.00 and again in 2015, we donated over that amount. That's enough to provide for 20 mammograms for women whom might not have otherwise received one.

We hope to help even more women to obtain the life saving screening this year.

Select a Cart for the Cure for your lab

Cart for the Cure $2000 Donation in 2014, Hogenkamp & Williamson Present

Shirley Hogenkamp (Labconco Marketing Manager) and I presented the check in person and had a wonderful visit with Senior Development Director Jan Kauk, Practice Manager Cinnamon Ramsey and others who work at the Center in 2014. Another article on this site detail our latest work with St. Luke's Foundation as well.

We were given a complete tour of the center and saw the Pink Cart, donated a few years ago, in use. They told us that their pink cart is much loved and often used.

Save $100 and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Paint one of our Portable Tables pink, and it becomes the Cart for the Cure! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Labconco wants to help in the fight.

Details

  • From September 1 through November 30, purchase a Cart for the Cure at $100 off the list price. For each cart purchased, Labconco will donate $50 to the Saint Luke’s Foundation, an organization that helps provide mammograms to women who cannot afford them.
  • The Cart for the Cure has all the features of our popular Portable Table, including the sturdy construction, ample shelf space and lifetime guarantee. The 18 gauge welded tubular steel frame is painted the official Breast Cancer Awareness pink. Also included is a pink ribbon identification tag.
  • Price is not inclusive of international taxes or shipping costs to destination.

Select a Cart for the Cure for your lab

Take advantage of this dynamic duo: a discounted price and a donation to a worthy cause. Your purchase will bring you a stand-out cart that aims to help roll breast cancer out of town!

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<![CDATA[Labconco's caring spirit makes it Christmas in October]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconcos-caring-spirit-makes-it-christmas-in-oc

When 25 Labconco associates and family members converged on our adopted home just a few miles from Labconco corporate headquarters on Saturday, October 1, 2016, the sunny, warm weather, could not have been a more appropriate metaphor for the feeling of doing something good for our community. We came together to help Ron, a 74-year old veteran who was living alone when he broke his ankle and required prolonged hospital care. His home needed help he couldn’t physically accomplish nor financially afford.

Labconco people care. We volunteer and give back to our hometown because we know being good neighbors makes a difference in our community. Christmas in October is just one heartwarming example. Since 1991 and every year since, Labconco associates have participated in this worthy cause.

This Kansas City volunteer organization, started 33 years ago, has allowed needy families, the elderly, the disabled and veterans live in safety, warmth and dignity. Through its Adopt-A-House program, Christmas in October rehabilitates 350-400 homes every year.

Labconco associates and their families helping a community member

Mark Schmitz, our Christmas in October leader for several years, made all the preparations before the big day. Throughout the summer while Ron was hospitalized, Mark put his engineering expertise to work as he inspected the home for needed repairs. A new ramp to the front door, yard clean up, rotted trim replacement and house painting topped the list. Mark and his son Matthew spent a day building a ramp to Ron’s front door. Then the home was now ready for us to do the rest.

Many hands make light work. Our team cleaned the gutters, repaired the back stoop, scraped and painted the faded house, and removed excess foliage. Labconco associate Lesley McMillin commented, “It’s fun getting to know my co-workers better. And with such a big group working, it is great to see such a huge improvement in a short period of time for a person who needs it.”

Kevin Conley agreed. “Doing something good for our neighbors and being with my colleagues outside of work are what keeps me coming back every year.”

Labconco teaming up for Christmas in October 2016

After his first year working at Christmas in October, Scott Hamm added, “It was well organized and supported. I had a blast working on the house knowing that we were helping someone who truly needed it. When we finished, you could clearly see the results. It had a huge impact on the structure and surrounding environment.”

In the end, we provided an attractive home for the neighborhood and a safer home for Ron, while we left with a feeling of accomplishment and happy hearts. I’m ready for next year.

Thank you to our Labconco 2016 Christmas in October Participants:

  • Kevin Blood
  • Jeff and Ella Carlson
  • Kevin Conley
  • Kellie Franklin
  • Kevin Gilkison
  • Scott Hamm
  • Brent Hartwich
  • Brian Hays
  • Sue and Dave Herriman
  • Shirley and Dennis Hogenkamp
  • Adam Keithley
  • Nathan Ladd
  • Lesley and Ryan McMillin
  • Austin and Arielle Orme
  • Joe Reichert
  • Jacob Riedel
  • Mark Schmitz
  • Tom Schwaller
  • Jeff Stanton
  • Mick Thompson
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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:15:00 6OctCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/labconcos-caring-spirit-makes-it-christmas-in-oc
<![CDATA[Racing and Curing: Labconco's Race for the Cure Tradition]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/racing-and-curing-labconcos-race-for-the-cure-tr What does tradition feel like? I’ve come to the age where I think a lot about traditions in my life… the things that my parents, my sisters and I ALWAYS did when I was a kid, those things that built anticipation when I knew the calendar was closing in, the memories that remained afterwards, the joy we share now talking about those times in the past. I think about things my own family does now that I hope are creating joyous memories for my own children.

I think about participating in the Race for the Cure as part of the Labconco Team over the past 5-6 years and what an absolute treasure chest of memories it holds for me. I’m blessed to be part of a company who values giving back to our community and also fosters a way for those of us who desire to do so, the ability to work together as a team in that act of giving back. Whether the Labconco Team is running in the race or working at the water station to serve H2O to weary runners, we are doing it together, as a team, just like everything else we do at Labconco. 

What a rush. What a ride. What a thrill. What a joy. What a pleasure it is to work with such great people every day and then hang out with them on an early Sunday morning to set up Water Station #3.

Diane Williamson, our unwavering leader for this event every year since we started participating, had us whipped into shape bright and early. Our station was set up, cups arranged, laid out, prepped, filled and layered with ample time to spare. She has turned this into a world-class serving system and conducts herself with class and grace, just like she does with our customers each and every day. 

Every Labconco team member who was there that morning served the racers with the same level of highest-tier service that I witness every day in our office environment as they go about serving our “paying customers.” You could hear it in their voices as they evaluated the race route on the map, as they tried to determine the best way to lay out the serving tables and the best places for us to stand to get the most water to the most runners in the least amount of time—without hampering the stride and pace of the runners. They even evaluated the optimal way to lay out the trash bins to leave the smallest amount of litter on the streets after we were done.

I’m thrilled just to have been there and to be part of a group of people who are truly there to serve to the best of their ability. It is more than just “Meh, I’m here to toss some cups of water at people.” They are there to give from their heart… above and beyond.

You never know what you’re going to get when it comes to race day weather. Welcome to the Midwest. We’ve had race mornings that were cold and rainy (which makes it very hard to give away water, let me tell you from experience), and mornings like we had this year, when we are a bit on the warmer side… with a water station on the sunny side of the race route, on the incline of a hill. I guess that made us the luckiest water station on the route because we were everyone’s best friends that morning. They were all glad to see us and very glad to accept our cups of dihydrogen monoxide.

Once the race kicks into high gear and the pace runners have zoomed past us at their 4-minute mile pace, the masses of people start to descend upon us and it really starts hopping. It’s amazing how quickly 10,000 people can go by, but it is so fun to engage with the runners, have fun with them as they enjoy race day and the costumes that dot the race route, cheer with those who cheer, chant with those who chant, sing with those who sing. We didn’t have the pleasure of being near a live band this year, so thankfully we had a Bluetooth speaker nearby to pump tunes from an iPod for us. It kept us jamming for the whole morning.

Race for the Cure is such a fun event. I'm proud of my family that participates with me, and to be a part of the tradition that it has become. They have a great time joining in and being a part of something with my larger Labconco family, all together for a great cause on a great day. We look forward to it every year, and already I cannot wait for next year.

I want my pink Cart for the Cure

Cart for the Cure is a special, limited edition model of our popular Portable Table laboratory cart. It has all the great features of our standard Portable Table, except the 18 gauge welded tubular steel frame boasts the official Breast Cancer Awareness pink color! For three months a year, from September through November, Cart for the Cure is sold at $100 off, and for each one sold, Labconco will donate $50.00 to the St. Luke's Foundation to help provide free mammograms to women who can't afford them.

 
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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:30:00 6SepCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/racing-and-curing-labconcos-race-for-the-cure-tr
<![CDATA[Press Release: Axiom biosafety cabinet honored as a finalist for R&D 100 Awards for Innovation]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/press-release-axiom-biosafety-cabinet-honored-as P R E S S     R E L E A S E

For release: August 31, 2016

"Never innovate to compete, innovate to change the rules of the game." -David O. Adeife

Kansas City, MO--Since its release in June 2015, the Purifier® Axiom® —a Class II, Type C1 biological safety cabinet that can function in either Type A or Type B mode—has made waves in laboratory spaces across the country (like this one at Creighton University).  Now, this Type C1 cabinet has been named as one of 100 finalists for the 2016 R&D Awards, an annual event that honors the most innovative technologies of the year.

The list of finalists for what is sometimes called the "Oscars of Innovation" is compiled by over 50 independent judges, many hailing from leading national laboratories and top R&D companies. The selection process is stringent, and the list of finalists includes heavy hitters such as Dow Oil, Gas and Mining, General Motors Research and Development Center, Agilent Technologies and many more.

The Axiom was recognized in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category. The full list of categories for the 54th annual R&D 100 Awards includes Software/Services, IT/Electrical and Green Tech, and many others. Winners in all categories will be announced at a gala to be held November 3 in Washington D.C.

Why the Axiom?

Until now, microbiological laboratories have had to choose between Class II, Type A2 or Class II, Type B2 biosafety cabinets to meet their personnel, product and environmental protection needs. While application and protection considerations have not changed, something else has—the options for selecting a cabinet. Because the Axiom is an entirely new type of Class II biosafety cabinet, it can function in either Type A or Type B mode, saving money, time and energy in the process.

Wondering what makes it work? It has a lot to do with airflow—and a lot do with the perseverance of the team of user-first designers and engineers at Labconco.

Senior Products Engineer Jim Hunter and Product Manager Brian Garrett, two of the brains behind what's been appropriately dubbed the BSC no-brainer, have spoken in the past about the challenges of developing an entirely new type of biosafety cabinet. Since R&D's list of finalists was released in August of 2016, though, they've had to prepare an altogether new type of statement: one of acknowledgement of their team's success.

"The Axiom challenges many of the preconceptions of what a biosafety cabinet should be; it is far more flexible in its installation, either connected to an exhaust system or not," Hunter said. "And, for the first time, the BSC takes an active role in protecting the user, even in the event of an exhaust system failure."

