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Don Whitley Scientific UKAS Engineer

DYK 5: Temperature Calibration

This is the fifth in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something relating to accredited temperature calibration that could make your working life easier.

 

What is UKAS?

UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally recognised standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.

 

Why choose a UKAS accredited calibration provider?

Using a UKAS accredited calibration provider means you can demonstrate to your customers that you have been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards. Accreditation also gives you confidence in the data that is provided when the certification is received.

 

Would I have to pay extra for UKAS accredited temperature calibration?

Even if your laboratory doesn’t operate to UKAS accreditation standards, the cost of our calibration/validation is comparable with that of standard calibration.

 

On what types of equipment can DWS provide accredited temperature calibration?

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Whitley Workstation Wrist Seal

DYK4: Latex or Neoprene?

Did You Know 4: Latex or Neoprene: that is the question

 

This is the fourth in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products – read on and you may find out something new about your workstation or spiral plater that could make your working life easier.

If you have a Whitley Workstation with sleeved ports, you may not be aware of the options for wrist seals.

 

Don Whitley Scientific Wrist Seals

Which bit is the ‘wrist seal’?

The wrist seal is the flexible black ‘cuff’ that goes around the operator’s wrist.

 

So, what are the options for Don Whitley Scientific wrist seals?

Wrist seals come in two types, Latex and Neoprene. Neoprene cuffs were principally developed for those who suffer from Latex allergies.

 

Are wrist seals available in different sizes?

Latex wrist seals (order code A02841) are one-size-fits-all as they can be trimmed down, if necessary, with a scalpel or sharp scissors.

Don Whitley Scientific does not recommend that Neoprene wrist seals are trimmed or cut in any way as tearing may occur. We therefore supply Neoprene cuffs in two sizes: standard (code A02831) or large (code A02841).

 

What happens if I order the wrong size Neoprene wrist seals?

Just give us a call and we will be happy to exchange them for you. If you find you need a really small size and Latex is not a problem, we will even exchange them for Latex cuffs that can be cut to fit.

We are unable to accept Neoprene wrist seals for exchange if they have been cut/trimmed in any way.

 

Don Whitley Scientific Sleeve Kit for Whitley Workstations

What if I want to order a whole sleeve kit?

No problem. We offer three sleeve kits (why not have a look at them on our website?):

If you have any further questions regarding wrist seals or workstation sleeves, please do not hesitate to give our sales office a call on 01274 595728 or email sales@dwscientific.co.uk

 

Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation

Visit Don Whitley Scientific at Oxygen 2013

Following the success of the HypoxiaNet meeting in Essen last year, we will be attending the next event – 8 to 12 June 2013 – in Oulu, Finland. With a host of international speakers lined up, the subject of this year’s meeting is ‘Dealing with hypoxia: regulatory aspects in cells, tissues and organisms‘ –

“Hypoxia can be life threatening – for cells and the organism. To adequately respond to the shortage of oxygen cells have to sense changes in their ambient oxygen concentration. How are changes in a physical parameter, i.e. the pO2, translated into a biological response such as modulation of gene expression?”

The aim of the meeting is to highlight and discuss the latest developments in the broad field of hypoxia response.  This is the second international congress arranged by the network following the Oxygen 2011 meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The program of the 2013 meeting will include keynote lectures, short talks selected from submitted abstracts and a training school session.

Don Whitley Scientific will have a Hypoxystation at the meeting and our representatives: Fergus Murray (Product Engineering Manager), Sally Shelton (Export Manager) and Alun Kitsell (Export Sales) will be on hand to answer questions about the workstation.

For further details on the meeting or to book a place, please visit the event website.

Whitley H35 Hypoxystation users at Bradford University

Happy H35 Hypoxystation Users

A new H35 Hypoxystation was delivered to the laboratory of Dr Roger Phillips at The University of Bradford last week, to the delight of the main users (pictured). Maryam Ahmadi and Zeynab Ahmadihosseini are both studying for an MSc in Cancer Pharmacology and have been using a Hypoxystation in their research.