Senior Application Specialist
Labconco is lucky to have Bob Applequist—not just for his expertise and his easy manner with clients—we’re lucky to have Bob because he once went scuba diving among sea lions, and as Bob puts it, “I could not swim as fast as they did when the sharks appeared.” Fortunately though, Bob survived the shark invasion and turned his biology interests into a career. Bob’s interest in science led him to work in Kansas City area industrial chemical laboratories, and eventually brought him to us as an experienced user of our Labconco Kjeldahl systems. Not just any company could have kept him hooked, though. Bob says, “If I wasn’t working here, I would probably be a beach bum somewhere.”
Bob still might have put his brainpower to other purposes if Labconco weren’t fortunate enough to draft him onto our team. He dreamt, in his youth, of living “way out in no-mans-land” as a field biologist, studying animals of all kinds without the intrusion of mankind. Luckily, Bob learned that he enjoys the company of people “almost as much as animals.” And if you engage our garrulous product manager in conversation, you will learn soon enough that he will keep you rapt in conversation as well as teach you everything that you need to learn about laboratory equipment.
- "What to Know About Gloveboxes," Bioresearch Online Newsletter, February 11, 2013
- "What's in a Name? Sometimes, Not So Much," Controlled Environments Magazine, July/August 2012
- "A Primer on Gloveboxes: Determining the right glovebox for the right level of containment," Controlled Environments Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 9, October, 2011
- "Water Purity And Lab Glassware Washers: Just How "Pure" Does It Have To Be?" Pharmaceutical Online Magazine
University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies & Aquatic Biology
Product CategoriesLaboratory Animal Research Stations
Glove Boxes and Gas Purifiers
Kjeldahl, Fat & Crude Fiber Apparatus
Water Purification Systems
Fast, quality answers...
Thank you very much! Fast, quality answers to my questions.
Timothy V., Henrietta, NY
Much obliged! Bob had great speed and answered all my questions.
Fabrizio R., Houston, TX
Timely with the Answer - And polite!
Timely with the answer - And polite! 5 out of 5 for service and knowledge!
David M., Belleville, MI
Thanks for the information!
Thanks for the information! You know your product line really well! 5 out of 5!
Kevin A., Tokyo, Japan
Nice to still talk to people!
Thank you, Bob! You were a big help. Nice to still talk to people!
Farrell T., Plainview, TX
Thanks, Bob! My questions were clearly understood and responded to in a timely fashion.
Dave H., Shawnee Mission, KS
You have been a big help!
You have been a big help! Thank you for sending me our conversation. Have a great day!!!
Jaime C., San Antonio, TX
Thanks a million, sir! 10/10
Bob was excellent in his explanation and understanding of fume hoods. We would highly recommend him for advice any day! Thank you very much again Bob!!! You were very, very helpful! Thanks a million, sir! 10/10
Imran K., Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
"Got it. Thanks for your help today. You have a nice day. Thanks again!"
Zhou Z., New York City, NY
"You give great support. Thanks a lot!"
Hari P., Madukkarai, India
"Thanks for your help! That is everything I need. Have a nice evening, you've been very helpful!"
Sanjay G., Friendly, WV
Thanks A Lot
"I really appreciate your help! Thanks a lot!"
Biraj S., Baltimore, MD
"Your help with this is truly appreciated! Have a great day!"
Tammy M., Jackson, TN
"Thank you! That is what I needed to know."
Jessie L., Arkadelphia, AR
"Bob is always the best!!!"
Venugopal R., Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Bob was awesome!
"Bob was awesome! So helpful and very knowledgeable."
Michelle M., Bay City, TX
"Bob was extremely helpful and polite despite my lack of information provided. He directly addressed all of my questions."
Kat L., Kingston, Jamaica
"Very on point and quick answers. Well explained."
Maria G., Guatemala City, Guatemala
"Bob answered all of my questions very kindly. Thanks!"
Miranda M., Providence, RI
"I want to thank you for returning my message and for your helpful advice on Kjeldahl testing. Your advice has calmed the fear that I and others have performing this test. We have re-tested past samples and received the same results. We even tested a pure sample of an analog compound and observed the theoretical value. We feel confident that our method/apparatus is in good working order.
I took your advice about the reaction being done in 5-10 minutes seriously. My summer intern is working to see how long it takes to digest our sample during a simulated Kjeldahl test. We are hoping to cut down on the total distillation time. If that works and we get good values compared to past results –we have a faster turnaround time for lab results.
Again, many thanks to you for your help. My intern will be mentioning your name in her presentation next month. Enjoy the approaching weekend."
Patrick G., Indian Head, MD
"Bob was pleasant and provided information that I wouldn't have known to ask for."
Gen L., Ottawa, CANADA
"Bob gave awesome customer service... Kudos!"
Sakthi P., Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
"Bob directed me to the product I needed."
Noah N., Medina, OH
"I am so impressed. I was having trouble downloading documents from the website, so I started to chat and Bob helped me within minutes to get exactly what I need! This is AWESOME. I wish every company had such good support. Many, many thanks."
Julie G., Compton, CA
Life is Good with Good Equipment!
"Thanks!! I really appreciate your help! This information gives me some ideas!!! I LOVE our freeze drier and I love our wonderful laminar flow hood! Life is good with good equipment!"
Ann K., Pullman, WA
Can't Thank You Enough
"I can't thank you enough for all your help today and especially for going the extra mile to get an answer for me. . . . Thanks to [Diane] and Bob... this part of my day ended on a great note. You are to be commended for your customer service!"
Michel L., Bethlehem, PA
"Bob was a great help!"
Lance G., Livonia, MI
"Bob was fast in getting the information I needed. Thank you!"
Susan S., Rock Springs, WY
He's Got the Answers
"Bob was great! He gave me all the answers I needed and did not take forever doing so!"
Mike G., San Francisco, CA
"Bob was very helpful and even offered additional assistance."
Synobia S., Freeport, Bahamas
Prompt, on Point
"Bob's response was prompt and on point."
Faiz A., Toronto, Ontario
Thanks for the Follow-Up!
"Quick response to my questions with email follow up of PDF manual."
Jim C., New York, NY
First Time's the Charm
"This is my first time contacting Labconco for technical information. Odette Nolan and Bob Applequist were very professional, helpful and honest. I wish all vendors I have dealt with were like Odette and Bob. Keep up the good work."
Doug T., Santa Ana, CA
Just What I Asked For
"To the point and what I asked for; professional, short answers. Was on topic. Service was excellent."
Daryl L., Merced, CA
"Quick understanding of my need. Prompt answer."
Jean N., Rimouski, Quebec
"Thanks so much for all your assistance in finding the right product for us; this is just what we needed."
John J., Sanford, NC
Quick and Accurate
"Bob gave me the answer I needed quickly and accurately."
Dave H., St. Louis, MO
Contact Bob Applequist
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