Garrett added that the goal of the project was to add flexibility to laboratory spaces while increasing safety in the industry for scientists doing all kinds of important work in the field.

"It's an incredibly big deal to be going up against the gorillas of innovation and invention in our space, and we're proud of what our team was able to accomplish," he said. 

Learn more about the Purifier Axiom

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<![CDATA[Cart for the Cure: Keep on rolling!]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/keep-on-rolling Promotions are always great, but when they support a charitable cause, they’re all the better! Each fall Labconco does just that with Cart for the Cure™. This will be our sixth year running this promotion and we couldn’t be happier.

To create the Cart, we chose the official Breast Cancer Awareness pink to paint our Labconco Portable Table. In our Fort Scott, KS facility where these carts are manufactured, the entire paint line from the booth to the hoses to the air handling system is emptied and cleaned before being filled with the pink paint. Each Cart for the Cure’s 18-gauge welded tubular steel frame then receives its glowing, pink coat. The paint line’s whole draining and cleaning process is repeated when the pink is removed. Because of this, the carts are produced in large batches to limit the number of times the paint colors must be changed. Luckily, our new paint system drastically reduces the time required for the process.

I want my Pink Cart for the Cure

 
A large batch of pink "Carts for the Cure" on the Labconco Fort Scott, KS paint line

The cart includes all of the features of our Portable Table – sturdy steel construction, two open shelves, ergonomic molded plastic handle grips and a lifetime guarantee. Each shelf runs the full length and width of the cart for more than 625 square inches of storage space per shelf! The final touch is a pink ribbon identification tag to hang from the frame to ensure everyone knows the meaning behind the cart.

How it works: Donations and savings

Labconco donates $50 for each cart purchased to the Saint Luke’s Foundation. When we began this journey, the donation went to the Spelman Medical Foundation, so when Spelman merged with the Saint Luke’s Foundation on January 1, 2013, we continued our commitment. These organizations do great work to provide health information and services to uninsured and underinsured women as well as seniors. They are particularly focused on breast and ovarian cancer and provide mammograms to women who cannot afford them.

Furthermore, for three months during the fall, usually September through November, Labconco offers an extra incentive. To bring more awareness to breast cancer from the month before until the month after the national (U.S.) Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), the cart’s list price is lowered by $100. The $50 donation continues year-round. Many of our dealers participate and share the promotion as well, allowing us to see continued growth in the popularity of this wonderful promotion.

Within Labconco, we have a Pink Cart Team to promote Cart for the Cure and manage internal fundraisers including food sales and raffles during the months of the promotion. We also participate in the Race for the Cure put on by Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City. At the end of each year, Labconco presents the full donation to the Saint Luke’s Foundation.

I want my Pink Cart for the Cure

For more information on Cart for the Cure, contact Labconco. Please help us spread the word about this dynamic promotion that offers money savings and a donation to a worthy cause!

Cart for the Cure Donation 2016, based on 2015 sales
Most recent Cart for the Cure donation
Diane Williamson, Labconco Sr. Application Specialist, and Kelly Williams, Labconco Product Manager, met with Jan Kauk, Saint Luke’s Sr. Director of Development, and other members of their staff to present the check.

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Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:15:00 6AugCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/keep-on-rolling
<![CDATA[How many trees are there in a grove?]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/how-many-trees-are-there-in-a-grove A single large tree can produce enough clean oxygen to support four people, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. So the answer is simple: There can never be too many.

But what if you planted an entire forest?

With the help of the Arbor Day Foundation, Labconco has planted 725 trees as part of our commitment to our environment and to expanding sustainable building practices. And we aren’t finished yet. For every Protector® Echo™ or Airo™ Filtered Fume Hood your laboratory invests in, Labconco will plant another grove of trees. 

Planting trees is our way of doubling the positive environmental impact that your laboratory makes when you put a filtered hood where a traditional hood may have otherwise gone. Much like a tree converting CO2 into oxygen, filtered fume hoods turn chemically contaminated air into clean, life-sustaining air.

Other environmental benefits

For some laboratory applications, filtered hoods are the best way to save energy as well. Since standard fume hoods pump your heated or air-conditioned air out of the building, they’re often the largest energy drain (and the largest utility expense) for organizations that support a scientific lab. That’s another way filtered fume hoods help your lab leave a much smaller carbon footprint while lowering energy bills.

A fume hood expert can tell you how a filtered fume hood would affect your laboratory, your environment and your budget.

Ask a fume hood expert

Labconco is a U.S. Green Building Council member, and Our Green Initiatives include planting a fume hood forest and our LEED program for environmental, energy efficient design.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:45:00 5AugCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/how-many-trees-are-there-in-a-grove
<![CDATA[Science Pioneers and Science City Join Forces]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/science-pioneers-and-science-city-join-forces In 1956, Science Pioneers was incorporated in Kansas City as a non-profit organization to foster, develop and encourage youth in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Fast-forward to 1999 and Science City opens its doors as part of the reconstructed Union Station with a similar mission – to interest local and national youth in the sciences.

In 2002, both Science Pioneers and Science City found themselves residing in Union Station. With complementary programs and mission statements, it was only a matter of time before these two would become one. That time has come.

Starting July 1st, Union Station’s Science City and Science Pioneers will merge to complement each other’s strengths and bring STEM to a larger audience than before. This is great news for Kansas City and Labconco Corporation.

Being a part of Kansas City and the global scientific community since 1925, Labconco values our existing relationship with both Science City and Science Pioneers – we were a sponsor of the 65th Annual Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair ­– but now there will be more synergy than ever before. Since its inception, the fair has grown by leaps and bounds.

“We simply can’t imagine a better union between two brands with a common purpose and community-affirmed outcomes,” espouses George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station Kansas City. Both non-profits sponsor the science fair and are similarly housed inside Union Station in downtown Kansas City.

LeAnn Smith, executive director of Science Pioneers, adds, “For non-profits to grow and flourish it’s essential to collaborate with like-minded organizations. By bringing together complementary programs, we create a stronger organization that’s capable of delivering even greater support for STEM learning in Kansas City.”

It’s a great union between two STEM-focused leaders in our region, where not only Science Pioneers and Science City benefit, but so do the youth of today right here in the Kansas City region.

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<![CDATA[The Miracles of Science Surround Us]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/the-miracles-of-science-surround-us A Meteorological Masterpiece

After a frenzy of meteorological research on how this masterwork of Mother Nature was produced, I called my local TV news station and was rewarded with a five-part scientific explanation for the perfect storm.

Should I really have been looking at the clouds while coaching my son’s baseball game? I frequently chide our players when they get distracted chasing fireflies in the outfield, fooling around with their hats, watching ant hills, counting airplanes, cheering for another game on an adjacent field, or any one of the 4,927 things that they are doing except for paying attention to our game on our field.

Yet there I was, mesmerized by a spectacular, distant sunset lightning storm.

As luck would have it, we were stuck with an 8 p.m. game that night. Since we were well into summer, we were blessed with the sunset behind the outfield fence during our game. And I mean we were blessed because first, we had the beauty of playing the game during the sunset hours, and second because it meant the temperature would drop from a scorching 103° F to a merely simmering 100° F by the time the game was over.

Ahhh, the little joys we look forward to here in the Midwest during June.

This particular sunset was a peculiarity for all of us, and we could not help but be awestruck. Regardless of weather, we were supposed to be paying attention to the ballgame. So I slipped behind the plate during the between-innings warmups and snapped the accompanying photo.

Notice the gorgeous color of the sunset and the striations of the light coming almost straight out from the behind the left cloud wall. We could see on our weather apps the effects of a fairly substantial thunderstorm about 75 miles west of us in Topeka, Kansas.

None of us had ever seen the sky essentially cut in half.

What my still photo doesn’t fully capture is that the left half of the sky was a giant lightning storm way off in the distance. The incredible amount of lightning was giving us quite a show. We could tell something was brewing out there, which we are accustomed to in June here in Tornado Alley.

Here is an interesting radar image of what exactly was going on at the time:

This is a long-range radar image of the wide Midwestern area two minutes before I snapped the image above. You can see the major red cell parked almost on top of Topeka.

It also gives perspective to the distance between the Storm in Topeka and our location in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just southeast of Kansas City.

According to many Kansas news stations and weather reporting websites, several areas in-and-around Topeka, KS reported hail up to 1.25” and about 9000 people lost power during the storm that night. During our kids’ baseball game we were convinced we would get rain in our hometown, yet within two hours, that large cell had moved well south of our area. We didn’t get a single drop of the rain we thought was sure to come our way.

While the radar images are cool, I really wanted to understand what made that very distinct slice across the sky during that sunset. I tried searching around some weather websites, NOAA and others to learn more about storms and cloud formations; but I really could not find that magic bullet that could explain this one specific thing that we saw that night. Then it hit me: “Ask a meteorologist!”

I called one of the local TV stations and they put me into the voice mailbox where I was sure my message would flounder. In less than 10 minutes Jesse Hawila, one of the meteorologists from KCTV5, called me back and said, “I think I know which night you are asking about because we were all having a great time with it here in the studio as well because of how unique it was.”

He explained that essentially the visual phenomena was caused by the storm’s incredibly high cloud top (50-55,000 feet high), coupled with distinctly clear western sky behind that storm cloud, combined with the perfect angle of the setting sun - because of the time of year and the position of the sun in the sky.

The storm cloud was basically completely isolated in the sky and the setting sun had a direct path to that storm cloud, causing the storm cloud itself to actually cast a shadow, which formed that sharp line that we saw across the sky from our side. He said it was an “A+B+C+D+E situation” where all those factors had to line up perfectly, so it was very cool that we all we able to witness it.

Jesse was also kind enough to send me the following visible satellite image of the storm cloud itself during sunset that same night. He wanted to point out the completely clear skies in western Kansas, the giant storm cloud itself, and then the clear skies again across Kansas City and Missouri. Again, this is a satellite image of the clouds… not a radar image of the rain.

Simply Amazing!

Labconco has been based in Kansas City since our beginnings in 1925. This article's author, Adam Keithley, is Labconco's Marketing Manager.

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:00:00 5JunCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/the-miracles-of-science-surround-us
<![CDATA[3 Reasons Customer Feedback is Important to Us]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/3-reasons-customer-feedback-is-essential

We have every reason to want feedback from the most important people in our industry - our customers. Your feedback is crucial to our improvement and to celebrating our success when you're truly pleased to have done business with us. 

