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Archive for January, 2019

LINX 10: The World’s First Truly Portable CIJ Printer…

The LINX 10 is a market-leading Continuous Inkjet Printer. Designed for printing batch codes onto petri dishes and glassware in slow and medium speed production lines, it can print 2 lines of text, symbols and numbers with a print quality superior to other entry-level coders. Extremely compact and easily transportable, it is also equipped with unique features such as image based code selection and an automatic line speed sensor.

At only 11kg, it is more than 50% lighter than comparable models, and takes significantly less time to install. Every LINX 10 is supplied with a 1L pack of multi-purpose ink, 5L pack of blending fluid and a maintenance pack as standard. Fluids are contained in sealed cartridges which simply click into place – no mistakes, no waste and no mess!

Available as an option for the APS One Pourer Stacker; the LINX 10 offers a robust coding solution at an affordable price. To arrange a demonstration, please contact us here.

Did You Know DWS Distributes Tuttnauer Autoclaves?

Tuttnauer autoclaves have been specifically designed for laboratories in the microbiology, pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. They have also been designed to provide high quality, repeatable performance and documentation for laboratory applications and quality assurance processes.

Don Whitley Scientific is proud to distribute these machines in the UK, offering both vertical and benchtop models. The vertical range caters for volumes between 31-160 litres and the benchtop range between 28-160 litres.

As the name implies, benchtop autoclaves are designed to fit neatly onto the laboratory workbench, whilst vertical autoclaves are larger, freestanding devices that come complete with castors for ease of movement.

A range of options are available to tailor your autoclave to your specific needs, including fast cooling (up to 75%), super-fast cooling (up to 90%), efficient air and moisture removal, efficient heating, complete drying and a biohazard and waste system.

Optional fully comprehensive maintenance and service contracts are available to prolong the life of your investment and reduce downtime, and optional calibration and UKAS validation is also available.

For more information, please refer to the brochures on our website, or if you would like to speak to a Product Specialist to discuss your requirements please contact us here.

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Tuttnauer vertical autoclaves

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Tuttnauer benchtop autoclaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clostridium difficile studies can be done in a Whitley Workstation

Anaerobic Workstations; Why Bigger is Better!

Anaerobic workstations offer precise and reliable atmospheric control, more stringent anaerobic conditions and consistently low running costs. One of their greatest advantages is that culture plates can be inspected at any time without disturbing the incubation conditions. In clinical laboratories, this has been proven to increase the isolation rate of anaerobic pathogens and also provide the earliest possible indication of their presence in a patient’s sample.

Don Whitley Scientific has excelled in meeting the needs of microbiologists for over 40 years, and as our customers’ needs have evolved, so too have our products. The unique Whitley Internal HEPA Filtration System is an extremely attractive feature, particularly when used in conjunction with research applications as it ensures that all of the atmosphere inside the workstation is passed through the filter hundreds of times an hour.

Over the past few years, an increased demand for using microscopes and other instruments such as the Workstation WASP Touch under anaerobic conditions resulted in the introduction of the A135 HEPA (pictured below); currently our tallest, widest, deepest workstation with a huge internal volume of 560L. The A135 is fitted with a removable front to facilitate thorough cleaning, easy replacement of the HEPA filter, and the transfer of bulk samples and larger pieces of equipment for use in the workstation. Other features include a built-in rapid airlock, integrated gas control and automatic commissioning cycle. To read the full specification and see the extensive list of factory-fitted options, please click here.

KU Leuven in Belgium were one of the first customers to purchase an A135 HEPA, and we asked them to describe the work they are doing and how this workstation has benefited their research:

A135 HEPA

“One of the key research activities in the Raes lab involves the isolation and culturing of gut anaerobes to study their metabolic and genomic properties and, ultimately, to unlock their biotherapeutic potential in human health and disease. In order to scale up these isolation efforts, we aim to move beyond conventional approaches based on agar plating and explore the application potential of novel, miniaturized, and high-throughput technologies. For testing a recently developed millifluidics-based single-cell sorting device, we soon realized that the operational space in our current DWS A35 HEPA anaerobic workstation would be insufficient. Therefore, we brought together product specialists from millifluidics and DWS to constructively discuss technical details on required dimensions, operator access, power supply, connection to an external PC, possible interference of the workstation’s pressure and the device’s heat output as well as safety aspects. This guided us towards the purchase of the DWS A135 HEPA, which is probably one of the best options currently on the market for the anaerobic integration of medium-sized pressure-controlled devices while still offering sufficient operator space and incubation volume.”

– Geert Huys, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Rega Institute, KU Leuven & VIB Center for Microbiology, Leuven, Belgium

For one of our UK customers, however, 560L was still not big enough. They approached us in early 2018 and asked if we could build something even bigger! Always keen to rise to a challenge… Don Whitley Scientific is pleased to announce that in early 2019 we will release the first A155 HEPA Anaerobic Workstation. This exciting new product will offer all the same advantages as the A135, but with the added benefit of over 1000L of capacity. More information on the A155 will be made available in due course.

If you would like to speak to one of our sales team about our range of anaerobic workstations, or to arrange a demonstration, please contact us here.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Charity Fundraising Update for 2018 & 2019

Yorkshire Air AmbulanceEvery year Don Whitley Scientific chooses a local charity to support, and in 2018 we put our efforts to raising money for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. With the help of a variety of raffles and bake sales held throughout the year, we are delighted to announce that we have raised £1,200 for this wonderful organisation and a cheque is now on its way.

For 2019, we have decided to support the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation, in memory of our friend and colleague, Steve Whitley, who tragically and very unexpectedly passed away at the end of 2018 whilst being treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

The son of our chairman, Don Whitley, Steve was the mastermind behind the renovation of our new facility in Bingley, and his efforts over the past few years to create a truly state-of-the-art facility for us leaves behind a legacy which will benefit the company for many, many years to come. We miss him greatly, and hope that the money we raise in his name this coming year will assist The Leeds Teaching Hospitals in continuing to provide high quality patient care, and research in all fields of medicine.

Whitley Workstation stress toy in Notre Dame

2019 Photo Competition Announced

Would you like to win a £100 Amazon Voucher? Then you need to take part in the Don Whitley Scientific 2019 photo competition! You may have seen, or may already be the proud owner of one of our anaerobic/hypoxic workstation stress toys which we give out at exhibitions – to be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is take a picture of your mini workstation in an impressive location (e.g. Notre Dame!) and send it to us.

There will be a Summer prize awarded on June 3rd 2019, and a second chance to win the Winter prize which will be awarded on 2nd December 2019. In addition to each receiving a £100 Amazon voucher, the two winners will also have the unparalleled honour of seeing their winning photos framed and displayed on our reception wall for all to see.

Pick up your mini workstation from a Don Whitley Scientific exhibition stand, or ask your Sales Representative to bring one in on their next visit. Get creative, and get started!

Upload your photo to Twitter, follow and tag us @dw_scientific or email it to us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk and tell us your name, where you work, and where the photo was taken.

 

Please ensure that all images submitted are decent, respectful, obtained legally, do not infringe copyright and do not result in any damage to a structure or object. DWS staff are not permitted to enter this competition. Maximum 3 entries per person, per competition.