Labconco places a high value on customer feedback as a tool for growth and clear communication. As always, we strive to uphold our mission statement, "We enhance global scientific discovery by providing exceptional equipment and service."

Are we adhering to our mission? We can't objectively answer that question ourselves, so we'd like to hear everything you have to say.

PLEASE VISIT OUR FEEDBACK PAGE - WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Here are 3 reasons why we cultivate customer feedback.

1.  Your feedback makes you part of our team.

We make every effort to let our customers know that we’re willing to listen, and we really are. We want you to feel free to tell us what’s on your mind because knowing your thoughts and opinions can help us better serve your needs.

We know you have valuable insights and opinions to share, and they matter to us – we want to make sure you know that. This may be our one and only shot to make a good impression. We want to make it count.

2.  Your feedback gives us motivation and inspiration.

Your feedback motivates everyone on our team. The quality of our equipment, our service and our reputation all starts with a single person—the one doing the job that matters most to you as a customer at any given moment.

Your feedback helps us to repeat our successes and identify our failures. In order to make Labconco the best in our industry, each individual has to take pride in their work. When we hear from you, we learn what we can do to make our work something we can be proud of.

3. Your feedback helps us make equipment that suits your needs.

What laboratory equipment innovations matter most to you? What’s the next big product in our industry?

If you have an idea about new equipment we should consider making or an idea for a helpful change to a product we manufacture, we'd love to hear it. If you come to our feedback page and are willing to speak your mind, we're listening.

Labconco equipment is constantly changing and adapting, and your input is the driving force for those innovations. We need to know what you and your lab associates want and need.

We're here for you!

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PLEASE VISIT OUR FEEDBACK PAGE - WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:00:00 5JunCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/3-reasons-customer-feedback-is-essential
<![CDATA[Labconco sponsors GKC Science & Engineering Fair]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-sponsors-gkc-science-engineering-fair GKCSEF Hall 2016

GKCSEF Tower 2016

Labconco was a sponsor of the 65th Anniversary Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair (GKCSEF) presented by Science City at Union Station. Sponsoring this science and engineering fair allows us to pursue our mission to promote scientific discovery starting right here at home in Kansas City, where Labconco has had its roots since 1925.

95 Schools were represented this year, and the fair comprised 847 projects from 1148 student participants from across our metro. For this event, students worked with the scientific method and its cousin, the engineering method. Labconco is a company that engineers equipment for scientific laboratories, so GKCSEF couldn’t possibly align more perfectly with our mission.

The titles of some of the projects that were presented will give you a good indication of just how creative these young scientists and engineers can be. Here are just a few of them:

  • “Life of Slime Over Time” by Jaeden Maere
  • “Wind Turbine Thought Enhancer” by Vedarsh Shah
  • “Effect of Building Materials on Wi-Fi Signal Strength” by James Riggs
  • “The Self-Deodorizing Shoe Rack” by Coulton Chan
  • “The Bleacher Buddy” by Mary Harrison
  • “Recycle-A-Chair” by Spencer Shreve
  • “The Snot Glove” by Lilianne Winston
  • “Cupcake Extractor” by Greta Berg
  • “Reversible Shoes” by Grant Schugart and Thomas Kirby
  • “The Catapong Launch” by Evan Parra
  • “3D Printed Prosthetic Arm” by Abigail Friesen
  • “Simulated Data Generation and Analysis to Optimize the Search Strategy for the Vector-like Quark: Tprime” by Triton Wolfe and Christopher Fenton

Have you ever baked delicious cupcakes only to ruin them while attempting to pull them from the baking dish? Maybe a cupcake extractor could have saved the day! What about “The Snot Glove”? That one simply has to be more useful and less disgusting than it sounds. And who hasn’t needed to improve their search strategy for a vector-like quark at some point? The final title on that short list sounds like quite an ambitious project.

GKCSEF 2016 Winners

GKCSEF guide cover 2016

Prizes went to the winners in this photo. Left to right, they are:

  • “The effect of Crataegus songarica extract on proliferation and apoptosis in HCT116 and SW480 Colon Cancer Cells” by Renny Ma
  • “The Success of Scaffold Material on Bovine Chondrocyte Re-differentiation” by Alexis Vance
  • “The construction of chaperonin dimers using biotinylated GroEL and Streptardin Scaffolds” by Benjamin Deatherage

Find out more about the GKCSEF in the event program. It’s a wonderful way to integrate engineering and science in a familiar, science fair-like environment.

UPDATE: The Kansas City Star reported on the winners, already performing cancer research in a lab outfitted with multiple Labconco Biological Safety Cabinets.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 06:45:00 6MayCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-sponsors-gkc-science-engineering-fair
<![CDATA[Use 98% less water, 85% less time cleaning pipettes]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/new-scrubair-pipette-washer-dryer Water conservation and lab efficiency have become topics of interest in modern lab design. In keeping up with current market needs, Labconco researched laboratory water usage and time-intensive manual processes and discovered one major sinkhole: Glass Pipette Washing.

Gallons upon gallons of tap water are poured down the drain as the common, siphon-style pipette washers fill then drain repeatedly. When washing is complete, rinsing generally begins using deionized (DI) water – a much more expensive solvent. After this time-consuming process of washing and rinsing, pipettes must be carefully removed, sorted into drying baskets and placed in an oven overnight.

Traditional Method

Total elapsed time to wash and dry a single load of pipettes: more than 23 hours.

Tapping into our experience with the design and manufacture of laboratory glassware washers, we decided to address this issue. Combining direct injection cleaning, the scrubbing action of percolation and the consistency of automation, we streamlined the washing process while requiring considerably less water and substantially less time.

Enter the ScrubAir Pipette Washer/Dryer, a one-of-a-kind automated unit to wash and dry in one place! The durable, steel-constructed unit can wash, rinse and dry up to 60 pipettes with just the touch of a button. One stop wash and dry eliminates extra handling steps, lowering the risk of glassware breakage and worker injury. Pipettes only need to be handled two times: once to load and once to unload.

The ScrubAir reduces water usage to as little as 12.5L for wash and rinse versus the 600L (at 2L/min) easily required for four hours of manual washing. At completion of the wash and rinse, forced-air drying is initiated through direct injection.

ScrubAir Method

Total elapsed time to wash and dry a load of pipettes with the ScrubAir: just under 5 hours.

This drops to 3.25 hours with the heated model. The user-friendly interface has three flexible and lockable program cycles including options for both wash and dry duration and number of rinse cycles. The standard model is equipped with a single water inlet and pressurized air inlet. The heated model has an additional water inlet built in, giving the user the added ability to rinse with purified water.

A previously labor-intensive, time-consuming and overall environmentally un-friendly process has been transformed into a fast, simple, environmentally friendly one. Users no longer need to babysit their pipettes. Press a button, walk away and let the ScrubAir do the work!

Find the right ScrubAir for your lab

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<![CDATA[Claim a free case of pipettes with your ScrubAir Pipette Washer/Dryer]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/free-pipettes-with-scrubair

 

Get a free case of KIMAX® Class A volumetric pipettes worth up to $145 with the purchase of each new ScrubAir Pipette Washer/Dryer.

Simply register the product on Labconco.com and fill out the redemption form - no limits apply.

Your free case of KIMAX® pipettes will be shipped in 4 to 8 weeks from Kimble Chase®.

Claim your free case of pipettes!

Free KIMAX Pipettes

 

If you have questions about the free pipette promotion or about your ScrubAir, please contact us.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only U.S. and Canada customers are eligible.
  • Purchases made in countries other than the U.S. or Canada are not eligible.
  • Limit one free case of pipettes per one ScrubAir Pipette Washer/Dryer unit purchased.
  • One (1) redemption form must be completed for each ScrubAir purchased. No limit of number of products purchased.
  • Offer is valid on purchases made from March 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Redemption forms must be received by January 31, 2018.
  • This offer is void where restricted or prohibited by law or company policy. May not be valid in combination with other Labconco offers unless stated in writing by a Labconco representative.
  • Regular shipping charges are included; free pipettes will arrive from Kimble®.
  • Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice. Allow 4 to 8 weeks after receipt of completed redemption form for delivery of free Kimble Chase pipettes.
  • Must provide shipping address (no P.O. Boxes)

If you have questions about the free pipette promotion or about your ScrubAir, please contact us.

 

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<![CDATA[Cart for the Cure™ Helps Area Women]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure-helps-area-women A Wonderful Place for a Wonderful Cause!

We are happy to report that with our 2015 efforts, Labconco was able to make a donation to Saint Luke’s Foundation for over $2,000!

Labconco’s Kelly Williams, Product Manager, and Diane Williamson, Sr. Application Specialist, met with Jan Kauk, Saint Luke’s Sr. Director of Development, and other members of their staff to present the check.

Saint Luke’s Center for Women’s Care in Northern Kansas City is a very welcoming and valuable place to women in the community. It offers specialized, compassionate care to women of all ages, and provides many types of diagnostic services women need with an emphasis on comprehensive breast health services.

With their caring staff, an onsite radiologist, nurse practitioners and nurse navigators, they support women through every step of the journey, from the screening process through diagnosis and support.

Labconco is so grateful to be able to join this wonderful organization in the fight against breast cancer. For the past 5 years, we’ve made an annual monetary donation to the Saint Luke’s Foundation/Center for Women’s Care, which directs these funds to provide free mammograms to women who are unable to afford them. 

Each year, Labconco holds their Cart for the Cure™ Promotion with our popular Portable Table Cart painted the official Breast Cancer Pink and sold at a discounted price. With each Pink Cart sold, Labconco donates 50 dollars to the Saint Luke’s Foundation for the cause. Labconco also does some internal fundraising and has been a sponsor for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Kansas City for the past five years.

The Saint Luke’s Center for Women’s Care is a wonderful place and Labconco is grateful for them providing a means for us to aid their efforts in the noble fight against breast cancer!

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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:00:00 5FebCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure-helps-area-women
<![CDATA[USP <800> Compliant: RXPert™ Filtered Balance Systems]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/usp800 USP 800 Compliant

The United States Pharmacopeia's new chapter, USP <800> details new regulations that increase safety for the compounding of non-sterile hazardous drugs. According to the USP <800> guidelines, hazardous drugs intended for non-sterile compounding should only be handled in an enclosure that protects personnel by safely containing powders generated during preparation. 

Two options for venting the exhaust from non-sterile compounding enclosures are permitted by USP <800>:

  • Option 1: The enclosure must be HEPA filtered and vented externally.
  • Option 2: The enclosure must be double HEPA filtered before returning exhaust to the room.

The RXPert Double HEPA Filtered Balance System allows exhaust air from the unit to be safely returned directly into the room, saving costly infrastructure redesign.

RXPert Double HEPA Filtered Balance Enclosures

RXPert Double HEPA Filtered Balance Enclosure

Features a space-saving design, constructed of a static-dissipative powder-coated aluminum frame, steel rear plenum and baffle, and tempered safety glass. True bag-in/bag-out HEPA filter disposal system allows for safe filter replacement. Each HEPA filter can be 100% independently scanned for easy leak detection.

  • HEPA Filtered Enclosure for non-sterile compounding
  • USP <800> compliant Class I BSC
  • Double (Redundant), 100% scannable HEPA filters
  • Bag-in/bag-out HEPA filter protects user during filter changes

RXPert Filtered Balance Enclosures provide user protection by keeping powders and particulates contained during hazardous drug manipulation. Double Filtered models feature two HEPA filters to provide redundant HEPA filtration in series and therefore require no ductwork.

Built-in analog airflow monitor included. Available in various widths, ranging from 2' to 6'. Some models available with deeper work surface or extended interior height.  

Select the Right RXPert for Your Compounding Pharmacy

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<![CDATA[Seeding Labs - Planting the Future]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/seeding-labs-planting-the-future Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit, catalyzes scientific progress in the developing world by providing talented scientists with lab equipment, training and the opportunity to collaborate with experts in their field.  With all of these vital resources, these scientists are able to achieve great things.

After hearing a presentation by Seeding Labs at a Laboratory Products Association Conference in 2014, we were immediately struck and moved by their mission to provide access to tools and equipment that can further life changing research in developing countries. 

The mission of Seeding Labs is to offer access to high-quality scientific instruments, lab equipment and supplies donated by pharmaceutical, biotechnology and manufacturing companies to carefully screened laboratories and measure the impact of that sustainable re­use.

They have been a catalyst for science in 24 countries since 2003 by providing laboratory equipment and training programs to university and research institutions, thus enhancing the education of more than 17,000 scientists and students around the globe.

Here at Labconco, the goal of our company, and the foundation of our products, has always been to participate in scientific research through our sample preparation equipment, while also protecting the researcher and their laboratory environment.

As our fundamental mission statement says…“We enhance global scientific discovery by providing exceptional equipment and service.”  Key to that mission are the words global scientific discovery as we are committed to helping science grow throughout our world.

Seeding Labs’ support has helped scientists make important scientific gains that include developing a patent in neurobiology research and creating a diagnostic test for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Argentina. Other activities span research in malaria, HIV/AIDS and cancer, nutrition, disease prevention and genetic engineering to enhance drought tolerance in tropical crops.

Over the past couple of years, we are very proud and thrilled to be able to help Seeding Labs further their mission by donating equipment to be put into the hands of scientists who might not otherwise have access to it. 

Our equipment has been part of shipments to Chinhoyi University of Technology and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe. Scientists at Chinhoyi and the NUST are working on research involving: food security, bio-fuels, drinking water access and malaria control. Doing such beneficial work, it’s great to know that more shipments to more countries are coming up in 2016.

Learn more about Seeding Labs at Seedinglabs.org. They are a tremendous organization and by helping the few, they are helping the many.

 

    

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<![CDATA[Looking Back: 90 Years of Labconco Memories]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/looking-back-90-years-of-labconco-memories

2015 has been a year of celebration at Labconco!

In honor of our 90th anniversary this year, we asked our distributors and vendors to send us their stories and mem­­ories of working with Labconco throughout the years. We loved the responses so much we decided to share a few!

Addie, a sales representative from Oregon said that her best experience with Labconco is hearing our switchboard operator’s lovely British accent. "I truly enjoy calling and listening to June!" Addie, June is one of our favorite people to talk to as well! We frequently hear compliments about June as she is not only helpful but also inviting and truly entertaining to interact with. Visitors, customers and employees alike often stop to chat with her.

Dave, an estimating and design manager from Texas sent us this story. His funniest memory of Labconco was "Going to a Grand Prix amusement park in Dallas… We all got in the water bumper boats after a happy hour and we all got soaked in our business casual attire!" It goes to show Labconco knows how to make a great product as well as let loose after a long day. Our distributors often become good friends, too.

Another of his favorite memories of Labconco was working with Jeff Paulsen in New England. After some research, I found someone who has been here long enough to help me with this one. According to one of our vice presidents, Jeff was a Labconco sales representative for the New England area in the 1970s and 80s. Talk about a blast from the past! The anniversary celebrations this year showed just how many employees stay for decades, but now we know many of our distributor contacts do as well!

Cheryl, a customer service representative from Georgia said, "I really have all pleasant stories with Labconco. The staff are all very courteous and knowledgeable, and having stated that, it makes our jobs easier. I am a customer service person and I chat with several hundred people every week. Bottom line: great customer service. Thanks for all you do!" We'll admit we're biased but we think our customer service team is pretty great, too!

Whether you’ve heard about us from your distributor or called us directly for product information or technical assistance, it’s likely you have some similar memories. Feel free to share them with us on our website or social media. And no matter if you want to share a story or make sure you’re ordering the right product for your application, don’t hesitate to give us a call anytime!

Thanks to each of you for helping us reach this great milestone. We enjoyed hearing all of the stories from the past 90 years and look forward to the next 90!

If you’re interested in more stories of Labconco you can check out our history page on Labconco.com.

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Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:30:00 4DecCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/looking-back-90-years-of-labconco-memories
<![CDATA[Labconco stars on new hit show, "Supergirl"...]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-stars-on-new-hit-show-supergirl Have you ever wondered how Supergirl does it? Here is a little secret. Behind every Supergirl is a lab full of high-tech, top-of-the-line scientific equipment. Check out all the Labconco equipment this famous Kryptonian has at her disposal in this behind the scenes video of the new CBS TV series "Supergirl".

Supergirl

Labconco's own Kerry Furuta works as a consultant for Set Dressing with Deb Cole on the set of the hit show. Supergirl Behind the Scenes

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<![CDATA[Labconco offers short courses at Pittcon 2016]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-short-courses-at-pittcon-2016 In 2016, Labconco will once again offer a wide range of useful short courses at Pittcon in Atlanta. Here are some of the entertaining and educational opportunities.

Creative Chemical Cocktails & Foods

Instructors: Aaron Prater, Kelly Williams
Sunday, March 6, from 1:00 to 5:00

Explore methods that are used in creating delicious foods and cocktails that are served at some of the world’s most renowned restaurants and eateries. Some of the finest culinary artists and confectioners use lyophilizers, centrifugal concentrators, and other laboratory equipment to perfect the flavors of their ingredients. Gain a deeper understanding by examining the parallels between culinary prep and lab sample prep using some of the very same equipment in the artist’s kitchen that is found in your scientific laboratory.

Sample Preparation: How to Choose and Optimze Your Sample Prep Needs

Instructors: Jenny Sprung, Kelly Williams
Monday, March 7, from 1:00 to 5:00

We’ve offered this popular course for several years. Sprung and Williams will present a wide range of solutions for sample preparation and will provide guidance on what to consider when determining the optimal evaporation or lyophilization method. They will answer your sample prep questions and explain how to get the best results to prepare a variety of samples.

Designed for Safety: Fume Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets

Instructors: Brian Garrett, Beth Mankameyer
Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 5:00

Another course that always draws a good crowd, Designed for Safety provides an overview of the kind of equipment that should be used to provide the safest laboratory environment for a wide variety of applications. Attendees learn the differences between many types of laboratory hoods that may appear similar on the surface, but perform very different functions to keep lab personnel, their environment, and the samples that they are working with safe.

Fume Hoods: Today's Ducted and Ductless Options

Instructor: Beth Mankameyer
Wednesday, March 9, from 1:00 to 5:00

Concerns with energy efficiency have caused many labs to consider ductless hoods as a safe alternative to traditional chemical fume hoods and ventilated enclosures. This course will help its attendees to understand what kind of ductless hood to use for DHL 1, DHL 2 or DHL 3 or higher applications.

Meet up with Labconco at Pittcon 2016 in Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Labconco Races to Cure Breast Cancer]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-races-to-cure-breast-cancer What’s more fun than waking up at 5:30am on a Sunday morning to run a 5K, you ask?

I know, I literally cannot think of anything either, but next time you’re looking for some fun on a crisp September morning, do what 28 members of the Labconco family did and volunteer at a water station in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. These 8 Labconco employees along with 20 husbands, wives, children and friends gathered at Water Station #1 located in the Scandinavian section of Worlds of Fun to hand out refreshing cups of water to the 15,000 racers who Raced for the Cure this year.

In our 5th year sponsoring a water station during this race, it is safe to say that this has become a tradition at Labconco, something we look forward to each year. The team arrived at 6:45am to start constructing our beverage tower, precisely filled with pre-chilled H2O. Our years of experience at the race have taught us exactly how to form the layers need to fully support the vast amount of cups needed to quench the thirst of the coming throng. Everyone moved with the skills of a licensed contractor forming a well-oiled beverage dispensing station that filled hundreds upon hundreds of cups within mere minutes.

After construction was completed, our banner proudly hung and the pink Cart for the Cure prominently displayed, the team relaxed for a little while with donuts for snacks and socialized with Snoopy and Sally (of Peanuts fame), who came by to visit us before the race.

Once the race began, we became a flurry of activity as the majority of our team lined the race course, extending cool water to those runners who desired it while a few of us ran our own race back and forth from the main table to keep the servers along the race track fed with fresh cups.

Our water station was fortunately positioned directly next to one of the live bands, The Women’s Movement, who serenaded the passing runners, several of whom actually stopped to dance with the band members. It’s amazing how quickly 15,000 people can go by when you’re having such a great time enjoying the day and interacting with others who are united together to support a great cause. 

Kudos also to all of the Labconco folks who ran in the race as well. 5 employees and 11 family members and/or friends of family members participated in the event and made sure to stop at the beverage station or take our picture from the vantage point of the racers.

It truly was a “World of Fun” working side by side with our genetic family and our Labconco family members to enjoy the gift of serving others. The excitement of race day, the smiles from the racers, the comradery built by working together, the music from the live band and the perfection of the weather all equaled a morning of tremendous joy.

Our gratitude goes to everyone who supported the cause. Onward to 2016!

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 5SepCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-races-to-cure-breast-cancer
<![CDATA[Labconco sponsors SciTech Now on KCPT]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-sponsors-scitech-now-on-kcpt Labconco is happy to announce that we are now a sponsor of the Kansas City Public Television show SciTech Now. The new show has been well received by the local community, and the ratings for the Kansas City premiere were some of the highest KCPT has ever had for a new series.

Labconco is sponsoring SciTech Now to support KCPT and to provide education through public television. We believe this is another important step in our ongoing commitment to science and science education.

In the series premiere viewers meet wildlife cops working hard to stop poachers on the Columbia River; Kansas City’s Bentley Ousley, an artist who combines engineering and animation in his fractal project Once and Future Cities; Ask a Scientist: Shahid Naeem of Columbia University’s Earth Institute answers the question, “Does extinction matter?” We also go “Inside the Lab” and visit a group of Central Florida engineers who are building a flight simulator to help pilots obtain their license to fly. Finally we meet an expert at the American Museum of Natural History who explains the mysterious phenomenon dark energy.

SciTech Now can be viewed online anywhere, or now syndicated on KCPT in Kansas City.

KCPT Channel 19.1 Schedule

  • Sunday, Sept. 6 @ 9a, - re-air, episode 102
  • Monday, Sept. 7 @ 10:30p, - re-air, episode 101 
  • Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7:30p, new episode 103
  • Sunday, Sept.13 @ 9a, re-air, - re-air, episode 103
  • Monday, Sept. 14 @10:30p, re-air, - re-air, episode 103

KCPT Channel 19.2 Schedule

Re-airs of episodes 101, 102, 103

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 @ 7:30p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ 7:30p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 7:30p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 @7:30p
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 7:30p
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<![CDATA[Cart for the Cure™ aids Saint Luke's Foundation]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure Since 2011, Labconco has been a sponsor for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Kansas City. A great number of Labconco associates volunteered at the water station and we even had a good number running the race along with some of their family members.

To enhance our involvement in this cause, Labconco has a limited-time promotion each year called Cart for the Cure™ where our popular Portable Table painted the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink color is offered for $100 off the regular price. We take it a step further though—for each Pink Cart sold, Labconco donates $50 to the Saint Luke’s Foundation to help provide free mammograms to women and men who couldn’t afford them.

Through our fundraising efforts and Pink Cart sales in 2016, we were able present a check to the Saint Luke’s Foundation for $1,817.00. They use their Pink Cart frequently, especially when performing ultrasounds. During our visit, we saw their new 3D mammography-imaging machine. This advanced device can detect breast cancer in its earlier stages and is particularly effective for patients with dense breast tissue and those who have an increased genetic risk for breast cancer.

In order to teach the public more about breast cancer, St. Luke’s Foundation offers speaking engagements with St. Luke’s own Radiology Technician, Sallie Brackman. Her visits to organizations bring breast cancer awareness to the forefront and educate audiences on the importance of self-examinations and regular mammograms.

The Pink Cart for the Cure is available for sale all year long, as are Labconco’s donations; however, the discount applies during the fall promotion only. If a cart is needed in your laboratory, consider Labconco’s Pink Cart. You will get a great cart with a lifetime warranty, and your purchase will earn another $50 donation to the St. Luke’s Foundation.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:45:00 5AugCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure
<![CDATA[Press Release: Purifier® Axiom™ Biosafety Cabinets Earn NSF Certification]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/purifier-axiom-biosafety-cabinets-earn-nsf-certi NSF logoLabconco Corporation is pleased to announce that the Purifier Axiom Biosafety Cabinets have received NSF Certification and now bear the NSF mark. NSF International tested the cabinets and found they met the materials, design and construction, and performance requirements of NSF/ANSI 49-2012. NSF International is an independent organization that acts as a neutral agency serving the consumer, government and industry by providing standards that pertain to health and the environment. NSF Standard 49, which was first published in 1976 and has periodically undergone revisions, is widely considered the industry standard for biological safety cabinets.

In June, the 4-foot Purifier Axiom Biosafety Cabinets were tested and received their NSF Certification. On July 30, 2015, Labconco received notification that the 6-foot Purifier Axiom Biosafety Cabinets had received NSF Certification.

The Purifier Axiom Biosafety Cabinet is the first of its kind to function as either a Class II, Type A cabinet or a Class II, Type B cabinet. This one biosafety cabinet is capable of handling every type of biohazard application. It may be installed without ducting in a recirculating Type A mode when no chemical hazards are present or in a ducted Type B mode for use with hazardous vapors. As applications change, the user simply connects or disconnects the Axiom from its outside exhaust and changes settings using the LCD information center and control panel.

Unlike traditional Type B cabinets that need a dedicated exhaust, the Axiom, when operated in Type B mode, can be tied into almost any existing appropriate building exhaust system. Since no dedicated blower and ductwork are required, installation costs are significantly lower than traditional Type B2 cabinets, and operational costs are cut in half.

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<![CDATA[CA fuming problems solved: New CApture BT offers greater control & feedback]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/new-capture-bt CApture BT CA Fuming Chamber with ModelWhen Labconco set out to develop a new benchtop CA fuming system, we worked closely with forensic scientists to ensure that we addressed and eliminated several frustrations they face during the fuming process.

Cyanoacrylate (CA) or “Super Glue”* fuming is a common technique for developing latent fingerprints on non-porous and semi-porous evidence. Because CA fuming not only develops, but also protects fingerprints by fixing them in place, many forensic scientists rely on it to process evidence. The quality of print development depends on the ability to control the consistency of the fuming process.

Since there are no second chances to fix prints properly, we believe it is important for CA fuming enclosures to allow precise control and flexibility over fuming parameters, as well as real time, quantifiable feedback of performance within those parameters.

The NEW CApture™ BT Fuming Chamber cyanoacrylate fuming system provides programming flexibility, quantifiable condition readings, and user-friendly features that yield high quality, consistent results.

Common CA fuming problems solved by the CApture BT

SOLVED: Limitations on control & monitoring

  • CApture BT Control PanelProblem: Current systems don’t allow for adjustments to program cycles. Forensic scientists often need to adjust fuming time in the middle of a cycle. As they are fuming prints, they may see that prints are not developing as quickly as they thought they would. At the same time, fuming temperature may need to be different for different materials or conditions.
  • Solution: The N-tegrity™ Operating System gives the user complete flexibility in programming relative humidity level (up to 80%), humidity incubation time, fuming temperature (up to 425 degrees F), fuming time and purge time for 20 storable protocols. Additional fuming time in 30-second increments can be added in the middle of a cycle with a push of a button eliminating the need to repeat a completely new fuming cycle for underdeveloped prints.
  • Problem: Prints are sometimes overexposed to CA fumes. Evidence runs the risk of being overexposed unless the user is present to monitor and stop the process. In conventional fuming chambers, even though the fuming cycle has ended, the fuming process continues as the warming device cools and until the technician removes the glue tin.
  • Solution: The Acti-Vent™ Smart Controls purges the air to protect the evidence from over exposure. Purging continues up to 30 minutes after the exhaust cycle ends. Additionally, purging may be programmed to continue during evidence unloading to protect users from fume exposure.

SOLVED: Physical limitations of fuming devices

  • Long guns in CApture BTProblem: Large evidence doesn’t fit in conventional chambers.
  • Solution: The interior dimensions are 27” w x 27” d x 44.5” high providing 18.8 cubic feet of completely usable fuming capacity and a generous diagonal length of 58.6”, accommodating long guns and similar evidence. Up to 15 long guns may be processed at once.
  • Problem: Difficult to clean interior. Conventional chambers are made of glass, plastic or painted steel  which can be hard to clean. Users spend more time cleaning with their heads in the chamber, which exposes them longer to noxious vapors and solvent based cleaners.
  • Solution: The durable stainless steel liner may be easily and quickly cleaned with stainless steel cleaner. In addition, the Acti-Vent™ Smart Controls Cleaning Mode enables air to be exhausted with the door open to protect the user from exposure to noxious vapors.

SOLVED: Troubleshooting guess work

  • CApture BT shelf with itemsProblem: When prints do not develop well, troubleshooting can be difficult.
  • Solution: The N-tegrity™ Operating System’s diagnostic feature allows the user, with the push of a button, to review a checklist of mechanical functions to verify that the CApture BT is operating properly.

By addressing the shortcomings of current systems and giving the user programming flexibility, quantifiable readings, and ease of use, the CApture BT Fuming Chamber assures its place as the new design standard for CA fuming systems of the future.

To find out more about the CApture BT please contact Labconco’s Forensics Product Manager.

* Super Glue® is a registered trademark of Super Glue Corporation

1. Yamashita, B. & French, M. Latent Print Development. Retrieved June 8, 2015 from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/225327.pdf

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<![CDATA[Q&A: The Brains Behind the BSC No-Brainer]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/brains-behind-bsc-no-brainer The recently released Purifier® Axiom™ is an entirely new type of biosafety cabinet. The Class II, Type C1 can function in either Type A or Type B mode, offering flexibility and increased efficiency in the process. It is truly the first of its kind.

Jim Hunter (left) and Brian Garrett (right), creators of the Purifier Axiom

Jim Hunter (pictured left), Senior Products Engineer, and Brian Garrett (pictured right), Product Manager, played essential roles in designing the Axiom and developing the innovative Type C1 technology.

Let's pick (some of) the brains behind the BSC No-Brainer.

What do you want people to remember about the Axiom?

BG: I think it is sort of like a Swiss Army* knife. It does a lot of things, and it does them well. If you need ducting, don't need ducting or don't really know exactly what you need in terms of applications, it still works.

JH: We were trying to develop a "thinking cabinet" in a lot of ways. Think of the Active Protection Protocol™, which is an extra safety feature. The machine is actively trying to protect you, giving you more time to exit a potentially dangerous situation. Features like that stand out to me.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the Axiom?

BG: I have to say that the biggest challenge was actually getting it to work—going from ideation into a physical thing. From a design standpoint, it was getting the two different systems to work harmoniously. Another challenge has been market acceptance and adoption by regulatory agencies. It will take time.

JH: Right now, the biggest challenge is trying to get the Type C cabinet through the regulatory agencies. It's new, so it can be difficult to adapt to it. I have had day-long conversations about whether the Axiom is a Type A or Type B. It's neither alone because it's both. The users in the field I talk to seem to be genuinely interested in this technology, so we'll get there.

Is there anything you're especially proud of about the Axiom?

BG: I'm really proud of the Active Protection Protocol feature. That programming sequence came out of conversations that Jim and I had about B2 requirements and what is necessary to alert a user in case of an exhaust failure. We just wanted to maintain safety for as long as we could, and we achieved that. I have pride from a company standpoint, too. With the Type C1, there was a lot of R & D and a lot of failure along the way.  Labconco allowed Jim and I the flexibility to fail and to ultimately get to something that has the chance to really revolutionize how biosafety is handled in the laboratory.

JH: I think it was cool that this was really a large coordinated effort from a lot of people in the company. Mark (Mark Schmitz, Vice President of Engineering and Research) saw what we were doing and encouraged us. He really helped with the Chem-Zone™ Work Surface. Brian (Brian Hays, Design Engineer) made the machine work as far as the ductwork and the arrangement of components. This wasn't a formal project until we had a prototype running. It was a group of people working on something that we, frankly, didn't even know would work. I'm proud of the group effort and of being in an environment willing to take a risk on something like this.

What other projects have you worked on during your time at Labconco?

BG: My first active project in this role was the Purifier® Logic® upgrade and redesign that resulted in the Logic®+ launch in early 2013. Concurrent with the Axiom project, I'm also co-leading the product design for the Protector® Echo™ Filtered Fume Hood.

JH: Oh, man—a lot. I've been here for 30 years this May. I've designed several generations of biosafety cabinets and had a hand in other projects, like the animal handling equipment, small enclosures and WaterPro® Systems.

What was it like working as a team on this project?

BG: Working with Jim is always an adventure. There's typically a flurry of activity and brainstorming, and then he goes into the trenches and starts working on stuff—whether it's a good idea or a bad idea. This repeats over and over. Then, once we get to what we like, we start tearing it apart. Jim gets really energized when it comes to innovation. So, this particular project has been really fun because he gets very excited about how this will look in the field and how other companies will respond to it.

JH: Working with Brian is easy because there's a synergy there. I get so enthralled putting the machine together and getting it to run that sometimes I don't see the big picture. Then, Brian makes a suggestion that I would have never considered. He just offers a different perspective and sees long-term implications other than getting the equipment going. We balance each other out.

What makes you good at what you do?

BG: In my career before Labconco, I transitioned from managing procedures to maintaining a lab system to managing an entire lab. When I came to this company, I started in product service. I came to know the nuts and bolts of how the systems worked, really understanding airflow. Now I’m in charge of the whole system from ideation to fruition and can work with engineering. That's good because I'm a big picture person.

My degree is in ecology and evolutionary theory; actually, in a lot of ways, marketing and ecology are sort of the same thing. You play in a very small arena, but you have to know how everything affects everything else and what all those things mean to each other. If you can figure that out, you have an advantage. I have been on the bench, and I can make a product that serves an essential purpose and also fills big-picture needs.

JH: I am actually a microbiologist, but I grew up in a family of engineers. My father and both my grandfathers were engineers, so I learned to solve mechanical problems at a fairly young age. That part never really left me, I suppose.

In grad school, I had a knack for working on the water purification systems, and this is where it has taken me. I like working with machinery; technically, though, I really am a biologist—although my wife, who is a microbiologist, would say that's not true. It's an interesting mix, really: I see the customers' perspective, manufacturing perspective and sales perspective at once.

When you're not designing revolutionary laboratory equipment, how do you spend your time?

BG: It depends on the season. When it's warm, I love the outdoors. I like camping and hiking, and I recently took up duck hunting. In winter, I spend a lot of time in my woodshop working on whatever I can. I built my son's Christmas present this year. 

JH: My brother and I like to tinker around with radio-controlled models. I also like traveling with my wife. We have two dogs, so I take care of them—or, they take care of me. However you want to look at it.

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<![CDATA[Profile of John N. McConnell, Chairman Emeritus]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/profile-of-john-n-mcconnell-chairman-emeritus McConnell with stringer of catchesThis year we celebrate Labconco's 90th anniversary and all year we have reflected on how the company started and some history of the people who made a significant impact upon its success. One of those persons is John McConnell, who was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. While growing up, he served as an altar boy in church and sang in the choir. John joined the Boy Scouts and eventually became an Eagle Scout. In high school he was on the swimming team and became the Senior Class Treasurer. Like a lot of kids he went to summer camp. He liked it so much, he went for 8 consecutive years and now thinks it helped hone his social skills.

John graduated from Princeton University where he majored in English Literature. He belonged to the Cap and Gown Club, a historic social fraternity that was founded in 1891. He claims to not have had any other hobbies back then other than intramural sports, although now his hobbies are abundant and include golfing, fishing, flying his own plane, attending theatre, and Scouting. Pretty good hobbies, as hobbies go.

In 1962, John joined the Navy where he attended Officer Candidate School and later to Naval Justice School in Newport where he spent four months learning about his future role as a Naval Officer.

John dances with wife Marilyn at Labconco 75th AnniversaryHe met his wife, Marilyn, in 1962. He had graduated from Princeton and was working in Chicago. She was a Senior at Northwestern University. They were married on June 22, 1963 in Evanston, Illinois, where they almost immediately moved to the Los Angeles area where John served as a Naval Officer. He was discharged from military service in 1965 —just before the breakout of the Vietnam War.

He joined Illinois Toolworks after the Navy, where he was a Sales Rep calling on major original equipment manufacturers like General Motors and General Electric. This was a great training ground for ultimately joining Labconco. ITW placed him in a management role where he served before the opportunity came to work at Labconco. It was 1972.

John McConnell in his early years at LabconcoJohn's father, who's still alive at over 100 years old, knew Redman Callaway, the Chairman of Labconco. Mr. Callaway, or "Red" as he was called, had decided that the Company needed a new management team. John was asked to become the National Sales Manager. He was impressed by what he saw and promised his wife (and their two children) that he would find the house of their dreams in Kansas City, and he did. They live there still.

As National Sales Manager, John started out with a staff of virtually no one. So, from scratch he built a sales team. He hired two young persons to cover the territories — one in Chicago with points due west and one who would handle everything from Chicago due east. In the meantime, John worked out an advertising program as well as hiring a customer service team.

Freeze dry Caravan Vehicle

When you ask John which project or product he personally enjoyed the most, it would be the introduction of the Freeze Dry Apparatus. It was his first major product launch and it involved a very selective distribution. It was for this reason the "Freeze Dry Caravan" was created. A few representatives would drive the Caravan around the country, educating distributor reps about freeze drying so they could launch the product to their customers. Accessories not only broadened the freeze dryer line but gave customers a truly complete product. The Caravan gave Labconco visibility, which also helped get attention for other products. The first Freeze Dry catalog was printed in 1973.

Another significant product line was Biological Safety Cabinets which John and his team developed in 1979. John was convinced that the differentiation between competitors would come from the customers’ purchasing process, interaction with the great Labconco people, as well as excellent product design and quality. He was right. It's now the most successful product line the company manufactures.

John became President of Labconco in 1980. His first big project was having too many irons in the fire. He needed someone willing to develop International activities. There was the challenge of both design efforts and in staffing. Fortunately there were some very committed people who were wiling to participate internationally, especially one man, Paul Sullivan, who became one of John's original mentors at the company. Many years later, Labconco would win the President's E Award for excellence in exporting.

When asked if he felt Labconco was going in the direction Red Callaway would have wanted, John stated, "He (Red) wanted the company to stay private, to make quality products and to take care of its employees, but most importantly, to grow. If a company doesn’t grow, it’s very difficult to sustain its position as a private business." He went on to say, "I think Red would be very pleased that the Company has grown significantly."

John McConnell circa 2014Though John's title is now Chairman Emeritus, he remains quite busy. He admits he misses the rhythm and the sense of accomplishment which is a part of a flourishing business. He went on to say, "This is an opportunity that very few people my age get to enjoy. Most 75-year olds are fully retired and don't have the wonderful opportunity of being around the energy of a company like ours."

When asked what he would say to his associates now, he said he would emphasize the differences each person can and must make in their roles at the company. The unique culture in the field of scientific research has an extraordinarily bright future that we must seize and nurture. "I believe that we are on a mission together where teamwork and respect for each other are fundamental, and I hope that it will continue for many years to come."

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<![CDATA[Video: Happy National Doughnut Day!]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/happy-national-doughnut-day At Labconco we're celebrating National Doughnut Day by enjoying the circuitous confectionery right here where we work!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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<![CDATA[New Class II, Type C1 biosafety cabinet promises flexibility, efficiency]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/type-c1-bsc-flexibility-efficiency Until now, laboratory technicians handling known or potential biological hazards have done so in either a Class II, Type A or Type B biosafety cabinet, depending on their application(s). If technicians needed to significantly change their work, they would likely have to change enclosures as well. Now, a new biosafety cabinet has reached the market that blurs these long-established lines.

The recently released Class II, Type C1 biosafety cabinet can function in either Type A or Type B mode, offering flexibility and increased efficiency in the process. It is the first of its kind and is being well received by professionals in the industry.

FLEXIBILITY

Type A biosafety cabinets recirculate filtered air back into laboratories for use with applications generating airborne hazardous particulates, and Type B biosafety cabinets are ducted to the outside for use with biohazardous applications that also involve fumes and vapors. The Type C1 is unique in its versatility because it can function in either Type A or Type B mode.

“The Axiom has the flexibility of an A2 with the safety of a B, but enhanced,” Brian Garrett, one of the two designers of the Type C1 Purifier® Axiom™, says.

Switching between Type A and Type B mode takes approximately fifteen minutes on the mechanical and programming sides, Garrett says, then the unit must be recertified each time the switch is made.

Glen Berry, President and Owner of Design for Science based in Carlsbad, California, learned about the new Type C1 at the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Annual Conference held in San Diego in October. Berry says he appreciates the flexibility of the Type C1 when specifying biosafety cabinets for projects.

“In the past, I’ve always had to choose between an A or a B cabinet,” Berry says. “In this case, it’s exactly the same cabinet. They’ve reduced my menu from two choices to one.”

Berry says he is very experienced in specifying scientific equipment for university, private industry and government building projects.

“In my opinion, on any project where a biosafety cabinet is needed, this C1 is going to work,” he says. “It’s appropriate to spec, ducted or not.”

Jim Cartwright, Principal of HERA Laboratory Planners based in St. Louis, Missouri, also says that he sees the flexibility of the Type C1.

“The fact that you can do B1/B2 type work and not have to have a dedicated exhaust system is huge,” Cartwright says.

In addition, Cartwright says he thinks the Axiom is a good option for laboratories that could have some application variance down the line.

“It [the Type C1] would be good in instances where the nature of the work in the lab may change over time,” he says. “You wouldn’t necessarily have to buy new equipment.”

EFFICIENCY

A key feature of the new C1 technology is the low negative static pressure achieved at the face of the Purifier Axiom when it is being operated in Type B mode.

According to NSF/ANSI 49—the standard that establishes design, construction and performance requirements for Class II biosafety cabinets—Type B cabinets typically have a minimum negative static pressure of 1.5". The new C1 has a significantly lower static pressure at just 0.2"-0.4".

That lower number makes a big difference, as it increases both energy and cost efficiencies, Garrett says.

“We needed to get the static pressure down and still get the protection of a Type B cabinet,” he says. “That was the goal.”

Jim Cartwright—who has been a registered architect for almost 30 years and has been doing laboratory work since 2001—says he thinks the low static pressure could indeed save laboratories energy and money.

“It does make it a lot easier on the exhaust system,” he says.

Glen Berry, who has 28 years of experience designing laboratories, also says he is impressed by the low static pressure achieved at the face of the Axiom.

“The major thing about this new cabinet is that the static pressure is very low,” Berry says. “Higher static pressure just means that they [laboratories] have to put a lot of suction on that exhaust, and it’s not that it can’t be done. It just costs money.”

Berry says he thinks the new C1 technology will allow laboratories to operate with more efficiency.

“Historically, being able to exhaust a biosafety cabinet has always been a problem because they have relatively high static pressure,” Berry says. “They [the designers of the C1] have, in effect, solved this problem that has existed for the last 50 years, and they’re the first ones to do it.”

Compare different biosafety cabinet Types at BSCno-brainer.com.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 06:15:00 6MayCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/type-c1-bsc-flexibility-efficiency
<![CDATA[Reminisce with us: 90 years of science and innovation]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/reminisce You’ll have to forgive us for waxing nostalgic. There is just so much history to reminisce about as we celebrate our 90th year!

To honor the many people who helped build Labconco from its humble roots in a Kansas City garage into a world-class brand, we’ve developed several fun ways for you to explore our history:

Take a look at Labconco’s Milestones on Facebook. We’ve added 90 years of timeline events that trace the many links between our company, Kansas City, laboratory innovations and cultural history.

Find out why we always say, “It’s the people!” at Labconco. It’s much More Than a Business.

We know what it means to be proudly Made in America: Distributed Internationally. Trace our roots from our home base in Kansas City to our plant in Fort Scott to laboratories around the world.

And see our updated Company History page to learn about the men who founded Labconco in 1925 and the core values of integrity, quality and customer relationships that have allowed us to grow and thrive for 90 years.

Featured at right: Original LAB-CON-CO logo

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<![CDATA[Labconco history: Our 90th Anniversary]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-history-our-90th-anniversary Having a long history gives us so much to be thankful for at Labconco.

We’ve built so many valuable relationships, and we feel like an important part of so many laboratories that it’s hard to express all we’ve learned and all we’ve come to value. Our history of protecting laboratory workers, their environment, and their materials has made us appreciate the work they do, using our equipment. We’re thankful for the support of those who choose Labconco equipment for their laboratories; that’s why we care so much about making each piece of equipment the safest and most reliable we possibly can.

In honor of our 90th Anniversary, we’ve updated our Company History. Thanks for being part of our year long celebration.

Please enjoy the updated Labconco Company History and our 90th Anniversary Video.

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<![CDATA[Labconco in the News: Kelly Williams, industry insiders on future lab tech & Pittcon 2015]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-in-the-news-kelly-williams-pittcon Laboratory Equipment magazine wanted to find out what industry insiders thought about the future of science lab equipment. Where are we headed? What's next?

With Pittcon 2015 right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get a preview of the newest innovations. Labconco's Kelly Williams was interviewed for the "Pittcon Q&A" article, by Michelle Taylor.

What Technologies and Trends Do You Expect to See at Pittcon 2015?

“I expect to see increased presence of mobile connections, continued globalization, an increase in products that automate manual tasks, and increases in efficiency and sustainability.” -Kelly Williams, Product Manager, Labconco Corp.

Here are some of the innovations that Labconco will bring to Pittcon 2015:

See what Kelly and other industry insiders had to say about the direction that scientific equipment will be taking in the future in "Pittcon Q&A," by Michelle Taylor.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:15:00 10MarCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/labconco-in-the-news-kelly-williams-pittcon
<![CDATA[Labconco celebrates 90 years!]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/happy-2015-from-labconco Labconco began in 1925 in a Kansas City garage, building the Kjeldahl Apparatus, and later the Goldfisch Fat Extractor. Eventually we added Fume Hoods, Biosafety Cabinets, Freeze Dryers and so much more.

From Labconco President Pat Anderson: "We’d like to thank you for helping us create 90 wonderful years of memories. And we’re proud to count you as part of our Labconco Family. From all of us at Labconco, we wish you a joyful New Year and a prosperous 2015!"
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<![CDATA[Labconco joins in: Wednesday Night Live at Children’s Mercy Hospital]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/childrens-mercy-wnl Wednesday nights are special for some very special children at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 7:30, small groups of adults bring arts and craft projects or special entertainment to share with the patients and their families at the hospital. The hospital invites volunteers from local community groups, corporations, and organizations to host the weekly event, and recently a group of Labconco associates was lucky enough to host this activity!

Representatives of Labconco’s Human Resources department, Kory Johnson and Kiki Bennett, along with Carrie Criss, the hospital’s Volunteer Coordinator, educated our Labconco volunteers on the process, what to expect, and how best to interact with the children. With instructions provided, we were armed with paint, brushes and aprons, and we all had one goal in mind: to help bring joy to the patient-children who came to participate!

As the children entered the room, Labconco volunteers greeted them with warm smiles, provided them with a personalized apron, and asked them to pick out a wooden craft that they might enjoy painting and keeping for their own. Some picked a treasure chest, a picture frame, or a jewelry box, while others chose a canoe or a train. Once they made their choice, we helped them get set up so they could get busy painting.

It was heartwarming to see smiles on their faces and a twinkle of pride in their eyes as they worked on their individual masterpieces. We soon found out that there were some pretty good little artists in our midst! For privacy reasons, we cannot show pictures of our little Picassos, but these pictures of the work they did speak for themselves. Fantastic!

Wednesday Night Live Projects, November 2014

The time flew by, and before we knew it, the fun was over. It was without a doubt a very rewarding experience for all. We treasured the opportunity to interact with these sick children, to help put a smile on their faces and a little joy in their hearts. At the same time, we got to help them take their minds off of their illness and pain. It was a priceless feeling.

To offer our simple gift of time and generosity, and in the end receive the best gift of all, a warmed heart, was a true treasure, not unlike the ones that might someday be hidden in some little child’s painted treasure chest!

Labconco is working on plans to participate in Wednesday Night Live activities in the future as another way of supporting our community, starting right here in Kansas City.

See also: Cart for the Cure

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:26:00 4NovCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/childrens-mercy-wnl
<![CDATA[Cart for the Cure™ rolls on through November]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure-rolls-on-through-november

Labconco’s Cart for the Cure™ promotion continues, through the end of November. You can still purchase the perfectly pink cart at a $100 discount, and $50 from each purchase is then donated to the Saint Luke's Foundation to help provide free mammograms to women who can't afford them. This promotion supports the cause and helps raise awareness about Breast Cancer, which touches nearly every American’s life.

To help increase breast cancer awareness here at Labconco, our Pink Cart Team held a Cart for the Cure Kickoff, in which we raised additional funds by selling pink treats, and raffling off generous baskets filled with $200 worth of pink items donated by Labconco employees. Another “basket” we raffled off included a pink iPod Shuffle and $100 iTunes gift card! Here are the lucky winners!

In addition, empoyees donated $5 a piece to the cause in exchange for a PINK casual day, which was a treat.

With these activities, Labconco was able to raise an additional $750 to donate to the the Saint Luke’s Foundation. Enough to provide free mammograms to at least 7 women that otherwise might not receive this potentially life-saving service!

Labconco plans to continue to support this cause each year through fundraising, promoting our Cart for the Cure, and by helping to sponsor the Kansas City Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

We appreciate the opportunity to give back to our Community and to those in need!

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:00:00 5NovCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/cart-for-the-cure-rolls-on-through-november
<![CDATA[Labconco teams with Erlab to create next generation filtered fume hood: The Protector Echo]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/protector-echo-filtered-green-hood-prototype Laboratories that need to save on energy or that are difficult to vent because of their location present a challenging problem for lab designers, installers and architects. Operating a traditional fume hood incurs a huge energy expense, and a lab can be permanently crippled if its designers choose a ductless enclosure that is not flexible enough to handle unpredictable future needs. A filtered fume hood solves these problems because it effectively filters an extensive range of chemicals without costly ductwork planning and installation. Furthermore, the technology is highly energy efficient since costly tempered air stays inside the laboratory, rather than being exhausted outdoors.

Innovations: It's different than other ductless hoods

The newest addition to Labconco’s fume hood line is the Protector® Echo™ Filtered Fume Hood (prototype pictured, right). It fills an opening in Labconco’s energy-efficient fume hood line, offering several features that are unavailable with any other ductless, filtered hood. Labconco’s fume hood expert, Beth Mettlach, points out that “The Protector Echo Filtered Fume Hood is different than other ductless hoods because of its sensor package, backup filters and its optional g-Guard® remote monitoring software. It is intended to work with a broader range of chemicals than other kinds of ductless enclosures.”

Remote monitoring and communication are some of the most important aspects of the Protector Echo. In the event of chemical breakthrough or loss of airflow, an alarm will sound and the communication system will alert a designated email address. The designated safety officer could be made aware of the problem immediately through any Internet enabled smart phone, tablet or computer. Large laboratories and labs where a single safety officer must handle multiple concerns will benefit most from this proactive safety system.

Space, utility and options of a traditional hood

The Protector Echo is also unique among filtered fume hoods because it is built on Labconco’s traditional fume hood platform, so it will offer a comfortable workspace for users who are accustomed to the space and utility of a standard ducted fume hood. “We will be the only U.S. manufacturer to offer the option of a fiberglass liner as well as the 360-degree windowed enclosure,” Mettlach says. “Its design will even allow it to be fitted with fixtures and power receptacles like standard fume hoods. Plans may eventually lead to a floor-mounted version of the new filtered fume hood as well.”

Conserve energy and overhead

In most cases, the cost of the filtered hood and replacement filters will be less than the cost of a traditional hood along with the infrastructure and energy needed to support it. The price of equipment and the cost of installation for the ductwork, the exhaust system on the roof of the building, and the supply air system to support a traditional fume hood easily outweigh the price of an energy efficient Protector® Echo™ Fume Hood. In addition, the savings afforded by avoiding exhausting tempered air from the building makes this fume hood ideal for many situations.

It is the perfect solution in several scenarios:

  • When the building has no way to provide “make-up air” into the lab to replace exhausted air.
  • When the laboratory has no structural access to install ductwork.
  • When the lab lacks funding for extra ductwork.
  • When the cost of building infrastructure to retrofit an existing laboratory with a new fume hood is prohibitive.

This fume hood requires none of that. It operates without removing tempered air from the laboratory, independent of the building’s exhaust system.

Trusted filtration technology

Erlab’s Neutrodine filters will be the main filtration component of the Protector Echo Filtered Fume Hood. Neutrodine filters are made of a universal filter medium that handles the jobs of more than six other kinds of carbon filters.

Unparallelled engineering

The Protector Echo will be available in 4’, 5’, 6’, and 8’ wide models with an ample 30” interior depth. The hood’s design is credited to its main engineer, Gary Roepke with additional support from Labconco Vice President and Engineer Kevin Gilkison. Roepke recently led his design team through a complete redesign of the entire Protector Fume Hood line over two and a half years, producing hundreds of fume hoods, adding energy efficiency and performance enhancements to every product among Labconco’s fume hood offerings. Their designs created Labconco’s line of High Performance/Low Volume, Energy-efficient Fume Hoods, which “were viewed as nothing short of magical upon their debut,” Mettlach says, adding that Gilkison’s credentials include membership in “NFPA 45, ASHRAE 110 and SEFA, along with more than 35 years of experience designing fume hoods.” Both men can claim decades of experience creating innovative and energy efficient fume hood designs, and hold seats on the ASHRAE Committee and other organizations important to their field.

Labconco and Erlab qualify each potential filtered fume hood purchaser and require each customer to complete a Lifetime Payback Questionnaire (LPQ). This ensures that the Protector Echo Filtered Fume Hood is the best choice for their defined application. It will be available for purchase by the end of 2014.

UPDATE: The Protector Echo Filtered Fume Hood is available for quote, sale and shipment.

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Tue, 04 Nov 2014 06:24:00 6NovCST-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/protector-echo-filtered-green-hood-prototype
<![CDATA[Purifier® Axiom™ makes Class II Biosafety Cabinet selection easy]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/purifier-axiom-easy-bsc-selection Ask any life science laboratory employee working in microbiology and they will tell you how confusing and frustrating it is to select a new biosafety cabinet (BSC) for the lab. Do I need a Class I or a Class II? What is the difference between Class II Type A2 and Type B2 BSCs? Is a canopy needed on this Type A2 cabinet? Are the chemicals I am using hazardous enough to warrant a Type B2? Can I convert my A2 to a B2 (or vice versa)? The questions go on and on.

Nothing before has answered so many questions, addressed so many shortcomings or simplified Class II BSCs before like the Purifier® Axiom™ by Labconco. Through innovative airflow channeling, intelligent programming and safety driven design, this revolutionary Class II cabinet boasts the cumulative safety of a Type B BSC while utilizing the flexibility of a Type A BSC. Furthermore, it can alternate between Type B and Type A mode in three simple steps.

Safety of a Type B:

All Class II BSCs provide the same level of protection from hazardous aerosols, droplets or particles. Type B BSCs surpass the safety of Type A cabinets when it comes to handling chemical vapors due to their single pass airflow design. They are also recommended over Type A cabinets when handling hazardous powders or radionuclides because they can be fitted with Bag In/Bag Out HEPA filters. The Axiom also utilizes a single pass airflow design in an area of the cabinet called the Chem-Zone™, where active work is to be performed.

Safer than a B:

When operating connected to its remote exhaust system, the Axiom in Type B mode and a Type B cabinet have few differences, but there is one that is significant. When an exhaust system fails, a Type B must engage its interlock and shut the cabinet down – becoming a dead air enclosure. The Axiom uses intelligent programming and sensor technology to recognize the same exhaust system failure, and utilizing its internal exhaust blower, maintains safe airflow through the cabinet for up to five (5) minutes. This programmable Active Protection Protocol™ alerts BSC operators to an exhaust failure and provides a countdown timer for BSC shut down – all the while keeping them safe. This allows the operator time to safely and controllably secure assets, and ready themselves to leave the cabinet safely.

Flexibility of a Type A:

Though incapable of handling the hazardous chemical applications reserved for Type B BSCs, Type A cabinets are much more laboratory friendly. In a recirculating mode, they can placed on mobile stands allowing for movement required by today’s modular lab designs. When ducted through a thimble or canopy connection, a Type A cabinet has much lower exhaust requirements and can often be installed into existing laboratory exhaust networks. Type B BSCs, however, require their own dedicated exhaust system per cabinet; once installed a Type B BSC is a slave to its mechanical system. The Omni-Flex™ design of the Axiom allows it to easily alternate between Type A and Type B modes as the laboratory needs change.

Savings of a Type A:

Along with the Type B BSC’s dedicated exhaust system requirement, they also have high vacuum and volumetric air rate requirements. This makes them expensive to own and operate. In fact, a Type B2 BSC costs twice that of a Type A2, a Type B1 or the Axiom to own and operate due to its high airflow demands. A Class II Type B1 and the Axiom will require comparable airflow requirements, yet the Axiom can be disconnected from its ductwork and save the lab the precious air and energy it takes to temper that air that a B1 will always require.

Bridging the Gaps:

The Purifier Axiom provides enhanced safety over all modern and current Class II BSC Types, while exhibiting unmatched flexibility. When combined, these advantages offer greater energy and budgetary savings over the life of the cabinet. Since this one BSC, the Purifier Axiom, can do everything a Type A or a Type B is capable of, saves money, is safer, is greener, is more flexible… the choice of which Class II Cabinet that is right for you is a no-brainer.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:42:00 3OctCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/purifier-axiom-easy-bsc-selection
<![CDATA[Labconco’s newest LEEDer]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/labconcos-newest-leeder At the cutting edge of environmental design and sustainability in construction, LEED has brought what was once dismissed as “hippy dippy” to the mainstream – so much so, that the U.S. Government placed requirements on federal buildings to become LEED Certified. In light of this movement, Labconco sought accreditation for two of its Product Managers to become LEED Green Associates in 2010.

Labconco’s Green mission is still going strong. We’re happy to announce the accreditation of our newest LEED Green Associate, Beth Mettlach. Beth Joined Labconco in 2013 as our resident fume hood expert. She communicates with architects and engineers, designing laboratory spaces for various areas of study.

Laboratories are often environmentally unfriendly for a number of reasons. Beth will use her new LEED knowledge to endow lab equipment users and architects with the power to utilize low flow, high performance fume hoods in combination with Labconco’s forthcoming filtered fume hood to create the next generation of safe and sustainable chemistry labs.

Find out more about Beth and Labconco's Green Initiatives.

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:05:00 5SepCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/labconcos-newest-leeder
<![CDATA[Race for the Cure: A spirit of support]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/race-for-the-cure-a-spirit-of-support The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure drew nearly 18,000 participants. Tons of volunteers were needed to help make it happen.

Race for the Cure Labconco Photo Collage 2014 - 900The race raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. So, when given the opportunity, Labconco was eager take part on August 10th, 2014, to support such a great cause and give back to our community.

It was an overcast and rainy morning, and although the rain may have dampened the race day T-shirts, it did not dampen the participants’ spirits, especially not the spirits of Team Labconco and Labconco Corporation’s race day volunteers. A total of 20 Labconco team members participated in the race, and 22 others volunteered to hand out water at the Labconco water station along the race route.

This was Labconco’s fourth year sponsoring a water station and providing the volunteers to man it. Many of Labconco employees have taken part in Race for the Cure each year, and look forward to being a part of it again. Becky Alexander, Customer Service Representative at Labconco whom has participated each year, says, “I do it because it's fun to get involved and it is such a good cause. There are so many people affected by breast cancer, so this is just my small way of helping out.”

This ugly disease affects everyone’s life in some way, directly or indirectly. It knows no boundaries. Likewise, everyone can help support the cause in his or her own way. As depicted in the photo collage above, support for such a great cause can come in all sizes and all ages, each one providing hope for the future, so that lives might be saved. And one day, this disease can be cured.

Labconco plans to continue to support the cause through future races and in many other ways. Come rain or shine, Labconco’s spirit of support will remain strong!

Cart for the Cure™ is a special, limited edition model of our popular Portable Table laboratory cart. It has all the great features of our standard Portable Table, except the 18 gauge welded tubular steel frame boasts the official Breast Cancer Awareness pink color! The cart also includes an official pink ribbon identification tag. Plus, for each Cart for the Cure sold, Labconco will donate $50.00 to the St. Luke's Foundation to help provide FREE mammograms to women who can't afford them.

 

 
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:22:00 5AugCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/race-for-the-cure-a-spirit-of-support
<![CDATA[Video Trailer: Labconco Freeze Dry History the Movie]]>http://www.labconco.com/news/video-trailer-labconco-freeze-dry-history-the-mo Labconco’s freeze dryers turn 40 this year! In this video, John McConnell, Chairman Emeritus, talks about the addition of freeze dryers to Labconco’s product offering in 1974.  John has been an influential participant in the development of freeze dry at Labconco. He’s been with us since 1972 when he arrived as Labconco’s National Sales Manager and wrote the first “Guide to Freeze Dry.”

Over the past 40 years, Labconco has become expert in the freeze dry process. New technologies such as a cascade model for solvents, multiple tray dryers, accessories to make freeze drying easier, and an automatic oil changing system have all improved the lyophilization process.

Did you know that Labconco had a freeze dry caravan to take the freeze dryers across the country to promote them?  You may be accustomed to the sleek stainless steel lyophilizer we have today, but you will see that the original one was Labconco Blue.

Do you have a blue one in your lab?  What about a tan freeze dryer? Let us know! Those are among our oldest ones!

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:00:00 6AugCDT-6:00http://www.labconco.com/news/video-trailer-labconco-freeze-dry-history-the-mo